Greyhounds week 7 Preview
6 weeks are in the books and the Greyhounds are 1st in the west division with a 9-7-0-0 record. With 2 home games on the docket for week 7 there is a great chance to improve that record. Three Hounds were suspended due to incidents from last weekend. Landon Schiller was given 10 games for a so called head check in Niagara on Thursday; he has 8 games remaining on that. Colin Miller was given 3 games for a slash on Sunday in Guelph and Matt Petaccio was also given 3 games on Sunday for physical abuse of an official. This is on top of the 8 games Kevin Spinozzi got for a non-head check in Sarnia.
Friday Novemer 2nd Ottawa 67’s
Record (Overall/Away) (4-4-0-2)/ (2-4-0-0)
- With only 10 points the 67’s sit last in the OHL
- 3rd best PP in the league clicking at 30.6%, while clicking at 37% on the road.
- Ottawa has given up the most SHG’s this season allowing teams to cash in 4 times.
- 9th best PK coming in at 79.3%. That number drops to 71.3% on road ice good for only 17th in the league.
- Ranked 17th this week in the OHLwritrs.com power rankings
Draft Eligibles and others to Watch
Sean Monahan – A late ‘94 birthday, Sean is widely considered the top OHL draft prospect. Tied for 4th in the league in points, tied for 3rd in assists and 2nd in PP assists. 147 career points in 141 games.
Codi Ceci – A 1st round NHL draft pick last year, Cody is in his 4th season in the OHL. Long considered one of the top defensemen in the league, he is a favorite to play for Team Canada at the World Juniors in Ufa Russia this year.
Saturday November 3rd Barrie Colts
Record (Overall/Away) (11-3-0-1)/ (3-3-0-0)
- The Colts are currently ranked 6th in the CHL top 10 ranking. This season the Hounds are 3-0 against teams in the top 10 winning against Plymouth (week 1), Kitchener (week 3) and Guelph (week 6)
- The Colts are also ranked 1st in the OHLwriters.com power rankings, the second week in a row the hounds face the top ranked team. We all know how well it went last week against the Storm.
- Barrie has the #2 PP in the league coming in at 31.7%. Away from home that number drops to 25% which is good for 5th in the league on the road.
- The Colts PK comes in at 16th in the league working at 76.1%. Away from the Molson Centre the Colts drop down to 68.8%
- Hounds OA defenseman Chris Buonomo will be playing his 1st game against the Colts since being traded to the Hounds earlier in the season.
- Colts 2012 1st round draft pick Brendan Perlini has SSM ties and his brother is a former Greyhounds draft pick although he chose to attend Michigan State University.
Draft Eligible and others to Watch
Alex Fontinos—The Colts backup goalie is considered the #2 goalie prospect in the OHL for next year’s NHL draft. Turned some heads last year as a 16 year old in 15 games coming in with a .908 save percentage.
Mark Scheifele—Winnipeg Jets 1st round pick in 2011, played a handful of games for them before being returned back to Barrie. Played for Canada at the World Juniors last year and is currently 2nd in OHL scoring behind the Greyhounds Nick Cousins.
Aaron Ekblad—Last years “exceptional” player, Aaron has don’t nothing to dispel those exceptional accolades as he took home Rookie of the year honours last year as a 15 year old. Currently this season he has 12 points and is a +5 in 15 games.
Bold Prediction of the week
Last week I was bang on about the power play so this week I’m going to test my luck with the penalty kill. The league’s 2nd and 3rd ranked power plays will be invading the Essar Centre and that will not faze the Hounds who came up big against the Strom on Sunday. I’m predicting that the Hounds will go perfect on the PK in 1 game this week and allow no more than 2 power play goals on the week.