OHL Spin Cycle: Bergman Locked Up By London; Laughton Looking to Philly; Bennett and McCann Sign ELCs

Erie Otters: Darren Raddysh was one of 151 OHLers to head to NHL development camps this summer, earning an invite from the Los Angeles Kings. Raddysh reflected on his time at Kings’ camp with a look towards the upcoming season as well.

Kingston Frontenacs: Good news for Sam Bennett as the forward signed his ELC with the Calgary Flames. This might be bad news for Frontenacs fans however, as the fourth-overall pick has the NHL firmly in his sights. Whether or not he joins former OHLer Sean Monahan (the Flames’ top pick from last year) however, is a question that won’t be answered until September at the earliest.

London Knights: The Knights locked up a piece of their defence on Friday, getting a commitment from 2014 Import Selection Julius Bergman. The Swedish defenseman is a second round pick of the San Jose Sharks and put up 34 points in 43 games last year in Sweden.

Mississauga Steelheads: It was a busy week for the Steelheads. Not only did the Steelheads come to an agreement on a new four-year lease with the city of Mississauga and the Hershey Centre, but they also announced that Noah Robinson has committed to the Steelheads. Robinson was acquired by the team earlier in the off-season from Sudbury.

Niagara IceDogs: The IceDogs filled a hole on their coaching staff, bringing Lucas Lobsinger aboard as goalie coach. Lobsinger was originally a player with the IceDogs, suiting up with them from 2005-2008 and was with Brock University last year. Earlier in the off-season, Ben Vanderklok left the IceDogs to work full-time in the NHL with the Nashville Predators.

Oshawa Generals: After racking up 219 points in 230 OHL games, Scott Laughton is ready to improve upon his five career NHL games. Even though he has to overcome a stacked depth chart, Laughton is just concerned with improving his own game and skating under the bright lights once again. NHL.com looked at Laughton and two other Flyers’ prospects as they fight to make the Philly roster.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: Plenty of news surrounding the ‘Hounds the last little while. Of course you probably heard the news that Kyle Dubas is now the former General Manager of the Greyhounds after accepting the Assistant General Manger gig with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jared McCann kept the good news coming when it was announced that he had reached an agreement with the Vancouver Canucks on his three-year ELC, but he wasn’t the only first round pick to come to terms. The Greyhounds locked up their own first round pick, as Anthony Salinitri committed to the Soo, as the ‘Hounds continue to take care of business following the 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.

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