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Posted: April 16th, 2014

Kris Knoblauch led the Erie Otters from last place in the Western Conference – and the league’s second-worst record – to a franchise-record 52 wins and the Western Conference championship series. But that wasn’t enough for Knoblauch to capture the OHL’s Coach of the Year award.
Knoblauch earned 47 voting points, one behind Oshawa’s D.J. Smith, in balloting. Smith led the Generals to the Eastern Conference’s regular-season championship and into the conference finals against North Bay. Guelph’s Scott Walker, whose club won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy as the league’s regular-season champion and face the Otters in the conference finals, finished third with 38 voting points.
Smith will receive the trophy at the OHL Awards Ceremony on June 3 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. He also will be the league’s nominee for CHL Coach of the Year.

Posted: April 11th, 2014

McDavid.ConnorThe Erie Otters’ No. 1 line of Connor Brown, Dane Fox and Connor McDavid moved another step closer to each winning an OHL regular-season award.

McDavid joined Fox – the league’s overager of the year – as an award winner Friday, as the second-year center captured the William Hanley Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player after ranking among the league leaders with 71 assists, 99 points and a plus-47 rating. He had only 20 penalty minutes, which was the lowest among the top 12 scorers overall.

McDavid is the second player in franchise history (Brad Boyes, 2001 and 2002) and third 17-year-old in league history (Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, 1978 with Sault Ste. Marie and Kirk Muller, 1983 with Guelph Platers) to earn the honor. McDavid had 71 voting points to lead a list that included Oshawa left wing Michael Dal Colle (50 points) and London center Chris Tierney (35 points) after finishing second in voting to Belleville center Tyler Graovac as a 16-year-old rookie a season ago. McDavid will receive the trophy at the OHL Awards Ceremony on June 3 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Brown could McDavid and Fox at the annual event, since the veteran winger and captain is a finalist for the Red Tilson Trophy as the league’s most outstanding player. McDavid also will be the league’s nominee for CHL’s Sportsman of the Year, which will be announced at the CHL Awards event May 24 in London, Ontario, as part of the Memorial Cup tournament.

“It’s a tremendous honor to win this award,” McDavid said in a statement. “It’s really important to me to be respectful on the ice, and there’s a reward for that.”

William Hanley Trophy voting

(voting points in parenthese)

C Connor McDavid, Erie (71) – 28 goals, 71 assists, 99 points, +47 rating, 20 PIM (56 games)

LW Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa (50) – 39 goals, 56 assists, 95 points, 34 PIM (67 games)

C Chris Tierney, London (35) – 40 goals, 49 assists, 89 points, +44, 12 PIM (67 games)



Posted: March 12th, 2014

The Erie Otters are back in the top five of the CHL’s latest top 10 list. They rose to fifth from sixth. The WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (54-11-0-4) remain No. 1, followed by No. 2 Guelph (50-12-2-1). London (47-13-1-4) moved to fourth from fifth, while Oshawa (41-18-0-6) is on the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 54-11-0-4
2. Guelph (OHL) 50-12-2-1
3. Portland (WHL) 51-13-2-3
4. London (OHL) 47-13-1-4
5. Erie (OHL) 49-14-2-0
6. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 45-16-2-3
7. Victoria (WHL) 48-17-1-3
8. Rimouski (QMJHL) 43-15-3-4
9. Halifax (QMJHL) 45-18-0-3
10. Edmonton (WHL) 48-18-2-1
strong>Honorable mention: Calgary (WHL) 46-17-3-4, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 40-16-5-5, Oshawa (OHL) 41-18-0-6

Posted: March 5th, 2014

The Erie Otters slipped another spot, to sixth from fifth, in the latest CHL top 10. Midwest Division rival London (44-13-1-4) took over the fifth spot, while division rival Guelph (49-11-2-1) remains second to Kelowna (52-10-0-4) from the WHL. Oshawa (41-17-0-5) is on the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 52-10-0-4
2. Guelph (OHL) 49-11-2-1
3. Portland (WHL) 47-13-2-3
4. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 44-15-1-3
5. London (OHL) 44-13-1-4
6. Erie (OHL) 46-14-2-0
7. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 39-14-4-5
8. Victoria (WHL) 45-17-1-3
9. Rimouski (QMJHL) 40-15-3-4
10. Calgary (WHL) 44-15-3-4

strong>Honorable mention: Edmonton (WHL) 45-17-2-1, Halifax (QMJHL) 42-18-0-3, Oshawa (OHL) 41-17-0-5

Posted: February 26th, 2014

The Erie Otters slipped another spot in the CHL top 10, as they stand fifth in the latest poll that was released today. The WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (49-9-0-4) remain No. 1, with Guelph (46-10-2-) at No. 2. London (42-12-1-4) rose to sixth from eighth, while Oshawa (39-16-0-5) moved onto the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 49-9-0-4
2. Guelph (OHL) 46-10-2-1
3. Portland (WHL) 46-12-2-3
4. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 42-15-1-3
5. Erie (OHL) 44-13-2-0
6. London (OHL) 42-12-1-4
7. Edmonton (WHL) 44-15-1-1
8. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 37-14-4-5
9. Victoria (WHL) 43-17-1-3
9. Rimouski (QMJHL) 37-15-3-4

strong>Honorable mention: Calgary (WHL) 41-15-3-4, Oshawa (OHL) 39-16-0-5, Halifax (QMJHL) 39-18-0-3

Posted: February 19th, 2014

The Erie Otters dropped to 4th to 3rd in the latest CHL top 10 ranking, which was released today. Portland (43-12-2-3 in the WHL) moved ahead of the Otters, while Kelowna (46-8-0-4 in the WHL) and Guelph (44-9-2-1) remain Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. London (40-12-1-4) is still 8th, while Sault Ste. Marie (37-15-1-4) are on the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 46-8-0-4
2. Guelph (OHL) 44-9-2-1
3. Portland (WHL) 43-12-2-3
4. Erie (OHL) 43-11-2-0
5. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 37-11-4-5
6. Edmonton (WHL) 41-14-1-1
7. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 39-14-1-3
8. London (OHL) 40-12-1-4
9. Quebec (QMJHL) 34-15-3-6
10. Victoria (WHL) 41-16-1-3
strong>Honorable mention: Calgary (WHL) 39-15-3-3, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 37-15-1-4, Halifax (QMJHL) 37-18-0-3

Posted: February 5th, 2014

The CHL top 10 ranking remains largely unchanged this week, with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (42-7-0-3) and OHL rivals Guelph Storm (39-9-2-1) and Erie Otters (39-10-2-0) still 1-2-3 on the list. Sault Ste. Marie (35-12-1-4) is still eighth, while London (34-11-1-4) – which plays in Erie on Saturday night – rising from 10th to ninth. Oshawa (32-15-0-4) moved back onto the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 42-7-0-3
2. Guelph (OHL) 39-9-2-1
3. Erie (OHL) 39-10-2-0
4. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 36-12-1-3
5. Portland (WHL) 36-12-2-3
6. Edmonton (WHL) 37-13-0-1
7. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 32-10-4-5
8. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 35-12-1-4
9. London (OHL) 34-11-1-4
10. Halifax (QMJHL) 34-17-0-2
Honorable mention: Quebec (QMJHL) 30-14-3-5, Victoria (WHL) 35-16-0-3, Oshawa (OHL) 32-15-0-4

Posted: January 29th, 2014

The Erie Otters are still behind Guelph in the CHL top 10 ranking, much like they are behind the Storm in the OHL standings.
The Otters (37-9-2-0) remain No. 3 on the latest CHL list, one spot behind the Storm (37-8-2-1) and two behind front-running Kelowna (40-7-0-2) from the WHL. Sault Ste. Marie (33-11-1-4) moved up one spot to 8th, while London (31-11-1-4) stays 10th.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 40-7-0-2
2. Guelph (OHL) 37-8-2-1
3. Erie (OHL) 37-9-2-0
4. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 33-12-1-3
5. Portland (WHL) 33-12-2-3
6. Edmonton (WHL) 35-13-0-1
7. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 29-10-4-5
8. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 33-11-1-4
9. Halifax (QMJHL) 33-16-0-1
10. London (OHL) 31-11-1-4
Honorable mention: Calgary (WHL) 31-12-3-3, Quebec (QMJHL) 29-12-3-5, Victoria (WHL) 33-16-0-2

Posted: January 17th, 2014

* denotes starters



Oscar Dansk*
Devin Williams

Scratches: C Dylan Strome (concussion), RW Andre Burakovsky (head), D Justin Felker (healthy), LW Travis Wood (healthy)




Dalen Kuchmey*
Alex Fotinos

Scratches: LW Ryan Verbeek, D Ted Nichol, D Ryan Hutchinson, D Matthew Watson, C Sam Bennett (groin)

Referees: Pat Myers, Jeff Campbell; Linesmen: Ray King, Mike Harrington

Check out the latest edition of Knoblauch Korner… as well as injury updates on RW Andre Burakovsky and C Dylan Strome.

Kingston Frontenacs (24-54-2-2) at Erie Otters (34-7-2-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Guelph (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won four straight games. … The Otters have won two straight at home since their lone loss of the season at EIA – a 3-2 overtime defeat to Owen Sound on Jan. 3. They haven’t lost in regulation at home (21-0-1). … The Otters are tied for fourth on the franchise’s single-season home wins list with 12 games left. The 2000-01 club holds the record with 26 wins. … RW Andre Burakovsky (head) and C Dylan Strome (concussion) aren’t expected to play, but they could skate lightly this weekend. … F Jake Evans (ill) will play tonight. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 30 assists, 81 points) needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (28-60-88) needs three assists to break the franchise mark of 62 assists held by Zack Torquato since the 2009-10 season. … Fox and Brown are on pace to surpass Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02. … G Oscar Dansk extended his shutout streak to 144 minutes, 18 seconds, the third longest in franchise history, with shutout wins the past two games. He posted the second-longest stretch (170:48) in October. Adam Munro set the mark of 234:36 in March 2001. … Dansk has stopped 220-of-227 shots and posted four of his OHL-best six shutouts in a personal nine-game winning streak. … Kingston C Samuel Bennett (26-40-66) may not play tonight because of a reported groin injury. Bennett, Otters C Connor McDavid‘s former teammate in minor hockey, was ranked No. 1 among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list for the 2014 draft. He didn’t play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta. … D Roland McKeown (8-24-32, plus-28), another former Marlboro, is rated 15th among North American skaters. … LW Henri Ikonen (13-31-44) won a gold medal with his native Finland at the IIHF World Junior Championship. … The Frontenacs are third in the Eastern Conference.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 15th, 2014

The Erie Otters (34-7-2-0) remain second in the latest CHL top 10 ranking, while the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (36-5-0-2) hold onto the top spot. The Otters headline four OHL clubs on the list, followed by Guelph (32-8-2-1) at No. 3, London at No. 6 (28-9-1-4) and Sault Ste. Marie (29-10-1-4) at No. 10. Sudbury (24-10-3-4) moved onto the honorable-mention list for the first time this season.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 36-5-0-2
2. Erie (OHL) 34-7-2-0
3. Guelph (OHL) 32-8-2-1
4. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 28-9-4-3
5. Calgary (WHL) 29-10-2-3
6. London (OHL) 28-9-1-4
7. Portland (WHL) 28-12-2-3
8. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 28-12-1-3
9. Rimouski (QMJHL) 26-12-3-4
10. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 29-10-1-4
Honorable mention: Victoria (WHL) 29-15-0-2, Quebec (25-12-3-5), Sudbury (OHL) 24-10-3-4

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