Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Erie Otters.
Last season went like — The Otters emerged out of the OHL wilderness and morphed into a seeming goal-scoring machine with three of the loop's top four scorers, including that McDavid fellow with 99 in 56. All along, though, the goaltending and defence seemed like a pair of Achilles heels; Guelph verified those assumptions in the third round with a five-game win.
2013-14, by the numbers — 52-14-2-0, .779 point pct., 310 GF/170 GA. Third playoff seed, Western Conference. Lost 4-1 to Guelph in conference final.
On the junior-or-pro bubble — Whither Andre Burakovsky? It seems unlikely, as Victor Fernandes pointed out, that the Washington Capitals would place a 19-year-old with high-end potential in the AHL, as is their wont since the 87-point scorer was drafted out of Sweden.
Drafted — Burakovsky (Washington Capitals, first round), C Kyle Pettit (Vancouver Canucks, sixth)..
2015 NHL Draft watch — C Connor McDavid, obviously, but C-LW Dylan Strome has first-round buzz and D Travis Dermott is on some watch lists. One might as well mention 2016-eligible Alex DeBrincat; the former Boston University recruit had a four-goal effort in the preseason. Plus he was born the same day that comedian Chris Farley left us (Dec. 18, 1997). No I don't feel old, either.
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