COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: Niagara IceDogs

   September 11, 2014 1:00 am    0

Niagara IceDogs Coach/GM: Marty Williamson 2013-14 finish: 24-35-3-6, 4th in Central Division, 6th in Eastern conference Playoff finish: Lost to North Bay 4-3 in conference quarterfinals Key players: C Carter Verhaeghe (28 goals, 54 assists, 82 points, 13 power-play goals; signed with Toronto), LW Brendan Perlini (34-37-71, 16 PPG, 2 short-handed goals; signed with Arizona),…

 

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OTTERS REPORT: Otters left off 1st CHL top 10

   September 10, 2014 5:24 pm    0

The CHL has unveiled its preseason top 10…the Erie Otters are’t on the list. BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Pre-season 1. Rimouski Oceanic 2. Kingston Frontenacs 3. Brandon Wheat Kings 4. Quebec Remparts 5. Kelowna Rockets 6. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7. Calgary Hitmen 8. Guelph Storm 9. Halifax Mooseheads 10. Portland Winterhawks Honorable…

 

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OTTERS REPORT: Otters, Lakers at NHL rookie tournaments

   September 10, 2014 4:50 pm    0

23 players with current or past ties to the Erie Otters and Mercyhurst University are attending NHL rookie camps. The schedules include only games involving those players… NHL PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT at Center Ice Arena – Traverse City, Mich. Players – D Brady Austin (Buffalo), G Oscar Dansk (Columbus), D Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers), F Hayden…

 

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COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: Mississauga Steelheads

   September 10, 2014 1:00 am    0

MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS Coach/GM: James Boyd 2013-14 finish: 24-38-1-5, 5th in Central Division, 8th Eastern Conference Playoff finish: Lost to Oshawa 4-0 in conference quarterfinals Key players: G Spencer Martin (24-33-1-4 record, 3.54 goals-against average, .899 save percentage, 3 shutouts; Colorado prospect), D Sean Day (6-10-16, minus-35), C Bryson Cianfrone (17 goals, 27 assists, 44 points),…

 

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COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: London Knights

   September 9, 2014 1:00 am    0

LONDON KNIGHTS Coach/GM: Dale Hunter/Mark Hunter 2013-14 finish: 49-14-1-4; 3rd in Midwest Division, 4th in Western Conference Playoff finish: Lost to Guelph 4-1 in Western Conference semifinals, finished 0-3 in Memorial Cup Key players: LW Max Domi (34 goals, 59 assists, 93 points, 11 power-play goals; signed with Arizona), D Nikita Zadorov (11-19-30, plus-30 in…

 

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OTTERS REPORT: Betz’s offensive game, rookies in top 6 and more

   September 8, 2014 8:40 pm    0

Erie Otters RW Nick Betz made his biggest impact along the boards to this point in his NHL career. But he’s found a new home so far this season – in front of the opposing net. He has a power forward’s frame, which apparently grew by about 20 pounds in the offseason. Now it’s time…

 

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COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: Kitchener Rangers

   September 8, 2014 1:00 am    0

KITCHENER RANGERS Coach/GM: Troy Smith/Murray Hiebert 2013-14 finish: 22-41-2-3, 5th in Midwest Division, 9th in Western Conference Playoff finish: Did not qualify Key players: RW Nick Magyar

 

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COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: Kingston Frontenacs

   September 7, 2014 12:12 am    0

KINGSTON FRONTENACS Coach/GM: Paul McFarland/Doug Gilmour 2013-14 finish: 39-23-3-3, 2nd in East Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference Playoff finish: Lost to Peterborough 4-3 in conference quarterfinals Key players: C Sam Bennett (36 goals, 55 assists, 91 points, 10 power-play goals; signed with Calgary), RW Spencer Watson (33-35-68; Los Angeles prospect), D Roland McKeown (11-32-43, plus-38;…

 

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COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: Guelph Storm

   September 6, 2014 8:47 am    0

GUELPH STORM Coach/GM: Scott Walker/Mike Kelly 2013-14 finish: 52-12-2-2, 1st in Midwest Division, 1st in Western Conference Playoff finish: Won league championship, lost to Edmonton (WHL) in Memorial Cup final Key players: C Robby Fabbri (pictured at right – 45 goals, 42 assists, 87 points, plus-45, 14 power-play goals; St. Louis prospect), G Justin Nichols…

 

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COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: Belleville Bulls

   September 5, 2014 1:00 am    0

BELLEVILLE BULLS Coach/GM: George Burnett 2013-14 finish: 23-38-4-3, 4th in East Division, 9th in Eastern Conference Playoff finish: Did not qualify Key players: LW Remi Elie (29 goals, 39 assists, 68 points, 10 power-play goals), D Stephen Harper (13-35-48, plus-4; former Erie Otters LW, now moving to D), D Jordan Subban (12-30-42, -11), C Jake…

 

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