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  • OHL Report (Week of Sept. 24, 2012)

    Emerson Clark – Windsor (from Oshawa)
    Hunter Smith – Oshawa (from Windsor)
    J.P. Lombardo – Erie (from Oshawa)
    Marselis Subban – Saginaw (from London)

    Steven Strong – Saginaw, 5 games
    Adam Bignell – Belleville, 2 games
    Connor Sills – Plymouth, 2 games
    Jean Dupuy – Kingston, 2 games
    Stefano Pezzetta – Owen Sound, 2 games
    Craig Hottot – Sarnia, 3 games

    Seth Griffith – London
    Kitchener Rangers goaltender John Gibson was named the Vaughan CHL Goaltender of the Week after starting the season with a 2-0-0-0 record, which included a shutout and a 0.96 goals-against-average and a .964 save percentage during the week ending Sept. 23.

    Despite rumours of the contrary and national news Nail Yakupov won’t be returning to the Sarnia Sting during the lockout. The 2012 first overall draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers will be spending the lockout with his former Russian team Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.

    The London Knights are the highest ranked OHL team in the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings at third overall. The Kitchener Rangers are fourth overall and Belleville Bulls are ninth overall. The Oshawa Generals received an honourable mention.

    In the inaugural NHL Central Scouting Rankings for the season, eight OHL players were deemed “class A” prospects meaning they were in line to be a first or second round draft pick. Among those listed were Justin Bailey of Kitchener, Jason Dickinson of Guelph, Sean Monahan of Ottawa, Darnell Nurse of Sault Ste. Marie, Kerby Rychel of Windsor and Max Domi, Bo Horvat and Nikita Zadorov of the London Knights.

    Phenom Connor McDavid, who received exceptional status this past spring to join the OHL a season early, has gotten off to a fast start to the season proving the OHL made a good choice in letting him play in the league a year early. Despite taking a vicious hit in one of his first games by the fierce Dougie Hamilton, he jumped back to his feet and continually looked like one of the best players on the ice. In five games, the young playmaking centre has managed to score once and add five assists for six points.

    Other than McDavid, a handful of OHL rookies are making their presence felt in the league already with Dante Salituro of Ottawa, Sergey Tolchinsky of Sault Ste. Marie and Kyle Platzer of London all scoring four points in four games, to keep up a point per game pace.

    The early front-runner for the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection is the fearless Travis Konecny of the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. The moderately sized forward, is super skilled and flashy, while also being completely fearless and throwing his body around the ice. Thoughts of Taylor Hall’s game come to mind when looking at the skilled forward’s potential.
    TOP 10 SCORING LEADERS (as of September 30, 2012)
    Boone Jenner Oshawa Generals 5 4 9
    Cameron Brace Owen Sound Attack 4 5 9
    Nick Cousins Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 5 8
    Mark Scheifele Barrie Colts 3 5 8
    Ryan Sproul Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 7 8
    Seth Griffith London Knights 6 1 7
    Sean Monahan Ottawa 67's 3 4 7
    Anthony Camara Barrie Colts 5 1 6
    Zach Hall Barrie Colts 3 3 6
    Vincent Trocheck Saginaw Spirit 3 3 6

    John Gibson Kitchener Rangers 3 0.97 1
    Matej Machovsky Brampton Battalion 3 0.97 1
    Spencer Martin Mississauga Steelheads 2 1.45 0
    Christopher Festarini Niagara Ice Dogs 3 1.62 0
    Jordan Binnington Owen Sound Attack 4 1.96 0

    2013 DRAFT WATCH (Central Scouting ‘A’ Skaters)
    Justin Bailey, C Kitchener Rangers 0 0 0
    Jason Dickinson, C Guelph Storm 3 0 3
    Max Domi, C London Knights 1 4 5
    Bo Horvat, C London Knights 0 1 1
    Sean Monahan, C Ottawa 67's 3 4 7
    Darnell Nurse, D Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 0 3 3
    Kerby Rychel, L Windsor Spitfires 0 1 1
    Nikita Zadorov, D London Knights 0 0 0
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