OTTERS REPORT: Surprised Otters holding out on hope for Karlsson

   August 13, 2014 7:42 am

Erie Otters assistant GM Dave Brown read the news on the Swedish club Skelleftea’s website – that CHL 1st-round pick Anton Karlsson has signed a 2-year deal with the 2-time defending Swedish league champion. It was a bit surprising, given the conversation Brown and Otters GM Sherry Bassin had with Karlsson on Friday in Lake…

CAMP CORNER: Trio of free agents appreciate chance at camp

   August 31, 2013 9:08 am

Free-agent LW Fabrizio Ricci has experienced the OHL before. He played a couple of preseason games with Barrie a season ago, and then was recalled by the Colts for five games in December. Yet he caught the attention of Erie Otters officials over the summer. Ricci, who was released by the Colts after the 2012-13…

OTTERS UPDATE: Club officials to continue pursuing Burakovsky

   July 9, 2013 12:01 pm

The Erie Otters won’t give up on getting Andre Burakovsky in their lineup next season. “I believe the best possible (way) for Andre Burakovsky to become a professional (hockey player) is to come and play with us,” Dave Brown, Otters assistant manager of hockey operations, said today in response to reports that Burakovsky, the fifth…

OTTERS UPDATE: Dansk listed as game-time decision for opener

   September 19, 2012 3:02 pm

Rookie goaltender Oscar Dansk didn’t practice with the Erie Otters the past few days. Instead, he skated with a group of Dave Brown‘s friends in St. Catharines, Ontario, while Dansk’s immigration paperwork was finalized. His paperwork is complete, said Brown, Otters assistant manager of hockey operations. But will Dansk be ready to play in Thursday…

CAMP CORNER: Grant at home awaiting trade; club acquires G Brown

   August 28, 2012 7:18 pm

ANCASTER, Ontario – The Erie Otters have depth on defense for the 2012-13 OHL season. But veteran Kris Grant won’t be a part of that unit. Grant, 19, who spent the past two seasons with the team, has requested a trade to a team closer to home in the Kingston, Ontario, area. So club officials…

OTTERS UPDATE: Otters, G prospect Dansk agree to terms

   August 27, 2012 8:01 am

The Erie Otters have agreed to terms with goaltending prospect Oscar Dansk, said Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager. Dansk, the third overall pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, was chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the first pick of the second round in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Dansk is recovering…

OTTERS UPDATE: Source – Otters holding camp in Ancaster, Ontario

   August 8, 2012 11:48 am

It appears the Erie Otters finally have a place to begin preparing for the 2012-13 OHL season. A source speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed today that the Otters will hold training camp at Morgan Firestone Arena in Ancaster, Ontario. The source said Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, will make the official…

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters make needed trades; uncertain future in goal

   January 5, 2012 10:22 pm

The deals needed to be done. GM Sherry Bassin needed to trade Greg McKegg, Brett Cook and Derek Holden in order t officially begin rebuilding the Erie Otters. None will be in the OHL next season. It’s too early to know if third-year forward Dane Fox and second-year defenseman Troy Donnay will develop into the…

OTTERS UPDATE: Otters send Broll to Soo for Thompson

   January 10, 2011 9:32 am

The Erie Otters have acquired 19-year-old C Brett Thompson (25 goals, 46 points this season) and a draft pick from Sault Ste. Marie for LW David Broll and three picks, Dave Brown, Otters assistant manager of hockey operations, has confirmed today. The Otters also sent a 2013 third-round pick and 2014 fourth-round pick in the…

VICTOR’S TAKE: Otters want forward; big names likely not on list

   January 6, 2011 12:07 pm

The Erie Otters are focused on acquiring a forward before the OHL trade deadline arrives at noon Monday. But high-profile forwards, such as Windsor RW Zack Kassian , don’t appear to be in the mix. “The price is going to be pretty expensive,” said Dave Brown, assistant manager of hockey operations. “We’ve got a real…