OTTERS REPORT: Murphy moves back to forward & other news

   October 8, 2014 2:33 pm

Patrick Murphy‘s return to the Erie Otters’ defense isn’t permanent after all. Murphy, who was drafted into the OHL as a defenseman, moved to the wing full time last season only to start this season on the blue line, has moved back up front to make room for overage D Troy Donnay. Here’s how the…

OTTERS WATCH: Otters look to cap perfect road trip

   September 27, 2014 1:00 am

Erie Otters at (2-0-0-0) at Plymouth Whalers (1-0-0-0) When: Today, 7:05 p.m. Where: Compuware Arena – Plymouth, Mich. On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream) Up next: vs. Sarnia (Oct. 4, 7 p.m.) What to watch: The Otters conclude a season-opening, three-game road trip as the visiting team for the last of three straight three…

OTTERS REPORT: Meet the 2014-15 Erie Otters

   September 24, 2014 10:17 am

Numerical roster No. Pos. Name (age) Ht. Wt. Hometown 2013-14 club (league) 3 D Cory Genovese (19)^ 6-2 206 Hespeler, Ont. Erie (OHL) 6 D Patrick Murphy (19) 6-0 187 Hamilton, Ont. Erie (OHL) 8 RW Joel Wigle (20)^ 6-2 205 Brantford, Ont. Erie (OHL) 9 LW Kyle Maksimovich (16)* 5-7 160 Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)…

OTTERS REPORT: Look at possible opening-night lineup

   September 22, 2014 5:37 pm

The Erie Otters had their last practice today in preparation for their season opener Wednesday in Saginaw. I had a chance to check out the line combinations and defense pairings head coach Kris Knoblauch could use against the Spirit. Veteran Fs Kyle Pettit (knee) and Travis Wood (knee) aren’t expected to play. D Travis Dermott…

OTTERS REPORT: Logjam up front headlines final weeks of preseason

   September 3, 2014 1:00 am

Now it becomes a numbers game for Erie Otters prospects on the bubble, especially up front. The Otters normally take a 23-player roster into the regular season. So let’s assume the same for this season… Devin Williams and Daniel Dekoning are in net (unless club officials like him enough that they overlook that he’s 16…

OTTERS REPORT: Tonight’s lineup vs. Mississauga

   August 30, 2014 3:39 pm

As expected, only a few veterans will play in today’s 5 p.m. preseason opener against the Mississauga Steelheads at Erie Insurance Arena…one interesting note, Patrick Murphy is listed as a defenseman. Guess we’ll see if that’s where he plays… TONIGHT’S ROSTER * denotes veterans GOALTENDERS Jake Lawr Daniel Dekoning DEFENSEMEN Mitchell Byrne Taylor Egan T.J….

OTTERS REPORT: CHL pick Vladykovski headlines latest camp cuts

   August 29, 2014 9:50 pm

The Erie Otters picked two players in the 2014 CHL Import Draft last month. None are on the roster. Second-round pick Igor Vladykovski headlined a group of 10 prospects cut Friday night, which left the club with 32 players heading into Saturday’s 5 p.m. preseason opener against Mississauga at Erie Insurance Arena. The Otters already…

OTTERS REPORT: Otters sign 7 prospects

   August 13, 2014 11:35 am

The Erie Otters have signed seven prospects from the 2013 and 2014 OHL draft classes… 2014 draft class G Jake Lawr (2nd round) F Shaun Bily (3rd round) F Kyle Maksimovich (3rd round) 2013 draft class F Trent Fox (5th round) F Patrick Fellows (7th round) D T.J. Fergus (8th round) F Frank Pucci (12th…

CAMP CORNER: Otters cut 14 prospects, roster stands at 44

   August 28, 2013 8:51 pm

Seven members of the 2013 draft class – Sean Kohler (6th round), Patrick Fellows (7th round), T.J. Fergus (8th round), Frank Pucci (12th round), Jack Scanlan (13th round), Owen Headrick (14th round) and Trayvon Henry (15th round) – headlined the Erie Otters’ opening round of camp cuts. The club also cut free agents Brady Allen,…

OTTERS UPDATE: Otters camp, Prospect Game rosters

   August 23, 2013 3:57 pm

CAMP ROSTER (subject to change) TEAM RED No. Name (status) Goaltenders 30 Cosimo Lazzarino (9th round, 2013) Defensemen 2 T.J. Fergus (8th round, 2013) 4 Darren Raddysh (Veteran) 7 Teilen Celentano (Free agent) 15 Adam Pelech (Veteran) – may not participate (wrist) 16 Riley Robertson (3rd round, 2012) 17 Jimmy McDowell (Veteran) Left wing 14…