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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: April 5th, 2014

Apparently, Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin likes to raid families for players at OHL draft time.
The Raddysh family joins the Gazdic with multiple players taken by the Otters in the annual Priority Selection – as RW Taylor Raddysh has been picked 19th overall today. The younger brother of Otters D Darren Raddysh had 25 goals and 52 points in 31 games with the prestigious Toronto Marlboros minor midget club this season. The Otters chose C Trent Fox, younger brother of Otters LW Dane Fox, in the 5th round last spring. But Dane was acquired in a trade with London in January 2012, not chosen in the draft.

First families of the Otters
Brothers chosen or acquired by the Otters in the OHL draft:
Gazdic - Ben (14th round in 2003), Luke (9th round in 2005) and Mark (10th round in 2009)
Fox - LW Dane (acquired from London in Jan. 2012), C Trent (5th round in 2013)
Maksimovich - Quentin (11th round in 2012), 3rd round in 2014)
Lagace - Jourdan (played from 1998-2000), Evan (played in 2002-03)

Posted: August 29th, 2013

2 Travis Dermott – D
4 Jimmy McDowell – D
5 Jesse Saban – D
6 Troy Donnay – D
7 Gregory Allen – D
8 Andre Burakovsky – LW
10 Connor McDavid – C
11 Connor Crisp – C
12 Kyle Pettit – C
13 Nick Betz – RW
14 Travis Wood – LW/D
15 Blake Jones – C
16 Matt Marsden – C
17 Jordan Dunin – C
18 Trent Fox – C
19 Cameron Etherington – RW
20 Connor Brown – RW
21 Justin Felker – D
30 Cosimo Lazzarino – G

2 Adam Pelech – D
3 Darren Raddysh – D
4 Spencer Abraham – D
5 Cole Mayo – D
6 Khadyn Butterfly – D
7 Patrick Murphy – D
8 Dane Fox – LW
9 Michael Curtis – LW/C
10 Jake Evans – C
11 Stephen Harper – LW
12 Dylan Strome – C
13 Hayden Hodgson – RW
14 Quentin Maksimovich – C
15 Fabrizio Ricci – LW
16 Thomas Lattavo – RW
17 Jeff St. Pierre – RW
18 Cristiano DiGiacinto – RW
19 Nolan Dunn – LW

31 Daniel Dekoning – G
32 Oscar Dansk – G

Posted: August 27th, 2013

Jimmy McDowell thrived offensively a season ago. Spencer Abraham displayed improved offensive ability on the opening day of training camp Tuesday.
But defense will decide their future in Erie. “We’re going to be think about who’s going to be best defensively for us,” head coach Kris Knoblauch said, referring to the last of three overage spots on the roster.”
Abraham is the better skater, Knoblauch said, while McDowell is more physical. Both move the puck well. “For us to be an elite team in our conference,” Knoblauch said, “we’ve got to take away a lot of goals against.”
Both players will earn plenty of ice time in exhibition games. McDowell said he won’t change how he plays during those games. “I’m going to keep playing my game,” McDowell said. “They already know what I can do.” Meanwhile, Abraham is used to proving himself. “I’ve been an underdog all my life,” said Abraham, a former 15th-round pick in the OHL Priority Selection.
Club officials have a decision to make, McDowell said. The decision won’t be easy, Knoblauch said. “We’re very fortunate to have those two with us,” he said. “They’re two great, quality guys (that are) very popular in the dressing room and really have a lot of pride for the Otters organization.”
* Late arrivals: G Oscar Dansk and LW Andre Burakovsky, the two Import players on the roster, are expected to arrive at camp today. Bassin allowed him to remain at home in Sweden for a few extra days while attending a family wedding. Burakovsky’s temporary visas have been completed, GM Sherry Bassin said.
* No room for error: With few roster spots available, club officials condensed their on-ice schedule this week. So the rookies and free agents that opened camp today have two practices and two-and-a-half scrimmages to showcase their skills before Wednesday’s first round of cuts. “It’s our pressure,” said D Owen Headrick, a 13th-round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. “If you make too many mistakes out there, you’re gone.”
Club officials will spend the first two days of camp determining which prospects deserve to remain beyond the first two days of camp. “At this point in time all we’re trying to find out for the next 2 days is somebody that shows something,” Bassin said.
* Surviving a scare: D Riley Robertson (3rd-round pick, 2012) felt his left shoulder pop out during the opening workout. That’s a bad sign for a player with a history of shoulder problems. Yet the 6-foot 5-inch, 195-pounder returned to the ice for the Prospect Game, and scored the scrimmage’s lone goal.
* On the mend: RW Sean Darroch (11th-round pick, 2011) hoped to make the team in his third camp. But a freak accident during a tournament game in Brampton, Ontario, in June – an opposing player’s skate sliced through nearly all of the Achilles tendon in his leg – has hindered his progress on the ice. Darroch missed the past two months while recovering from surgery. He skated in today’s prospect game, but without contact.
“Things happen,” he said. “I just have to keep playing and hope for the best.”
* Less is more: D Patrick Murphy (5th-round pick, 2011) slimmed down to 180 pounds from 200 in the offseason. He has seen the improvement on the ice. Now he hopes that will be the key to finally earning a full-time spot. “I hope to stick (with the team) this year,” he said.
* Inside information: C Trent Fox (5th round, 2013) said he has an advantage having F Dane Fox, his older brother, at camp. But he still has to earn his spot.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 23rd, 2013

(subject to change)

No. Name (status)

30 Cosimo Lazzarino (9th round, 2013)
2 T.J. Fergus (8th round, 2013)
4 Darren Raddysh (Veteran)
7 Teilen Celentano (Free agent)
15 Adam Pelech (Veteran) – may not participate (wrist)
16 Riley Robertson (3rd round, 2012)
17 Jimmy McDowell (Veteran)
Left wing
14 Adam Bomberry (Free agent)
20 Nolan Dunn (Free agent)
22 Dane Fox (Veteran)
6 Jake Evans (Veteran)
11 Quentin Maksimovich (11th round, 2012)
19 Trayvon Henry (15th round, 2013)
21 Dylan Strome (1st round, 2013)
23 Jordan Dunin (7th round, 2011)
Right wing
5 Cameron Etherington (Free agent)
8 Alexander Row (Free agent)
10 Jack Scanlan (13th round, 2013)
18 Nick Betz (Veteran)

No. Name (status)

32 Arun Kumar (Free agent)
3 Gregory Allen (6th round, 2011)
5 Cole Mayo (3rd round, 2013)
8 Travis Dermott (9th round, 2012)
9 Spencer Abraham (Veteran)
10 Anton Bura (Free agent)
11 Patrick Murphy (5th round, 2011)
Left wing
4 Brady Allen (Free agent)
6 Fabrizio Ricci (Free agent)
14 Travis Wood (Veteran) – also plays defense
22 Stephen Harper (Veteran)
15 Blake Jones (14th round, 2011)
16 Connor Crisp (Veteran)
19 Kyle Pettit (Veteran)
20 Trent Fox (5th round, 2013)
Right wing
7 Hayden Hodgson (Veteran)
17 Brett Dykstra (Free agent)
18 Jeff St. Pierre (Free agent)
21 Joel Wigle (Veteran) – won’t participate (surgery on both shoulders – out until October)

No. Name (status)

33 Daniel Dekoning (8th round, 2012)
34 Oscar Dansk (Veteran)
3 Troy Donnay (Veteran)
4 Justin Felker (Veteran)
6 Owen Headrick (14th round, 2013)
7 Jesse Saban (2nd round, 2013)
9 Matthew Bell (Free agent)
11 Khadyn Butterfly (Free agent)
Left wing
5 Andre Burakovsky (1st round, 2013)
18 Patrick Fellows (7th round, 2013)
19 Oakley Thomas (Free agent)
20 Sean Kohler (6th round, 2013)
8 Frank Pucci (12th round, 2013)
14 Matt Marsden (Free agent)
17 Michael Curtis (Veteran) – also plays left wing
21 Connor McDavid (Veteran)
Right wing
10 Thomas Lattavo (6th round, 2012)
12 Cristiano DiGiacinto (Free agent)
15 Connor Brown (Veteran)
23 Sean Darroch (8th round, 2011)
* More online: Check out the rosters for the Prospect Game on the Shootout hockey blog at and Twitter at

TEAM RED – Coach:
Chris Hartsburg
No. Name (status)

30 Cosimo Lazzarino
2 T.J Fergus
4 Patrick Murphy
6 Owen Headrick
7 Teilen Celentano
16 Riley Robertson
5 Cameron Etherington
8 Alexander Row
10 Sean Darroch
11 Quentin Maksimovich
14 Adam Bomberry
15 Jordan Dunin
17 Trent Fox
18 Patrick Fellows
19 Trayvon Henry
20 Nolan Dunn

TEAM BLUE – Coach: Vince Laise
No. Name (status)

32 Arun Kumar
3 Gregory Allen
9 Matthew Bell
10 Anton Bura
11 Khadyn Butterfly
4 Brady Allen
5 Jack Scanlan
6 Fabrizio Ricci
7 Cristiano DiGiacinto
8 Frank Pucci
12 Sean Kohler
14 Matt Marsden
15 Blake Jones
17 Brett Dykstra
18 Jeff St. Pierre
19 Oakley Thomas

Posted: May 3rd, 2013

Trent Fox has played hockey with his older brother, Dane, countless times in his life. But those times were in their driveway back home in Thamesville, Ontario. This weekend is different. This time, they’re both members of the Erie Otters organization.
“It’s exciting,” said Trent Fox, 16, the club’s fifth-round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection who had 15 goals and 28 points in 27 minor midget games with London Knights Gold this season. “It will be a dream come true (if he earns a roster spot with the Otters. “I just have to do the hard work and do the little things to make it. That’s what I’ll do.”
Dane Fox, 19, who enters his overage season with the Otters, has served as his younger brother’s mentor heading into his first experience at the OHL level. “He’s been asking questions. I’ve just been calming him down and telling him what to expect and what to do and what not to do. He’s listening and asking questions. So I know that he’s ready to come out here and play.
Trent Fox didn’t last long in his first on-ice practice Friday during rookie development camp at Mercyhurst Ice Center. He left the ice early because of an ongoing battle with strep throat.
* News and notes: First-round pick Dylan Strome has officially signed with the Otters. … Strome will wear No. 19 as a rookie next season. Defenseman Artem Kuleshov wore that number as a rookie this season. But he isn’t expected to rejoin the club next season. Goaltender Oscar Dansk occupies one of two spots designated for European-born players. The Otters also hold the No. 5 overall pick in the CHL Import Draft this summer. … Defenseman Justin Felker was cleared to resume skating last week after being off the ice for four months because of a compression fracture in his neck that was originally feared to be career-threatening. … Center Jake Evans (knee) should be cleared to skate in the next two weeks.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 6th, 2013

The Erie Otters’ picks in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection:
Round (No.) Pos. Name (Ht., Wt.) 2012-13 club 2012-13 statistics
1. (2) C Dylan Strome (6-2, 170) Toronto Marlboros 65 goals, 143 points (60 games)
2. (21) D Jesse Saban (6-3, 205) Toronto Red Wings 4 goals, 16 points (34 games)
3. (42) D Cole Mayo (5-11, 193) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs 5 goals, 34 points (30 games)
5. (80) C Trent Fox* (6-0, 163) London Knights Gold 15 goals, 28 points (27 games)
6. (106) LW Sean Kohler (5-8, 170) Oakville Rangers 35 goals, 77 points (69 games)
7. (123) LW Patrick Fellows (6-1, 150) Mississauga Rebels 10 goals, 26 points (22 games)
8. (141) D T.J. Fergus (5-9, 153) Toronto Jr. Canadiens 3 goals, 14 points (29 games)
9. (161) D Nathan Kwiecinski (6-1, 186) Detroit Little Caesars 5 goals, 15 points (31 games)
10. (197) G Cosimo Lazzarino (6-1, 175) Mississauga Senators 8-5-3 record, 1.83 GAA, .894 save pct. (19 games)
11. (201) C Matthew Baker (5-7, 136) Barrie Colts 18 goals, 44 points (58 games)
12. (221) C Frank Pucci (5-5, 124) Sault Ste. Marie Thunder N/A
13. (241) RW Jack Scanlan (5-9, 161) North Central Predators 7 goals, 22 points (33 games)
14. (261) D Owen Headrick (5-9. 188) Sault Ste. Marie Thunder 9 goals, 39 points (61 games)
15. (281) C Trayvon Henry (6-1, 160) North Central Predators 8 goals, 18 points (33 games)
* Younger brother of Otters forward Dane Fox

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