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  • Ottawa 67's hopeful for happy homecoming: OHL Burning Questions

    Konecny won the rookie scoring title with 70 points (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Konecny won the rookie scoring title with 70 points (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Ottawa 67's.

    Last season went like — The standard preseason optimism was laced with dread that the timing, the tide and the talent just was not there during Season 2 of the 'lost years' phase of playing at distant Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa fell below .500 to stay after a 0-3 swing in mid-October. It was still in playoff position entering the final week before No. 1 centre Erik Bradford broke his femur in the antepenultimate game of the season. A second straight season out of the playoffs hastened a housecleaning in the front office.

    2013-14, by the numbers — 23-39-3-3, .382 point pct., 217 GF/305 GA. Tenth, Eastern Conference.  

    Drafted — D Alex Lintuniemi (Los Angeles Kings, second round), D Jacob Middleton (Los Angeles, seventh).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — C Travis Konecny, the OHL rookie of the year, is a Top 10 hopeful; C Dante Salituro, RW Artur Tyanulin and RW Jeremiah Addison are all first-time draft eligibles; D Troy Henley also rated inclusion on the NHL Central Scouting preliminary list.

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  • Mississauga Steelheads due to move on up, in theory: OHL Burning Questions

    Day demonstrated potential more frequently in the second half of his rookie season (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Day demonstrated potential more frequently in the second half of his rookie season (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Missisauga Steelheads.

    Last season went like — Mississauga won the tortoise race for the last Eastern playoff berth by taking 12-of-16 possible points vs. Niagara and Ottawa over the final two months of the season. Their workhorse goalie helped make them a tough out in a first-round loss to Oshawa, while rushing defenceman Sean Day began to settle down down the stretch. 

    2013-14, by the numbers — 24-38-1-5, .397 point pct., 163 GF/262 GA. Eighth, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-0 to Oshawa in first round.

    Drafted — G Spencer Martin (Colorado Avalanche, third round).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — LW Jesse Barwell made the biggest contribution of any of the Trout's 1997-born cohort; D Sean Day is still a season away.

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  • Niagara IceDogs looking to turn corner: OHL Burning Questions

    <span style=font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 13px; background-color: #f8f8f8;>Perlini could be out until November after breaking his hand in a NHL preseason game (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)</span>

    Working down from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Niagara IceDogs.

    Last season went like — The 'Dogs eschewed the total firesale, betting on that their young corps would earn some playoff experience. That approach paid off when they went the distance against eventual conference champion North Bay. Now it's on to new digs, the Meridian Centre.

    2013-14, by the numbers — 24-35-3-6, .419 point pct., 219 GF/278 GA. Seventh, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-3 to North Bay in first round.

    Drafted — LW Brendan Perlini (Arizona Coyotes, first round), D Blake Siebenaler (Columbus Blue Jackets, third), C Carter Verhaeghe (Toronto Maple Leafs, third), D Ryan Mantha (New York Rangers, fourth), G Brent Moran (Dallas Stars, fourth), D Aaron Haydon (Dallas, sixth).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — D Vince Dunn, LW Hayden McCool and C Graham Knott are each on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list; sophomore D Zach Wilkie also has promise.


    1. When

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  • Nedeljkovic was named OHL Goaltender of the Year (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Nedeljkovic was named OHL Goaltender of the Year (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Working down from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Plymouth Whalers.

    Last season went like — On the ice, goalie Alex Nedeljkovic made roughly a bajillion saves to help a team with 15 newcomers extend the franchise's streak of playoff appearances to 23 seasons. Off the ice, coach-GM Mike Vellucci moved up to the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes. One week after the Memorial Cup owner Peter Karmanos issued a call to action, stating attendance will have to increase in order for the OHL's charter U.S. franchise to remain in Plymouth. 

    2013-14, by the numbers — 28-33-0-7, .463 point pct., 180 GF/231 GA. Eighth, Western Conference. Lost 4-1 to Guelph in first round.

    Drafted — LW Sonny Milano (Columbus Blue Jackets, first round), G Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina Hurricanes, second), RW Connor Chatham (New Jersey Devils, third), D Alex Peters (Dallas Stars, third), D Josh Wesley (Carolina, fourth), C Victor Crus Rydberg (New York

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  • Owen Sound Attack leaning on last line of defence: OHL Burning Questions

    Nastasiuk returns for his second season as Owen Sound's captain (OHL Images)Nastasiuk returns for his second season as Owen Sound's captain (OHL Images)

    Working down from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Owen Sound Attack.

    Last season went like — Owen Sound was Owen Sound, a bit spartan offensively but tough to take two points from, thanks in large part to Brandon Hope emerging as the No. 1 goalie. Those elements might have more currency within a somewhat deflated conference. 

    2013-14, by the numbers — 31-29-3-5, .515 point pct., 202 GF/232 GA. Seventh, Western Conference. Lost 4-1 to Sault Ste. Marie in first round.

    Drafted — D Chris Bigras (Colorado Avalanche, second round), C Zach Nastasiuk (Detroit Red Wings, second), C Kyle Platzer (Edmonton Oilers, fourth), RW Jaden Lindo (Pittsburgh Penguins, sixth).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — G Michael McNiven, D Thomas Schemitsch, C Ethan Szypula and D Connor Walters are each on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list.

    1. What are the chances coach Greg Ireland's gang will punch above its weight?

    Decent to outstanding. The

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  • Saginaw Spirit eager to 'start a rebuild': OHL Burning Questions

    Stephens had 12 points in five exhibition games (OHL Images)Stephens had 12 points in five exhibition games (OHL Images)

    Working down from op of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Saginaw Spirit.

    Last season went like — Saginaw's season was rendered trivial by the tragic loss of centre Terry Trafford, who committed suicide in March of 2014 after parting ways with the team. It has sparked changes to how the OHL views mental health and it will be "something that's always there" for the Spirit franchise. To their credit, Saginaw's grieving coaches, players and staff pulled themselves together to have a good playoff showing, avoiding elimination on home ice with an emotional victory and making the Erie Otters earn their five-game win.

    2013-14, by the numbers — 33-30-4-1, .522 point pct., 250 GF/247 GA. Sixth, Western Conference. Lost 4-1 to Erie in first round.

    Drafted — C Jimmy Lodge (Winnipeg Jets, third round), LW Dylan Sadowy (San Jose Sharks, third), C Nick Moutrey (Columbus Blue Jackets, fourth).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — C Mitchell Stephens had a

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  • Max Domi facing stiff test with Arizona Coyotes: the coast-to-coast

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    Drop everything! The first Centrral Scouting rankings are out! (NHL.com)

    With the Nikita Scherbak trade, what will the Everett Silvertips do if 19-year-old Swiss defenceman Mirco Mueller is returned from the San Jose Sharks? Everett GM Garry Davidson: "The trade filled the absolute need we feel we have at the moment. If Mirco gets sent back later we'll deal with that at the time. But for now we're not going to worry." (Everett Herald, Vancouver Province, Silvertips blog)

    Saskatoon coach Bob Woods on life without Scherbak: "I believe we can make a few additions or adjustments here. I think we'll be a tough team. Our vision is still there." (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

    You could say Edmonton's young goalie is seizing the Dea. And everyone would groan. (Edmonton Sun)

    Defenceman Joe Hicketts has returned from the Detroit Red Wings to rejoin Victoria, and not a moment too soon. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

    Overage Scott Cooke and 19-year-old Brandon Potomak, who did not play on the opening weekend, have left the Moose Jaw Warriors for those never-stated "other opportunities." (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

    It was good for Kelowna's Austin Glover to score on the opening weekend after missing much of last year due to a broken leg, writes Regan Bartel. (Regan's Rant)

    OHL

    Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, on the gauntlet a 19-year-old Max Domi must face to stick in The Show: "Those players are talented in juniors. They can get away with things that they can’t get away with here. There has to be a base of knowledge of structure and how to play in certain situations before you can use that skill here." (Heat Waved)

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  • Sudbury Wolves likely looking at long winter: OHL Burning Questions

    Baptiste will be highly sought on the OHL trade market (CP)Baptiste will be highly sought on the OHL trade market (CP)

    Starting from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Sudbury Wolves.

    Last season went like — It was one for the fatalists. The Wolves went for it by trading for centre Radek Faksa and defenceman Trevor Carrick. They took their shot and it did not work out; they won only 10 of 33 games after the trade deadline, counting the first-round sweep.

    2013-14, by the numbers — 33-24-3-8, .566 point pct., 217 GF/220 GA. Third, Eastern Conference. Lost 4-0 to Barrie in first round.

    Drafted — RW Nick Baptiste (Buffalo Sabres, third round), C Pavel Jenys (Minnesota Wild, seventh).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — D Kyle Capobianco, the 2013 first-rounder who's stretched into a 6-foot-2 offensive defenceman, will likely play a lot this season. Sophomore goalie Troy Timpano does not turn 17 until mid-November, putting him in the '16 class..

    1. Without being too snarky, why are the Wolves the consensus pick to own the basement?

    There is no

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  • Ho-Sang will miss at least the first six Spits games due to a suspension. Photo by Rena Laverty/OHL ImagesHo-Sang will miss at least the first six Spits games due to a suspension. Photo by Rena Laverty/OHL Images

    Working down from the top of last season's standings, it is time for OHL Burning Questions. For your consideration, the Windsor Spitifires.

    Last season went like — Once GM Warren Rychel made the big Kerby Rychel/Nick Ebert trade with Guelph, and once star defenceman Slater Koekkoek needed a second shoulder operation, the air went out of the Spitfires' balloon.

    2013-14, by the numbers — 37-28-3-0, .566 point pct., 246 GF/231 GA. Fifth, Western Conference. Lost 4-0 to London in first round.

    Drafted — C Josh Ho-Sang (New York Islanders, first round), LW Markus Soberg (Columbus Blue Jackets, sixth), LW Cristiano DiGiacinto (Tampa Bay Lightning, sixth), D Patrick Sanvido (Dallas Stars, seventh).

    2015 NHL Draft watch — How about 2016, when incoming LWs Logan Brown (6-5, 215) and Luke Kirwan (6-2, 213) will be up for grabs?.For this draft, one should not sleep on D Andrew Burns, who came up toward the end of last season.



    1. How much can Ho-Sang, et al., cover up for a defence corps that is

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