Here we are in week 2 of the OHL season. In case you missed it the Hounds opened the season last week with a big 10-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves. The week was capped off when Jared McCann was named as one who was considered for the OHL player of the week that ultimately went to Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals.
The Hounds enter the week with the Top PP in the league at 66% and the top PK in the league at 100%. Also of note is that 3 Hounds were named to the NHL CSS draft watch list. Jared McCann was given an “A” ranking, Kyle Jenkins was given a “C” ranking and Brandon Halverson was given a “C” ranking as well.
Without further ado let’s get to what you need to know about this week’s opponents the North Bay Battalion and Barrie Colts.
Friday September 27th
North Bay Battalion @ Soo Greyhounds
Record (Overall/Road) (2-1-0-0/2-1-0-0)
- Renewal of a northern rivalry as it is the first time an OHL team from North Bay has grazed an ice surface in Sault Ste Marie since the Centennials moved to Saginaw at the end of the 01-02 season.
- The Battalion boast SSM native and NOHA minor hockey player of the year in 2011-12 Mike Amadio
- 2 Battalion were named on the NHL CSS watch list for the up coming draft. Blake Clarke was given an “A” ranking while Brandon Robinson received a “B” ranking
- Blake Clarke is a question mark for this game as he competed in the US All American Prospect Game in Pittsburgh last night (Thursday)
- With the win Sunday in Ottawa North Bay coach Stan Butler moved into 6th place on the OHL alltime wins list with 540
- The North Bay PP through 3 games is 6/13 and 2nd in the league behind the Hounds at 46.2%
- The North Bay PK through 3 games is 10/12 and good enough for 9th in the league at 83/3%
Players to Watch
Mike Amadio: As mentioned above a SSM native. Mike is on fire to start the year with 5 points in 3 games after picking up 19 in 63 games a year ago
Barclay Goodrow: A minor midget teammate of former Hound Daniel Cattenacci. Barclay turned down an AHL contract to return to North Bay for his OA year and captain the Battalion
Saturday September 28th
Barrie Colts @ Soo Greyhounds
Record (Overall/Road) (2-0-0-0/0-0-0-0)
- Last year’s Eastern Conference champions once again are being pegged as the team to beat out East
- The only visit to the Essar Center this year for the Colts, well in the regular season anyways.
- Led by potential NHL 1st over draft pick Aaron Ekblad
- 4 Colts are ranked in the NHL CSS watch list Ekblad “A”, Brandon Lemieux “B”, Kevin LeBlanc “B” and Josh Carrick “C”
- The Colts were 2 for 8 on the PP in their first game and the 25% success rate is good enough for 9th in the league (Not including Thursdays game, Thursday the Colts were 3 for 8 on the PP)
- The Colts PK was only 3 for 6 and that 50% rating puts them 16th in the league (Not including Thursdays game, Thursday the Colts were 4 for 7 on the PK)
Players to Watch
Aaron Ekblad: Potential NHL 1st overall pick. Was the 2nd player granted exceptional status to enter the OHL as a 15 year old. Captained Canada’s gold medal entry in the summers Ivan Hlinka tournament.
Zach Hall: OA is the Eastern Conferences highest returning scorer after picking up 81 points in 63 games.
Andreas Athanasiou: Speedy forward who picked up 3 points in the Colts first game. Picked up 25 in 22 playoff games in the Colts run to the OHL final last year. Was a 4th round pick of the Red Wings in 2012