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Posted: April 18th, 2014

Western Conference finals, Game 1
Erie Otters vs. Guelph Storm

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
Starters in bold italics

ERIE OTTERS
Forwards
Burakovsky
-Gaunce-Wigle
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Curtis-Strome-Evans
Murphy-Pettit-Betz

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Dansk
Williams

Scratches: Felker (healthy), Raddysh (healthy), Maksimovich (healthy), Wood (healthy)

GUELPH STORM
Forwards
Rychel-Fabbri-Mitchell
Bertuzzi-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
McGinn-Horvat-Auger
Bauman-Suter-Pierog

Defense
Finn-Trojanovic
Leslie-Ebert
Baltisberger-Harpur

Goaltenders
Nichols
Mancina

Scratches: Craievich, Stevens, McFadden

Posted: April 5th, 2014

Future Otters
The Erie Otters’ picks in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection:
Round (No.) Pos. Name (Ht., Wt.) Hometown 2013-14 club (statistics)

1. (19) RW Taylor Raddysh (6-0, 190) Caledon, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (25 goals, 52 points)
2. (28) G Jake Lawr (6-2, 150) Caledon, Ont. Halton Hurricanes (12-8-3 record, 53 goals against, 1 shutout)*
3. (45) C Shaun Bily (5-11, 170) Doylestown, Pa. New Jersey Titans U16 (1 goal, 24 games)#
3. (59) LW Kyle Maksimovich (5-6, 150) Oakville, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (24 goals, 58 points)
5. (85) D Mitchell Byrne (5-11, 175) Brampton, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (28 points, 32 penalty minutes)#
6. (119) D Taylor Egan (5-11, 172) Carp, Ont. Ottawa Valley Titans (26 points, 12 penalty minutes)
7. (130) LW Riley MacRae (6-0, 155) Dundas, Ont. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs (7 goals, 22 points)^
7. (139) D Zack Hoffman (6-1, 164) Newcastle, Ont. Clarington Toros (25 points, 42 penalty minutes)
8. (159) RW Jack Gill (6-0, 185) Brockville, Ont. Upper Canada Cyclones (8 goals, 26 points)
9. (179) D Cole Evans (6-3, 190) Toronto, Ont. Vaughan Kings (7 points, 6 penalty minutes)
10. (199) D Jordan Sambrook (6-1, 162) Markham, Ont. South Central Coyotes (18 points, 40 penalty minutes)
11. (219) LW Christian Girhiny (5-10, 131) Thorold, Ont. Southern Tier Admirals (9 goals, 19 points)
12. (239) LW Holdyn Lansink (5-11, 171) Clinton, Ont. Huron Perth Lakers (16 goals, 29 points)
13. (259) D Bailey Newton (5-10, 153) Oakville, Ont. Halton Hurricanes (6 points, 20 penalty minutes)
14. (279) G Colton Point (6-3, 231) North Bay, Ont. North Bay Trappers (3.47 goals-against average)
15. (299) D Noah Tooke (5-10, 185) London, Ont. London Jr. Knights (3 points, 8 penalty minutes)
* Pick originally owned by Owen Sound; # Picks originally owned by Mississauga; ^ Pick originally owned by Saginaw

Check out a scouting report on the Otters’ draft class by clicking the link

Listen to GM Sherry Bassin‘s thoughts on his draft class…

Cream of the crop
First-round picks in the OHL Priority Selection:
No. Club Pos. Name (Ht., Wt.) Hometown 2013-14 club (statistics)

1. Sarnia D Jakob Chychrun (6-2, 195) Boca Raton, Fla. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (16 goals, 43 points)
2. Kitchener C Adam Mascherin (5-9, 197) Maple, Ont. Vaughan (40 goals, 70 points)
3. Ottawa LW Travis Barron (6-1, 175) Belfountain, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (23 goals, 41 points)
4. Belleville C Brandon Saigeon (6-1, 184) Grimsby, Ont. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs (28 goals, 57 points)
5. Mississauga C Michael McLeod (6-2, 175) Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (21 goals, 57 points)
6. Niagara C Logan Brown (6-5, 210) Chesterfield, Mo. Indiana Ice (14 goals, 25 points)
7. Plymouth C William Bitten (5-9, 146) Gloucester, Ont. Ottawa Jr. 67′s (36 goals, 78 points)
8. Owen Sound D Victor Mete (5-9, 157) Woodbridge, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (12 goals, 30 points)
9. Peterborough C Jonathan Ang (5-10, 148) Markham, Ont. Markham Waxers (28 goals, 42 points)
10. Saginaw C Tye Felhaber (5-10, 174) Pembroke, Ont. Ottawa Valley Titans (38 goals, 72 points)
11. Sudbury C Michael Pezzetta (6-1, 201) Toronto, Ont. Mississauga Senators (11 goals, 26 points)
12. Windsor D Logan Stanley (6-6, 209) Waterloo, Ont. Waterloo Wolves (28 points, 95 penalty minutes)
13. Barrie LW Givani Smith (6-1, 192) Thornhill, Ont. Mississauga Senators (17 points, 71 penalty minutes)
14. North Bay C Zachary Poirier (6-0, 185) Mountain, Ont. Upper Canada Cyclones (21 goals, 38 points)
15. Kingston D Reagan O’Grady (6-1, 180) Brampton, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (24 points, 27 penalty minutes)
16. Oshawa C Cliff Pu (6-0, 168) Richmond Hill, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (23 goals, 47 points)
17. Sault Ste. Marie C Anthony Salinitri (5-10, 153) Windsor, Ont. Windsor Jr. Spitfires (23 goals, 40 points)
18. London LW Max Jones (6-2, 190) Rochester, Mich. Honeybaked U18 (22 points, 121 penalty minutes)
19. Erie RW Taylor Raddysh (6-0, 190) Caledon, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (25 goals, 52 points)
20. Guelph C Matthew Hotchkiss (6-2, 192) Whitby, Ont. Whitby Wildcats (27 goals, 53 points)

Posted: March 22nd, 2014

Looks like Devin Williams gets the start in net tonight for the Erie Otters in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at Erie Insurance Arena. Oscar Dansk, who was considered the No. 1 goaltender all season, seems to be handling it well…
* Also looks like the Otters will have the same scratches tonight – Ds Justin Felker and Darren Raddysh and Fs Patrick Murphy and Quentin Maksimovich. Raddysh spoke with me about the lessons he’s learned while not being in the lineup lately.
* RW Joel Wigle is one of only 3 Otters who have advanced deep into the

Joel Wigle

OHL playoffs. Wigle (Niagara), Brendan Gaunce (Belleville) and Michael Curtis (Belleville) have shared their past experiences with teammates to help overcome lack of experience on a team that was noticeably nervous early in Game 1 Friday night. Meanwhile, former Otter Luke Cairns has experienced a season that began with a trade from Erie to Belleville 2 weeks before training camp last summer and included a move to Saginaw earlier in the season. He shared thoughts on his season, as well as how the Spirit are coping with a tumultuous season off the ice.

Now here are the lineups for tonight’s games (starters to follow):

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Burakovsky-Gaunce-Wigle*
Curtis-Strome-Wood
Evans-Pettit-Betz

DEFENSE
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham*
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Williams*
Dansk

SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker, RW Patrick Murphy, D Darren Raddysh, C Quentin Maksimovich

SAGINAW SPIRIT
FORWARDS

Locke-Kontos-Cairns (former Otter)*
Moutrey-Kea-Sadowy
Lodge-Stephens-Payne
Bennett-Alexeev-Addison

DEFENSE
Ringuette-Sefton
Orban-Graham*
Prophet-DeSousa*

GOALTENDERS
Paterson*
Serebryakov

SCRATCHES:G David Ovsjannikov, D Sean Callaghan, D Ryan Orban, D Michael Holmes, LW Blake Clarke

Posted: March 21st, 2014

Now that I have a few moments to think about the back-and-forth affair that was Game 1 of the Erie Otters’ Western Conference quarterfinal series with Saginaw, here’s a few random thoughts…

* The Otters are set to stay in Erie through the 2018-19 season. It’s amazing how much has changed in the past 2 years, starting with the on-ice success and remodeled arena. It seemed like all the talk around this franchise was centered on the relocation rumors. There hasn’t been a word of that all season long. And perhaps, we won’t be talking about that for at least the next 5 years.
* Playoff jitters were obvious, but the players that seemed to overcome that really well were the rookies, namely Dylan Strome and Travis Dermott. They seemed to be comfortable in that electrified atmosphere. They also contributed three assists in the win.
Travis Wood isn’t a rookie, but he turned in a solid performance in his first postseason game. He used his speed and physicality to draw a penalty that led to a power-play goal.
* The Otters need to do a more consistent job of starting games faster. As G Devin Williams said, this team has been in that situation before, and they have overcome them multiple times. But that 2-0 first-period deficit will be much more difficult to overcome later in the postseason.
* It’s official (at least in my mind) – Andre

Andre Burakovsky

Burakovsky has the quickest shot in the OHL. As strong as Spirit G Jake Paterson was tonight (44 saves), he had no chance to stop Burakovsky’s quick release and accurate wrist shot on the tying goal early in the third period.
* Kudos to the Spirit, who have been throughout a difficult time off the ice but turned in an effort that was good enough to win, if not for the Otters’ potent power play, capped by Dane Fox‘s game-winner.
* Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch hinted at starting Williams in Game 2 Saturday night. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes with Oscar Dansk.
Knoblauch thinks things through, but he also seems to go off feel and hunches as well. I figured he would start Dansk in Game 1, since Knoblauch often said that Dansk is his No. 1 goaltender. But Dansk was pulled from two games late in the regular season, while Williams played well down the stretch. So Knoblauch went with Williams, and more importantly, stuck with him after the two early goals against.
* I’m not surprised that Knoblauch chose Cory Genovese over Darren Raddysh on defense. Raddysh is an up-and-coming player, but Genovese has past playoff experience. You want to have as much experience on the back end as possible at playoff time.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 21st, 2014

The Erie Otters are facing their first OHL playoff game in three years tonight, when they face Saginaw in Game 1 of a Western Conference first-round series tonight at Erie Insurance Arena. I figured they would be excited, and they are. I also figured they would be nervous. But they don’t see to be.
Rookie Dylan Strome appeared calm to make his OHL debut. Same goes for captain Connor Brown said the team was focused and ready to play.
It will be interesting to see how the Spirit react to the start of the playoffs. It’s been a tumultuous time for that team, which is coping with the tragic death of teammate Terry Trafford. Hockey may be difficult to focus on given the circumstances. Or, they could respond with a spirited effort, much like the Loyola Marymount men’s basketball team in the 1990 NCAA Tournament when teammate Hank Gathers unexpectedly passed away.
Anyway, here are tonight’s lineups (with an asterisk next to the starters)…the first thing that jumps out at me is Devin Williams starting in net for the Otters. He has been more consistent than Oscar Dansk recently. But head coach Kris Knoblauch has consistently called Dansk his No. 1 goalie all season.
Also, D Darren Raddysh is scratched tonight. He battled the flu last weekend, but I would he’s a healthy scratch in favor of Cory Genovese.

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown
Burakovsky-Gaunce-Wigle*
Curtis-Strome-Pettit
Wood-Evans-Betz

DEFENSE
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham*
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Williams*
Dansk

SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker, RW Patrick Murphy, D Darren Raddysh, C Quentin Maksimovich

SAGINAW SPIRIT
FORWARDS

Moutrey-Kea-Sadowy
Locke-Kontos-Cairns (former Otter)*
Lodge-Stephens-Payne
Bennett-Alexeev-Addison

DEFENSE
Ringuette-Sefton*
Prophet-Graham
Callaghan-DeSousa

GOALTENDERS
Paterson*
Serebryakov

SCRATCHES:G David Ovsjannikov, D Ryan Orban, D Michael Holmes, LW Blake Clarke

Posted: January 14th, 2014

Check out NHL Central Scouting’s full list of prospects in the midterm rankings for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and then find out why the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta, will play a key role in how the draft unfolds…

Posted: January 4th, 2014

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce*-Brown*
Pettit*-Curtis-Wigle
Murphy-Evans-Betz
Maksimovich-Wood-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), TBD

OWEN SOUND ATTACK

FORWARDS
Hargrave-Cook-Gabriel*
Smith-Nastasiuk-Milne
Gabor-Gilligan-Brack
Heeps-Szypula-Annecchiarico

DEFENSE
Sharipzyanov-Rose
MacDermid-Schemitsch*
MacArthur-Walters

GOALTENDERS
Brandon Hope
Jack Flinn*

Scratches: RW Jaden Lindo, D Chris Bigras (World Juniors – Canada), LW Kyle Hope (suspension)

Referees: Sean Pindar, Scott Ferguson; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Adam Harris

Posted: December 31st, 2013

<>STARTING LINEUPSw
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Curtis-Brown*
Evans-Gaunce-Wigle
Murphy-Pettit-Betz
Wood-Mayo (OHL debut)-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham*
Felker-Raddysh

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Daniel Dekoning

Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)

KITCHENER RANGERS

FORWARDS
Llewellyn-Marcantuoni-Bailey*
Pedersen-MacInnis-Magyar
Kohn-Meighan-Robinson
Cascagnette-Soper-Davies

DEFENSE
Fanelli-Hora*
Iafrate-Schmidt
Blaisdell-DiPerna

GOALTENDERS
Jordan DeKort*
Matthew Greenfield

Scratches: RW Scott Teskey, Paxton Leroux, Radek Faksa (World Juniors – Czech Republic)

Referees: Pat Myers, Brent Coloumbe; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Ray King

OTTERS WATCH
Kitchener Rangers (13-21-0-1) at Erie Otters (29-7-1-0)
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Owen Sound (Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters look to end their first losing streak of the season – three games – against a Rangers club that gave them trouble in their last two meetings. The Otters allowed 12 goals – nearly four goals above their season average of 2.5 per outing – in splitting those two games – a 9-6 home win Nov. 19 and a 6-2 loss in Kitchener this past Saturday. … The Otters lead the Western Conference by four points over third-place Guelph. West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie is five points back in second. … The Otters are a franchise-record 18-0-0-0 at home, which stands two wins shy of equaling the second-longest home streak in OHL history. The St. Catharines Fincups won 20 in a row from Sept. 24, 1976 to Jan. 18, 1977. The record is 33 straight by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1984-85 season. … LW Dane Fox has no points in the last three games. He still leads the league with 41 goals and trails only linemate Connor Brown 71-67 in the race for the scoring title. … G Devin Williams has followed a career-best, 13-game winning streak with three straight losses. … D Jesse Saban and C Trent Fox have joined fellow 2013 draft pick Cole Mayo, a defenseman, in Erie. But there are no current plans for them to dress for games. … The Rangers are last in the West, but they are only three points behind eighth-place Plymouth in the three-team battle for the conference’s final playoff spot. … The Rangers are without leading scorer Radek Faksa (14 goals., 25 points), who’s playing for Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championship. … They have three promising young players in RWs Nick Magyar (10-15-25), Justin Bailey (14-11-25) and Darby Llewellyn (19-5-24).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 28th, 2013

Check out C Brendan Gaunce‘s first interview as an Erie Otter…

<>STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Gaunce-Brown
Curtis-McDavid-Burakovsky*
Evans-Strome-Betz
Maksimovich-Pettit-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh
Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay*

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), RW Patrick Murphy (healthy), D Justin Felker (healthy)

MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS

FORWARDS
Mitchell-Garlent-Bertuzzi
McGinn-Dickinson-Kosmachuk
Milne-Suter-Auger*
Bauman-Horvat-Craievich

DEFENSE
McFadden-Trojanovic
Finn-Leslie
Baltisberger-Harpur*

GOALTENDERS
Justin Nichols*
Matthew Mancina

Scratches: D Kyle Locke, C Robby Fabbri, RW Marc Stevens

Referees: Kendrick Nicholson, Steve Picco; Linesmen: J.F. Menard, Ray King

Posted: November 15th, 2013

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (16-2-0-2) at Erie Otters (16-3-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: vs. Guelph (Saturday, 7 p.m.), vs. Kitchener (Tuesday, 11 a.m.)
What to watch: The Otters, the fourth-ranked team in the latest CHL top 10 ranking, face No. 5 Sault Ste. Marie and No. 2 Guelph (15-3-1-1) this weekend. … This weekend’s games feature the top three teams in the OHL’s Western Conference. The Midwest Division-leading Otters (33 points) are one point behind front-running Sault Ste. Marie and one ahead of Guelph, which plays in Erie on Saturday night. … The Otters have won three straight overall and 14 of their 15 games. The Greyhounds extended their winning streak to five games with an 8-4 win at Niagara on Thursday night. They have won nine of their last 10. … The Otters are a league-best 10-0-0-0 at home. Sault Ste. Marie is a league-best 7-2-0-1 on the road. … The Otters and Greyhounds rank among the league’s top three in goals scored, goals against and penalty kill. … The Otters lead the way on the power play (31.5 percent), five spots ahead of the Greyhounds (24.8). … The game could feature a matchup between two of the league’s top goaltenders – Erie’s Oscar Dansk and Sault Ste. Marie’s Matt Murray. Dansk (10-2-1-0 record, 2.31 goals-against average, .914 save percentage, 2 shutouts) practiced Wednesday and Thursday, but his status for tonight’s game won’t be determined until later today. Murray, the league’s reigning player of the week, leads the league with 13 wins, a 2.21 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and three shutouts. … Head coach Kris Knoblauch said Dansk won’t play both games this weekend. Devin Williams (6-1-0-0, 2.68, .896, 2 shutouts) will start at least one game. … Williams joins D Darren Raddysh on NHL Central Scouting’s latest watch list for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. … C Connor McDavid (hand) will play tonight. … LW Andre Burakovsky has set career highs with goals in four straight games and a nine-game point streak (six goals, 13 points overall). … The Otters have three players among the league’s top five in scoring – RW Connor Brown (17 goals, league-best 42 points), LW Dane Fox (20 goals, 35 points) and McDavid (league-best 29 assists, 34 points). RW Sergey Tolchinsky leads the Greyhounds with 15 goals and 36 points. … C Tyler Gaudet has 11 goals and 24 points in 19 games after totaling three goals and eight points in 34 games as a rookie a season ago. … C Jared McCann has 11 goals and 25 points. ISS Hockey ranks him as the 16th best prospect in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. … D Darnell Nurse (6-14-20, plus-3) was the seventh pick in last summer’s NHL Entry Draft. He already has signed with the Edmonton Oilers.

Players to Watch


Connor McDavid
Erie Otters, C
Stats: OHL-best 29 assists, 34 points
* Rejoins the lineup after missing Monday’s win vs. Niagara with a hand injury

Matt Murray
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, G
Stats: 13-2-0-2 record, 2.21 GAA, .927 save %, 3 SO
* Leads the league in every goaltending category

STARTING LINEUPS
* denotes starters

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-Curtis-Brown
Harper-Curtis-Burakovsky*
Evans-Pettit-Betz
Murphy-Strome-Hodgson

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
Dermott-Donnay
Genovese-Abraham

GOALTENDERS
Devin Williams*
Oscar Dansk

Scratches: G Daniel Dekoning (healthy), RW Joel Wigle (upper body), LW/D Travis Wood (healthy), C Quentin Maksimovich (healthy)

SAULT STE. MARIE GREYHOUNDS

FORWARDS
Dupuy-Miller-Speers
Bunting-McCann-Tolchinsky*
Watling-Gaudet-Fritsch
Hughes-Mallette

DEFENSE
Spinozzi-Clutsam
Nurse-Gudbranson*
Jenkins-Ganly
White

GOALTENDERS
Matt Murray*
Brandon Halverson

Scratches: RW Jorgen Karterud, RW Nick Pastorious

Referees: Ben Wilson, T.J. Foster; Linesmen: Ray King, J.F. Menard

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