OHL Spin Cycle: Captain Konecny, First Rounders Falling In To Place, Kirwan Comes to Windsor

Guelph Storm: The Storm came to an agreement with first-round pick Matthew Hotchkiss last week. Hotchkiss was selected 20th overall by Guelph in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, and put up 27 goals and 26 assists in 53 games for Whitby last year. The 6’1″, 192lbs forward also won the OHL Gold Cup as a member of Team OMHA White in May.

Kingston Frontenacs: The Fronts and Steelheads swung a deal last week acquiring defenceman Chad Duchesne for a conditional 6th round pick in 2016. Chad was a 13th round selection by Mississauga (262nd overall) in 2011 and spent last year with Sioux Falls of the USHL.

Kitchener Rangers: The Kitchener Rangers locked up a member of their draft class when they announced an agreement between the team and goaltender Izzy Benigno. Benigno, an 11th round selection this year, played last year with the Toronto Young Nationals, backstopping them to a GTHL championship.

North Bay Battalion: The North Bay Battalion also reached an agreement with their first-round this past week, as Zach Poirier signed on with the club. Poirier was taken 14th overall by the Battalion in April, played for the Upper Canada Cyclones last year, scoring 21 goals and adding 17 assists in 29 games. The Troops weren’t done there, as they also signed Owen Green. Green, a 2013 9th round pick, scored 23 goals and added 45 assists in 64 games with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres last year.

Ottawa 67’s: The 67’s got some good news about forward Travis Konecny, as not only did he make Canada’s U-18 team, but he’s also been named the captain. Konecny will be looking to lead Canada to yet another Gold at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, which started on the right foot with a 5-1 win vs Switzerland on Monday. Konecny had an assist in the win. The 67’s also acquired former first-round pick Jeremiah Addison from Saginaw.

Owen Sound Attack: The Attack will be looking for a new Head Scout and Assistant GM, as Ian MacLellan has accepted a scouting position with the St. Louis Blues. MacLellan spent 11 years with the Attack under current General Manager Dale DeGray and Mike Futa, who is now working with the Los Angeles Kings as VP of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel.

Plymouth Whalers: The Whalers have also been busy with their draft class, reaching an agreement with second-round pick Nicholas Caamano. Caamano had 22 goals and 22 assists last year with the Hamilton Jr. Buldogs in 40 games. The Whalers have now locked up their top two picks from the draft. The Whalers also announced that Dave McParlan will be taking over as Head Scout.

Sarnia Sting: Along with the news about Pavel Zacha committing to Sarnia, the Sting added three new faces to the franchise. Chris Lazary was named an assistant coach with the team after just three months with the Kitchener Dutchment and an impressive trip to the Sutherland Cup with the Waterloo Siskins. Meanwhile, the team hired former Sting goalie Patrick Desrochers as goalie coach, replacing Dave Rook, while Dylan Seca has been added to the scouting staff.

Windsor Spitfires: After acquiring his rights from Guelph, the Windsor Spitfires wasted little time in locking up Luke Kirwan to an agreement. A 2013 second round pick, Kirwan spent last year with the U.S. National Under-17 team where he scored 29 goals and added 28 assists in 54 games. The 6’2″, 220lbs winger also had six goals and seven assists at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Jim Parker of the Windsor Star also has a look into what the future might hold for Brady Vail after the Montreal Canadiens opted not to sign him, and he was invited to the Carolina Hurricanes Development Camp.

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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