- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net7 hrs ago
Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Sudbury Wolves.
Last season went like — It was one for the fatalists. The Wolves went for it by trading for centre Radek Faksa and defenceman Trevor Carrick. They took their shot and it did not work out; they won only 10 of 33 games after the trade deadline, counting the first-round sweep.
2013-14, by the numbers — 33-24-3-8, .566 point pct., 217 GF/220 GA. Third, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-0 to Barrie in first round.
Drafted — RW Nick Baptiste (Buffalo Sabres, third round).
2015 NHL Draft watch — D Kyle Capobianco, the 2013 first-rounder who's stretched into a 6-foot-2 offensive defenceman, will likely play a lot this season. Sophomore goalie Troy Timpano does not turn 17 until mid-November, putting him in the '16 class..
1. Without being too snarky, why are the Wolves the consensus pick to own the basement?
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net7 hrs ago
Working down from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Windsor Spitifires.
Last season went like — Once GM Warren Rychel made the big Kerby Rychel/Nick Ebert trade with Guelph, and once star defenceman Slater Koekkoek needed a second shoulder operation, the air went out of the Spitfires' balloon.
2013-14, by the numbers — 37-28-3-0, .566 point pct., 246 GF/231 GA. Fifth, Western Conference. Lost 4-0 to London in first round.
Drafted — C Josh Ho-Sang (New York Islanders, first round), LW Markus Soberg (Columbus Blue Jackets, sixth), LW Cristiano DiGiacinto (Tampa Bay Lightning, sixth), D Patrick Sanvido (Dallas Stars, seventh).
2015 NHL Draft watch — How about 2016, when incoming LWs Logan Brown (6-5, 215) and Luke Kirwan (6-2, 213) will be up for grabs?.For this draft, one should not sleep on D Andrew Burns, who came up toward the end of last season.
1. How much can Ho-Sang, et al., cover up for a defence corps that is being rebuilt on the fly?
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net17 hrs ago
Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Barrie Colts.
Last season went like — After coming within a pinged crossbar in Game 7 of the OHL title, Barrie stayed up with pack in its conference thanks to a certain NHL No. 1 pick-to-be and a 49-goal, 95-point season from Andreas Athanasiou (who's also gone now). Their youth caught up to them by Round 2, though.
2013-14, by the numbers — 37-28-1-2, .566 point pct., 261 GF/216 GA. Third, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-2 to North Bay in conference semifinal.
On the junior-or-pro bubble — Sorry, Aaron Ekblad is not walking through that door. No NHL first overall choice has returned to junior since 1996.
Drafted — LW Brendan Lemieux (Buffalo Sabres, second round), LW Kevin Labanc (San Jose Sharks, sixth).
2015 NHL Draft watch — G Mackenzie Blackwood was the only OHL 'tender on NHL Central Scouting futures list released in August; D Rasmus Anderson (6-foot, 210) and RW Roy Radke (6-2, 200) are expected to have an impact quickly.
1. How many points can Blackwood steal for the Colts?
Montreal Canadiens top pick Nikita Scherbak has WHL rights dealt to Everett; IceDogs' Perlini breaks hand: the coast-to-coastNeate Sager at Buzzing The Net19 hrs ago
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
Via Nick Patterson, the Everett Silvertips have pulled off a blockbuster trade with Saskatoon for Montreal Canadiens first-rounder Nikita Scherbak. What does that mean for the 'Tips other imports? (Everett Herald)
What is in store for Edmonton Oilers pick Jackson Houck in Vancouver? (The Pipeline Show)
Now that Brendan Leipsic is out of the league, who will be its premier agitator? Brandon's Jesse Gabrielle has put an application in, writes Greg Harder. (Regina Leader-Post)
Think Lethbridge's promising goalie, Stuart Skinner, will ignore that "vehement goal celebration" by Medicine Hat on Saturday night? (Medicine Hat News)
Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the North Bay Battalion.
Last season went like — A honeymoon that seemed wonderful even though airline lost a bag on the flight home? The Battalion was hovering around .500 after an overtime loss in Ottawa on the first Saturday of 2014. Then it won 20 of its final 29 games to outpace rival Sudbury for the No. 2 playoff seed. It got more resolute and hard to play against as the playoffs unfolded, but just couldn't contain Guelph for a full 60 minutes during three close losses in the OHL final.
2013-14, by the numbers — 38-24-4-2, .603 point pct., 215 GF/187 GA. Second playoff seed, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-1 to Guelph in OHL final.
Drafted — D Kyle Wood (Colorado Avalanche, third round), RW Mike Adamio (Los Angeles Kings, third), C Nick Paul (Ottawa Senators, fourth*) D Miles Liberati (Vancouver Canucks, seventh).
2015 NHL Draft watch — LW Brett McKenzie will have a larger role after contributing to the playoff run; 17-year-old D Riley Bruce is already 6-foot-6 and 207 pounds.
1. Who replaces the departed scoring and leadership?
Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Oshawa Generals.
Last season went like — Once it got Scott Laughton back from the Philadelphia Flyers, Oshawa assumed top spot in the Eastern Conference and never gave it back. Michael Dal Colle factored into 42 per cent of their scoring and they blew through the soft underbelly of the conference before finding out in the third round that they couldn't suppress the speed and size of the North Bay Battalion's forwards
2013-14, by the numbers — 42-20-0-6, .662 point pct., 227 GF/178 GA. First, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-0 to North Bay in conference final.
On the junior-or-pro bubble — C-LW Michael Dal Colle went No. 5 overall to the New York Islanders in the NHL draft in June, but should be back for at least one more OHL season.
Drafted — Dal Colle (New York Islanders, first round), RW Hunter Smith (Calgary Flames, second), C Cole Cassels (Vancouver Canucks, third), overage D Josh Brown (Florida Panthers, sixth).
No. 1 star: Jesse Gabrielle, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
The Wheaties sophomore had a natural hat trick over the second and third period to help East Division favourite Brandon peel away from Regina for a 6-1 road win. It was a 1-0 contest until the final four minutes of the second period, when the 17-year-old Gabrielle (3G, +2) took a feed from Peter Quenneville (2A, +2) and went in to score. In the final minute of the period, Gabrielle bulled to the net and made a finishing move in tight to push Brandon out to a 3-0 lead after 40.
Linemate Nolan Patrick (2A, +2) made sure Gabrielle completed his first Western Hockey League hat trick in the third, as they connected on a power-play goal 1:15 into the frame.
No. 2 star: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Carleton Ravens' Nate Behar sums up Panda Game triumph: 'It was a beautiful moment ... don’t think I have ever felt so good in my entire life'Neate Sager at Eh Game2 days ago
All of a sudden, Nate Behar was running into the end zone and the Carleton Ravens looked the part that some well-heeled donors have underwritten for them.
What Carleton, the first Ontario University Athletics football team to attempt to become self-sustaining, is trying ot do is re-invent the wheel with how a Vanier Cup contender is built in this province. Know this much after the Ravens beat rival Ottawa 33-31 in the Panda Game by virtue of a TSN Highlight of the Night catch by franchise receiverNate Behar on a last-play Hail Mary in front of 12,500 at TD Place: it's already ahead of schedule. Carleton, in just three games, has already matched Laval's Year 2 win total (two). Its trip to Laurier next week also has playoff implications in the OUA.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net2 days ago
Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Last season went like — A filling appetizer but perhaps not the main course for the hungry 'Hounds, who rolled through a watered-down West Division while the league's power teams were concentrated in the Midwest. Regardless, the Soo seems to be in a good place entering coach Sheldon Keefe's third season.
2013-14, by the numbers — 44-17-2-5, .699 point pct., 262 GF/193 GA. Second playoff seed, Western Conference. Lost 4-0 to Erie in conference semifinal.
On the junior-or-pro bubble — Captain Darnell Nurse is vying for a spot with the Edmonton Oilers; overage D Alex Gudbranson is at the Minnesota Wild's main camp; overage W Jean Dupuy is in the Winnipeg Jets' AHL camp.
Drafted — Nurse (Edmonton Oilers, first round), C Jared McCann (Vancouver Canucks, first), G Brandon Halverson (New York Rangers, second), LW Michael Bunting (Arizona Coyotes, fourth), C Tyler Ganly (Carolina Hurricanes, sixth), D Kyle Jenkins (Carolina, seventh), RW Sergey Tolchinsky (Carolina, free-agent signing).
Carleton Ravens win Panda Game on 55-yard Hail Mary: 'I don't think anyone at Carleton is going to forget it any time soon'Neate Sager at Eh Game2 days ago
Jesse Mills launched the ball; Nate Behar made the catch that will probably launch about 100,000 views over the next couple days.
Rarely does Canadian university football become a trending topic any time before the playoffs. Rarer, still, is the combination of the finish and the circumstances in the nation's capital on Saturday. The Carleton Ravens completed a 55-yard Hail Mary touchdown with no time left to beat Ottawa 33-31 in the Panda Game on Saturday on a near-impossible dream of the play, with Behar grabbing a tipped ball and taking it into the end zone for the win. That set off a raucous celebration, with hundreds of Carleton students leaping over the barricades to storm the field.
The end zone camera also shows that Ottawa cornerback Randy Williams nearly batted the ball down to the turf. There's your agony of defeat right there.