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Posted: April 3rd, 2014

Travis Konecny

Ottawa 67′s C Travis Konecny was named OHL rookie of the year today after leading all rookies with 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists) in the regular season. Konecny, the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, earned 91 out of a possible 95 voting points.
London C Mitchell Marner and Barrie LW Andrew Mangiapane, who were second and third, respectively, with 59 and 51 points, finished second and third in voting with 37 and 21 points.
Konecny (91 voting points) and Mangiapane (68) also earned spots on the league’s All-Rookie first team, along with Erie Otters D Travis Dermott (66), Sault Ste. Marie RW Blake Speers (81), Oshawa D Mitchell Vande Sompel (50) and Barrie G Mackenzie Blackwood (72).

OHL All-Rookie Teams
(Voting points in parentheses)
First team
C – Travis Konecny, Ottawa (91)
LW – Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (68)
RW – Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (81)
D – Travis Dermott, Erie (66)
D – Mitchell Vande Sompel, Oshawa (50)
G – Mackenzie Blackwood, Barrie (72)

Second team
C – Mitchell Marner, London (56)
LW – Lawson Crouse, Kingston (59)
RW – Nick Magyar, Kitchener (45)
D – Stefan LeBlanc, Mississauga (45)
D – Sean Day, Mississauga (43)
G – Matthew Mancina, Guelph (58)

Posted: December 6th, 2013

Erie Otters (24-4-1-0) at Ottawa 67′s (10-14-1-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Canadian Tire Centre – Kanata, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Kingston (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters continue this stretch of three games in four days longest road trip tonight in the home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. The 67′s have played the past two seasons while the Ottawa Civic Centre undergoes renovations. … The Otters are 8-4-1-0 on the road following a 6-1 win in Peterborough on Thursday night. … LW Dane Fox has goals and points in his past five games (11 goals, 15 points). … Fox has tied RW Connor Brown for the OHL scoring lead with 58 points. … C Brendan Gaunce has two goals, four points and a plus-6 rating in his first four games as an Otter. … Ottawa stands fourth in the East Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference. The 67′s have a five-point edge over Belleville and Niagara in the race for the East’s final playoff spot. … The 67′s have lost two straight and seven of their last 10 games. … They are only 7-8-0-1 in their temporary home. … The game features the top two picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection – Ottawa C Travis Konecny (10-19-29) and Otters C Dylan Strome (5-12-17). Konecny leads all rookies in scoring, while Strome is tied for third. … LW Ryan Van Stralen (12-16-28) and C Dante Salituro (8-18-26) also lead the 67′s offense.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 18th, 2013

Ottawa 67′s (5-6-0-0) at Erie Otters (8-2-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: vs. Plymouth (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters have won six straight games overall and four in a row at home, their longest streaks since the 2010-11 club finished the regular season with eight consecutive wins and five straight at home. … The Otters (17 points) entered tonight’s games with sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. They lead West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie and Midwest Division rival London by two points. … RW Connor Brown (11 goals, 14 assists, 25 points) leads the OHL in scoring. Linemates Dane Fox (11-9-20) and Connor Brown (4-15-19) also rank among the top five. … The league’s leading power play (33.3 percent) has scored goals in all 11 games. … The Otters are fourth on the penalty kill (84.8 percent). … The 67′s are rebuilding after finishing last in the OHL a season ago. … C Travis Konecny, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, is second on the rookie scoring list with 10 points. … The 67′s began a stretch of five road games in the next six outings with a 7-4 loss at Niagara on Thursday. They began the season with nine of their first 10 games at home. … It’s Lake Erie Monsters Night at tonight’s game, headlined by “Sully” – the AHL club’s mascot.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 6th, 2013

First-round picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection:
No. Club Pos. Name (Ht., Wt.) 2012-13 club 2012-13 statistics
1. Ottawa C Travis Konecny (5-9, 162) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs 53 goals, 114 points (54 games)
2. Erie C Dylan Strome (6-2, 170) Toronto Marlboros 65 goals, 143 points (60 games)
3. Peterborough D Matthew Spencer (6-1, 192) Oakville Rangers 17 goals, 56 points (71 games)
4. Mississauga D Sean Day (6-1, 180) Compuware 11 goals, 35 points (63 games)
5. Kingston LW Lawson Crouse (6-2, 189) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs 22 goals, 50 points (27 games)
6. Niagara C Hayden McCool (6-2, 190) Whitby Wildcats 21 goals, 34 points (33 games)
7. Sudbury D Kyle Capobianco (6-0, 155) Oakville Rangers 14 goals, 56 points (71 games)
8. Saginaw C Mitchell Stephens (5-9, 166) Toronto Marlboros 44 goals, 84 points (58 games)
9. Sarnia RW Nikita Korostelev (6-0, 187) Toronto Jr. Canadiens 12 goals, 26 points (13 games)
10. North Bay* C Brett McKenzie (5-9, 175) Oakville Rangers 38 goals, 102 points (63 games)
11. Sault Ste. Marie C Blake Speers (5-9, 157) Sault Ste. Marie Thunder 43 goals, 113 points (67 games)
12. Guelph D Garrett McFadden (5-9, 195) Grey-Bruce Highlanders 14 goals, 30 points (37 games)
13. Kitchener LW Mike Davies (6-0, 198) Southern Tier Admirals 47 goals, 73 points (61 games)
14. Oshawa D Mitchell Vande Sompel (5-9, 171) London Knights Gold 9 goals, 32 points (23 games)
15. Barrie C Matthew Kreis (5-10, 155) Halton Hurricanes 22 goals, 46 points (35 games)
16. Plymouth LW Jordan Greenaway (6-5, 205) Shattuck-St. Mary U16 (Minn.) N/A
17. Owen Sound C Ethan Szypula (5-9, 154) London Knights Gold 22 goals, 50 points (30 games)
18. Belleville D Justin Lemcke (6-1, 192) Whitby Wildcats 6 goals, 23 points (26 games)
19. London C Mitchell Marner (5-7, 130) Don Mills Flyers 41 goals, 86 points (56 games)

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: April 3rd, 2013

Sherry Bassin, Erie Otters managing partner and general manager, arrives in Erie later today to begin final meetings with his scouting staff for Saturday’s OHL Priority Selection.
He confirmed that forwards Travis Konecny and Dylan Strome and defenseman Sean Day are on his final list for the No. 2 pick. “We believe in these guys for sure,” said Bassin, who didn’t disclose his pick, although speculation seems to center around Strome, younger brother of Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome. Yet Bassin said there are a couple of other undisclosed prospects that Bassin called “challengers” that he still considers “intriguing.”
Bassin’s scouts will have their chance to defend their favorites during meetings between now and Saturday. But the odds of changing Bassin’s mind seems to be slim. “We feel pretty good about it,” Bassin said. “I’m pretty confident on who it should be.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 22nd, 2013

My apologies, this didn’t post for some reason yesterday …

Sean Day was happy and relieved to hear the news Thursday. The Ontario Hockey Federation announced that Hockey Canada granted exceptional player status to the 15-year-old defenseman , which allows him to enter the OHL Priority Selection a year early.
He joins former current New York Islanders center John Tavares (Oshawa, 2005), Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad (2011) and Erie Otters center Connor McDavid (2012) as the only players to receive early entry into the league.
Unlike his predecessors, Day reportedly isn’t guaranteed to be the No. 1 pick in the April 6 draft. Speculation has arisen about the Ottawa 67′s and their choice. Under league rules, the 67′s aren’t required to choose Day with that top pick. Day isn’t required to report to the club that picks him.
However, Day said during Thursday’s conference call that “I’m prepared to go anywhere,” he said. “Part of getting this (status) is to play in the OHL.”
Meanwhile, the Otters hold the No. 2 pick because they finished with the league’s second-worst record (19-40-4-5). Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager, was tight-lipped earlier this week regarding the pick. “We’ve got a pretty good idea,” Bassin said. “We’ll go with the best player.”
The Otters need help on a defense that allowed 312 goals this season, the second-worst total in the league. Day, a 6 foot 2 inch, 197-pound offensive defenseman, had 11 goals and 35 points in 63 games with Detroit-area Compuware’s minor midget club. “If you need me to play good defense, I can play that,” Day, a Belgian-born Canadian citizen who lives in Rochester, Mich., said during a conference call. “If you need a fourth forward, I can jump into the play.” Yet forwards such as Travis Konecny (Elgin Middlesex Chiefs) and Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros) are highly regarded. Earlier this week, Bassin said he needed the right complementary players to play alongside skilled performers like McDavid.
Keith Day, Sean’s father, said there has been no contact yet with officials from the 67′s or Otters.

- Victor Fernandes

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