OTTERS UPDATE: Elie, Marchment provide options up front

   January 5, 2015 9:07 pm

Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin made his big splash in November with the Nick Baptiste. Bassin needed to make the right move – big splash or not – to solidify a group of forwards that needed more experienced depth up front to win at OHL playoff time. Remi Elie fits right in on the left…

OTTERS WATCH: Erie Otters vs. Windsor Spitfires

   January 3, 2015 4:09 pm

Windsor Spitfires (13-21-1-0) at No. 4 Erie Otters (27-7-1-2) When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Erie Insurance Arena On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream) Up next: at Sarnia (Thursday, 7:05 p.m.), at London (Friday, 7:30 p.m.) What to watch: The Otters have opened the second half of the regular season with three straight wins by…

OTTERS REPORT: Otters’ award winners at the OHL’s quarter mark

   November 10, 2014 7:00 pm

The Erie Otters are a quarter of the way through the 2014-15 OHL season. So it’s time to hand out some team awards (because it’s never too early to hand out awards)… MVP – RW/D Patrick Murphy C Connor McDavid would be the obvious choice. RW Nick Betz would be a justifiable selection, given his…

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)…

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: Bassin goes big for ALS awareness

   August 28, 2014 10:59 pm

Erie Otters managing partner/GM Sherry Bassin completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday at Erie Insurance Arena – and he did in grand style. He was drenched by a Zamboni filled with ice water that was operated by frontline forwards Andre Burakovsky, Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome. Bassin was nominated by Aaron Nagy, Strome’s…

OTTERS REPORT: Bassin relying on youth to strengthen D

   August 27, 2014 7:53 pm

Perhaps the Erie Otters defense is more set than I thought. At least that’s the impression I got from GM Sherry Bassin after today’s Prospects Game at Erie Insurance Arena. He hasn’t begun pondering the idea of acquiring a veteran on the trade market, even though he has only three experienced defensemen (Travis Dermott, Cory…

CAMP COUNTDOWN: #8 – Will DeBrincat be a pleasant surprise?

   August 17, 2014 1:00 am

Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin did a masterful job of keeping prospect Alex DeBrincat well hidden from 19 other GMs for a few months before signing the diminutive yet high-scoring forward (54 goals, 111 points in 50 games with Lake Forest Academy out of Illinois a season) after the OHL draft in April. Bassin’s work…

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: Would GM Bassin ever trade McDavid?

   August 15, 2014 1:49 pm

Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin‘s sense of humor came through loud and clear when addressing the thought of potentially trading C Connor McDavid in what likely will be his final OHL season… Bassin said, “There’s a better chance of Chicken Little pulling the string and the sky falling than trading Connor McDavid.”