Soo Greyhounds Week 4 Preview
After starting the season 4-1-1 against Eastern Conference opponents the Hounds finally face some teams from not only the Western Conference but their own division. On Tuesday the Hounds completed a trade with the Kingston Frontnacs and picked up Jean Dupay for a 5th round draft pick and a conditional 15th. A gritty player who plays the type of possession game that GM Kyle Dubas and Coach Sheldon Keefe desire he should have no problem fitting in.
Here is a look at some numbers for the Hounds through 3 weeks of the season.
87.0% - Currently the Hounds rank 2nd in the OHL on the PK.
25.8% - Currently 8th in the OHL the Hounds are clicking on the PP a little better than 1 out of 4 times.
11 – The number of points both Jared McCann and Sergey Tolchinsky have through 6 games. Good enough for 10th in the league.
1 – Number of Shutouts rookie goalie Brandon Halverson has in 1 career game. Congratulations.
15 – Number of goals scored by the Hounds big 3 of Jared McCann, Sergey Tolchinsky and Andrew Fritsch. That number is good enough for 60% of the Hounds goal total. While it is nice to see this kind of production more balanced scoring is needed
.750 – The Greyhounds point percentage through 3 weeks of the season. Good enough for 3rd in the league.
50 – career wins for goalie Matt Murray which puts in 6 behind Dan Cloutier and Shawn Simpson for 5th on the Hounds all time list.
Plymouth Whalers – Home Friday October 11th
2013-14 Record Overall/Away (3-5-0-0)(2-4-0-0)
Plymouth has been outscored 25-15 so far in its 6 road contests Chicago Blackhawks 2013 1st rounder leads the Whalers in scoring with 9 points in 7 games Star players Tom Wilson and Conner Carrick are still currently with the NHL’s Washington Capitals Newly acquired Hounds forward Jean Dupuy should make his Greyhounds debut Greyhounds were 5-1 last season against the Whalers Plymouth’s power play ranks 9th in the OHL with a 23.5% success rate while their PK is tops in the OHL with an 87.5% success rate and the only team ahead of the Hounds.
Draft Eligibles and others to watch
Alex Nedeljkovic – The only OHL goalie to be given an “A” rating by central scouting in their preliminary rankings. Alex is in his 2nd season in the O after compiling a 19-2-1-1 record last season for the Whalers. Helped lead the Whalers to the Western Conference finals last year where they ultimately fell to the London Knights
Matt Mistele – The late ’95 birthday is entering his 3rd OHL season after having a breakout performance last year. Coming off of a 34 goal season Matt was given an “A” rating by central scouting.
Windsor Spitfires – Home Saturday October 12th
2013-14 Record Overall/Away (3-3-0-0)(0-1-0-0)
This will be Windsors 3rd game in 3 nights following a road tilt in Sarnia on Friday and a home game against Belleville on Thursday Columbus Blue Jackets 2013 1st rounder leads the Spits in scoring with 6 goals and 6 assists in 6 games so far. While the Hounds seemed to dominate the rest of the West division last year they struggled against Windsor going 1-4-1 against the spits last season. Windsor’s PP ranks 15th in the league with a 20.7% success rate while their PK sits 14th with a 71.4% success rate
Draft Eligibles and others to watch
Joshua Ho-Sang – Taken 1 pick after Jared McCann in the 2012 OHL priority selection Joshua has started the season hot by picking up 10 points in his first 6 games. Was given an “A” ranking by NHL central scouting in their preliminary rankings
Slater Koekkoek – The Tampa Bay Lightning 1st rounder came over to the Spits in a trade with the Peterborough Petes last year at the deadline. With 5 points already in 5 games he is primed to have a great season statistically from the back end for the Spitfires.