COUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT: Erie Otters

   September 23, 2014 12:00 am

Erie Otters Coach/GM: Kris Knoblauch/Sherry Bassin 2013-14 finish: 52-14-2-0 record, 2nd in Midwest Division, 3rd in Western Conference Playoff finish: Lost to Guelph 4-1 in conference finals Key players: C Connor McDavid (pictured at right) 28 goals, 71 assists, 99 points, 7 power-play goals, 2 short-handed goals), G Devin Williams (23-5-1-0 record, 2.57 goals-against average,…

OTTERS REPORT: Update from NHL rookie camps

   September 15, 2014 11:14 am

Here’s an update on players from the Erie Otters and Mercyhurst University participating in NHL rookie camps…check back here for more updates NHL Prospects Tournament (Traverse City, Mich.) G Oscar Dansk – had a slow start in his NHL Prospects Tournament debut with Columbus on Saturday, as he allowed two first-period goals to Detroit in…

OTTERS REPORT: Otters, Lakers at NHL rookie tournaments

   September 10, 2014 4:50 pm

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…

CAMP COUNTDOWN: #5 – Role players on the offensive

   August 20, 2014 1:00 am

The Erie Otters won’t score 312 goals in the 2014-15 OHL season. That’s an easy statement to make, even with Connor McDavid, who’s coming off a 99-point season, leading the way. The Otters are losing as much offense as any team in the league – Connor Brown (45 goals, 83 assists, 128 points), Dane Fox…

CAMP COUNTDOWN: #7 – Strome heads into big 2nd season

   August 18, 2014 1:00 am

Look beyond Dylan Strome‘s offensive numbers to find just how good of a debut season he had with the Erie Otters. He finished sixth among all rookies with 39 points (10 goals, 39 points in 60 games), well behind the one player picked ahead of him in the 2013 OHL draft – Ottawa C Travis…

CAMP COUNTDOWN: #9 – Needing OAs at their best

   August 16, 2014 1:00 am

Spencer Abraham, Michael Curtis and Dane Fox brought different skills to the ice every night as the Erie Otters’ overagers in the 2013-14 season. Abraham, who I thought would be the odd OA out when training camp opened last August, saved his best OHL season for last with a more solid two-way game (8-27-35, +29,…

OTTERS EXTRA: Bily still undecided, young D vying for spots and other camp notes

   May 17, 2014 6:09 pm

Shaun Bily is experiencing life in the OHL this weekend during the Erie Otters’ rookie development at Mercyhurst Ice Center. But it could be Otters’ main camp in August before he chooses between the OHL and the NCAA. “I’m undecided,” said Bily, the Otters’ third-round pick in last month’s Priority Selection who last October committed…

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters top OHL with 6 all-star selections

   May 14, 2014 4:03 pm

OHL All-Star Team First team (voting points in parentheses) C – Scott Laughton, Oshawa (62) LW – Dane Fox, Erie (83) RW – Connor Brown, Erie (88) D – Aaron Ekblad, Barrie (93) D – Slater Koekkoek, Windsor (55) G – Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth (67) Coach – D.J. Smith, Oshawa (48) Second Team C – Connor…

OTTERS UPDATE: Otters trio concludes OHL career

   April 25, 2014 8:59 pm

Overagers Spencer Abraham, Michael Curtis and Dane Fox played their final OHL games tonight. But the Otters could lose X players of this team. Here’s the list… D Spencer Abraham (overager) RW Connor Brown (Toronto – signed) LW Andre Burakovsky (Washington – signed) LW Michael Curtis (overager) G Oscar Dansk (Columbus – unsigned) D Troy…

OTTERS GAMENIGHT: Otters look to stay alive again in Game 5

   April 24, 2014 9:34 pm

Check out the Game 5 edition of Knoblauch Korner here… D Spencer Abraham shares his thoughts on facing the Storm in another elimination game… OHL playoffs at a glance Western Conference finals, Game 5 No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 1 Guelph Storm When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario On the…