Sean Day has made a good first impression with the Windsor Spitfires, but how long will it last? At a young age, the talented defenceman has drawn attention partly because of his elite speed and offensive upside, but more so because of his defensive shortcomings.
Will Bitten is quite comfortable in his new surroundings. The star forward is with the Hamilton Bulldogs after being traded from the volatile Flint Firebirds at the end of September.
The Sarnia Sting are enjoying the best of both worlds. Every team in the OHL strives to develop NHL talent and the Sting have three players who made it onto big league clubs to start the season.
Many around the OHL are wondering what is happening with the Flint Firebirds. Considered by many to be the league’s cellar dwellers, they’re actually at the top of the Western Conference with a 4-1 record and are undefeated on home ice.
The Hamilton Bulldogs have made a statement with back-to-back seven-goal games to start the OHL season. Backed by six points from OHL player of the week Matt Luff, the Bulldogs trounced a shorthanded Mississauga Steelheads squad 7-0 in their season opener Friday before posting a 7-2 win over the Kingston Frontenacs on home ice the following evening.
Curtis Clairmont will always have a soft spot for two young Russian goalies, Leo Lazarev and Evgeny Kiselev. As president and director of hockey operations for the Waterloo Siskins, Clairmont signed both goalies to play in the Junior B Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in back-to-back years, Lazarev in the 2013-14 season and Kiselev in 2014-15.
The outlook is bright for the Mississauga Steelheads. A year after falling short in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series, the Steelheads are led by a number of NHL prospects and seem poised to finish high in the Eastern Conference standings.
It’s pretty clear who’s expected to be the top dogs in the OHL. With several NHL draftees in tow and a few budding prospects for the next two drafts, the Mississauga Steelheads appear to be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.
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