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Posted: April 3rd, 2013

Mark Guy, of Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario, said Erie Otters owner/GM Sherry Bassin and his scouting staff are very high on both of his high-profile clients – top-end OHL draft prospects Travis Konecny and Dylan Strome.
“The impression I get is that they would be happy with either of them,” Guy said Wednesday of the Otters. “Throughout the (scouting) process, I think they have been really, really high on Dylan. If that ends up happening and he’s there when they’re picking, I would be surprised if they go in a different direction. But the draft is the draft, so you never know.”
Guy declined to confirm or deny that Konecny and Strome would be the top two picks in Saturday’s draft because, he said, “things can change on Friday night. It’s happened in the past.”
“The easiest thing to say,” Guy said, “is that it’s likely that’s the way the draft goes at this stage. But it’s not for certain.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 26th, 2013

Mark Guy, agent for former Erie Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly, from Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario, had little to say Tuesday about his client’s contract situation with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
But Guy did say “there has been zero discussions with Colorado for weeks now.” When asked if a trade is the most viable option to resolve this impasse, Guy said, “You can infer that, I guess, by the fact that we haven’t had any discussions. But likely that’s going to be the outcome, I would say. (That’s) not for sure. Things can always change. But likely that’s going to be the outcome.”
When asked how O’Reilly has handled the situation, Guy said, “Ryan’s good. He’s a player and competitive. He wants to play, but he’s competitive in all aspects of his life.”
Guy declined to comment on any further details.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: June 2nd, 2010

Erie Otters defenseman Mitch Gaulton didn’t sign with the New York Rangers before Tuesday’s deadline for 2008 National Hockey League draft picks. But he likely left a lasting impression on club officials.

Gaulton wrote a letter to president/general manager Glen Sather, assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld and hockey/business operations head Adam Graves “thanking the Rangers for drafting him and thanking them for giving him the opportunity to play,” said Patrick Morris, Gaulton’s representative with Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario. Gaulton also praised the Rangers for handling and paying for preparative elbow surgery during his first camp with the club in 2008.

“In my 25 years of being in this business, I’ve never seen something like that,” said Morris, who was unaware of Gaulton’s letter, dated May 14, until he received a copy of it six days later. “It was so well thought out. It was so well written. He’s a very special character person.”

Rangers officials informed Gaulton they would not sign him several months ago, Morris said.

“He hasn’t played a lot in the last four years,” Morris said, referring to the serious elbow injury that cost the 20-year-old defenseman 94-of-136 games from 2007-09. His career high for games played is 54, set this past season.

Gaulton enters his overage season with the Otters this fall. He is eligible for the NHL Entry Draft, set for June 25-26 in Los Angeles. But the odds of Gaulton being chosen are limited, Morris said. “Teams would rather pick an 18-year-old with one of their draft picks,” Morris said. Gaulton also could be to training camp as a free agent. Teams begin making those offers following the draft.

“He’s a great young player that’s still developing,” Morris said. “His future is bright.”

- Victor Fernandes

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