This is the first of our new series where we will look at teams across the OHL. We will take a quick look at the 3 teams who have been hot lately, a team who has played above expectations and the team that is struggling most.
The Hot 3
1. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – There are many hot teams right now in the OHL but none have been hotter than the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Undefeated in their last 9 games. They currently have the 3rd most points in the OHL with 41, trailing only the Erie Otters and London Knights. Their last loss was 10 games ago against the Saginaw Spirit who currently has the 3rd least points in the OHL. They managed to shut out the Hounds 4-0 at home. Since then they have managed to get revenge by beating the Spirit, while also getting wins over top teams like North Bay, Windsor and Erie who currently sits at the top of the OHL standings. Bobby MacIntyre has been a huge producer for the team this season currently sitting in 5th in the league 44 with points. His 29 assists are the 3rd most across the OHL. He has put up points in his last 9 straight games. Over that time, he has posted 5 goals and 9 assists. You’d have to go back to the teams 4-0 loss to Sarnia which was when he was last held off the score sheet. Before that, he went 11 straight games with at least a point per game.
Power Play: 20.0% (6th), Penalty Kill: 86.6% (2nd).
2. London Knights – London and the Soo were a toss up for the top spot and it’s hard to put one ahead of the other. How do you decide? Maybe you’re just not a fan of one of the teams… Anyway… Like them, or hate them the London Knights have been scary good – again. We realize that isn’t shocking. In their last 12 games, they have only lost 2 games and both they were forced to the shootout. They haven’t made it easy on themselves though. The teams 348 penalty minutes this season is the 9th most across the league and yet they still manage to put up the 2nd most goals in the league with 122 and only allowing 72 goals against, which is the fewest league wide. Tyler Parsons has been fire for the team with a 9-1-1-2 record this year. His 2.31 GAA is the best in the O and he has 2 shutouts on the year. His .920 SAV% is the 2nd best, trailing only Jeremy Brodeur of the Oshawa generals. Cliff Pu leads the team with 18 goals and 24 assists for a total of 43 points.
Power Play: 23.9% (3rd), Penalty Kill: 83.6% (7th).
3. Oshawa Generals – They have been by far the scariest team in the East. Eighteen wins and 38 points are 8 more than North Bay and Peterborough who are currently tied for second in the conference. It’s also worth noting that they have played a game less than both teams. Their 95 goals are 2nd most in the Eastern Conference (Ottawa, who sits in last in the East Division leads the conference with 100). Their 80 goals against is fewest in the East and 3rd least league wide. Jeremy Brodeur has been a huge part of the team’s success. His 14 wins is the 2nd most among OHL goalies and he leads the league with a .921 SAV% while sitting in 5th with a 2.48 GAA. Though scoring hasn’t been mandatory so far in the team’s success, Anthony Cirelli has done a great job of leading the way for the team. He currently has a total of 13 goals, 20 assists for 30 points.
Power Play: 16.7% (11th), Penalty Kill: 83.9% (6th).
Honourable mention to the Erie Otters– Otters are no doubt one of the most dominant teams in the league. Taylor Raddysh and Alex DeBrincat lead the league in points, goals and are top 5 for assists. Goalie Troy Timpano leads the league in goal with 19 wins and his 2 shutouts are tied for second most. Though they are one of the best teams and had a good week putting up 2 straight wins, the team has really slowed down the past few weeks and have gone 6-3-1-0 in their last 10. Luckily, they were so dominant at the start of the season that they have been able to get away with this ‘tough’ skid and no doubt they will get past it and start dominating again.
Power Play: 25.7% (2nd), Penalty Kill: 84.2% (5th).
Kingston Frontenacs have been playing well lately. They have gone 6-3-0-1 over the last 10 games and currently have 28 points. In the last 5 games, they have earned 9 of a possible 10 points. Sure, they are sitting at the towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference, trailing by a game they are 1 win away from jumping into second in the East Division behind Oshawa. Goaltender Jeremy Helvig currently leads the league with 3 shutouts. Warren Foegele has been huge for the team and currently leads them in points. His 24 points is the most even though he has played 7 games less than most of the other players on the team. Not bad for a team that has 67 goals on the year which is least. By a LOT!
Power Play: 18.6% (8th), Penalty Kill: 82.8% (10th).
He’s Heating up
Nick Suzuki – The Owen Sound forward currently sits first among draft eligible OHLers with 37 points – which is good enough for 9th in the league. The 17-year old is quickly moving up draft lists and is moving from out of the sleeper category towards being a first round lock.
Suzuki put himself in the spotlight with a dazzling shootout goal to give his team the win over London Friday night in front of a national audience on Sportsnet.
— The Bloggers Tribune (@bloggerstribune) December 3, 2016
Being a Barrie Colts blogger, this part of the post will hurt. Barrie has been bad and has not looked like they will be turning things around. Currently in last place league wide with 20 points, they have only won 2 games in the last 10 and only have earned 4 points of a possible 20 in that time. Their 83 goals is 3rd fewest in the league and 199 goals against is the second most in the league. Anthony Stefano currently leads the team with 31 points.
Power Play: 16.5% (12th), Penalty Kill: 83.5% (8th).
The Mississauga Steelheads
There’s not a lot to say. They’ve been horrible. They won yesterday but that was their first regulation win since October 12th. That’s right, the team that many expected to win the conference went 52 days between regulation wins.