Plymouth Whalers Wednesday December 12th

2012-12 Record Overall/Home (14-9-4-3)(7-5-2-1)

-        Hounds are 2-0-0-0 against the Plymouth Whalers this year with both wins coming in overtime

-        Plymouth will be without Tom Wilson who along with Ryan Sproul is at the Team Canada world junior camp in Calgary.

-        Their 7 losses in extra time this year are the most in the league

-        Plymouth’s power play as been a disappointing 17th this season with only a 15.4% success rate. Their penalty kill has been a bit better working at a 81.1% clip which is good for 7th in the league.

-        Ranked 10th in the power rankings

-        Sheldon Keefe’s first home game with the Hounds

-        Chris Buonomo returns from a 15 game suspension

Draft Eligibles and Others to Watch

Connor Carrick: Came over to Plymouth in a preseason trade after spending 2 years in the USNTDP. Connor who is a Washington Capitals 5th round selection has been one of the Whalers top defenseman in a group that has had a hard time replacing last years captain Beau Schmitz.

Ryan Hartman: A player I mentioned in this section the opening week of the season, Ryan has not disappointed. Ranks 11th among OHL forwards in NHL central scouting’s prelim rankings and has been named to Team Cherry for the upcoming top prospects game.

Saginaw Spirit Friday December 14th

2012-13 Record Overall/Home(13-16-2-2-)/(6-10-1-1)

-        Hounds are 3-0-1-0 this season against Saginaw

-        Star goalie Jake Paterson is a question mark for this game depending on World Junior Cuts

-        Ranked 16th in the power rankings

-        The Spirit power play comes in at 18th overall with a rating of 15.4%. Their PK comes in at 15th stopping opponents only 76.2% of the time.

Draft Eligibles and Others to Watch

Vincent Trocheck: Recently selected to the US U20 Selection Camp. Saginaw’s leading scorer this year 21-24-45 in 30 games played.

Eric Locke: After a strong rookie campaign as a 17 year old Eric struggled a bit last year between Barrie and Saginaw. He seems to have righted the ship this year though as he has 33 points in 30 games to sit 2nd on the Saginaw point list.

Windsor Spitfires Sunday December 16th

2012-13 Record Overall/Home (14-12-1-5)(4-8-1-2)

-        Hounds are 0-3-0-0 against the Spits this year after last Thursdays 3-2 loss.

-        Currently ranked 14th in the power rankings

-        Riding a 5 game point streak that has seen them move 4 points clear of the Hounds

-        2nd worst road record in the Western Confernce ahead of only the Erie Otters

-        This is the final OHL game before the Christmas break.

-        The Spits PP is 8th, one spot ahead of the hounds clicking at a rate of 20.9%. Their PK is also 8th coming in at 80.1%

Draft Eligibles and others to watch

Kerby Rychel: Son of Spits GM Warren Rychel. NHL central scouting has him #3 among OHL skaters and will be skating with team Orr at the upcoming top prospects game. He has scored 19 times this season in 32 games

Trevor Murphy: A former Petes 2nd round pick recently came over in a trade that sent Derek Shoenmakers to Peterborough where he has refused to report. Trevor seems to be enjoying his time in Windsor has he has racked up 3g and 5a in his first 8 games in a spits uniform after picking up only 24 points in 83 games with the Petes.

Bold Prediction of the Week

The Greyhounds will not have the 20th ranked PK in the league after this weekend.