Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: August 16th, 2014

Joel Wigle

Joel Wigle

Spencer Abraham, Michael Curtis and Dane Fox brought different skills to the ice every night as the Erie Otters’ overagers in the 2013-14 season.
Abraham, who I thought would be the odd OA out when training camp opened last August, saved his best OHL season for last with a more solid two-way game (8-27-35, +29, 7 PPG, 1 SHG in 68 games). Curtis added an offensive side (28-28-56, 3 SHG in 68 games) to a overall skill set best known for leadership and defensive reliability. And Fox…he only led the CHL with 64 goals and finished second to linemate Connor Brown (CHL-best 128 points) in the OHL scoring race (107 points).
They’re all gone – Brown included (because I can’t imagine any scenario where the
Connor Brown (right) isn't expected to rejoin the Erie Otters for  his overage season (Erie Times-News)

Connor Brown (right) isn’t expected to rejoin the Erie Otters for his overage season (Erie Times-News)

Toronto Maple Leafs would send him back to the OHL instead of playing his first AHL season). Most, if not all, of the team’s 1994s – G Oscar Dansk, Ds Troy Donnay, Kurtis MacDermid and Adam Pelech, and C Brendan Gaunce aren’t expected back.
At this point, I suspect either Donnay (N.Y. Rangers) or MacDermid (L.A. Kings) would be the only signed prospect that could be sent back by their NHL club.
Cory Genovese

Cory Genovese

That leaves D/W Cory Genovese (0-3-3, +14, 91 PIM in 58 games) and RW Joel Wigle (6-7-13, 69 PIM in 41 games) as the OA headliners.
Here’s the long-standing rule about OAs: They have to be among the best players on the team. Wigle showed some potential as a power forward early in his OHL career with Niagara, but he’s been hampered by injuries since joining the Otters. Genovese had trouble cracking the D lineup some night this past season, and even was moved to the wing before Darren Raddysh‘s struggles prompted a move back to the blue line late in the season. That’s simply not good enough for a team that again considers itself a contender.
GM Sherry Bassin made a shrewd move to acquire Curtis from Belleville last August. Bassin needs to do that again, either before the season (where he could get a better deal) or in a higher-profile trade closer to the January trade deadline. These Otters will be a younger bunch with new faces in key roles (Ds Jesse Saban and Cole Mayo, Fs Shaun Bily and Alex DeBrincat).
They will need frontline 20-year-olds to lead the way.

- Victor Fernandes

Up next: The 2014-15 Otters are Connor McDavid’s team. But will he replace Brown as captain? Head to the Shootout blog or Twitter at www.Twitter.com/GoErieHockey on Sunday to read more.

* Let’s talk Otters: Join Victor Fernandes for the training camp edition of Otters Talk on Aug. 25 from 7-8 p.m. by heading to the Shootout blog. Can’t join in at that time? Post your questions on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoErieHockey or send an e-mail to victor.fernandes@timesnews.com, and then check out a recap of the chat on Shootout and Twitter.

Posted: April 15th, 2014

Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
No. 1A Boston def. WC2 Detroit, 4-1
No. 3A Montreal def. No. 2A Tampa Bay, 4-2
No. 1M Pittsburgh def. WC1 Columbus, 4-2
No. 2M N.Y. Rangers def. No. 3M Philadelphia, 4-3
Semifinals
No. 1A Boston def. No. 3A Montreal, 4-1
No. 1M Pittsburgh def. No. 2M N.Y. Rangers, 4-2
Finals
No. 1A Boston def. No. 1M Pittsburgh, 4-2

Western Conference
Quarterfinals
No. 1C Colorado def. WC1 Minnesota, 4-2
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 2C St. Louis, 4-2
No. 1P Anaheim def. WC2 Dallas, 4-1
No. 3P Los Angeles def. No. 2P San Jose, 4-2
Semifinals
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 1C Colorado, 4-2
No. 3P Los Angeles def. No. 1P Anaheim, 4-3
Finals
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 3P Los Angeles, 4-3

Stanley Cup Final
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 1A Boston, 4-3

- Victor Fernandes
 

Posted in: NHL, Uncategorized
Posted: April 15th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

No. 1M Pittsburgh Penguins vs. WC1 Columbus Blue Jackets
Season records: Pittsburgh 51-24-7, Columbus 43-32-7
Season series: Pittsburgh won 5-0
Players to watch
Pittsburgh – C Sidney Crosby (36 goals, 68 assists, 104 points), C Evgeni Malkin (23-49-72), LW Chris Kunitz (35-33-88), RW James Neal (27-34-61), D Kris Letang (11-11-22, minus-8 in 37 games), G Marc-Andre Fleury (39-18-5 record, 2.37 goals-against average, .915 save percentage, 5 shutouts); Columbus – C Ryan Johansen (33-30-63), D James Wisniewski (7-44-51), G Sergei Bobrovsky (32-20-5, 2.38, .923, 5 SHO), C Brandon Dubinsky (16-34-50), RW Cam Atkinson (21-19-40), LW Nick Foligno (18-21-39)
Fast facts: Crosby won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring champion for the second time. He won the title by 17 points. … Letang rejoined Pittsburgh’s lineup last week after missing more than two months while recovering from a stroke. … Malkin (foot) missed the final 11 regular-season games. His status reportedly remains uncertain. … The Blue Jackets have reached the playoffs for the second time in the franchise’s 14-year history. They were swept by Detroit in the first round in 2009.
Outlook: The Penguins have been banged-up, and the Blue Jackets are a hard-working team capable of an upset. But that won’t happen this year.
Prediction: Penguins in 6 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Today at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – April 23 at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 26 at Pittsburgh, TBD*
Game 6 – April 28 at Columbus, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at Pittsburgh, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 2M New York Rangers vs. No. 3M Philadelphia Flyers
Season records: New York 45-31-6, Philadelphia 42-30-10
Season series: Tied 2-2
Players to watch
New York – G Henrik Lundqvist (33-24-5, 2.36, .920, 5 SHO), LW Matt Zuccarello (19-40-59), C Derek Stepan (17-40-57), C Brad Richards (20-31-51), D Ryan McDonagh (14-29-43, +11), LW Rick Nash (26-13-39); Philadelphia – C Claude Giroux (28-58-86), RW Jakub Vorachek (23-39-62), RW Wayne Simmonds (29-31-60), LW Scott Hartnell (20-32-52), D Mark Streit (10-34-44), G Steve Mason (33-18-7, 2.50, .917, 4 SHO)
Fast facts: Rangers RW Martin St. Louis has one goal and eight points in 19 games since being acquired from Tampa Bay in a high-profile, deadline-day trade last month. … The home team won all four regular-season meetings. … The Flyers won the last three playoff series against the Rangers. … The Rangers led the Eastern Conference with 25 road wins.
Outlook: This will be a hard-fought, evenly matched series between two fierce rivals. The winner moves on to the next round, but how much will that team have left?
Prediction: Rangers in 7 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Thursday at New York, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at New York, noon
Game 3 – Tuesday at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
Game 4 – April 25 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 27 at New York, noon*
Game 6 – April 29 at Philadelphia, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at New York, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 1A Boston Bruins vs. WC2 Detroit Red Wings
Season records: Boston 54-19-9, Detroit 39-28-15
Season series: Detroit won 3-1
Players to watch
Boston – G Tuukka Rask (36-15-6, 2.04, .930, 7 SHO), C David Krejci (19-50-69), C Patrice Bergeron (30-32-62), RW Jarome Iginla (30-31-61), LW Milan Lucic (24-35-59), D Zdeno Chara (17-23-40, +25); Detroit – RW Daniel Alfredsson (18-31-49), D Niklas Kronwall (8-41-49), LW Henrik Zetterberg (16-32-48), RW Gustav Nyquist (28-20-48), C Pavel Datsyuk (17-20-37), G Jimmy Howard (21-19-11, 2.66, .910, 2 SHO)
Fast facts: Boston and Detroit meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1957. … The Red Wings were the only team to earn three wins against the Bruins. … Detroit secured its 23rd straight playoff berth by three points over Washington. … Boston edged Anaheim by one point for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … The Bruins led the Eastern Conference with 261 goals scored and 177 goals against.
Outlook: The Bruins have been a model of consistency, especially in the playoffs, the past several years. It won’t be any different this time around.
Prediction: Bruins in 5 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Friday at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Boston, 3 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – April 24 at Detroit, 8 p.m.
Game 5 – April 26 at Boston, 3 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 28 at Detroit, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at Boston, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 2A Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 3A Montreal Canadiens
Season records: Tampa Bay 46-27-9, Montreal 46-28-8
Season series: Tampa Bay won 3-1
Players to watch
Tampa Bay – C Steven Stamkos (25-15-40 in 37 games), LW Ondrej Palat (23-36-59), D Victor Hedman (13-42-55, +5), C Tyler Johnson (24-26-50), D Matt Carle (2-29-31, +11), G Ben Bishop (37-14-7, 2.23, .924, 5 SHO); Montreal – LW Thomas Vanek (27-41-68), G Carey Price (34-20-5, 2.32, .927, 6 SHO), LW Max Pacioretty (39-21-60), D P.K. Subban (10-43-53), C David Desharnais (16-36-52), D Andrei Markov (7-36-43)
Fast facts: Stamkos led the league in goals per game (0.67) despite missing 45 games with a broken right leg. …Bishop reportedly will miss Game 1 with an elbow injury. … Vanek had six goals and 15 points in 18 games since being acquired from the N.Y. Islanders at the trade deadline last month. … All four regular-season meetings were decided by two goals or fewer, with three being one-goal games and two heading to overtime. … Tampa Bay earned home-ice advantage over Montreal by one point in the standings.
Outlook: Stamkos will be a key figure in this series, but the Canadiens will win out in the end.
Prediction: Canadiens in 6 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Today at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 24 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 27 at Montreal, TBD*
Game 7 – April 29 at Tampa Bay, TBD*
* If necessary 

Posted: March 5th, 2014

After a long day of following the NHL’s deadline deals, here’s my top winners and losers from on trade market (in no particular order):

WINNERS

Thomas Vanek

* Montreal - The Canadiens needed to solidify their offense in hopes of making a deep Stanley Cup run this season. They acquired F Thomas Vanek, one of the league’s top offensive performers who instantly becomes the club’s leading scorer with 21 goals and 53 points. And they got him for a prospect and a second-round pick (a conditional one at that). If G Carey Price returns healthy, the Canadiens will be in good shape to make that run.
* Los Angeles - The Kings do everything well…except score goals. If F Marian Gaborik stays healthy (and with him, that’s always a big if), he provides that dangerous offensive threat that has big, strong forwards like Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards up front. Better yet, the Kings reportedly got Columbus to pick up half of Gaborik’s contract.
* Buffalo - The Sabres are still the worst team in the league standings. Expect them to rank near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, if not the league, next season. But the Sabres took a big step forward thanks to new GM Tim Murray‘s deals before and at the deadline.
Murray moved players he needed to move – G Ryan Miller (St. Louis) and F Matt Moulson (Minnesota). He also stockpiled picks that should lead to some top players – Erie Otters C Connor McDavid, perhaps? – over the next three years.

LOSERS
* N.Y. Islanders - GM Garth Snow waited until the last second to trade Vanek…and got way too little in return. Sadly, it could have been worse. The deadline could have passed without a deal, and the Islanders would have lost Vanek to free agency without getting absolutely nothing in return.

Roberto Luongo

* Vancouver - GM Mike Gillis traded G Cory Schneider to New Jersey during last summer’s draft, presumably to alleviate the Schneider-Roberto Luongo controversy in net. Then Gillis trades Luongo to Florida this week, leaving his team with inexperienced Eddie Lack in goal.
Meanwhile, Gillis didn’t trade F Ryan Kesler, who apparently doesn’t want to stay in Vancouver. It all makes sense, doesn’t it?
* Winnipeg – The novelty surrounding the NHL’s return to Winnipeg has worn off. It’s time for the Jets to make the playoffs. So what was done for the stretch run? Nothing. Worse yet, the Jets lost promising rookie F Mark Scheifele to a reported knee injury.

Meanwhile, the jury is still out on…
* N.Y. Rangers - They need the offense newly

Martin St. Louis

acquired F Martin St. Louis provides. But he’s 38 years old, and the deal that sends F Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay also includes first-round and second-round picks. So the Rangers need to win the Stanley Cup this season, because the future appears tenuous.
* Pittsburgh – It’s difficult to second-guess an organization as successful as the Penguins. But they needed help on D, given the absence of Kris Letang and Paul Martin. Yet they acquired a pair of role players up front – Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak.

*** McDavid and the 2015 NHL Entry Draft was a topic of conversation on the NHL trade deadline day. How did McDavid feel about that? Find out here

Posted: October 31st, 2013

The Buffalo Sabres are in NYC tonight to face the New York Rangers. Check out this game preview from NHL.com…

Posted in: NHL, Uncategorized
Posted: September 11th, 2013

Erie Otters D Troy Donnay has been invited to New York Rangers training camp, which begins Thursday at Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y. He joins teammates Connor Brown (Toronto Maple Leafs), Andre Burakovsky (Washington Capitals) and Oscar Dansk (Columbus Blue Jackets) attending NHL main camps this week. Donnay will join former Otter Andrew Yogan at Rangers camp.

Posted: September 8th, 2013

Oscar Dansk stopped 21-of-23 shots to lead Columbus to a 4-2 win against Erie Otters teammate Troy Donnay and the New York Rangers on Sunday in the NHL Prospects Tournament at Center Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. Donnay had no points and five penalty minutes for a fight with Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires.
Former Otter Andrew Yogan had no points, two shots and two penalty minutes for the Rangers.
Otters F Dane Fox had no p
oints, two shots and 11 penalty minutes in St. Louis’ 4-1 loss to Detroit. He had a fight with Guelph’s Tyler Bertuzzi.
The Rangers conclude the tournament Monday with a 3:30 p.m. game against Minnesota in the fourth-place game, followed by the Blues and Carolina at 4 p.m. in the third-place game. Columbus faces Dallas at 7 p.m. in the second-place game.
At the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament, Otters RW Connor Brown and the Maple Leafs lost their finale 6-2 to Ottawa at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Posted: September 6th, 2013

Erie Otters G Oscar Dansk earned a win in net today at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., despite having a rough outing. He allowed five goals on 18 shots for Columbus in a 7-5 victory against Carolina (1-1-0) at Center Ice Arena. The Blue Jackets (1-1-0) scored three goals in the final 8 1/2 minutes of the third period to erase a 5-4 deficit.
D Troy Donnay had no points and a minus-1 rating for the New York Rangers in a 6-5 overtime loss to Buffalo. Former Otters F Andrew Yogan, who split time between the AHL and ECHL a season ago, had no points on four shots, a minus-2 and two penalty minutes for the Rangers (0-1-1). Former Otters D Brady Austin, now with Belleville, had no points and a minus-1 for the Sabres (2-0-0).
F Dane Fox had no points on one shot and four penalty minutes for St. Louis (1-1-0) in a 3-2 overtime win against Minnesota (0-1-1). Teams take Saturday off before returning to game action Sunday. Dansk and the Blue Jackets face Donnay and the Rangers at 6:30 p.m., followed by Fox and the Blues against Detroit at 7 p.m. RW Connor Brown, former Otters Greg McKegg and David Broll and the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Posted: September 2nd, 2013

The Erie Otters and Niagara IceDogs meet in the preseason for the second time in three days. This time, it will be a 2 p.m. matchup today at Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The Otters capped their week-long training camp Saturday with a 6-3 win against the IceDogs at Mercyhurst Ice Center in their first of six exhibition games. The highly anticipated line of Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Andre Burakovsky combined for five goals and 14 points in the win.
McDavid, the OHL’s reigning rookie of the year, led the way with a goal and five assists. Brown had two goals and three assists. Burakovsky, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft, had two goals – including the game-winner – and an assist in his Otters debut.
After today’s game, the Otters conclude the preseason with three more games – at Barrie on Friday at 7:30 p.m., against Owen Sound on Sunday at 2 p.m. at P&H Centre in Hanover, Ontario, at Kitchener on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and against Mississauga on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at Caledon East Arena in Caledon, Ontario.
In other news, eight players leave the club Tuesday to attend NHL rookie camps – Brown (Toronto), Burakovsky (Washington), Connor Crisp (Montreal), Oscar Dansk (Columbus), Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers), Stephen Harper (Philadelphia), Dane Fox (St. Louis) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders).
Dansk, Donnay and Fox are set to play in the NHL Prospects Tournament, which begins Thursday at Center Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.
Donnay and the Rangers face Carolina on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., followed by Fox and the Blues at 7 p.m. Dansk and the Blue Jackets play Carolina on Friday at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Rangers and Buffalo at 4 p.m. St. Louis meets Minnesota at 7 p.m. Donnay and Dansk will face off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Jackets-Rangers game. St. Louis faces Detroit at 7 p.m. The final day of games is next Monday.
Brown joins former Otters forwards David Broll and Greg McKegg in the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament, which begins Thursday with a 7 p.m. game against Chicago at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. The Maple Leafs face Pittsburgh on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Ottawa on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Burakovsky will attend the Capitals’ rookie camp from Thursday through next Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The camp ends with a game against Harper and the Flyers’ rookies next Monday at 3 p.m. The Flyers’ rookie camp runs from Friday through Sunday at The Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. Crisp will attend the Canadiens’ rookie camp from Thursday through next Monday at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Quebec.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: July 31st, 2013

Erie Otters defenseman Troy Donnay confirmed Wednesday that he has signed a contract with the NHL’s New York Rangers.
The three-year, entry-level deal is worth $2.15 million, according to capgeek.com. Donnay, 19, wasn’t selected in the NHL Entry Draft in June. But the Fenton, Mich., native attended the Rangers’ prospect camp a month ago. That led to a chance to play for the Rangers in the Detroit Red Wings’ Traverse City Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., in September.
“It means a lot to me and my family,” Donnay said in a text message.
The 6-foot 7-inch, 185-pounder heads into his second full season in Erie with 13 points, a minus-70 rating and 76 penalty minutes in 95 games. He was acquired along with forward Dane Fox in a January 2012 deal that sent center Greg McKegg, defenseman Brett Cook and goaltender Tyson Teichmann to the London Knights. He has 17 points, a minus-65 rating and 104 penalty minutes in 143 OHL games.
“I can’t thank the Rangers enough for giving me the opportunity,” he said, “as well as the Otters organization and (managing partner/GM Sherry) Bassin for acquiring me in a trade and giving me a chance to play.”

- Victor Fernandes