OTTERS WRAP-UP: Goaltending battle continues for Lawr, Dekoning

   August 30, 2014 8:45 pm    0

 

Erie OttersIf you thought Daniel Dekoning was a shoo-in to back up Devin Williams this season, stop right there… 2014 second-round pick Jake Lawr is starting to state his case why he should stay as a 16-year-old.
Dekoning would make the most sense on paper. He’s 2 years older than Lawr. He has OHL regular-season experience (albeit 3 games), and he has been around this team long enough to know what to expect. But after a shaky start, head coach Kris Knoblauch likes what he saw in Lawr enough in the 5-3 win over Mississauga tonight to let him play the whole game.
Dekoning will get his chance. So will Williams, who will play a preseason game before leaving for NHL camp with the Nashville Predators. But Lawr is still in the mix, and will be in the mix until at least the end of the preseason.

* Dermott update: What was the first thing ITravis Dermott noticed upon arriving at EIA this afternoon? Travis Dermott’s right hand in a cast that extended halfway up is forearm. I don’t have the official word on his injury. But it looked much worse than a sore hand…

* Well-deserved recognition: I was glad to see the Otters honor long-time head scout Walt Wingfield for 18 years of service. Real nice guy, real good at what he does.
Scott Halpenny, who replaces the retiring Wingfield as Director of Scouting, has been shoes to fill.

 

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