October 16, 2008

Getting Ready for Windsor

Tomorrow night the Ottawa 67s will host the red hot Windsor Spitfires - well rested after their 4 - 0 win against Kingston on Monday, and starting their 3-game swing through Eastern Ontario (Belleville on Saturday and Kingston on Sunday). This is the team to keep an eye on this year; they continue to be the number 1 ranked CHL team in Canada. The only game dropped this year so far was a 7-2 loss to the reasonably hot Barrie Colts on October 4th.

Not only do they boast 8 (!) NHL-drafted prospects (Henrique - NJ, Greenop - CHI, Cundari - STL, Young - NJ, Nemisz - CAL, Mitchell - TOR, Bailey - NYI and Loktinov - LA), D-Ryan Ellis is considered a top-20 pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and Taylor Hall has already been pegged as a potential top pick in the 2010 draft. Throw in the 3rd best goalie in the league and you pretty much have a serious force to be reckoned with.

Their last visit to Ottawa wasn't all that good for Ottawa.

Ottawa will have their hands full again tomorrow but I am confident that they will give Windsor something to think about.

On my way home, I was listening a 20/20 sports update on Team1200 and they had a clip from Gretzky about tomorrow's game against the Sens and I liked the way he positioned his team - he acknowledged the skill and talent of the Sens but countered that his team is young and naive - too naive to think that they CAN'T win the game (my interpretation). I think the 67s are exactly the same.
Head to Head Numbers
Ottawa 67sWindsor Spitfires
East – 11thConference – RankWest – 1st
20.4PP %27.1
87PK %83.1

Top Guns - Ottawa
Thomas Kiriakou C6-6-12
Michael Latta LW5-6-11
Tyler ToffoliRW3-7-10
Ryan Martindale LW3-6-9
Corey Cowick LW6-2-8

Top Guns - Windsor
Ryan EllisD5-11-18
Taylor HallLW5-10-15
Dale MitchellRW6-6-11
Greg NemiszRW4-4-8
Austin Watson RW3-5-8

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