The Ontario Hockey League regular season begins Thursday. They play one of these every winter? Man, it never ends. With the days getting shorter and the season getting nearer, BTN is taking an early look at each team in reverse order of last season's standings.
In 2012-13 — 42-17-5-4, .684 point pct., 291 GF/198 GA. Second, Western Conference. Lost 4-1 to London in conference final.
Final Dynamic Dozen ranking — second OHL, fifth CHL.
On the junior/pro bubble — It seems as if the Washington Capitals will give the 6-foot-4, 217-pound behemoth Tom Wilson a chance to show he's worthy of The Show. The Capitals can also put 19-year-old D Connor Carrick in the American Hockey League.
Drafted — Wilson (Washington, first), RW Ryan Hartman (Chicago Blackhawks, first), C Viktor Crus-Rydberg (New York Islanders, fifth), Carrick (Washington, fifth), D Gianluca Curcuruto (Columbus Blue Jackets, seventh).
2014 NHL draft watch — G Alex Nedeljkovic is a shoo-in to be the top-ranked North American goalie for the draft; LW Matt Mistele buried 34 goals as late-birthday 17-year-old last winter; D Josh Wesley arrives with solid credentials after spending last season in Ann Arbor, Mich., with the U.S. under-17 team. Plymouth also got promising forward Connor Chatham to turn away from the University of Denver; he's 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds.Read More »from Plymouth Whalers cannot be counted out, based on track record: OHL Burning Questions