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Posted: August 13th, 2014

Kevin Epp of Titan Sports Management in Vancouver, B.C. – one of CHL 1st-round pick Anton Karlsson‘s North American-based agents – says Karlsson has chosen to play in his native Sweden to be closer to his family.
Karlsson’s decision capped what Epp called a frustrating situation, which began in the months before the 2014 CHL draft in July, when Karlsson apparently was looking forward to playing in North America. At that time, Epp said he was 80 percent certain that Karlsson would play in the CHL. Karlsson began to have doubts after the draft, even though his agents and Arizona Coyotes, which drafted him in June, want him to play in Erie. Now Epp has learned about Karlsson’s deal in Sweden.
Epp doesn’t foresee more talks with Karlsson in the immediate future. But Epp said there’s a possibility that Karlsson still could end up in Erie. The Otters have until the Jan. 10 trade deadline to sign Karlsson and add him to the roster.
“He can change his mind,” Epp said, if Karlsson doesn’t like playing for his new team or doesn’t have a good start to the season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 13th, 2014

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Erie Otters assistant GM Dave Brown read the news on the Swedish club Skelleftea’s website – that CHL 1st-round pick Anton Karlsson has signed a 2-year deal with the 2-time defending Swedish league champion.
It was a bit surprising, given the conversation Brown and Otters GM Sherry Bassin had with Karlsson on Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y., where Karlsson was playing for Sweden in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.
Brown said they made what he believed to be a strong pitch to Karlsson.
Besides that, Karlsson’s agents and officials from the Arizona Coyotes have said they wanted Karlsson in Erie. “At that point, I could have thought it was better than 50-50,” Brown said, referring to the odds of Karlsson committing to the Otters. “He seemed upbeat and optimistic.”
The Otters still hold out hope. Brown said Karlsson signed with Skelleftea’s Junior U20 team, not the professional club. So they will “continue to work.”
If it doesn’t work, Brown called losing Karlsson would be a bit of a setback. But the club would move forward with the players they have. Brown confirmed that CHL 2nd-round pick Igor Vladykovsky will report to camp (he apparently attended the Otters’ recent conditioning camp) as well as the signing of 2014 OHL 3rd0-round pick Shaun Bily.
Expect an announcement early next week on a few more signings, presumably from the 2013 and 2014 draft classes…

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: July 2nd, 2014

A look back
The past selections in the CHL Import Draft:

Year Pos. Name (pick) Home country Career statistics
1996 D Arvid Rekis (21st) Latvia 25 G, 138 Pts, 337 PIM – 242 GP (1996-2000)
1996 RW Vadim Sharapov (50th) Russia 34 G, 77 Pts, 220 PIM – 118 GP (1996-98)
1998 RW Nikita Alexeev (5th) Russia 72 G, 160 Pts, 101 PIM – 189 GP (1998-2001)
1999 LW Ivan Huml (52nd) Czech Republic Did not report
2000 RW Lubor Dibelka (29th) Czech Republic Did not report
2001 C Alex Karaulchuk (47th) Ukraine 39 G, 97 Pts, 345 PIM – 185 GP (2001-04)
2001 LW/C Michal Kokavec (55th) Slovakia 7 G, 14 Pts, 49 PIM – 66 GP (2001-02)
2002 C Tomas Galasek (51st) Czech Republic 23 G, 41 Pts, 107 PIM – 184 GP (2002-05)
2003 C Ilya Yakovlev (12th) Russia Did not report
2004 LW Vladimir Tufykov (32nd) Russia 0 Pts, 0 PIM – 1 GP (2004-05)
2005 D Ivan Maximkin (28th) Russia Did not report
2005 LW Christian Seest Olsen (72nd) Denmark 3 G, 16 Pts, 24 PIM – 69 GP (2005-07)
2006 RW Stanislav Polodna (12th) Czech Republic 10 G, 35 Pts, 27 PIM – 84 GP (2006-07)
2007 G Jaroslav Janus (2nd) Slovakia 45-53-7-2, 3.69 GAA, .902 save pct. (2007-09)
2008 C/W Edgar Rybakov (4th) Lithuania 0 G, 1 Pt – 23 GP (2008-09)
2009 G Ramis Sadikov (36th) Russia 51-50-5-5 record, 3.53 GAA, .901 save pct., 2 shutouts (2009-11)
2010 F Tim Tankeev (29th) Russia 0 Pts, 3 GP (2010-11)
2011 LW Sondre Olden (31st) Norway 11 goals, 32 points – 48 games (2011-Present)
2011 C Vladimir Tkachev (37th) Russia Did not report
2012 G Oscar Dansk (3rd) Sweden 40-32-4-3, 3.25 GAA, .897 save pct., 6 shutouts (2012-Present)
2012 D Artem Kuleshov (63rd) Russia 4 points, 35 PIM – 50 GP (2012-13)
2013 RW Andre Burakovsky (5th) Austria 41 goals, 87 points – 57 GP (2013-Present)
Note: The Otters made no selections in 1997. 

Posted: June 25th, 2014

Erie Otters C Dylan Strome joins 42 other CHL players that are invited to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Selection Camp, which runs from Aug. 2-5 at Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The camp will help determine the 22-player team that will represent Canada at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup from Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Canada has won that tournament 6 straight times and 9 of the last 10 years.
Here are the 15 OHL players invited to camp:

Justin Lemcke (Belleville)
Garrett McFadden (Guelph)
Matthew Spencer (Peterborough)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa)

Lawson Crouse (Kingston)
Sam Harding (Oshawa)
Graham Knott (Niagara)
Travis Konecny (Ottawa)
Mitchell Marner (London)
Hayden McCool (Niagara)
Brett McKenzie (North Bay)
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw)
Dylan Strome (Erie)
Ethan Szypula (Owen Sound)

Posted: May 15th, 2014

Mastercard Memorial Cup schedule
at Budweiser Gardens – London, Ontario 
Friday – Val d’Or (QMJHL champion) vs. London (Host club), 7 p.m.
Saturday – Guelph (OHL champion) vs. Edmonton (WHL champion), 4 p.m.
Sunday – London vs. Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Monday – Guelph vs. Val d’Or, 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Edmonton vs. Val d’Or, 7 p.m.
Wednesday – London vs. Guelph, 7 p.m.
Thursday – Tie-breaker game (if necessary), 7 p.m.
Friday – Semifinal, 7 p.m.
Sunday – Championship game, TBD

Posted: May 9th, 2014

Erie Otters Fs Connor Brown and Connor McDavid captured OHL awards. Now they have a chance to add CHL honors to their resume. The CHL announced today the finalists for 10 major awards that will be presented at the league’s annual Awards Ceremony on May 24 in London, Ontario. Brown, the OHL’s reigning Red Tilson Trophy winner as Most Outstanding Player, is a nominee for Sportsnet Player of the Year and Chrysler Dodge Top Scorer. McDavid is nominated for Subway Scholastic Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

Here are the finalists for those four awards:

Sportsnet Player of the Year
Connor Brown (Erie – OHL)
Anthony Mantha (Val-d-Or – QMJHL)
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay – WHL)

Chrysler Dodge Top Scorer
Connor Brown (Erie – OHL
Mitch Holmberg (Spokane – WHL)
Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or – QMJHL)

Subway Scholastic Player of the Year
Jeremy Gregoire (Baie-Comeau – QMJHL)
Connor McDavid (Erie – OHL)
Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon – WHL) Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year
Frederik Gaudreau (Drummondville – QMJHL)
Connor McDavid (Erie – OHL)
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay – WHL)


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