NY Islanders Prospect Matthew Maggio takes home multiple OHL Awards
After a record-breaking season for New York Islanders prospect and Windsor Spitfires right wing Matthew Maggio, awards were going to follow. The 2022 fifth-round selection (No. 142 overall) took home the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy (Top Scorer) and Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season.
Maggio scored 54 goals and 57 assists for 111 points in 67 games to become the first Windsor right wing to win the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the league's top right-scoring winger. Remarkably, 45 of his 54 goals came at even-strength, as Maggio finished the season as a plus-41, with only four of his goals coming on the power play. He is one of only four players in the past decade to score 45 or more even-strength goals in an OHL season.
Back on March 15, Maggio reached the 50th goal milestone in a 6-5 win over Saginaw Spirit. In doing so, Maggio became the eighth player in franchise player and the first since Steve Ott during the 2000-2001 season to reach the 50-goal mark. Earlier in the season, on Dec. 15, Maggio tied a Windsor single-game franchise record with five goals in a 6-3 victory over the Erie Otters, becoming the fourth player in franchise history to score five goals in a game.
Maggio scored seven goals between Ottawa and Windsor over 80 games in his first two OHL seasons, but after playing abroad in Sweden when the OHL canceled the 2020-21 season, he broke out with 38 goals and 47 assists in 66 games that got him back on the NHL Draft radar of teams.
"Obviously I couldn't be happier to be in Long Island and be drafted by a team with the culture and history that the Islanders have," Maggio said to NHL.com back in February. "At the same time, I went fully passed over in the draft before. I think that was something that I've really never wanted to forget. ... I think in the long term it was the best thing that happened. Ever since then, I've really tried to push myself every day.
Pushed himself he has, and that drive made him the best scorer in the OHL this season.