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Posted: September 10th, 2011

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Former Erie Otters center Phil Varone scored in the Buffalo Sabres’ 6-3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday at the NHL Prospects Tournament. Former teammate Shawn Szydlowski had no points and four shots on goal for the Sabres.

In other tournament action, David Shields, an overage defenseman with the Otters who’s expected to start his professional career this season, had no points and a plus-1 rating in the St. Louis Blues’ 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers. Former Otters forward Andrew Yogan, who was traded to Peterborough last month, had no points and a minus-1 rating for the Rangers.

Otters overage goaltender Ramis Sadikov didn’t play for the Detroit Red Wings in a 7-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Former Mercyhurst College standout Sc0tt Pitt had a minus-2 rating and one shot on goal in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 8-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Here is Sunday’s tournament schedule:

Columbus vs. Buffalo, 2:30 p.m.

Carolina vs. St. Louis, 3 p.m.

Dallas vs. N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m. (Live on NHL Network, replay on NHL Network at 9 p.m.)

Detroit vs. Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.

Here’s the rest of the tournament schedule:


Dallas vs. St. Louis, 3 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers vs. Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Live on NHL Network, replay on NHL Network at 7 p.m.)

Columbus vs. Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.

Detroit vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.



7th-place game, 3 p.m.

5th-place game, 3:30 p.m.

3rd-place game, 6:30 p.m.

Championship game, 7 p.m.





Posted: September 10th, 2011

Check out Blueshirts United’s video featuring former Erie Otters forward Andrew Yogan.


Posted: August 5th, 2011

Andrew Yogan, who the Erie Otters traded to the Peterborough Petes today, believes his offensive-minded game didn’t mesh well with Otters coach Robbie Ftorek’s coaching philosophy.

“I like to make some fancy moves. I like to take it to the net,” Yogan said. “He wants me to play a little bit more simple. When you’ve played the one way your whole life, that’s the way you’ve got to play.”

Otters GM Sherry Bassin said a clash between Yogan’s style and Ftorek’s philosophy possibly existed. But Bassin said Yogan wasn’t in the team’s plans as an overager. Bassin also plans to trade overage winger Brett Appio, despite praising him for “what he brings to a team. He’s a hard-nosed, hard-skating player.”

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: August 5th, 2011

The Erie Otters have officially announced the trade that sends overage forward Andrew Yogan, 19, to Peterborough for three draft picks.

The Otters receive a sixth-round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, which was originally traded by the Otters in the October 2009 deal that sent then-overage defenseman Chris Breen to the Petes and brought defenseman Derek Holden to Erie.

The Otters also received two conditional picks – Windsor’s second-rounder in 2012 and the Petes’ third-rounder in 2013. The Otters will lose those two picks if Yogan, an unsigned prospect of the New York Rangers, doesn’t play in the OHL this season.

Meanwhile, Otters GM Sherry Bassin said forwards Mike Cazzola and Brett Thompson will hold two of the team’s OA spots this season. That leaves the final spot for defensemen Brett Cook and Holden.

Bassin said no serious trade talks have arisen for either player or for OA winger Brett Appio, who is on the trade block. Yet Bassin hasn’t ruled out opening the 2011-12 season with Cook and Holden on the roster to offset the possibility of injuries.

Cook and Holden are the two most experienced defensemen on the roster, since OAs Tyler Hostetter and David Shields have signed with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues, respectively, and are expected to begin their professional careers this season.

Adam Pelech and Kris Grant played 65 and 52 games, respectively, as rookies in the 2010-11 season. Fellow rookie Mark Gazdic dressed for only 18 games this past season.

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: August 5th, 2011

The Erie Otters have traded forward Andrew Yogan to Peterborough for multiple draft picks, a league source has confirmed. Yogan has waived his no-trade clause, the source said. The deal is expected to approve by OHL officials later this afternoon.

Yogan experienced an up-and-down, injury-riddled career with the Otters since being acquired from Windsor in November 2008. He had 17 goals and 34 points in 35 games after the trade, but missed the final month of the 2008-09 season and the playoffs with a concussion. He missed the 2009-10 playoffs with a fractured foot.

Then he missed all but the last 10 regular-season games in 2010-11 because of shoulder surgery. He also was scratched for the final four games of a seven-game, first-round loss to Windsor because he was sick. Yogan has 45 goals and 93 points in 108 games with the Otters.

He was the New York Rangers’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but he remains unsigned.

Here’s what Jim Schoenfeld, New York Rangers assistant coach and general manager of the AHL’s Connecticut Whale, told Whale staff writer Bruce Berlet about Yogan in an e-mail this week: “Because he missed most of last year with a shoulder injury, we feel another year of juniors might be best for him. But we will monitor him closely in camp, and you may see him in Hartford.”

- Victor Fernandes





Posted: August 4th, 2011

Erie Otters forward Andrew Yogan, who’s currently on the trade market, could return to the OHL for his overage season, based on today’s report from Connecticut Whale staff writer Bruce Berlet on the AHL club’s website. Yogan, the New York Rangers’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had a brief stint with the Whale at the end of last season.


Yogan, a fourth-round pick in 2010, also should have a good chance to make the Whale after participating in the prospects tournament. He missed most of last season after having surgery on his left shoulder on Sept. 21, and then spent his final month of rehabilitation with the Whale before returning to the Otters and getting three goals and one assist in 10 games. When Erie was eliminated from the playoffs, Yogan returned to the Whale and learned more about the pro lifestyle and what he would need to do to succeed at the next level.

Yogan continued to build on his Whale success at the prospects camp, where he was one of the dominant offensive players. His left shoulder was clearly 100 percent, enabling him to elevate his game and score some notable goals in scrimmages while often in the middle of the action.

“Because he missed most of last year with a shoulder injury, we feel another year of juniors might be best for him,” (Rangers assistant coach/Whale GM Jim) Schoenfeld said via email. “But we will monitor him closely in camp, and you may see him in Hartford.”




Posted: August 3rd, 2011

Sherry Bassin, Erie Otters managing partner and general manager, said Wednesday that he’s involved in serious trade discussions involving Andrew Yogan, a 19-year-old forward and four-year OHL veteran.

Bassin declined to name the interested club and the timetable for a completed deal. But an unnamed league source considers an undisclosed Eastern Conference team as the frontrunner ahead of several other Eastern and Western conference teams. A trade could be finalized by the end of the week, the source said.

“I can’t really judge and tell you that it’s imminent or not imminent,” said Bassin, who wants “whatever fits” in return for Yogan – be it players, draft picks or both.

Bassin has made Yogan aware of the trade talks. He expects Yogan would waive his no-trade clause if a deal is completed.

“It’s a numbers game,” Bassin said, referring to Yogan. On Tuesday, Bassin alluded to having Mike Cazzola and Brett Thompson, who combined for 63 goals and 151 points this past season, for a full season. Cazzola missed two months in 2010-11 with a broken wrist. Thompson was acquired in January from Sault Ste. Marie. That likely would leave the final OA spot on defense for Brett Cook or Derek Holden. Bassin said trade talks involving other undisclosed players besides Yogan are ongoing.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out this story on Yogan from the New York Rangers’ website.



Posted: April 8th, 2011

The Buffalo Sabres have added another former Erie Otter into their organization.

Shawn Szydlowski has signed a NHL entry-level contract with the Sabres. He will report to the AHL’s Portland Pirates, where he rejoins Mark Jeanneret, the Otters’ former play-by-play broadcaster and media relations director. He’s the Pirates’ play-by-play voice and director of communications and team services.

The Sabres already have former Otters Brad Boyes, Tim Connolly and Steve Montador on the roster.

Szydlowski, 20, an undrafted free-agent forward, set career highs with 41 goals, 37 assists and 78 points in his final season with the Otters. He finished his four-year career ranked fifth in franchise history with 94 goals and sixth in points with 197. Szydlowski attended an Ottawa Senators’ rookie camp before this season. The Pirates played at the Providence Bruins on Friday night.

He joins three current and former Otters – forwards Anthony Luciani (Florida Panthers) and Greg McKegg (Toronto Maple Leafs) and defenseman David Shields (St. Louis Blues) – to earn deals the past few weeks. Defenseman Tyler Hostetter signed with the Philadelphia Flyers before the 2009-10 season.

In other Otters’ news, Otters forward Andrew Yogan has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Connecticut Whale, the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate. Yogan trained with the club during his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. The Whale faced the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday.

Yogan, the Rangers’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had three goals and four points in 10 games this season. He has 55 goals and 108 points in 174 OHL games with the Otters and Spitfires.

Luciani, who was assigned to the AHL’s Rochester Americans, was expected to make his professional debut on Friday night against the Binghamton Senators. He could face McKegg Saturday night, when Rochester meets the Toronto Marlies in Toronto. The Peoria Rivermen (Shields) and Adirondack Phantoms (Hostetter) faced the Chicago Wolves and Manchester Monarchs on Friday night.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 5th, 2011

Posted: April 4th, 2011

What: No. 5 Erie Otters at No. 4 Windsor Spitfires

When: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: WFCU Centre – Windsor, Ontario

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit by beating the Spitfires, the two-time defending OHL and Memorial Cup champions, in overtime the past two games. … They tied the series at three games apiece with a 6-5 overtime win in Game 6 Sunday. That was the Otters’ first home playoff win in OT since May 10, 2002, when Sean Courtney scored to seal the franchise’s only OHL championship. … The Otters have won two straight playoff games for the first time since the first round in 2005 against Kitchener. … The Otters have won two of three games in Windsor, both by one goal (2-1 in Game 1 and 6-5 in OT in Game 5). … The Otters’ three wins in this series equals the combined total since their last series victory in 2004 (first round vs. Sarnia). … The franchise is 0-5 in series when trailing 3-1 in games. The Otters have rallied to force Game 7 twice but lost both times (first round vs. London in 1998, second round vs. Sault Ste. Marie in 2000). … The Otters have tied their playoff record with three overtime games in one series (first round vs. Kitchener in 2005). … RW Anthony Luciani (7-3-10) was named OHL player of the week after totaling six goals and nine points last week. … Luciani and C Phil Varone (3-10-13) combined for eight goals and 17 points in the past two games. … Linemate Brett Thompson scored the OT winner on Sunday, his first career playoff goal. … G Ramis Sadikov (3-2-1 record, 4.07 goals-against average, .907 save percentage) has made 50 and 48 saves, respectively, in the past two games – the second and the third-best single-game totals in his career. He made 51 in a first-round loss to the Spitfires last season. … F Andrew Yogan (sick) isn’t expected to play tonight after missing the past three games. “I told him the other day that we’re probably going to go with what we’ve got,” coach Robbie Ftorek said Sunday. “He’s fine, but he doesn’t have the hands and the timing that the other players have because he only played nine games (in the regular season because of shoulder surgery).”

Windsor – The Spitfires have squandered consecutive opportunities to win the series, including squandering 3-0 and 4-3 leads on Sunday. … According to The Windsor Star, the Spitfires have never lost a series when leading 3-1 in games (9-0). This is the third time a series has reached a seventh game (1991 vs. London, 2000 vs. Sarnia). … G Jack Campbell (3-1-2, 3.42, .903) has allowed 16 goals on his last 124 shots after stopping 105-of-112 shots in the first three games. … The Spitfires have recorded 40 or more shots on goal in all six games, including more than 50 in the past two games. … D Adrian Robertson (2-7-9) leads the team in scoring and is tied for second in scoring by defenseman in the playoffs. … RW Jake Carrick (4-4-8), C Stephen Johnston (4-4-8) and LW Tom Kuhnhackl (3-5-8) also rank among team leaders in scoring.

Up next: TBD

– Victor Fernandes