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: #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 REPORT: Bassin on the mend this summer

   August 5, 2014 2:28 pm

I’m back from vacation. I spent most of it working on projects around the house, so it wasn’t the greatest time off of my life. But it had to be better than the summer vacation Erie Otters managing partner/GM Sherry Bassin has endured so far. Bassin, who turns 75 on Aug. 14, always talks about how…

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 POST-GAME: Otters of old returned in critical Game 4

   April 22, 2014 8:07 pm

Now that looked like the Erie Otters club that won 52 games in the regular season. The Otters finally played their game for the first time in this best-of-7 Western Conference championship series against Guelph in a game they had to win – Game 4 tonight at Erie Insurance Arena. It took facing playoff elimination…

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters, Storm lineups for Game 4 tonight at EIA

   April 22, 2014 2:49 pm

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS (starters in bold italics)   ERIE OTTERS Forwards Fox-McDavid-Brown Curtis-Strome-Burakovsky Wood-Gaunce-Wigle Evans-Pettit-Murphy Defense Genovese-Pelech MacDermid-Abraham Dermott-Donnay Goaltenders Williams Dansk Scratches: Felker, Raddysh, Maksimovich, Betz GUELPH STORM Forwards Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk McGinn-Horvat-Auger Bauman-Suter-Pierog Defense Finn-Trojanovic Leslie-Ebert Baltisberger-Harpur Goaltenders Nichols Mancina  Scratches: Craievich, Stevens, McFadden   Edited with BlogPad Pro

OTTERS POST-GAME: Otters struggling in many aspects of the game

   April 21, 2014 9:14 pm

My colleague, John Dudley, describes the Erie Otters’ troubles well in his column today – “The question isn’t who will be in net for the Erie Otters” for Game 4 Tuesday. “The question is whether it matters.” Devin Williams and Oscar Dansk had another tough night in goal against Guelph. The tandem in net allowed…