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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: June 29th, 2014

Here’s a list of the 41 OHL players selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft this weekend at Wells Fargo Center in Phiadelphia…

No. Pos. Name (OHL club) – NHL club
First round
1. D Aaron Ekblad (Barrie) – Florida
4. C Sam Bennett (Kingston) – Calgary
5. LW Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa) – N.Y. Islanders
10. LW Nick Ritchie (Peterborough) – Anaheim
12. LW Brendan Perlini (Niagara) – Arizona
19. D Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia) – Tampa Bay
21. C Robby Fabbri (Guelph) – St. Louis
24. C Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie) – Vancouver
27. RW Nikolay Goldobin (Sarnia) – San Jose
28. C/RW Joshua Ho-Sang (Windsor) – N.Y. Islanders

Second round
31. LW Brendan Lemieux (Barrie) – Buffalo
37. G Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth) – Carolina
43. C Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener) – Arizona
44. C Eric Cornel (Peterborough) – Buffalo
50. D Roland McKeown (Kingston) – Los Angeles
54. RW Hunter Smith (Oshawa) – Calgary
58. LW Christian Dvorak (London) – Arizona
59. G Brandon Halverson (Sault Ste. Marie) – N.Y. Rangers
60. D Alex Lintuniemi (Ottawa) – Los Angeles

Third round
71. RW Connor Chatham (Plymouth) – New Jersey
75. D Alex Peters (Plymouth) – Dallas
77. D Blake Siebenaler (Niagara) – Columbus
81. LW Dylan Sadowy (Saginaw) – San Jose
84. D Kyle Wood (North Bay) – Colorado
90. C Michael Amadio (North Bay) – Los Angeles

Fourth round
93. RW Nick Magyar (Kitchener) – Colorado
96. D Josh Wesley (Plymouth) – Carolina
115. G Brent Moran (Niagara) – Dallas
117. LW Michael Bunting (Sault Ste. Marie) – Arizona

Sixth round
154. D Aaron Haydon (Niagara) – Dallas
156. C Kyle Pettit (Erie) – Vancouver
157. C Jake Marchment (Belleville) – Los Angeles
170. LW Cristiano DiGiacinto (Windsor) – Tampa Bay
171. RW Kevin Labanc (Barrie) – San Jose
172. RW Chandler Yakimowicz (London) – St. Louis
173. RW Jaden Lindo (Owen Sound) – Pittsburgh
180. LW Matthew Mistele (Plymouth) – Los Angeles

Seventh round
187. D Kyle Jenkins (Sault Ste. Marie) – Carolina
195. D Patrick Sanvido (Windsor) – Dallas
209. RW Spencer Watson (Kingston) – Los Angeles
210. D Jacob Middleton (Ottawa) – Los Angeles
 

 

Posted: April 22nd, 2014

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
(starters in bold italics)

 

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

Defense
Genovese-Pelech
MacDermid-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

Goaltenders
Williams
Dansk

Scratches: Felker, Raddysh, Maksimovich, Betz

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 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 17th, 2014

OHL playoffs at a glance
Western Conference finals, Game 1 (best-of-7 series)
No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 1 Guelph Storm
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario
On the air: WJET-AM/1400, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Season series: Guelph won 4-2
Playoff recap: Erie def. No. 6 Saginaw 4 games to 1 in conference quarterfinals, def. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie 4-0 in conference semifinals; Guelph def. No. 8 Plymouth 4-1, def. No. 4 London, 4-1
Players to watch
Erie – G Devin Williams (8-0-1 record, 1.88 goals-against average, .934 save percentage, 2 shutouts), LW Dane Fox (7 goals, 9 assists, 16 points), C Brendan Gaunce (5-9-14), C Connor McDavid (4-10-14), RW Connor Brown (4-9-13), LW Andre Burakovsky (8-2-10), D Adam Pelech (2-2-4, plus-8 rating); Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (5-10-15), LW Jason Dickinson (4-10-14), G Justin Nichols (8-2-0, 2.77, .919, 1 SHO), LW Kerby Rychel (2-11-13), RW Scott Kosmachuk (6-6-12), C Robby Fabbri (5-4-9), D Matt Finn(2-3-5, +7)

Justin Nichols

Fast facts: Both teams won 52 games on the way to finishing with the top two records in the regular season. … Williams stopped 119-of-122 shots in the sweep of Sault Ste. Marie (0.73 GAA, .975 save percentage) on the way to earning CHL goaltender of the week honors. … Otters C Kyle Pettit (gash across left calf) is expected to play tonight. … Storm LW Brock McGinn (43-42-85 in the regular season, 2-1-3 in three playoff games) completes an eight-game suspension tonight. … These teams have six players among the top 10 in playoff scoring (Fox, Gaunce, McDavid and Brown for the Otters; Mitchell and Dickinson for the Storm). … Fabbri (4-3-7 in three games) is the reigning CHL player of the week. … Gaunce and LW Michael Curtis (2-3-5) reached the conference finals with Belleville a season ago. … Gaunce has points in seven straight games and eight of nine playoff games. … WJET-AM/1400 will broadcast every game in the series.
Outlook: The Otters need to win at least one game in Guelph to capture the series. They faced – and conquered – that same challenge against Sault Ste. Marie in the last round.
Prediction: Otters in 7 games

Posted: April 16th, 2014
 

Posted: April 11th, 2014

Erie Otters C Kyle Pettit was back on the ice for a full practice for the first time since having his left calf slashed by a skate blade in Game 4 of the opening-round series against Saginaw. He’s expected to rejoin the lineup for the start of the Western Conference finals. For now, he will focus on regaining his game shape.
“It’s pretty exciting again. It’s been a slow process, but it’s getting a lot better, ” said Pettit, who skated on his own twice earlier in the week without pain. “That was really surprising to me,” he said. “Maybe I’m a little hesitant, but it’s going to take some time just to get back to normal. … It’s what the practice is for.”

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Some players watched the webcast Game 4 in the Guelph-London series on their off night Thursday. Some enjoyed a second day away from hockey. But the coaching staff was hard at work, as they traveled to London, Ontario, to watch the Storm’s 6-3 win at Budweiser Gardens. They are familiar with the Storm and Knights, as the Otters faced their Midwest Division rivals six times apiece in the regular season. But the Otters have tinkered with their strategy from series to series, head coach Kris Knoblauch said. Those teams have done that as well.
“They’re always changing their game a little bit, and they’ll change their game when they play us,” Knoblauch said before Friday’s practice at Erie Insurance Arena, the team’s first time back on the ice since completing a four-game sweep of Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday in the conference semifinals. “You can watch games on video, but you only see a third of the ice. (Watching games live) gives you a better idea of what’s going on. It gives you a little bit better perspective of what they’re doing.”

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Looks like the Otters will have a full week of practice before starting the conference finals. Knoblauch said he expects the best-of-seven series to begin next Friday. So he will need to keep practice fresh to keep his players sharp.
“This time of year you can only practice so much,” he said. Pettit is happy about the long break, though. “I’m getting a lot of rest and working on (my leg),” he said. ”

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Oscar Dansk

Oscar Dansk seems like a more confident goaltender these days. He’s still adjusting to what he called a “new experience” – life as a backup to Devin Williams. But Dansk has worked hard in practice to regain the form that made him one of the league’s top goaltenders in the regular season. He also has returned to the old pads he used in the regular season.
“I just have to learn how to handle this kind of situation myself,” he said. “A couple of weeks ago, I was trying to get my feel back, getting back in the groove. I’ve felt really good in practice.”
Posted: April 1st, 2014

Western Conference semifinals (best-of-7 series)

No. 3 Erie Otters vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Season records: Erie 52-14-2-0, Sault Ste. Marie 44-17-2-5
Season series: Tied 1-1
First-round recap: Erie def. No. 6 Saginaw, 4 games to 1; Sault Ste. Marie def. No. 7 Owen Sound, 4-1
Players to watch: Erie – LW Dane Fox (6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points), C Brendan Gaunce (4-4-8), RW Connor Brown (2-6-8), C Connor McDavid (2-6-8), LW Andre Burakovsky (6-1-7), G Devin Williams (4-0-1 record, 2.97 goals-against average, .893 save percentage); Sault Ste. Marie – G Matt Murray (4-0-1, 2.38, .918, 1

Matt Murray

shutout) D Darnell Nurse (2-5-7, plus-4), C Tyler Gaudet (2-6-8), LW Michael Bunting (5-1-6), C Jared McCann (2-3-5), LW Sergey Tolchinsky (1-3-4)
Fast facts: Fox leads the league in playoff scoring, and is tied with Burakovsky for the lead in goals. … Murray earned the league’s player of the week award for totaling a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout in the final three games against Owen Sound. … The Otters won three of four one-goal games, including two of three in overtime, against Saginaw. … The Greyhounds won four straight games after losing the series opener to the Attack. … D Kurtis MacDermid (flu) will play tonight. … C Kyle Pettit (gash across left calf) is listed as day-to-day. … McDavid (28-71-99) and Tolchinsky (31-60-91) ranked among the league’s top 10 scorers in the regular season after finishing among the top three rookie scorers a season ago. … WJET-AM/1400 will broadcast Games 2 through 4 and, if necessary, Games 5 through 7.
Outlook: The Greyhounds have home-ice advantage, but the Otters are a better team when they’re playing at their best – especially in net.
Prediction: Otters in 6 games

Series schedule
No. 3 Erie vs. No. 2 Sault Ste. Marie

Game 1 – Today at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Erie, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 10 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 12 at Erie, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 14 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* If necessary

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No. 1 Guelph Storm vs. No. 4 London Knights
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario
Season series: Tied 3-3
First-round recap: Guelph def. No. 8 Plymouth, 4 games to 1; London def. No. 5 Windsor, 4-0
Players to watch

Zack Mitchell

Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (2 goals, 6 assists, 8 points), G Justin Nichols (4-1-0 record, 1.81 goals-against average, .941 save percentage, 1 shutout), LW Jason Dickinson (3-4-7), LW Kerby Rychel (1-6-7), D Zac Leslie (0-6-6, +5 rating), D Nick Ebert (4-1-5, +6)
London - C Chris Tierney (3-6-9), C Bo Horvat (4-4-8), C Ryan Rupert (1-7-8), LW Max Domi (2-4-6), D Nikita Zadorov (3-2-5, +4), G Jake Patterson (1-0-0, 3.00, .919)

Jake Patterson


Fast facts: Knights No. 1 G Anthony Stolarz (3-0-0, 2.00, .933) still has to serve the final 7 games of an 8-game suspension for striking Windsor RW Josh Ho-Sang in the back of the head with a stick in Game 3 of their first-round series. … Knights D Zach Bell will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg suffered in Game 4 against the Spitfires. … Storm C Robby Fabbri (45-42-87 in the regular season) missed the final four games of the first-round series reportedly because of a hit to the head from Plymouth D Yannick Rathgeb, who received a 10-game suspension. … LW Brock McGinn (43-42-85 in the regular season) still has to serve the final six games of an eight-game suspension for a hit to the head of Whalers RW Connor Sills in Game 3.
Outlook: Both teams head into the series short-handed, so I’ll stick with my original prediction
Prediction: Knights in 7 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Friday at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at London, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – April 10 at London, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 11 at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 13 at London, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 15 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

Posted: March 27th, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Erie Otters can capture their first OHL playoff series win since the opening round of the 2003-04 playoffs with a victory over Saginaw in Game 5 tonight at Dow Event Center.
As expected, no Kyle Pettit (gash on left leg) at center and Kurtis MacDermid on defense for the Otters, while Patrick Murphy makes his OHL playoff debut on the 4th line between Quentin Maksimovich and Nick Betz.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s Game 4 between the Erie Otters and Saginaw Spirit…

ERIE OTTERS
FORWARDS
Fox-McDavid-Brown*
Curtis-Strome-Burakovsky
Evans-Gaunce-Wigle
Maksimovich-Murphy (OHL playoff debut)-Betz

DEFENSE
Pelech-Raddysh*
MacDermid/Genovese-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Williams*
Dansk

SCRATCHES: D Justin Felker (healthy), C Kyle Pettit (gash on left calf), D Kurtis MacDermid (ill)

SAGINAW SPIRIT
FORWARDS

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

DEFENSE
Ringuette-Sefton*
Callaghan-Graham
Orban-Prophet

GOALTENDERS
Paterson*
Serebryakov

SCRATCHES:D Daniel DeSousa, D Michael Holmes, RW Andrey Alexeev

Posted: March 27th, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. – Here are a few thoughts on the Erie Otters’ pivotal Game 4 win over Saginaw on Wednesday night at Dow Event Center…

* Kudos to the team’s head athletic trainers, including the Otters’ Scott McLay, and the EMTs on hand for getting Kyle Pettit‘s medical situation – the 2nd-year forward’s left calf was gashed open by a skate blade – under control so quickly. Given what happened, it could have much worse. Instead, Pettit was able to celebrate the win with his team in the dressing room after the game.
* I was told the Otters wear cut-resistant Kevlar socks. So it will be interesting to find out if the sock helped keep the cut on Pettit’s leg from being worse…
* Head coach Kris Knoblauch said the gash on Pettit’s leg wasn’t as bad as the injury London G Anthony Stolarz suffered earlier this season that sidelined him for six weeks.
But Pettit will be missed if he has to sit out any length of time. The Otters were a different team – and not always in a good way – while Pettit was out with an upper-body injury, and F Jake Evans was out with with a sprained knee, at the end of the regular season. Pettit is solid at both ends of the ice, especially on the penalty kill and and as the third option behind C Brendan Gaunce and LW Dane Fox on faceoffs.

Andre Burakovsky

* Special teams have been a big part of the Otters-Spirit series. The Otters took control of the series Wednesday night with a pair of power-play goals and a 6-for-7 showing on the penalty kill. They overcame a stretch of six straight short-handed situations by killing off the final five chances.
* Andre Burakovsky continued his hot start to the playoffs with his sixth goal of the series. He also continued building a case for him to earn a spot in the NHL with the Washington Capitals next season, or at least in the AHL.

Posted: March 24th, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Otters look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over Saginaw in Game 3 tonight at Dow Event Center. How they fare against the Spirit’s top line of Kristoff Kontos, Eric Locke and former Otter Luke Cairns will play in a key role in making that happen.
The trio combined for four goals and 11 points in the first two games at Erie Insurance Arena. Otters Ds Spencer Abraham and Kurtis MacDermid, who were primarily matched up against that line in those games, is a combined minus-7 in the series.
* G Oscar Dansk makes his OHL playoff debut tonight. Apparently, he didn’t find out until around 5:30 or so. I spoke with G Devin Williams, a Saginaw native, about 15 minutes earlier, and he said they hadn’t been told who was starting in net.
* C Kyle Pettit, who missed the final month of the regular season with an upper-body injurt, says he felt good in the first two games of this series.
In other news, LW Dane Fox (3 goals, 1 assist in 2 games) was considered for the league’s player of the week honor. It went to Oshawa’s Hunter Smith, who had a goal and six assists in two games.

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS
The Otters have the same lineup from Game 2, with the exception of Dansk in net. Jake Evans has moved to C on the 4th line, with Pettit out to the wing. Daniel DeSousa moves from D to 4th line C for Andrey Alexeev, while Sean Callaghan returns to the lineup after missing Game 2.

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

DEFENSE
Genovese-Pelech*
MacDermid*-Abraham
Dermott-Donnay

GOALTENDERS
Dansk*
Williams

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

SAGINAW SPIRIT
FORWARDS

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

DEFENSE
Ringuette-Sefton
Callaghan-Graham*
Prophet-Orban

GOALTENDERS
Paterson*
Serebryakov

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

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