We’ll start today off with OHL news, as last Thursday the OHL announced the schedule for the exhibition season.
In total, 51 games will be played between August 30th and September 17th, one week before regular season action gets underway. The Ottawa 67’s and Gatineau Olympiques will be facing off in a two-game interleague series during the pre-season. The 67’s will host the Olympiques in Nepean, ON after traveling to Quebec for the first game of the matchup. Including the stop in Nepean, there will be 11 matchups in cities that don’t regularly host OHL action. You can check out the full OHL pre-season schedule here.
Belleville Bulls: It’s safe to say that there’s no shortage of personality in the Subban family. Following in the footsteps of older brothers P.K. and Malcolm, Jordan was in camp with the Vancouver Canucks recently, and the 2013 4th rounder became a mini-hit. The Bulls got their hands on Canucks TV’s mic’ing up of the defenceman.
Guelph Storm: NHL.com caught up with Robby Fabbri and the impression he left at St. Louis Blues development camp, and safe to say the Blues are happy with the early returns on their 2014 first rounder. Fabbri admits that he’s setting his goals high for the 2014/15 season, and while making the jump to the NHL may be tough, Storm fans will be happy to hear he’s prepared to take on the role of a leader within the club.
London Knights: Staying within the division, the Knights may need to fill a big-time departure once NHL camps end. With spots available at the NHL-level with the Arizona Coyotes, Max Domi is one of a number of young, promising players who are hoping to make the jump up the hockey ladder. The article paints a pressure-packed picture when it comes to Domi making a similar impact to last year’s training camp, so it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of Coyotes camp from Domi come September. The Knights also announced the details of their pre-season date with the Erie Otters in Stratford come September.
Niagara IceDogs: Niagara came to terms with second-round pick Chris Paquette last week. The 30th overall pick from this past OHL Draft put up 52 points (23 goals/29 assists) in 36 games last year with the Jr. Frontenacs in Minor Midget. Paquette enters an admittedly young Niagara locker room.
Owen Sound Attack: Last year around September, there were some whispers out of Colorado that defenceman Chris Bigras was on the cusp of a spot in an NHL locker room. When it comes to defenceman though, the learning curve is a bit steeper at the next level, so it wasn’t too surprising when Bigras was one of the last cuts from Avs camp and returned to the Attack. Adrian Dater takes a look at the blueliner who may be closer to two years away (according to Patrick Roy) from the NHL, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Peterborough Petes: A week after earning a three-year contract extension in Peterborough, Petes’ Head Coach Jody Hull got more good news. Following the hiring of Men’s Summer U-18 head coach Derek Laxdal by the Texas Stars, Hull has been promoted from assistant coach to head coach. The tournament gets underway August 11 after selection camp takes place from August 2-5 in Calgary.
Sarnia Sting: Just after last week’s Spin Cycle was published, the Sting came to an agreement with second rounder Jordan Kyrou. Kyrou had 40 points in 33 games for the Mississauga Senators last year and was taken 38th overall in the OHL draft.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: The Greyhounds had a busy week, locking up three players. The club came to agreements with forwards Boris Katchouk and Tim Gettinger, along with goaltender Joseph Raaymakers. Katchouk and Raaymakers are both second round picks from this year’s draft. Katchouk had 58 points in 29 games playing for the Waterloo Wolves, while Raaymakers played in 17 games for the Chatham-Kent Cyclones. Gettinger is a third-round pick coming out of the Cleveland Barons system. He had 19 goals in 32 games last year.
Windsor Spitfires: The Saginaw Spirit came to a quick agreement with forward Artem Artemov last week, and the Spitfires were soon to follow. Windsor and Markus Soberg came to an agreement last week, after Soberg was picked 29th overall by the Spits. Soberg was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Bryan Thiel is a freelance broadcaster who’s covered the OHL from rink side and the broadcast booth. He’s also filed feature reports on the OHL for the past three seasons. You can follow him on Twitter at BryanThiel_88.