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Posted: June 28th, 2013

Erie Otters C Connor McDavid, 16, and D Adam Pelech, 18, will join 32 other CHL players – including 11 other OHL players – at Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp, set for Aug. 4-10 in Brossard, Quebec, and Lake Placid, N.Y.
They will head to Brossard for two days of practices Aug. 4-5 at the Montreal Canadiens’ practice facility before heading to Lake Placid for exhibition games against Finland Aug. 7, Otters G Oscar Dansk and Sweden Aug. 8 and the United States Aug. 10.
McDavid and Pelech will be joined by G Jake Paterson (Saginaw), Ds Matt Finn (Guelph) and Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie) and Fs Max Domi (London), Brendan Gaunce (Belleville), Bo Horvat (London), Scott Laughton (Oshawa), Sean Monahan (Ottawa), Ryan Rupert (London), Kerby Rychel (Windsor) and Tom Wilson (Plymouth).
* 5 Otters heading to Ontario camp: Five of the Otters’ picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection – Fs Dylan Strome (1st round), Sean Kohler (6th round) and Patrick Fellows (7th round) and Ds Jesse Saban (2nd round) and Cole Mayo (3rd round) have been invited to Team Ontario’s Under-17 Provincial Camp, set for Aug. 14-18 at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. They will join 63 other players hoping to earn spots on the team that will play in the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Dec. 27, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Posted: April 24th, 2013

Erie Otters winger Stephen Harper stood 128th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which was released Wednesday. Harper, 18, slid 90 spots down the list after being picked 38th in the midterm rankings released in January. He had 18 goals and 38 points in 67 games this season after totaling 24 goals and 35 points in 63 games as a rookie in the 2011-12 OHL season.
Otters winger Nick Betz, 17, doesn’t appear in the final rankings after standing 106th among North American skaters on the midterm list. He had four goals and 12 points in 44 games this season. He missed two months of the season’s opening half recovering from an appendectomy.
Defenseman Seth Jones (Portland, WHL) and goaltender Zachary Fucale (Halifax, QMJHL) top the list among North American skaters and goaltenders, respectively. Sault Ste. Marie defenseman Darnell Nurse and Ottawa center Sean Monahan rank among the top five skaters, while Mississauga’s Spencer Martin ranks fifth among goaltenders. The Finnish-born duo of Aleksander Barkov and Juuse Saros top the list of European skaters and goaltenders, respectively. The NHL Entry Draft is set for June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Posted: December 7th, 2012

Ottawa 67′s (7-21-0-3) at Erie Otters (7-17-2-3)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Upcoming schedule: Saturday vs. Guelph, 7 p.m.; Sunday at Brampton, 2 p.m.
What to expect: The Otters enter Kris Knoblauch‘s first home game as coach on a season-high, six-game losing streak. They have lost eight of their past 10 games to fall nine points out of a playoff spot in the OHL’s Western Conference. … The Otters and 67′s have two of the OHL’s three worst records. Peterborough (6-20-3-1) stands last overall in the league. … Otters GM Sherry Bassin holds out hope C Dane Fox (broken left foot) could make his season debut this weekend. … The Otters traded D Nathan Glass to Saginaw Wednesday, which opens up a spot on defense for rookie Justin Felker, a second-round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection who has dressed for only 13-of-29 games and has spent some time at forward. … The Otters are 2-10 in one-goal games and 2-14 in games decided by two goals or fewer. … C Connor McDavid, the league’s two-time rookie of the month, leads the team in goals (17), is tied with RW Connor Brown with 36 points and ranks second to Brown with 19 assists. … The 67′s have lost seven straight and 10 of their past 11 games, including a 9-0 defeat at Niagara Thursday night, which left them ninth in the Eastern Conference and nine points out of a playoff spot. … They look to sweep the two-game season series with the Otters. Ottawa won 8-1 at home Sept. 29. … They ranked a respectable 10th in goals scored (99), but had allowed a league-worst 139 goals. … C Sean Monahan, the 67′s leading scorer (36 points in 24 games) and NHL Central Scouting’s top OHL prospect for the 2013 draft, continues to serve a 10-game suspension. … Guelph (18-9-0-3) has used the league’s highest-scoring offense (118 goals) to move into fifth in the Western Conference. … The Storm have seven players with at least 20 points. … Brampton (14-12-3-2 entering Thursday’s game against London) ranks near the bottom of the league with 85 goals scored, but has one of the stingiest defenses (91 goals against). … The Otters hold their fifth annual “Teddy Bear Toss” Saturday. Fans donating a new or gently used stuffed animal will receive a ticket voucher for a future game. Fans will toss the bears onto the ice after the team’s first goal. The club collected 4,951 stuffed animals for the Salvation Army and other Erie-area charities a season ago.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 3rd, 2012

Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech has been invited to participate in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, which is set for Dec. 11-13 at the Markin MacPhail Centre Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta. The third-year veteran ranks among the OHL’s top scoring defensema this season with 24 points in 29 games.
He will be joined by 11 other OHL players – goaltender Malcolm Subban (Belleville), defensemen Cody Ceci (Ottawa), Dougie Hamilton (Niagara), Scott Harrington (London) and Ryan Murphy (Kitchener) and forwards Tom Wilson (Plymouth), Ryan Strome (Niagara), Mark Scheifele (Barrie), Sean Monahan (Ottawa), Boone Jenner (Oshawa) and Lucas Lessio (Oshawa). The team will be coached by Steve Spott, Kitchener coach and general manager.
Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk will participate in Sweden’s National Junior Team camp starting Dec. 15 in Norrtalje, Sweden. He has 7-14-1-3 record, 3.64 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 25 games this season.

Posted: November 20th, 2012

Erie Otters winger Stephen Harper stands eighth among OHL skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary rankings for next summer’s NHL Entry Draft, which was released Tuesday. Ottawa center Sean Monahan tops the list, followed by Sault Ste. Marie defenseman Darnell Nurse, Windsor winger Kerby Rychel and London’s frontlin duo of Max Domi and Bo Horvat. Mississauga’s Spencer Martin headlines the list of the OHL’s top goaltenders, followed by Peterborough’s Michael Guigovaz and Barrie’s Alex Fotinos.

Posted: September 16th, 2012

This week, I’ll break down all 20 OHL clubs division by division and unveil my predictions for the 2012-13 season. Today, let’s look at the Eastern Conference’s East Division (listed in alphabetical order):

Belleville Bulls
Coach/GM: George Burnett
2011-12 finish: 35-32-1-0, 2nd division, 7th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Ottawa 4-2 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: G Malcolm Subban (25-14-0-0 record, 2.50 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, 3 shutouts; signed with Boston), C Brendan Gaunce (28 goals, 40 assists, 68 points; signed with Vancouver), RW Austen Brassard (27-24-51; Winnipeg prospect); D Stephen Silas (6-26-32), D Brady Austin (6-20-26; former Erie Otter)
Key losses: C Adam Payerl (22-25-47), RW Luke Judson (18-21-39)
Outlook: Burnett has the rebuilding Bulls headed in the right direction, as they have improved by 15 wins in the past three seasons. And with Subban in net, Silas on defense and Gaunce up front, the Bulls could make a big move this season.

Kingston Frontenacs
Coach/GM: Todd Gill/Doug Gilmour
2011-12 finish: 19-41-3-5, 5th division, 10th conference
Playoff finish: Did not qualify
Key players: C Darcy Greenaway (27-25-52), LW Cody Alcock (24-23-47), C Ryan Kujawinski (16-20-36), D Roland McKeown (No. 2 pick in 2012 OHL Priority Selection), G Mike Morrison (10-19-2-3, 3.87, .890, 1 SO)
Key losses: G Igor Bobkov (17-32-2-4, 3.64, .902, 1 SO; signed with Anaheim)
Outlook: The Frontenacs had the league’s second-worst record a season ago. Morrison, an overager signed earlier this summer, will need to lead a young team headlined by the offensive trio of Greenaway, Alcock and Kujawinski, through a rebuild.

Oshawa Generals
Coach/GM: D.J. Smith/Jeff Twohey
2011-12 finish: 31-30-4-3, 3rd division, 8th conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Niagara 4-2 in conference quarterfinals
Key players: LW Lucas Lessio (34-28-62; signed with Phoenix), C Scott Laughton (21-32-53; signed with Philadelphia), C Boone Jenner (22-27-49; signed with Columbus), D Matt Petgrave (10-35-45, plus-11), G Daniel Altshuller (11-16-2-1, 3.55, ,900)
Key losses: RW Christian Thomas (34-33-67; signed with N.Y. Rangers), RW Nicklas Jensen (25-33-58), LW Andy Andreoff (22-36-58), D Julian Melchiori (2-34-36, +10)
Outlook: The Generals had talent galore last season, but lost in the first round after barely making the playoffs. They still have plenty of talent this season. Smith and Twohey, the former GM in Peterborough, are in charge of turning that talent into wins.

Ottawa 67’s
Coach/GM: Chris Byrne
2011-12 finish: 40-20-5-3, 1st division, 2nd conference
Playoff finish: Lost to Barrie 4-3 in conference semifinals
Key players: D Cody Ceci (17-43-60, +34; signed with Ottawa), C Sean Monahan (33-45-78), G Jake Cardwell (8-28-36), LW Steven Janes (16-20-36), G Keegan Wilson (12-9-3-3, 2.82, .892, 1 SO with Kingston)
Key losses: RW Tyler Toffoli (52-48-100; signed with Los Angeles), LW Shane Prince (43-47-90; signed with Ottawa), G Petr Mrazek (30-13-4-2, 2.84, .917, 3 shutouts; signed with Detroit), C Mike Cazzola (11-34-45; former Otter); D Marc Zanetti (7-21-28, +27)
Outlook: Toffoli’s 109 goals and 208 points the past two years will be difficult to replace, especially since the 67′s also lost 40-goal scorer Prince. But the key to success will be Wilson in net, where he replaces the highly skilled and consistent Mrazek.

Peterborough Petes
Coach/GM: Mike Pelino/David Reid
2011-12 finish: 27-34-3-4, 4th division, 9th conference
Playoff finish: Did not qualify
Key players: C Alan Quine (30-40-70; Detroit prospect), D Slater Koekkoek (5-13-18 in 26 games; Tampa Bay prospect), G Andrew Agostini (17-15-1-1, 3.90, .890, 1 SO), LW Nick Ritchie (16-23-39), D Steven Trojanovic (7-15-22)
Key losses: LW Matt Puempel (34-35-69; traded to Kitchener, signed with Ottawa), C Andrew Yogan (41-37-78; former Otter, signed with N.Y. Rangers), RW Lino Martschini (20-38-58, playing pro in Switzerland)
Outlook: The Petes lost Yogan to the pros, and then traded Puempel earlier this summer. But they still have a good chance to for their first winning record and playoff appearance in three years. A healthy Koekkoek would improve those odds.

Posted: October 22nd, 2011

Ramis Sadikov’s return provided a brief breath of fresh air. But once again, his teammates were lifeless.

The young defense were overpowered for all four goals while the equally inexperienced offense sputtered in the Erie Otters’ 4-1 loss to Ottawa in front of 3,136 at Tullio Arena on Saturday night.

Sadikov, the Otters’ veteran goaltender, allowed four goals on 29 shots in his season debut. But he had little help from his defense. The offense scored two goals or fewer for the seventh time in 10 games.

That disappointing combination led to a sixth straight loss for the Otters, which have been outscored 62-30 on their way to an OHL-worst 1-10-0-0 on the season.

The 67’s pushed a goal past Sadikov to take a 1-0 lead 5:30 into the opening period. Tyler Toffoli bulled past the Otters’ defense to tie Sean Monahan for the team lead with his eighth goal of the season.

But Sadikov was sharp for the rest of the period. He finished the first with 10 saves on 11 shots.

The 67’s used a well-placed wrist shot to take a 2-0 lead 1:04 into the second period. Cody Ceci took a drop pass from Monahan, the 67’s leading scorer, and fired a wrist shot between Sadikov’s left arm and the left post. Yet the Otters finally found some life on the power play midway through the period.

Rookie winger Connor Brown scored off a rebound in front to slice the 67’s lead in half at 2-1 at the 9:05 mark. Rookies Stephen Harper and Sondre Olden, who missed Friday’s loss to Plymouth because he was ill, assisted on the goal. But the 67’s regained a two-goal lead on the power play.

Shane Prince slipped a rebound of Michal Cajkovsky’s shot past Sadikov to take a 3-1 lead with 4:32 left in the period. Then a scramble in front of Sadikov handed the 67’s a commanding 4-1 advantage.

Brett Gustavsen poked a rebound through Sadikov’s pads moments before the net was dislodged from its moorings. Video review confirmed Gustavsen’s fourth goal of the season. In contrast, the Otters hit three posts in the game and had a reviewed goal waved off. Toffoli (goal, assist), Prince (goal, assist) and Cajkovsky (two assists) led the 67’s (7-3-1-0) with two points apiece. Petr Mrazek made 22 saves.

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