NHL Draft Prospects in the OHL Playoffs: Niagara vs Peterborough

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

 

Niagara Ice Dogs

Stephen Dhillon – G – Ranked 19th (NA Goalie) by NHL Central Scouting

Technically, Dhillon is a second-time eligible prospect. The Ice Dogs netminder was eligible last year by one day and was overlooked – likely due to the fact that he only had 28 OHL games under his belt.

This year Dhillon has been one of the best goaltenders in the league while playing behind a very young, re-building team. He finished with a .914 sv% after facing more high-danger scoring chances than anyone in the OHL. After attending Boston’s rookie camp last summer, he’ll get drafted this year and should probably be ranked a lot higher than NHL CS currently has him.

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OHL Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

**Check out my Western Conference predictions here

Eastern Conference – Round 1

Peterborough Petes (1) vs. Niagara IceDogs (8)

This series should be fun.
No team in the OHL playoff gave up more scoring chances during the regular season than Niagara and Peterborough. Both teams rely heavily on their goaltenders and as a result, an upset shouldn’t be surprising.

The Petes took off in the second half of the season but they still rely far too much on Dylan Wells bailing them out.

On the flip side, 2017 draft eligible Stephen Dhillon might be the most talented goaltender in the OHL and has the ability to steal a series on his own. If nothing else, this will be invaluable experience for Akil Thomas and a young Ice Dogs team that is at the early stages of a rebuild.

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Could Vegas look to the Toronto Maple Leafs for their first head coach?

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

Over the past few weeks, NHL coaches have been in the headlines more than usual. In that short time frame, we’ve seen five head coaches relieved of their duties – two of which would have been counted among the best in the league when this season began.

With the firing of Jack Capuano, Gerrard Gallant, Ken Hitchcock, Claude Julien and now Michel Therrian, some big names have become available to NHL teams that may not be fully content with their head coaches – as we evident when the Canadiens dumped Therrian to jump aboard the Julien train. It’s always been said that “there are only 30 head coaching jobs and hundreds of people looking to fill them” – well starting next season there will be 31.

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