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: June 25th, 2014

Erie Otters C Dylan Strome joins 42 other CHL players that are invited to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Selection Camp, which runs from Aug. 2-5 at Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The camp will help determine the 22-player team that will represent Canada at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup from Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Canada has won that tournament 6 straight times and 9 of the last 10 years.
Here are the 15 OHL players invited to camp:

Justin Lemcke (Belleville)
Garrett McFadden (Guelph)
Matthew Spencer (Peterborough)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa)

Lawson Crouse (Kingston)
Sam Harding (Oshawa)
Graham Knott (Niagara)
Travis Konecny (Ottawa)
Mitchell Marner (London)
Hayden McCool (Niagara)
Brett McKenzie (North Bay)
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw)
Dylan Strome (Erie)
Ethan Szypula (Owen Sound)

Posted: June 24th, 2014

The Erie Otters will headline opening night of the 2014-15 OHL season, when they visit Saginaw Sept. 24 at Dow Event Center in a rematch of a Western Conference first-round series won by the Otters in five games this past season. The other game features Kitchener traveling to Owen Sound for a Midwest Division matchup.
The league will unveil the complete season schedule on Wednesday.

Posted: May 17th, 2014

Shaun Bily is experiencing life in the OHL this weekend during the Erie Otters’ rookie development at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
But it could be Otters’ main camp in August before he chooses between the OHL and the NCAA.
“I’m undecided,” said Bily, the Otters’ third-round pick in last month’s Priority Selection who last October committed to join Northeastern as part of the Hockey East Association school’s 2016-17 recruiting class. “This is a great place. I see a lot of potential here. This is definitely a place where you can develop and get ready for the next level. Education wise, Northeastern is one of the best. There’s a lot of things that play into it. I’m just going to figure it out as I go.”
Bily broke his leg after getting tangled up with an opposing player while taking a faceoff against Detroit-based Victory Honda in the opening game of the 2013-14 season with the New Jersey Titans U16 club. He essentially missed the entire season.
While he recovered, Bily figured Northeastern was the best option. Then the Otters drafted a center with first-round potential.
“I got the feeling he wanted to play here,” said managing partner/GM Sherry Bassin, who planned to speak further with Bily and his family this weekend. “It’s a heck of an opportunity for him.”
* Making names for themselves: C Trent Fox (13th round, 2013) showed some glimpses of his brother, former Otters LW Dane Fox - who set a franchise record and led the CHL with 64 goals this past season – during Saturday’s scrimmage.
The younger Fox scored twice – once off a rebound, another with a strong move through two defenseman before scoring off a backhand. But fans shouldn’t expect a 64-goal season in his future. “I’m a different player,” he said. “I just work hard every shift. … I’ll get pucks deep and go to work on their defense. He’s a pretty skilled guy. He’s got a nice shot.”
LW Kyle Maksimovich (3rd round, 2014), younger brother of F Quentin Maksimovich, displayed speed and stick skills, especially when teamed with newly signed free-agent C Alex DeBrincat. “It’s pretty fast-paced. You’ve got to get going to keep with the guys,” the younger Maksimovich said. “I”ve just got to come here and work hard and compete.
Check out what RW Taylor Raddysh (1st round, 2014) had to say about being at camp and the help he’s received from his older brother, D Darren Raddysh by clicking the above link.
* Filling in on D: The Otters lose OA Spencer Abraham and could lose Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers), Kurtis MacDermid (Los Angeles) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders) to the professional ranks. So there are spots up for grabs on the blue line for the 2014-15 season. “I think the younger guys are going to have to play a bigger role,” Jesse Saban (2nd round, 2013) said. “We’re going to have to step in and fill the same role” played by promising young Ds Raddysh and Travis Dermott.
“Hopefully we can make it happen,” Saban said.
* Memorable experience: Millcreek Township native Nick Wilcox is the only local player participating in camp.
“It’s really hard work, and it’s lot of fun,” said Wilcox, a junior at McDowell who played for the West Seneca (N.Y.) Wings and Fairview High School this past season. “I was nervous in the beginning, but I got over that. I started having a lot of fun.”
He wants to use this experience to prepare to play for the Buffalo Regals U18 team. “The guys that are here have worked as hard as me,” he said. “I see how good they are. I try to build off that. I feel like I’m going to carry it over into my season.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: May 15th, 2014

Mastercard Memorial Cup schedule
at Budweiser Gardens – London, Ontario 
Friday – Val d’Or (QMJHL champion) vs. London (Host club), 7 p.m.
Saturday – Guelph (OHL champion) vs. Edmonton (WHL champion), 4 p.m.
Sunday – London vs. Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Monday – Guelph vs. Val d’Or, 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Edmonton vs. Val d’Or, 7 p.m.
Wednesday – London vs. Guelph, 7 p.m.
Thursday – Tie-breaker game (if necessary), 7 p.m.
Friday – Semifinal, 7 p.m.
Sunday – Championship game, TBD

Posted: May 9th, 2014

Erie Otters Fs Connor Brown and Connor McDavid captured OHL awards. Now they have a chance to add CHL honors to their resume. The CHL announced today the finalists for 10 major awards that will be presented at the league’s annual Awards Ceremony on May 24 in London, Ontario. Brown, the OHL’s reigning Red Tilson Trophy winner as Most Outstanding Player, is a nominee for Sportsnet Player of the Year and Chrysler Dodge Top Scorer. McDavid is nominated for Subway Scholastic Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

Here are the finalists for those four awards:

Sportsnet Player of the Year
Connor Brown (Erie – OHL)
Anthony Mantha (Val-d-Or – QMJHL)
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay – WHL)

Chrysler Dodge Top Scorer
Connor Brown (Erie – OHL
Mitch Holmberg (Spokane – WHL)
Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or – QMJHL)

Subway Scholastic Player of the Year
Jeremy Gregoire (Baie-Comeau – QMJHL)
Connor McDavid (Erie – OHL)
Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon – WHL) Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year
Frederik Gaudreau (Drummondville – QMJHL)
Connor McDavid (Erie – OHL)
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay – WHL)


Posted: April 30th, 2014

OHL playoffs at a glance
League finals (best-of-7 series)
No. 1W Guelph vs. No. 2E North Bay
Season series: Guelph won 2-0
Playoff recap: Guelph - def. No. 8 Plymouth 4-1 in Western Conference quarterfinals, def. No. 4 London 4-1 in semifinals, def. No. 3 Erie 4-1 in finals; North Bay - def. No. 7 Niagara 4-3 in Eastern Conference semifinals, def. No. 4 Barrie 4-2 in semifinals, def. No. 1 Oshawa 4-0 in finals
Players to watch
Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (10 goals, 13 assists, 23 points), LW Kerby Rychel (8-15-23), RW Scott Kosmachuk (9-11-20), LW Jason Dickinson (5-14-19), G Justin Nichols (12-3-0 record, 2.65 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Robby Fabbri (9-9-18), LW Tyler Bertuzzi (8-6-14), D Matt Finn (3-7-10, plus-10 rating)
North Bay - RW Barclay Goodrow (11-10-21), G Jake Smith (12-5-0, 2.01, .919, 3 SHO), D Brenden Miller (3-12-15, +11), C Nick Paul (9-5-14), LW Ben Thomson (4-7-11), RW Alex Henriksson (7-3-10)
Fast facts: Guelph looks for its first league championship since the 2003-04 season and third in franchise history. … The Battalion have reached the finals in their first season since moving to North Bay from Brampton, Ontario. … The Battalion have never hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champion. But North Bay has won a title, in 1993-94 with the Centennials. The city had been without an OHL franchise since the Centennials moved to Saginaw, Mich., and became the Spirit in 2002. …Mitchell and Rychel lead the league in playoff scoring, with Goodrow two points behind them. … The Battalion rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat Niagara in the opening round.
Outlook: The Battalion have been the feel-good story of the postseason. But that story won’t enjoy a happy ending.
Prediction: Storm in 6 games 

- Victor Fernandes

Series schedule
Game 1 – Today at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – May 9 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – May 11 at North Bay, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – May 12 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary

Posted: April 28th, 2014

Alex DeBrincat (Contributed/

The Erie Otters don’t often attract players like 16-year-old forward Alex DeBrincat – free agents that haven’t been picked in the OHL Priority Selection and appear headed the NCAA route. But 52 wins and a berth in the conference finals has changed that.
DeBrincat, who plays with Lake Forest (IL) Academy, reportedly committed – at least verbally – to Division I UMass-Amherst – last August. He also was the Waterloo Blackhawks’ second-round pick (No. 27 overall) in the 2013 USHL Futures Draft. But now he’s headed to the Otters. He may not be big (5-7, 160), but he can score. Check out his stats here

Posted: April 25th, 2014

Game 1, Thurs., May 1 North Bay at Guelph, 7:00
Game 2, Fri., May 2 North Bay at Guelph, 7:00
Game 3, Tues., May 6 Guelph at North Bay, 7:00
Game 4, Wed., May 7 Guelph at North Bay, 7:00
Game 5, Fri., May 9 North Bay at Guelph, 7:00*
Game 6, Sun., May 11 Guelph at North Bay, 2:00*
Game 7, Mon., May 12 North Bay at Guelph, 7:00*

*if necessary

Posted: April 25th, 2014

GUELPH, Ontario – There isn’t much to say about the Erie Otters’ season-ending 5-0 loss to Guelph in Game 5 of the OHL’s Western Conference finals.
It was all Storm from start to finish of a dominant performance, starting with 3 special-teams goals in the first period and ending with Justin Nichols’ 40-save effort.
The Otters had their moments – in this game and in this series. But aside from their Game 4 win on home ice, the Otters failed to capitalize on their chances in this series.
“Ultimately, they were the better team in these games,” Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch said.

Check out the post-game news conference with Knoblauch and captain Connor Brown here

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