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  • The coast-to-coast: Zadorov balks at return to OHL's Knights

     Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov (61). (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports) Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov (61). (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

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    Buffalo Sabres defenceman Nikita Zadorov, 19, would apparently rather play in his native Russia's KHL rather than return to the 7-6-0-0 London Knights. This of course raises questions about the CHL-NHL agreement, though earlier this season the San Jose Sharks were able to assign Sarnia's Nikolay Goldobin, also 19, to HIFK in Finland. (TheScore)

    Bruce Heidman with a really good look at the total traveshamockery that has become the Sudbury Wolves. (Sudbury Star)

    Terrible news about IceDogs captain Luke Mercer who could be dealing with a career-ending knee injury. "When it happened I knew right away that it was pretty bad,” he said. “I was getting pretty emotional on the ice and afterward I was crying because I knew it was going to be pretty bad." (St. Catharines Standard)

    CHL president and OHL commissioner Dave Branch with a letter to the editor defending his league's treatment of players. (

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  • Leon Drasaitl is poised to play his 10th game with Edmonton on Wednesday against Nashville. (Oilers)Leon Drasaitl is poised to play his 10th game with Edmonton on Wednesday against Nashville. (Oilers)

    It seems as though Leon Draisaitl’s days as a Prince Albert Raider are officially over. The Edmonton Oilers announced that they will keep the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 draft beyond the nine-game threshold, thus burning a year of his entry-level contract.

    The main reason why Draisaitl has made a strong case to stick in Edmonton is not so much about his play, but rather the Oilers’ poor depth at centre. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder slots in on Edmonton’s depth chart behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Mark Arcobello as their third best option down the middle. If they were to send him back to junior, Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish would have to call up one of his AHL centres or make a trade to fill the void.

    Draisaitl’s play on the ice hasn’t turned too many heads, but he has still held his own. He’s showcased his outstanding vision and superb play-making abilities while potting one goal and three points in nine games. It is, however, obvious that the pace of the game is a challenge for him as

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  • True story: when Anthony Duclair met the New York City media for the first time at the 2013 NHL draft after the Rangers chose him No. 80 overall, one reporter scribbled down "Jordan Subban" in his notebook. Hey, even the best of us can fall prey to mistaken identity once the picks start coming fast and furious in the middle rounds of the draft.

    No chance of that happening anymore. The Quebec Remparts 50-goal scorer might have bought himself a longer stay with the New York Rangers after scoring his first big-league goal on Monday during a comeback win over the Minnesota Wild. It came on a quintessentially Duclair play, as he took a lead pass and picked a corner, tying the game in an eventual 5-4 Rangers win. It came in the Duke's seventh NHL game, as the Rangers can dress him for two more contests before they have to commit to using the first year of Duclair's entry-level contract.

    Only 11 of the 72 skaters selected before Duclair in the 2013 draft have scored a NHL goal. What a story.

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  • The Plymouth Whalers have dyed the ice for their Pink The Rink Game on Nov. 1 (Peter Krupsky, Plymouth Whalers)The Plymouth Whalers have dyed the ice for their Pink The Rink Game on Nov. 1 (Peter Krupsky, Plymouth Whalers)

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    Undisciplined play is the Calgary Hitmen's early-season bugaboo. But how about Prince George's 16-year-old goalie, Tavin Grant? (Calgary Sun)

    Jordon who? Jackson Whistle is doin' work as the Kelowna Rockets' new No. 1 goalie. (Regan's Rant)

    Prince George's Jared Bethune talks about his change of course from NCAA to the Dub. (The Pipeline Show)

    Even with that 6-1 loss at Kelowna (with four third-period goals against), Brandon still leads its conference with 21-of-28 possible points.  If they cannot be pleased with that, then they just cannot be pleased. (Luber's Lounge)

    Edmonton's penalty kill has been a perfect 10 lately. (Edmonton Journal)

    Brandon Magee's return might have awoken a sleeping giant in Victoria, writes Dylan Bumbarger. (The Oregonian)

    While Kootenay is struggling, Minnesota Wild draftee Tanner Faith might blossom eventually. (Hockey Wilderness)

    Did anyone have a prop bet on

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  • Blues pick Ivan Barbashev netted a hat trick for the Moncton Wildcats. (Larry MacDougal, CP)Blues pick Ivan Barbashev netted a hat trick for the Moncton Wildcats. (Larry MacDougal, CP)No. 1 Star: Ivan Barbashev, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

    Barbashev’s hot stick lifted the Wildcats over the Shawinigan Cataractes in the 6-5 affair. Of his six dangerous shots, the St. Louis Blues second-round pick netted a hat trick and added one assist to boot. His first goal of the night was crucial for the Wildcats as it tied the game up at two just over a minute after the Cataractes took the lead. The Russia native truly found his stride in the final frame by netting two markers and assisting a Vladmir Tkachev (1G-1A, +3) goal all within eight minutes.

    The four-point night should be a confidence boost for Barbashev as he only managed to muster one apple in his previous three games. He now has 11 goals and 16 points in 12 contests on the year.

    No. 2 Star: Max Domi, London Knights (OHL)

    The Phoenix Coyotes first-round pick scored the crucial first goal of the game for the Knights with only 29 seconds left in the first period. It seemed to be a confidence-booster for London as they went

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  • Ho-Sang accepts congratulations after being taken No. 28 overall by the Islanders in June (Matt Slocum, Associated Press)Ho-Sang accepts congratulations after being taken No. 28 overall by the Islanders in June (Matt Slocum, Associated Press)

    There goes Josh Ho-Sang, treating hockey like it's a game and an entertainment product again. The audacity of it all.

    The New York Islanders first-round pick had another outburst of unbridled creativity and skill on Saturday while helping his Windsor Spitfires beat the Mississauge Steelheads in overtime. There was simply very little the Steelheads penalty killers could do midway through the third period when the 18-year-old dynamo wound up from behind his own goal, cut out wide past Damian Bourne and Nick Zottl and used the slew of space he had left to beat Colorado Avalanche-signed goalie Spencer Martin with a backhand. Then Ho-Sang added what TV Cogeco Windsor commentator Todd Warriner called "a little shimmy-shake" for a memorable celebration.

    The goal gave Ho-Sang 10 points in six games since rejoining the Spitfires; he's only been shut out once since coming back and making the adjustment from centre to right wing.

     

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  • Kelowna's Nick Merkley (left) is second in WHL scoring with 24 points in 13 games (The Canadian Press)Kelowna's Nick Merkley (left) is second in WHL scoring with 24 points in 13 games (The Canadian Press)

    No. 1 star: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

    The 17-year-old Merkley (1G-3A, +2) was dealing, as Kelowna pulled away for a 6-1 win over Brandon during the big Western League interconference showdown. The Wheat Kings had pressure early, but the Western League's second-leading scorer helped Kelowna assert itself by displaying some patient playmaking while getting two primary assists in the first period.  

    That 2-1 lead stood up until the 59-second mark of the second period, when Merkley used his speed to cut in off the wing on a short-handed rush and reached back to tuck the pack past Brandon goalie Jordan Papirny. The four points give the sophomore 24 points in 13 games, including 20 helpers.

    No. 2 star: Oliver Bjorkstand, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

    Portland had a one-goal lead over Saskatoon midway through the third period before Bjorkstand (3G, +3) and Chase De Leo (1G-1A, +3) heated up to lead the 'Hawks to a 6-1 win. De Leo deflected a breakout pass to create a turnover, leading to a

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  • Canadiens pick Daniel Audette was on fire in the Phoenix's win tonight. (Getty Images)Canadiens pick Daniel Audette was on fire in the Phoenix's win tonight. (Getty Images)

    No. 1 Star: Daniel Audette, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)

    Audette was here, there and everywhere for the Phoenix in their 6-5 victory against the Moncton Wildcats. The Montreal Canadiens prospect was in on all six of Sherbrook’s goals with two markers and four assists. Following assisting a David Storto goal (2G, +2) in the opening frame, he netted his first of the night roughly five minutes into the second and set up a Tim Wieser (2G-1A, -3) marker on the man advantage with less than three minutes left in the period. The 5-foot-9, 188-pound centre, whose father is former NHLer Donald Audette, went on to set up back-to-back goals from Wieser and Storto in the third period to bring the Phoenix within one with roughly seven minutes left in the game. Fittingly, Audette played hero with 16 seconds left in the contest by scoring the game-winning goal on the power play.

    Audette is off to an outstanding start to his 18-year-old season with 10 goals and 24 points in 14 matches. He’s only 11

    Read More »from Montreal Canadiens pick Daniel Audette notches 6 points in 6-5 win: Friday’s 3 Stars
  • Auston Matthews in regarded as one of the top prospects of the 2016 draft class. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Auston Matthews in regarded as one of the top prospects of the 2016 draft class. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Auston Matthews is gaining steam as the potential top prospect of the 2016 NHL draft class. He isn’t the typical hockey phenom that grew up playing in backyard rinks in Ontario or on ponds in Nova Scotia, though. He grew up in the middle of a desert and learned the ropes in Arizona’s minor hockey system.

    Matthews began to take a liking to hockey at the same time Brian Boucher backstopped the then-Phoenix Coyotes. His interest in the Desert Dogs is what ultimately led to him wanting to lace up a pair of skates.

    “My uncle (Billy, who has since passed away) had season-tickets to the Coyotes and me and my dad would go to games sometimes,” says Matthews, who is just two days too young for the 2015 draft. “I enjoyed watching it and asked my parents if I could play and I started playing when I was five-years-old. I just kept at it from there.”

    Among all his favourite current and former Coyotes, captain Shane Doan and Montreal Canadiens forward Daniel Briere top his list. They inspired him to

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    17-year-old Travis Konecny was injured Sunday (OHL Images)17-year-old Travis Konecny was injured Sunday (OHL Images)

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    Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon was able to visit the Saskatoon hospital where he began his recovery from a nearly fatal case of meningitis during a Kootenay Ice road trip: "Just seeing everyone and [knowing] that finally, everything is back to normal and everybody is happy to see me definitely made my day." Bozon and the Ice face Calgary on Friday. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)

    How Tyrell Goulbourne went from being a tough guy to being on a tear for the Kelowna Rockets. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

    Victoria's Brandon Magee is returning from the 12-game suspension he received for a high hit in the 2014 playoffs. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

    The Vancouver Giants aren't so good when they venture east so far this season. The bad news is they are on the road, but Victoria is west of Vancouver, so there is that. (Vancouver Province)

    Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jack Morris is making an

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

    No. 1 star: Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

    Nedeljkovic was a true stopping for Plymouth in his first game back after a short absence due to injury, authoring a 30-save 1-0 shutout against the rival Windsor Spitfires and the ever-dangerous Josh Ho-Sang. Plymouth broke on top through Danny Vanderwiel 2:24 into the contest and turned it over to the reigning OHL goaltender of the year. Nedeljkovic, a Carolina Hurricanes second-rounder, had 12- and 13-save periods in the opening 40 minutes. It was an impressive showing, considering that the Whalers were reduced to five deffencemen due to overage Gianluca Curcuruto's suspension and Alex Peters being out with an injury.

    The 18-year-old goalie wasn't as busy in the third as Yannick Rathgeb and the Whalers defence tightened up their game, but robbed Ryan Moore on the doorstep seven minutes into the frame to preserve the one-goal lead. Having a shutout win while being short-staffed was a statement win.

    No. 2 star: Spencer Watson,

    Read More »from Plymouth Whalers' Alex Nedeljkovic has triumphant return: Thursday's 3 Stars
  • The Bulls have won 8 of their first 10 games after missing the 2014 playoffs (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)The Bulls have won 8 of their first 10 games after missing the 2014 playoffs (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    One could have a lot of fun putting a bet on which major junior team's arena quandary is resolved first, the Gatineau Olympiques' or Belleville Bulls'.

    The former might be solved within a couple of election cycles, or around the year 2020. The dilemma over what should be done to keep the Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League's second-smallest market is nothing new. The feeling is pretty much universal that Yardmen Arena is not an "appropriate facility" for the OHL and doesn't offer much to draw the casual-fan dollar.  Bulls owner Gord Simmonds is on record that the team needs to average 3,000 fans, nearly 50 per cent more than it does currently, to avoid having the community "be at great risk of losing its OHL franchise." All of this is coming to a head in the last week before a mayoralty election in the eastern Ontario city, with one contender talking about shifting to a community-owned model.

    It is sounding like one of those YouTube videos that repeats the same audio, since this has

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  • Fixter is in his second season as the Wolves head coach (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Fixter is in his second season as the Wolves head coach (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    If only the Sudbury Wolves were shooting the puck as well coach Paul Fixter shoots the messenger. 

    The Ontario Hockey League's Wolves are a rather objectionable outfit at the moment, which apparently means their coach's frusration should be vented toward journalists possessed of the quaint notion that doing their jobs involves getting reaction from both the winning and losing team following a game. Fixter, following the Wolves' 7-2 blowout loss in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday that dropped their record to an OHL-worst 1-10-0-0, looked keyed-up, like he wanted to get gone from the Essar Centre as quickly as possible. That built up to a regrettable incident where Fixter told Peter Ruicci, a Sault Star hockey reporter, "F--- you."

    The entire exchange is here. Ruicci also mentioned it in the final three paragraphs of his game story.


    Fixter and the Wolves have lost 10 games in a row (Local 2 Sault Ste. Marie online news image)Fixter and the Wolves have lost 10 games in a row (Local 2 Sault Ste. Marie online news image)The dialogue is like David Mamet crossed with Slapshot.

    Ruicci: "Didn't you think a factor was the high skill that they [the Greyhounds] have?"

    Fixter:

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  • WHL player profile of Swift Current Broncos #27 Max Lajoie during a pre-game skate against the Victoria Royals, Victoria, B.C., October 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Don DentonWHL player profile of Swift Current Broncos #27 Max Lajoie during a pre-game skate against the Victoria Royals, Victoria, B.C., October 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Don DentonNo. 1 star: Max Lajoie, Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

    Julius who? In the wake of Julius Honka turning pro early with the Dallas Stars organization, Lajoie has the opportunity to fill some of the void left on the Broncos blueline. The 16-year-old Calgary native came through with his first three-point WHL game on Wednesday, helping the Broncos shade the Portland Winterhawks 5-4.

    Lajoie (2G-1A, +1), playing in just his 16th major junior game, was thrown out for a power play with 19 seconds left in regulation, which was just seconds after Portland's Paul Bittner had buried the tying goal. Off the faceoff, Lajoie helped work the puck around to Colby Cave, who scored the winner to help the Broncos reclaim the win in regulation that seemed sewn up when they led by two goals at the game's 57-minute mark.

    Lajoie, who is not eligible for the NHL draft until 2016, opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first minute of the second period. Before he could rest on his laurels after getting his first-ever tally at the Credit Union i-plex, Lajoie sniped again midway through the second period off a setup from Jake DeBrusk (2A, +1). 

    No. 2 star: Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

    The 16-year-old Patrick (2G-1A) and teammate Rihards Bukarts (2G-1A, +1) helped the Wheat Kings put up a seven-spot in the first leg of a seven-game western swing with a 7-4 win over the Prince George Cougars.

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  • McDavid had his ninth consecutive multi-point game on Wednesday (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)McDavid had his ninth consecutive multi-point game on Wednesday (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    First things first: Wednesday's best illustration of Connor McDavid's giftedness might have come on a non-scoring play.

    McDavid and the Erie Otters drew the largest crowd of the OHL season for their one-night homestand at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, as 11,391 turned out to see Erie conduct a clinic during an 8-4 win over the Niagara IceDogs. McDavid had four points, but check out the speed and verve that he exhibited in the first period, when he pulled a one-handed how's-it-going move on Niagara's Vince Dunn while in full flight before being denied with a right pad save by goalie Brent Moran.

    That was ludicrous speed. No wonder some Buffalo Sabres fans already have already acquired McDavid No. 97 jerseys, just in case.

    Read More »from Connor-icles: McDavid ahead of Crosby's 2004-05 pace after 10 games
  • Connor is just the third player in the USHL's modern history to have 50 career goals before turning 18 (United States Hockey League photo)Connor is just the third player in the USHL's modern history to have 50 career goals before turning 18 (United States Hockey League photo)Kyle Connor understands raising his draft stock hinges largely on making his teammates better.

    Following his unofficial coming-out at the world under-18 championship in April, where he helped Team USA recapture the gold medal, the centre returned to the United States Hockey League's Youngstown Phantoms fully aware that he would have to do more than just score. The University of Michigan recruit is still doing that with 10 points in his first seven games, but the 6-foot-1, 182-pound Connor also wants to help the Phantoms succeed as a group. Youngstown is off to a respectable 4-2-1 start. Team success could help cement Connor as a Top 10 or 15 prospect for the next NHL draft.

    "The past couple years I was a younger guy who was just learning and it's time to pass on my experience," says Connor, whom NHL Central Scouting ranked as an A-level prospect on its preliminary scouting. "It's my third year and I I think it's going really well ... I'm focusing on touching up on the finer things in

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  • Leon Draisaitl pulls on an Edmonton Oilers sweater after being chosen third overall during the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Leon Draisaitl pulls on an Edmonton Oilers sweater after being chosen third overall during the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    The Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza returns on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET/2 p.m. AT/ 10 a.m. PT.

    Please join Sunaya SapurjiNeate SagerMike Sanderson and a cast of many for the blogetariat's most wide-ranging approximately one-hour-long weekly discussion dedicated to all things junior hockey. Topics will surely range far and wide, no doubt touching upon the class-action lawsuit filed against the Canadian Hockey League over unpaid wages. What is a junior hockey player in the eyes of the law, anyway?.

    Please remember the Chatravagana is BYOP — bring your own peanuts.


    Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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  • McDavid (97) is a hands-down favourite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)McDavid (97) is a hands-down favourite to go No. 1 in the 2015 draft (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

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    Sam Reinhart rotated as the fourth-line centre during the Buffalo Sabres practice on Tuesday. That is not much of harbinger of whether he'll lace up on Wednesday. Meantime, the Kootenay Ice's game vs. Prince Albert is interesting from the perspective that one team is hard up for goals and the other suspended forward Dakota Conroy. (Buffalo News)

    Meantime, what about Leon Draisaitl, taken immediately after Reinhart by the Edmonton Oilers? Terry Jones, for one, thinks the 19-year-old forward should stay. (Edmonton Journal)

    Loves me some projection about how Vancouver's Alec Baer will do for an encore following his first Western League hat trick. (Vancouver Province)

    Will Saskatoon sophomore Cameron Hebig, who has one point in 10 games, break out sooner rather than later? (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

    The goal-starved Regina Pats are stuck in a Groundhog Day scenario. (Regina Leader-Post

    Trading Tyler Sandhu to Red Deer and learning Dawson Leedahl is out at least four weeks with a knee injury leaves Everett with the minimum 12 healthy forwards. (Everett Herald)

    OHL

    Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters will take their road show to Buffalo on Wednesday evening, provided the visiting Niagara IceDogs' team bus does not get stuck at the Peace Bridge. (NHL.com

    Make no mistake, the way the Canadian Hockey League does business with its players must change, writes Steve Clark. (Thoughts From The Broadcast Booth, The Hockey News)

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  • Cadorette was CHL goalie of the week following 2 shutouts and a 40-save shutout win (The Canadian PressCadorette was CHL goalie of the week following 2 shutouts and a 40-save shutout win (The Canadian Press

    Philippe Cadorette is at the fulcrum of the endless push and pull between performance and process.

    Last weekend, the undrafted 19-year-old was the victor twice over as his Baie-Comeau Drakkar took all four points from the Rimouski Océanic and Philippe Desrosiers, one of the goalies whom Hockey Canada had its summer development camp. Drakkar GM Steve Ahern, rather than downplay it, took the opportunity to inveigh about talent evaluators for the national junior team overlooking his guy in favour of goalies who have been anointed by one of the 30 NHL teams.

    Cadorette, after helping the Drakkar go to the Quebec League final in successive springs, has a 2.45 average and .921 save percentage so far this season and has helped the Drakkar surge toward the top of a tough division. His play is doing the talking.

    Here is the weekly look at who is flowing and who is ebbing across major junior hockey.

    OHL

    Hot: Oshawa Generals

    This is what can prevail when a team is fresh off of producing a good

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  • Curcuruto is in his fifth season in the OHLCurcuruto is in his fifth season in the OHL

    There is checking to make an impact and then there is hitting to hurt a valuable player who was in a prone position. The collision on Sunday between Plymouth's Gianluca Curcuruto and Ottawa's Travis Konecny was clearly the latter.

    The sport loses when a player of Konecny's gifts gets targeted, and on the first viewing and 21st (as noted), it appeared that Curcuruto was charging and interfered with the 17-year-old NHL draft prospect during Sunday's Plymouth Whalers-Ottawa 67's game. The Ontario Hockey League, in response, has handed down a 12-game suspension to Curcuruto, the Whalers' most seasoned defenceman, citing the player's excessive speed, the distance travelled to deliver a check to the head and the fact it put Konecny out of the game.  

     This is the longest suspension the OHL has meted out so far this season.


    A saving grace for the 20-year-old Curcuruto and the Whalers might be that it was apparently inconclusive whether there was elbowing.. That might have added more games

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