With Erie, Oscar Dansk could be playing 4 hours from his NHL organization (Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)When Oscar Dansk made his intentions clear he would play junior in the CHL this season, it apparently emboldened the Erie Otters.
The smart money say the Columbus Blue Jackets high second-rounder, who was the third goalie taken in last Saturday's NHL draft, landing with a big-budgeted OHL team such as the London Knights or Windsor Spitfires. Instead, Otters managing partner Sherry Bassin surprised many observers by nabbing Dansk with the No. 3 overall selection in this morning's CHL import draft.
It's a can't-lose move by Bassin and the Otters. If Dansk is 100 per cent intent on the OHL, then he would report to Erie. If it turns out the Otters called his bluff, they could trade him to a contender such as London or Windsor as last resort.
Oscar Dansk told me at the NHL Combine he was set on coming to the CHL, so this comes as no surprise. I expect he'll report to Erie.
— Ryan Yessie (@RyanHPscout) June 27, 2012
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Some people assumed Dansk would be a Knight. It was a rumour. He'll be playing against them.
— Ryan Pyette (@RyanatLFPress) June 27, 2012