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Muzzin tops OHL Coaches Poll

Mar 25, 2010 - 00:00 GMT
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of the 2009-10 Western Conference Coaches Poll.
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The OHL Coaches Poll provides member club coaches with the opportunity to recognize the top three players in 16 different skill categories within their own conference. 
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Jacob Muzzin of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds leads the way finishing first place in three categories that include Hardest Shot, Best Defensive Defenceman, and tied for first in the Best Body Checker category.  Muzzin also finished second in the voting for Best Offensive Defenceman.  AJ Jenks and Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers, along with Taylor Hall, Scott Timmins, and Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires each won two categories.  Jenks was named Most Underrated Player and Best on Face-Offs, while Seguin appeared in four different categories winning Smartest Player and Best Playmaker.  Hall was named Most Dangerous in the Goal Area and won the Best Skater category for the second straight year.  Timmins was named Best Penalty Killer and also claimed the Best Defensive Forward category for the second straight season.  Ellis was last season’s top overall winner and is represented in four categories this season finishing first place in votes for the Best Shot, and the Best Offensive Defenceman category for the second straight year.  Nazem Kadri wins the title of Best Stickhandler after finishing second in this category the last two seasons.  The Windsor Spitfires finished  with a total of six first place winners to lead the Western Conference. 
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Each team submits one nominee per category and coaches then vote for the top three players for each category within their conference and are not permitted to vote for players on their own team.  Players receive five points for a first place vote, three points for a second place vote, and one point for a third place vote.  
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All 16 Western Conference categories are listed below with the point totals in brackets.  The winners from the Eastern Conference were announced on Wednesday.
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Western Conference:
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Most Underrated Player
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AJ Jenks, Plymouth (24)
rJustin Shugg, Windsor (21)
rGarrett Wilson, Owen Sound (20)
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rMost Improved Player
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Greg McKegg, Erie (23)
rJosh Shalla, Saginaw (19)
rBrett Thompson, Sault Ste. Marie (15)
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rSmartest Player
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Tyler Seguin, Plymouth (24)
rRyan Ellis, Windsor (23)
rJeff Skinner, Kitchener (14)
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rHardest Worker
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Garrett Wilson, Owen Sound (23)
rEric Wellwood, Windsor (15)
rJordan Szwarz, Saginaw (14)
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rBest Playmaker
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Tyler Seguin, Plymouth (30)
rJordan Skellett, Saginaw (16)
rJoey Hishon, Owen Sound (15)
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rMost Dangerous in the Goal Area
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Taylor Hall, Windsor (27)
rJeremy Morin, Kitchener tied Tyler Seguin, Plymouth (22)
rTaylor Beck, Guelph (16)
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rBest Skater
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Taylor Hall, Windsor (39)
rJohn Moore, Kitchener (18)
rNazem Kadri, London (14)
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rBest Shot
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Ryan Ellis, Windsor (29)
rJeremy Morin, Kitchener (28)
rPeter Holland, Guelph (11)
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rHardest Shot
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Jacob Muzzin, Sault Ste. Marie (37)
rRyan Ellis, Windsor (20)
rSam Lofquist, Guelph (10)
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rBest Stickhandler
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Nazem Kadri, London (33)
rTyler Seguin, Plymouth (26)
rMichael Latta, Guelph (8)
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Best on Face-Offs
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AJ Jenks, Plymouth (31)
rScott Timmins, Windsor (24)
rTyler Murovich, Saginaw (17)
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rBest Body Checker
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Leigh Salters, London tied Jacob Muzzin, Sault Ste. Marie (20)
rMike Halmo, Owen Sound (18)
rMarc Cantin, Windsor (10)
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Best Defensive Forward
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Scott Timmins, Windsor (41)
rTyler Murovich, Saginaw (27)
rJoe Gaynor, Plymouth (7)
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rBest Penalty Killer
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Scott Timmins, Windsor (35)
rJoe Gaynor, Plymouth (21)
rGarrett Hunter, London (8)
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rBest Offensive Defenceman
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Ryan Ellis, Windsor (39)
rJacob Muzzin, Sault Ste. Marie (23)
rSteven Tarasuk, London (16)
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rBest Defensive Defenceman
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Jacob Muzzin, Sault Ste. Marie (26)
rDan Kelly, Kitchener (25)
rLeo Jenner, Plymouth (15)