September 20, 2015

Barbosa Caps Strong Pre-Season, Makes His Case For Opening Night

The forward position is the one with the most bodies, but it might be the one with the least competition, the one on Ottawa's blueline looking increasingly more interesting.

98-born defender Ryan Barbosa is doing everything in his power to make the decision to keep him an easier one on Jeff Brown.

Barbosa logged considerable minutes in the Barberpoles loss to Gatineau to start the preseason and added a powerplay marker in Kingston in the 67's pre-season closer.

For a team that, on paper, is very weak on defence, an overachieving rookie could be what's desperately needed.

  • Liam Herbst saw his first preseason action on Saturday, turning aside 35 shots.  He may have to do that a lot this year.
  • When the Junior A Wellington Dukes open their season on Tuesday, it's expected that they'll be with Olivier Lafreniere.  He may be OHL ready, but there are too many goalies on the trade market right now for the 67's to trade Herbst or Leo Lazarev in order to make room for him.  
  • If the 67's can swing a deal involving Lazarev with a defenceman coming back the other way, it might be in their best interest.
  • Elsewhere in Junior A, ex-67 Taylor Davis, generally a stay-at-home defender, had a hattrick for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers last night. 
  • As far as former Ottawa d-men go, no word yet where Mike Vlajkov will be this year.
The 67's open their season on Thursday in Peterborough.

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