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Mid West Division Next Season

Postby JEF on Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:50 pm

2016-17 Finish (OT losses and Shoot Out losses grouped together with losses)

1. Erie 50W - 18L - 103 points
2. Owen Sound - 49W - 19L - 102 points
3. London - 46W - 22L - 99 points
4. Kitchener - 36W - 32L - 77 points
5. Guelph - 21W - 47L - 49 points

Things are cyclical in the OHL. It would appear that Erie is due for a bit of a dip next season. They still have some strong vets coming back like Taylor Raddysh, Ivan Lodnia and Kyle Maksimovich. Currently they have 12 players born in 1997. It's unlikely Strome, DeBrincat, Cernak or Cirelli will be back. Again with no 2nd round picks from 2017 to 2024 and just one 3rd round pick from 2017 to 2022 (in 2019) They'll now start to pay for the amazing success they've had, but what a run.

Owen Sound surprised a lot of people, then turned them into believers this season. That 15 win run wasn't a fluke. They've done very well drafting, trading and developing. They got a lot of draft picks from London when Victor Mete didn't report and a second 1st round pick where they took Nick Suzuki. They also got Centorame from London in the deal for Gemel Smith. Still a young team. Suzuki, Gadjovich, Hancock, Phillips. Could have Szypula, Friend, Palmu and possibly McNiven back, they'll be very good. I could see Ryan McGill getting a pro job after this season.

London has the formula perfected for trading to get maximum return for their players and having enough draft picks to pay for the players they acquire. Possible OAs are Miletic, Crawley, Stephens, Vande Sompel, Carbonara and maybe but not likely Parsons. Vets coming back like Pu, Mete, Thomas, Bouchard, Formenton, Foudy. They'll draft well, trade some assets and be competitive as usual.

Guelph got a great one last draft in Merkley. They will get another high draft pick in the first round this year. They played their youth this season. OA candidates are Carroll, Rhodes, McEwan and Bricknell. Have some good vets coming back like Merkley, Ratcliffe, Schnarr, Tetrault, Samarukov, Hotchkiss, Burghardt and Smith. They have lots of 2nd round picks in 2018 and 19 to use for trades to strengthen their team.

We have OA choices from Burns, Henderson, Blaisdell and Opilka. Vets like Mascherin, Bunnaman, Garreffa, McHugh, Roberts, Carter and hopefully Hall stays healthy for the year. Rookies this year like Meireles, Damiani, Vallati, Guest, Gentles, Seitz, Yantsis. Luke Richardson had a nice run in goal and could be a starter next year if Opilka is traded. McGonigle also looked good before his injury. Our coaches will have a year of stability and familiarity too.

My early Midwest prediction next season:

London
Owen Sound (with McNiven #1)
KItchener
Guelph
Erie
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Re: Mid West Division Next Season

Postby KnightHawk on Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:18 am

Guelph got a great one last draft in Merkley. They will get another high draft pick in the first round this year. They played their youth this season. OA candidates are Carroll, Rhodes, McEwan and Bricknell. Have some good vets coming back like Merkley, Ratcliffe, Schnarr, Tetrault, Samarukov, Hotchkiss, Burghardt and Smith. They have lots of 2nd round picks in 2018 and 19 to use for trades to strengthen their team.


Carroll was traded to the Soo at the trade deadline. [wink]

However, your assessment of ALL the teams is spot on!

As for London....I don't know how they keep reloading instead of rebuilding. But, I'm glad they do!
I could see Carbonara, Crawley and Miletic as the OAs. Parsons will get a look at Calgary after signing his entry-level deal early in the week. I could see Jordan Kooy getting the #1 job. As a 16 year old, he has done a PHENOMENAL job in his limited ice time with the Knights.

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Re: Mid West Division Next Season

Postby CHL Watcher on Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:04 am

JEF wrote:My early Midwest prediction next season:

London
Owen Sound (with McNiven #1)
KItchener
Guelph
Erie


With the possibility of low turnover in Owen Sound....and especially if some combination of McNiven, Friend, Szypula, and Palmu are back.....McNiven in net?!....and with what will almost surely be the most dominant top line in the OHL.....a defense returning all but one player (albeit a very good one)......Maksim Sushko hitting 25 goals+ in a full season. Philips and Durzi taking up Centorame's role.....

If coaching doesn't change...

London will have to be a lot better than they were this season. That's just a near fact. There isn't much chance all of these young players won't step up. There will be no slow start next season. The team that is here now will be the team you see next fall.

Look at Roberts. He doesn't play that many minutes at all, but if you watch him when he does he's a hockey player through and through. Picked up a hat trick in that final game against Guelph just by playing an unusual amount of minutes (and some luck). The real kiddies (Struthers and Dudas) are going to take a huge step up.

OS has a good record for plugging holes, so if there are any....consider them filled.

Bottom line: If there are no negative surprises and even one or two positive ones it will take more points next year than it did this year to surpass what these kids will put up.

Owen Sound - this one was easy
London - this only requires London to do what they always do....find players who won't play anywhere that won't be hosting the Memorial Cup at least once in their playing time.
Guelph - Really good youngsters means bright future.
KItchener - rebuild still in progress.
Erie - They may overtake some of the ones above because they too have had a knack for finding star players who want to be there.
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