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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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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: March 21st, 2014

The Erie Otters have announced that they have agreed in principle on a 5-year arena lease with the Erie County Convention Center Authority. The current 2-year lease expires after this season. The new lease would keep the Otters in Erie through the 2018-19 season. The agreement hasn’t been officially completed. But Otters managing partner/GM Sherry Bassin said that should be done in the next week or so.
“What we’ve done here with the new building, the way the people have come around and supported us, (and their) loyalty,” Bassin said, “we had to take a position, and we were happy to do it.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 9th, 2014

UPDATE: Bassin said this afternoon that further deals between now and Friday’s noon deadline aren’t immiment. Any additional deals likely also would include draft picks, not players. Bassin said he would prefer to not trade any players.

Erie Otters managing partner and general manager Sherry Bassin didn’t make a huge splash with today’s trade. But he still addressed a need on defense.
Bassin acquired third-year defenseman Kurtis MacDermid, 19, from Owen Sound in exchange for OHL four draft picks – second-rounders in 2016, 2018 and 2019 a conditional third-rounder in 2016. MacDermid has a career-high five goals and 16 points as well as 90 penalty minutes in 38 games this season. He has six goals, 26 points and 207 penalty minutes in 112 career games, all with the Attack. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings in September 2012.
The Otters were linked to much-publicized Windsor defenseman Slater Koekkoek earlier in the week. But in a statement, Bassin said MacDermid brings solid defensive and puck-moving skills to the team’s veteran unit. “MacDermid is the kind of defenseman this organization has been looking at for a long time,” Bassin said.
Yet Bassin said he wanted to add depth on defense without trading any players, namely young players, currently on the roster.

Posted: January 7th, 2014

UPDATE: I’m hearing the Otters called the Windsor Spitfires today about D Slater Koekkoek. Perhaps Otters GM Sherry Bassin has entered the mix for Koekkoek, one of the OHL’s top blue-liners who ranks fourth among all Ds with 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 39 games and leads the league with a +37 rating. I’ve heard Guelph, London and Oshawa already are in the mix for Koekkoek. No word yet on who the Otters would trade in a deal involving Koekkoek.

* Check out this story from The Windsor Star that addresses the likelihood of Koekkoek being traded…

The first trade of the OHL trading period’s final week was finalized today, with Oshawa acquiring overage RW Dylan Smoskowitz (20 goals, 29 points in 40 games; 33 goals, 55 points in 62 games in 2012-13) from Mississauga. Then Guelph acquired C Stephen Pierog (11-7-18 in 39 games; 19-16-35 in 67 games in 2012-13) from Peterborough. Sault Ste. Marie followed with by acquiring RW Bryan Moore (11-22-33 in 31 games) and D Tyler Hore (3-10-13, -18 in 36 games) for D Kevin Spinozzi (3-10-13, +15 in 41 games)
“I think some things are going to come down in the next couple days,” Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin said today. But right now, he said, “nothing seems to be curdling. There’s nothing really bubbling over” – and that includes the Otters.
“We don’t have a fit yet,” Bassin said. He would like to make a move or two, mainly to add depth without creating another hole in a roster he believes is already good enough to win a league championship.
“We don’t think we have a lot of holes to fill,” Bassin said. “We like the way our blue line is playing. We know we can put some good lines together. And we think that some people might have goaltending as good, but nobody has got it better. I’d be OK if Friday came and went (without a trade), if we didn’t have to pay a big price.”
Yet you can bet his cell phone will work overtime the rest of this week. Maybe Sherry wasn’t joking recently, when he asked me to trade our next phone bills. Speaking of Sherry, he was wearing socks today – with boots, no less – on this bitterly cold day in Erie.
Those of you that have a heard Sherry share stories of not wearing socks with shoes in sub-zero temperatures back home in Saskatchewan should get a laugh out of this.
Meanwhile, head coach Kris Knoblauch enjoyed an impromptu family outing after practice at Erie Insurance Arena. He enjoyed some time on the ice with his son, Marek, and daughter, Emry.

Posted: September 30th, 2013

Erie Otters Fs Connor McDavid and Andre Burakovsky missed practice today. Actually, they were out of the country until today.
Burakovsky had to stay in Canada after Saturday’s game in Windsor because his immigration paperwork wasn’t complete. McDavid also stayed across the border to be checked out for what GM Sherry Bassin called a minor stretched muscle in his lower back area. Bassin said Burakovsky’s paperwork is now done and McDavid is fine. Both are on their way back to Erie.
In other news, winger Joel Wigle faces regular contact in practice this week. So head coach Kris Knoblauch is hopeful he can play in Saturday’s home opener against North Bay at Erie Insurance. He could fill in for winger Stephen Harper, who will miss the game for his match penalty (slew footing) against the Spitfires and faces a possible longer suspension. D Cory Genovese also could be suspended for his major cross-checking penalty and game misconduct on Saturday.
C Jake Evans was back on the ice after sitting out against the Spitfires because he was sick.
Meanwhile, captain Connor Brown (2-4-6 in 3 games) was considered for OHL player of the week, but he was beaten out by Owen Sound’s Gemel Smith (5-1-6 in 2 games).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 18th, 2013

Here are a few tidbits from OHL Commissioner David Branch‘s season-opening conference call today…

* Rules changes: Two new rules have been implemented for the 2013-14 season – covering the puck with a hand, or directing the puck with a hand on a face-off, will lead to minor penalties. The NHL adopted the same rules a season ago. Branch also said the league will look into two changes this season pertaining to the dimensions of the net and size of goaltenders’ leg pads.
Nets in the NHL are now shallower in the back, which gives skaters more room behind it. Branch specifically pointed to the thinner netting on top of the goals, which would benefit the video review process. Meanwhile, the NHL has reduced leg pads from 55 percent of the distance from the center of the goaltender’s knee to the pelvis to 45 percent. Branch pointed to the need for OHL goaltenders to begin utilizing equipment they will use on the NHL level, since the OHL and NHL share the same equipment suppliers.
* Fighting back: Branch also said the league’s 1-year-old fighting rule, which features suspensions for players and fines for clubs for individual totals that exceeded 10 fights, reduced the number of fights in the league by roughly 25 percent from the 2011-12 season. Branch praised players “with now responsible they’ve been.” Parents especially support this rule, Branch said.
He also announced that the number concussions have dipped, yet he didn’t have specific numbers handy.
* Joining the festivities: Branch said Sherry Bassin, Erie Otters managing partner and general manager, has invited him to participate in the festivities surrounding the club’s home opener against North Bay on Oct. 5.
“He’s telling me that the arena that’s going to be in Erie now will be among the very best in the OHL,” Branch said. “He’s extremely proud of that.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 3rd, 2013

Here’s Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin‘s take on the trade…
* On wanting to acquire Cory Genovese: “(He’s) a strong defensive defenseman that can take care of the front of the net. We’ve been giving up too many goals. … We believe in this guy a lot.”
* On trading Connor Crisp, Jimmy McDowell: “You have to give up something to get (something in return). We believe very strongly that are forwards are pretty good. … We were very very happy with (overage D Spencer) Abraham and also (with) McDowell. That’s who (Sudbury) wanted.”
* On what lies ahead: “I don’t think we’re done tinkering with the team yet. We have to see how it goes. We don’t have any plans for anything specifically. We’ll keep listening. If we feel we have an opportunity to get experienced players, we’ll look at it.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 3rd, 2013

The Erie Otters made a deal for a defenseman. They traded two veteran performers to make it happen.
The Otters acquired defenseman Cory Genovese and two draft picks from Sudbury on Tuesday in exchange for forward Connor Crisp and defenseman Jimmy McDowell. The Otters also received Kingston’s third-round pick in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection and Oshawa’s fourth-round pick in 2016.
“We like what he brings to the ice,” said Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager in a statement. “We gave up some significant players to get him, and that goes to show how much we believe in him.” Genovese, 18, a 6-foot 2-inch, 203-pounder from Hespeler, Ontario, had six points, a plus-8 rating and 87 penalty minutes in 62 games for Sudbury and Kitchener a season ago. He had 11 points, a plus-8 raring and 175 penalty minutes in 118 career OHL games.
“He’s a defensive defenseman and that’s what we needed,” coach Kris Knoblauch said in a statement. “We have a few young guys back there, and he can be a leader for them.” Crisp, 19, set career highs with 22 goals, 36 points and 139 penalty minutes in 63 games last season. He has 27 goals, 42 points and 188 penalty minutes in 117 games the past three seasons. McDowell set career highs with 14 goals and 33 points in 67 games last season. He had 15 goals, 42 points and a minus-52 rating in 92 games with the Otters.

Posted: August 31st, 2013

Sherry Bassin, Erie Otters managing partner and general manager, confirmed today that the club is signing F Quentin Maksimovich (11th-round pick, 2012).
In other news, the roster for tonight’s game is expected to be a mix of veterans and prospects. The highly anticipated line of Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Andre Burakovsky is expected to play together tonight.
Meanwhile, the Otters will lose eight players to NHL rookie camps and/or tournaments Tuesday – Brown (Toronto), Andre Burakovsky (Washington), Connor Crisp (Montreal), G Oscar Dansk (Columbus), Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers), Stephen Harper (Philadelphia), Dane Fox (St. Louis) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 31st, 2013

Free-agent LW Fabrizio Ricci has experienced the OHL before. He played a couple of preseason games with Barrie a season ago, and then was recalled by the Colts for five games in December.
Yet he caught the attention of Erie Otters officials over the summer. Ricci, who was released by the Colts after the 2012-13 season, played against an Otters team in the Carnevale summer league near his Toronto home. Then he was invited to Otters camp his agent contacted Dave Brown, Otters assistant manager of hockey operations.
Now after a strong performance in training camp this week, Ricci heads into his first game with the Otters – tonight’s exhibition opener against Niagara at Mercyhurst Ice Center – focused on making a good enough impression to earn a roster spot.
“It’s going to be really exciting,” Ricci, the lone free agent that’s expected to play tonight, said after today’s morning skate at MIC. “I’ve got to make a good impression. I have to show whatever I have to show.”
Fellow free agent Fs Cristiano DiGiacinto and Matt Marsden said they are scratched for tonight’s game. Yet they still appreciate the opportunity they have received this week. “It’s amazing. Coming into camp as a free agent, we didn’t expect much,” said Marsden, who initially thought he had been cut Friday after being told by club officials that there wasn’t a roster spot available for him. Marsden nearly left town Friday, yet he received a telephone call from Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager, about remaining in camp. Marsden is willing to do anything to stay with the club, even simply being a practice player. Yet perhaps and DiGiacinto will earn a chance to play in an upcoming preseason game. As DiGiacinto said, he’s “looking for the experience.”

- Victor Fernandes

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