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Posted: September 19th, 2013


Oscar Dansk
Number: 35
Age: 19
Hometown: Tumba, Sweden
Height: 6-2
Weight: 188
How acquired: 1st round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 11-23-3-3 record, 4.11 GAA, .888 save pct. (43 games)
Career stats: 11-23-3-3 record, 4.11 GAA, .888 save pct. (43 games)
Fast fact: Reassigned by Columbus (NHL) on Wednesday

Devin Williams
Number: 31
Age: 17
Hometown: Saginaw, Mich.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 165
How acquired: 5th round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 8-17-1-2 record, 4.84 GAA, .886 save pct. (33 games)
Career stats: 10-21-1-3 record, 4.44 GAA, .891 save pct. (42 games)
Fast fact: Has recovered from sports hernia surgery earlier this summer


Spencer Abraham
Number: 9
Age: 20
Hometown: Campbellville, Ont.
Height: 5-10
Weight: 172
How acquired: Trade from Brampton (Oct. 2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 7 goals, 20 points, -32 (67 games)
Career stats: 15  goals, 60 points, -48 (179 games)
Fast fact: Earned the final OA spot in the preseason

Travis Dermott
Number: 44
Age: 16
Hometown: Newmarket, Ont.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 181
How acquired: 9th round (2012)
2012-13 club: Newmarket (Jr. A)
2012-13 stats: 15 points, 24 points (53 games)
Career stats: 1st season
Fast fact: Was highly recruited by NCAA schools

Troy Donnay
Number: 57
Age: 19
Hometown: Fenton, Mich.
Height: 6-7
Weight: 185
How acquired: Trade from London (Jan. 2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 8 points, -39, 48 PIM (68 games)
Career stats: 17 points, -65, 104 PIM (143 games)
Fast fact: Signed with the N.Y. Rangers in the offseason

Justin Felker
Number: 5
Age: 17
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
How acquired: 2nd round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 2 points, -4 (17 games)
Career stats: 2 points, -4 (17 games)
Fast fact: Missed the second half of his rookie season with a compression fracture in his neck

Cory Genovese
Number: 3
Age: 18
Hometown: Hespeler, Ont.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 212
How acquired: Trade from Sudbury (Sept. 2013)
2012-13 club: Kitchener/Sudbury
2012-13 stats: 6 points, +6, 87 PIM (62 games)
Career stats: 11 points, +8, 175 PIM (118 games)
Fast fact: Brought to Erie for his skills as a stay-at-home defenseman

Adam Pelech
Number: 27
Age: 19
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
How acquired: 2nd round (2010)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 8 goals, 40 points, -16, 98 PIM (59 games)
Career stats: 11 goals, 74 points, -22, 177 PIM (168 games)
Fast fact: Has fully recovered from a third wrist surgery since early in the 2011-12 season.

Darren Raddysh
Number: 24
Age: 17
Hometown: Caledon, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
How acquired: 5th round (2012)

2012-13 club: Toronto Marlboros (Midget)/Georgetown (Jr. A)/Erie
2012-13 stats: 7 points, 28 PIM (50 games)
Career stats: 2 points, 12 PIM (24 games)
Fast fact: Joined the club as a rookie at midseason in 2011-12


Andre Burakovsky
Number: 95
Age: 18
Hometown: Malmo, Sweden
Height: 6-1
Weight: 178
How acquired: 1st round (2013)
2012-13 club: Malmo (Sweden)
2012-13 stats: 4 goals, 11 points (43 games)
Career stats: 1st season
Fast fact: Has signed with Washington (NHL)

Michael Curtis
Number: 77
Age: 20
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 186
How acquired: Trade with Belleville (Aug. 2013)
2012-13 club: Belleville
2012-13 stats: 10 goals, 20 points (55 games)
Career stats: 51 goals, 99 points (243 games)
Fast fact: Scored a career-high 19 goals as a rookie in 2009-10

Stephen Harper
Number: 10
Age: 18
Hometown: Burlington, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
How acquired: 1st round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 18 goals, 38 points (67 games)
Career stats: 42 goals, 35 points (130 games)
Fast fact: Attended two NHL rookie camps with the Philadelphia Flyers this summer

Fabrizio Ricci
Number: 21
Age: 18
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
How acquired: Free agent (2013)
2012-13 club: Caledonia (Jr. B)/Barrie
2012-13 stats: 10 goals, 16 points, 119 PIM (50 games)
Career stats: 0 points (5 games)
Fast fact: Remains the lone free agent left on the roster

Travis Wood
Number: 37
Age: 17
Hometown: Hudson, Wis.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
How acquired: 11th round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 4 goals, 13 points (54 games)
Career stats: 10 goals, 31 points (118 games)
Fast fact: Has split time between wing and defense in the preseason


Jake Evans
Number: 7
Age: 18
Hometown: Thorold, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 192
How acquired: 2nd round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 5 goals, 16 points (56 games)
Career stats: 17 goals, 39 points (123 games)
Fast fact: Begins the season out a knee injury

Dane Fox
Number: 74
Age: 19
Hometown: Thamesville, Ont.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
How acquired: Trade with London (Jan. 2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 19 goals, 36 points, 78 PIM (37 games)
Career stats: 54 goals, 119 points, 233 PIM (176 games)
Fast fact: Averaged a point per game a season ago after missing 2 months with a broken foot

Quentin Maksimovich
Number: 26
Age: 17
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 170
How acquired: 11th round (2012)
2012-13 club: Toronto Marlboros (major midget)
2012-13 stats: 11 goals, 17 points (25 games)
Career stats: 1st season
Fast fact: Signed with the club during training camp last month

Connor McDavid
Number: 97
Age: 16
Hometown: Newmarket, Ont.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
How acquired: 1st round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 25 goals, 66 points (63 games)
Career stats: 25 goals, 66 points (63 games)
Fast fact: Was named Rookie of the Year last season

Kyle Pettit
Number: 15
Age: 17
Hometown: Komoka, Ont.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
How acquired: 2nd round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 3 goals, 6 points (67 games)
Career stats: 3 goals, 6 points (67 games)
Fast fact: Developed into a solid defender in his rookie season

Dylan Strome
Number: 19
Age: 16
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 178
How acquired: 1st round (2013)
2012-13 club: Toronto Marlboros (minor midget)
2012-13 stats: 65 goals, 143 points (60 games)
Career stats: 1st season
Fast fact: Older brother, Ryan, a former standout for Niagara, now plays for Bridgeport (AHL)


Nick Betz
Number: 29
Age: 18
Hometown: Clinton Township, Mich.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 217
How acquired: 6th round (2011)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 4 goals, 12 points, 38 PIM (44 games)
Career stats: 9 goals, 26 points, 83 PIM (105 games)
Fast fact: Missed 2 months early last season following an emergency appendectomy

Connor Brown
Number: 28
Age: 19
Hometown: Etobicoke, Ont.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
How acquired: 13th round (2010)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 28 goals, 69 points (63 games)
Career stats: 53 goals, 122 points (131 games)
Fast fact: Attended the Toronto Maple Leafs’ main camp

Hayden Hodgson
Number: 11
Age: 17
Hometown: Leamington, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 204
How acquired: 3rd round (2012)
2012-13 club: Erie
2012-13 stats: 8 goals, 12 points, 60 PIM (60 games)
Career stats: 8 goals, 12 points, 60 PIM (6o games)
Fast fact: Will miss the first three to complete a 10-game suspension incurred late last season

Patrick Murphy
Number: 6
Age: 18
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ont.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
How acquired: 5th round (2011)
2012-13 club: Port Colborne (Jr. B)/Erie
2012-13 stats: 12 goals, 37 points, 90 PIM (49 games)
Career stats: 4 points (16 games)
Fast fact: Moved full time from defense this preseason

Joel Wigle
Number: 8
Age: 19
Hometown: Brantford, Ont.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200
How acquired: Trade with Niagara (Jan. 2013)
2012-13 club: Niagara/Erie
2012-13 stats: 3 goals, 18 points, 50 PIM (66 games)
Career stats: 17 goals, 41 points, 114 PIM (167 games)
Fast fact: Will be out until at least next month (shoulders)

Posted: September 16th, 2013

One day after posting a solid effort in a 5-2 preseason win against Mississauga, goaltender Devin Williams (sports hernia surgery) said he’s ready to play in Friday night’s regular-season opener in Guelph. Yet head coach Kris Knoblauch will wait until Thursday, and possibly even Friday, before naming his starter.
No. 1 goaltender Oscar Dansk remains in NHL training camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets. If he returns to Erie by Thursday, Knoblauch said, Dansk should start against the Storm. But if Dansk doesn’t return until Friday, Knoblauch said Williams could get the start.
Knoblauch hasn’t received an update on Dansk or rookie winger Andre Burakovsky, who’s set to make his NHL debut tonight in the Washington Capitals’ preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Meanwhile, rookie Daniel Dekoning remains with the club.
*** In other news, the roster stands at 28 players after the club cut forward prospect Blake Jones. Club officials plan to make one or two more cuts, most likely on defense.
Nine defensemen remain on the roster. Knoblauch also wants to keep extra players up front, since three forwards are out of the lineup to start the season – Jake Evans (knee), Hayden Hodgson (final 3 games of a 10-game suspension incurred late last season) and Joel Wigle (shoulders).
Given the makeup of the blue line (see the updated roster below), it would seem that 2013 draft picks Jesse Saban and Cole Mayo are on the bubble. Ultimately, the roster will shrink to 22 or 23 players at some point into the season.
*** Here’s a few more tidbits…Patrick Murphy has permanently made the move to forward from defense. Knoblauch said that gives Murphy the best shot to stick with the team.

Goaltenders (3): Oscar Dansk (at Columbus camp), Devin Williams, Daniel Dekoning
Defensemen (9): Spencer Abraham, Travis Dermott, Troy Donnay, Justin Felker, Cory Genovese, Cole Mayo, Adam Pelech, Darren Raddysh, Jesse Saban
Forwards (16): Andre Burakovsky (at Washington camp), Nick Betz, Connor Brown, Michael Curtis, Jake Evans (injured), Dane Fox, Stephen Harper, Hayden Hodgson, Quentin Maksimovich, Connor McDavid, Patrick Murphy, Kyle Pettit, Fabrizio Ricci, Dylan Strome, Joel Wigle (injured), Travis Wood (also has seen time on D)

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 7th, 2013

The Erie Otters head to Hanover, Ontario, on Sunday looking to rebound from consecutive preseason losses.
The Otters face Owen Sound in a 2 p.m. game at a sold-out P&H Centre with a depleted roster, especially up front. They will play without seven players at NHL rookie camps – goaltender Oscar Dansk (Columbus), defensemen Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders) and forwards Connor Brown (Toronto), Andre Burakovsky (Washington), Dane Fox (St. Louis) and Stephen Harper (Philadephia). Jake Evans (knee), Hayden Hodgson (shoulder), free agent Fabrizio Ricci (shoulder) and Joel Wigle (shoulders) are out with injuries.
The Otters had 17 skaters, one below the maximum allowed to dress for a game, in a 4-2 loss in Barrie on Friday night. But coach Kris Knoblauch had to play two rookie defensemen – Patrick Murphy and Jesse Saban – at forward because the Otters have only nine available forwards on the roster.
Fans can listen to the broadcast from Bluewater Radio 91.3 FM. Steve Fitzsimmons and Bill Granger, the longtime voices of the Guelph Storm, will call the action.

Posted: September 5th, 2013

Erie Otters free-agent LW Fabrizio Ricci watched practice Thursday at Ice Center of Erie without a sling to protect his injured right shoulder. Ricci is anxious to return to the ice. But he’s waiting on results of X-rays to determine the extent of the injury, which occurred during a scrum in last Monday’s preseason loss at Niagara. Ricci said he tweaked his shoulder after being grabbed by an official attempting to break up the scrum.
In the meantime, he hopes this setback doesn’t hurt his chances of earning a roster spot.
“I’m going to keep on playing my hardest when I’m fully healed. I’m still going to try my best,” said Ricci, who joins C Matt Marsden as the only free agents left with the team. “I’m going to do whatever I can and then leave it up to the team to make a decision.”
* Evans update: C Jake Evans was walking around at practice. But he’s still experiencing some pain in his injured knee, especially when he moves laterally. He doesn’t know if he’s sustained any structural damage, since he’s still waiting for test results. “They’re still trying to figure it out,” he said. “Hopefully (I’m) not (out) too long.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 4th, 2013

Here’s an updated on a few injured Erie Otters…
C Jake Evans and free-agent LW Fabrizio Ricci (shoulder) are week to week at this point, although I still don’t know the extent of their injuries. Both were at practice today at Ice Center of Erie – Evans with a noticeable limp and Ricci with his arm in a sling – but they left for medical appointments after a brief stay. They also are scheduled to be re-examined Thursday.
RW Hayden Hodgson (shoulder) is close to rejoining the lineup. He could be medically cleared to play Thursday, but he won’t play in preseason games at Barrie on Friday and Sunday in Hanover, Ontario, against Owen Sound because he hasn’t practiced with the team.
Coach Kris Knoblauch holds out hope that RW Joel Wigle (arthroscopic surgery on both shoulders) could make his season debut in the Oct. 5 home opener against North Bay at Erie Insurance Arena.
Meanwhile, G Devin Williams (sports hernia surgery) will be on the bench as the backup for both games this weekend. But he will play only in an emergency, although he’s in good enough shape to play if necessary. Rookie G Daniel Dekoning will start both games. Williams has resumed light workouts this week, followed by regular workouts with the team next week. That could get him ready to start one or both of the final two preseason games – Sept. 13 in Kitchener and Sept. 15 against Mississauga in Caledon, Ontario.
In other news, Knoblauch said no more cuts will be made until the eight players attending NHL rookie camps return to the team.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 31st, 2013

Free-agent LW Fabrizio Ricci has experienced the OHL before. He played a couple of preseason games with Barrie a season ago, and then was recalled by the Colts for five games in December.
Yet he caught the attention of Erie Otters officials over the summer. Ricci, who was released by the Colts after the 2012-13 season, played against an Otters team in the Carnevale summer league near his Toronto home. Then he was invited to Otters camp his agent contacted Dave Brown, Otters assistant manager of hockey operations.
Now after a strong performance in training camp this week, Ricci heads into his first game with the Otters – tonight’s exhibition opener against Niagara at Mercyhurst Ice Center – focused on making a good enough impression to earn a roster spot.
“It’s going to be really exciting,” Ricci, the lone free agent that’s expected to play tonight, said after today’s morning skate at MIC. “I’ve got to make a good impression. I have to show whatever I have to show.”
Fellow free agent Fs Cristiano DiGiacinto and Matt Marsden said they are scratched for tonight’s game. Yet they still appreciate the opportunity they have received this week. “It’s amazing. Coming into camp as a free agent, we didn’t expect much,” said Marsden, who initially thought he had been cut Friday after being told by club officials that there wasn’t a roster spot available for him. Marsden nearly left town Friday, yet he received a telephone call from Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager, about remaining in camp. Marsden is willing to do anything to stay with the club, even simply being a practice player. Yet perhaps and DiGiacinto will earn a chance to play in an upcoming preseason game. As DiGiacinto said, he’s “looking for the experience.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 30th, 2013

The Erie Otters cut seven more players from training camp late Friday night, including free agents Khadyn Butterfly, Nolan Dunn, Cameron Etherington and Jeff St. Pierre. That leaves two free agents that still have a chance to make the team – RW Cristiano DiGiacinto, Matt Marsden and LW Fabrizio Ricci. The other players released from camp were Gregory Allen (6th-round pick, 2011), C Jordan Dunin (7th round, 2011) and G Cosimo Lazzarino (9th round, 2013).
A total of 34 players remain in camp heading into Saturday’s exhibition opener against Niagara at Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Posted: August 29th, 2013

2 Travis Dermott – D
4 Jimmy McDowell – D
5 Jesse Saban – D
6 Troy Donnay – D
7 Gregory Allen – D
8 Andre Burakovsky – LW
10 Connor McDavid – C
11 Connor Crisp – C
12 Kyle Pettit – C
13 Nick Betz – RW
14 Travis Wood – LW/D
15 Blake Jones – C
16 Matt Marsden – C
17 Jordan Dunin – C
18 Trent Fox – C
19 Cameron Etherington – RW
20 Connor Brown – RW
21 Justin Felker – D
30 Cosimo Lazzarino – G

2 Adam Pelech – D
3 Darren Raddysh – D
4 Spencer Abraham – D
5 Cole Mayo – D
6 Khadyn Butterfly – D
7 Patrick Murphy – D
8 Dane Fox – LW
9 Michael Curtis – LW/C
10 Jake Evans – C
11 Stephen Harper – LW
12 Dylan Strome – C
13 Hayden Hodgson – RW
14 Quentin Maksimovich – C
15 Fabrizio Ricci – LW
16 Thomas Lattavo – RW
17 Jeff St. Pierre – RW
18 Cristiano DiGiacinto – RW
19 Nolan Dunn – LW

31 Daniel Dekoning – G
32 Oscar Dansk – G

Posted: August 29th, 2013

Erie Otters captain Connor Brown‘s motor has a new gear. He spent the summer making that happen with the help of a famous coach.
The veteran winger improved his overall speed and skating ability in Toronto under the tutelage of Canadian skating coach Barbara Underhill, an Olympian in 1980 and 1984 who won the 1984 world championship in pairs skating with partner Paul Martini. She has spent the past year and a half as skating consultant for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brown, the Maple Leafs’ sixth-round pick in the 2012 NHL draft, worked twice a week with Underhill. This week, he has displayed the benefits of that work. Most notably, he scored five goals and assisted on most of linemate Connor McDavid’s four goals in two scrimmages Wednesday. Defenders had a difficult time keeping up with Brown, which forced them to back-pedal instead of being aggressive. Brown said that led to more time and space to make plays.
* Getting a second opinion: Rookie D Riley Robertson (3rd-round pick, 2012) headed home to Saugeen Shores, Ontario, to have his left shoulder reevaluated by the same surgeon who performed surgery on his right shoulder a year ago.
Robertson, who felt his shoulder pop out during Tuesday morning’s practice but played well and scored a goal in the Prospect Game later that morning, was looked at by team doctors Wednesday. Sherry Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, said it was unclear if Robertson will need surgery.
* Anything for the team: Travis Wood has played defense and forward in his first two OHL seasons. He has played both in camp. The third-year veteran said he would play “anywhere they want me to play. I just want to help the team.” Wood hopes his versatility also leads to more ice time this season.
* Fashion camp: RW Nick Betz considers G Oscar Dansk the team’s best dresser because of his sharp suits and ties. Yet the veterans are dressing to impress off the ice in light of the club’s dress code.
“Sherry wants us to represent ourselves as gentlemen,” Betz said.
The most memorable attire – D Spencer Abraham’s orange checkered Polo shirt and D Jimmy McDowell‘s violet golf shorts.
* Making an impression: Seven free agents – Khadyn Butterfly, Cristiano DiGiacinto, Nolan Dunn, Cameron Etherington, Matt Marsden, Fabrizio Ricci and Jeff St. Pierre – enter today’s workouts hoping to survive Friday night’s second round of cuts. As of Thursday, Bassin said they had proven to club officials that they deserved to remain in camp.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 28th, 2013

Seven members of the 2013 draft class – Sean Kohler (6th round), Patrick Fellows (7th round), T.J. Fergus (8th round), Frank Pucci (12th round), Jack Scanlan (13th round), Owen Headrick (14th round) and Trayvon Henry (15th round) – headlined the Erie Otters’ opening round of camp cuts. The club also cut free agents Brady Allen, Matthew Bell, Anton Bura, Teilen Celentano, Brett Dykstra, Arun Kumar and Alexander Row.
That leaves 44 players in camp, which will be divided into two teams for Thursday’s workouts. Six free agents survived cut day – Cameron Etherington, Nolan Dunn, Jeff St. Pierre, Fabrizio Ricci, Khadyn Butterfly, Cristiano DiGiacinto and Matt Marsden. The Otters also have five players from the 2013 class left – top three picks Dylan Strome, Jesse Saban, Cole Mayo, fifth-rounder Trent Fox (younger brother of F Dane Fox) and CHL first-round pick Andre Burakovsky, who arrived late Wednesday and will be on the ice Thursday.

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