September 27, 2013

Preview: Plymouth Whalers @ Ottawa 67's - Sept 27/13

The Ottawa 67’s will look to regroup after a sloppy and undisciplined game against the North Bay Battalion last Sunday afternoon.  Coach Chris Byrne & defenseman Jonthan Duschesne will make their season debut after serving a two game suspension from an incident in the pre-season.  Joseph Blandisi will miss tonights's game after being tossed for a slewfoot on Sunday.
Depsite the loss on Sunday, the 67’s have a lot to look forward to so far this season.  After a team that use to be peppered with shots on a nightly basis, the 67’s outshot their opponents 66-46 but have the same amount of goals for as goals against (8).  The 67’s puck possesion and scoring chances are up from last season in the two games they have played so far.  Sam Studnicka, Tyler Hill and Adrian Sloboda all picked up their first OHL career points this season.  But Travis Konecny stole the show on the weekend tallying a pair of goals, a pair of assists and creating a boat load of scoring chances.

Earlier this week, the 67’s picked up overage netminder Philippe Trudeau who spent 2 seasons in the QMJHL.  He started in the playoffs with Val D’Or and played 10 games before his team was eliminated in the second round by Blainville-Boisbriand.  The move resulted in the 67’s releasing overage netminder Clint Windsor.  The move is an interesting one.  Goaltending has been a weakspot for the 67’s since losing Petr Mrazek, but both Windsor and Jacob Blair had great training camps.  The 67’s brass must have seen something in Trudeau down the stretch.
The Plymouth Whalers make their only regular season visit to the Canadian Tire Centre tonight. They are coming off a 8-5 loss to the Peterborough Petes last night where 2014 NHL draft eligible, Matt Mistele scored a pair of goals.  After a disappointing start to the season, the Whalers will be hungry for their first win. 
The talent filled squad reached the OHL Western Conference Finals but were eliminated in 5 games by the London Knights.  Missing nearly half their roster from last season, the Whalers are destined to enter into a rebuild this season.  While it appears that way after the very few games that have been played so far, the Whalers consistently have a competitive team and have never missed the playoffs in their 16 years of existence. 
Included in the 12 departed Whalers are 3 players that graduated from the OHL and 5 that moved on to their respective NHL farm teams (including OHL leading scorer Vincent Trocheck and high scorer Garrett Meurs).  Last year was a 1993-born heavy squad – 10 total – meaning the Whalers management had a lot of tough decisions to make for this year’s overagers.  The Whalers acquired Carter Sandlak from Belleville in the offseason joining Zach Lorentz & Nick Malysa as their overagers.
There are 12 new faces in the Whalers lineup including Sandlak as mentioned above.  Of the 12, 10 have not played an OHL game yet this season.  All 10 rookies were drafted by the Whalers and include their two Import picks from the 2014 draft - Yannick Rathgeb and Victor Crus-Rydberg.
Still elgibile to return are Tom Wilson and Connor Carrick who are both currently at Washington Capitals camp.  Connor Carrick was just signed by the Capitals earlier this week but both could still be returned to Juniors later this month.
2013-14 Regular Season Record
 Ottawa 67's:  1-1-0-0
Plymouth Whalers:  0-2-0-0

2013-14 Pre-season Record 

Ottawa 67's:  3-1-1-0
Plymouth Whalers:  2-1-1-0

2012-13 Regular Season Record 

Ottawa 67's:  16-46-0-6
Plymouth Whalers:  42-17-5-4

2012-13 OHL Playoffs 

Ottawa 67's:  Did not qualify
Plymouth Whalers: Eliminated in the Conference finals by the London Knights in 5 games

Players To Watch 

Ottawa 67's
Joseph Blandisi - drafted 6th round to Colorado in 2013
Jacob Middleton - NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting B list
Alex Lintuniemi - NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list
Travis Konecny - 1st overall pick in OHL,  NHL draft eligible 2015

Plymouth Whalers 

Nick Paul - drafted 4th round to Dallas in 2013
Matt Mistele - NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting A list
Connor Chatham - NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting B list
Alex Peters - NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting B list
Yannick Rathgeb - NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list
Alex Nedeljkovic- NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting A list

Ottawa 67’s: Ryan Van Stralen, Philippe Trudeau
Plymouth Whalers: Zach Lorentz, Carter Sandlak, Nick Malysa
Leadership Squad
Ottawa 67’s: Sean Monahan (C), Taylor Fielding (A), Ryan Van Stralen (A), Joesph Blandisi (A)
Plymouth Whalers: Nick Malysa (C), Ryan Hartman (A), Matt Mistele (A), Carter Sandlak (A)

Potential Scratches 

Ottawa 67's:  Sean Monahan (NHL camp). Scratched last game: Trevor Dulong, Connor Graham, Taylor Davis
Plymouth Whalers:  Tom Wilson (NHL Camp), Connor Carrick (NHL camp), Alex Nedeljkovic (was at the All-American Prospect Game last night)

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Plymouth WhalersWho's Gone?Mitchell Heard – graduated from OHL
Austin Levi – graduated from OHL
Colin MacDonald – graduated from OHL
Garrett Meurs – now in the Colorado Avalanche farm system
Vincent Trocheck – now in the Florida Panthers farm system
Stefan Noesen – now in the Ottawa Senators farm system
Cody Payne – now in the Boston Bruins farm system
Rickard Rakell– now in the Anaheim Ducks farm system
Sebastian Uvira – playing in Germany, would be overage player this year
Michael Whaley
Curtis Combeen
Matt Mahalak – acquired by the Kingston Frontenacs

Who's New?
Francesco Vilardi – acquired from the Sudbuty Wolves
Carter Sandlak – acquired from the Belleville Bulls
Connor Chatham – 5th round pick 2011 OHL Priority Selection
Spencer Lee – 11th round pick 2011 OHL Priority Selection
Joshua Wesley – 5th round pick 2012 OHL Priority Selection
Victor Crus-Rydberg – 1st round pick 2013 CHL Import Draft
Yannick Rathgeb – 2nd round pick 2013 CHL Import Draft
Cullen Mercer – 3rd round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Bryce Yetman – 4th round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Zack Bowman – 4th round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Liam Dunda – 6th round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Mathieu Henderson – 7th round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection

2012-13 Head-To-Head Stats 

Record: 2-0-0-0 for Plymouth
Combined score: 7-3 Plymouth

Top scorers 

Ottawa 67's 
Dante Salituro - 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
Ryan Van Stralen - 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
Steven Janes - 1 goal in 2 games

Plymouth Whalers 

Matt Mistele – 1 goal, 3 assists in 2 games
Ryan Hartman – 2 goals, 1 assist in 2 games
Zach Lorentz – 1 goal, 3 assists in 3 games (between Peterborough & Windsor)

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