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: 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…

CAMP COUNTDOWN: #1 – Burakovsky’s hockey fate will impact Otters

   August 24, 2014 1:00 am

Andre Burakovsky will participate in Erie Otters camp this week. But don’t read too much into that. He isn’t staying long, since he heads to Washington Capitals camp early next month. And like his agent, Kevin Epp of Titan Sports Management in Vancouver, British Columbia, said recently, he likely won’t return. “The chances of him…

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…

LAKERS EXTRA: O’Donoghue signs deal with NHL’s Coyotes

   April 11, 2014 2:16 pm

Mercyhurst’s Daniel O’Donoghue turned the best season of his college hockey career into a NHL contract Friday. The senior forward signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, and will join the club’s AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates in Portland, Maine, as early as this weekend. The Pirates play in Manchester, N.H., against…

NHL EXTRA: Coyotes trade Brown to Capitals

   March 4, 2014 6:54 pm

In other trade news, the Phoenix Coyotes announced they traded forward prospect Chris Brown, 23, whose family has ties to Millcreek Township, to Washington on Tuesday in a deal that also sent defenseman Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to the Capitals for forwards Martin Erat and John Mitchell….

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters rally to beat Whalers 2-1, split weekend road trip

   September 21, 2013 6:32 pm

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – The Erie Otters gained a key piece of their offense in time for Saturday night’s game at Plymouth. Rookie winger Andre Burakovsky, who was reassigned to the Otters by the NHL’s Washington Capitals earlier in the day, made his much-anticipated OHL debut in a 2-1 win against the Whalers in front of…

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters look for 1st win of season in Plymouth

   September 21, 2013 3:47 pm

OTTERS WATCH Erie Otters (0-0-1-0) at Plymouth Whalers (0-1-0-0) When: Today, 7:05 p.m. Where: Compuware Arena – Plymouth, Mich. On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream) Up next: at Saginaw (Wednesday, 7:11 p.m.), at Sarnia (Friday, 7:05 p.m.) What to watch: Rookie LW Andre Burakovsky makes his OHL debut tonight after being reassigned by the…

OTTERS EXTRA: 3 prospects cut, roster at 25

   September 20, 2013 12:40 pm

The Erie Otters left for Guelph, Ontario, earlier today to play their season opener against the Midwest Division rival Storm. Three prospects – G Daniel Dekoning and Ds Jesse Saban and Cole Mayo – didn’t make the trip. Instead, they were cut from the roster and reassigned to their Tier II clubs. That leaves the…

OTTERS EXTRA: Burakovsky makes home debut for Caps tonight

   September 20, 2013 5:36 am

While the Erie Otters open the season tonight in Guelph, 1st-round pick Andre Burakovsky will make his NHL home debut tonight for the Washington Capitals against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks…find out more, including Caps head coach Adam Oates‘ thoughts on Burakovsky by clicking the link.