October 19, 2015

Barron Tries Rounding Out Top-Six, 67's Split South of the Border

Breaking into an OHL team's top-six as a 17-year old can't be easy, especially on a team front-loaded on depth chart that's tipped considerably in favour of the forwards, but putting up a hattrick should help do the trick.

Travis Barron scored his third, fourth and fifth goals of the year respectively on Sunday in a 6-4 win over Saginaw, playing to the left of newly-acquired Dylan Rymsha, albeit against the league's second-worst defence.

Between last year's playoffs, where Barron proved he can be an effective, top-end power forward, and a dominant weekend, a second-line role for the second-year forward might be best for the time being.

Secondary Scoring Slipping

Part of Barron's potential move up the depth chart could be as a result of Ottawa's secondary scoring slowly fading.

On the left side alone, Connor Graham and Connor Warnholtz have combined for just one point, and Jeremiah Addison finally broke out of a drought with a goal and an assist on Friday.

With two overage forwards being shuffled in and out down the middle of the ice, chances will be there for centers to temporarily claim spots, but the left side may be the most interesting.

Herbst vs. Lazarev

A goaltending controversy that wasn't expected to happen when Leo Lazarev signed a tryout contract in the KHL is starting to get more interesting.

Lazarev, the winner on Sunday, had the easier workload of the two netminders on the weekend, but outperformed this year's projected full-time starter.

Liam Herbst allowed a seven-spot on Friday in a 7-4 loss to Flint, only stopping 23 of 30 to drop his save percentage to .854, the worst among OHL goalies who have started five or more games.

His 4.20 GAA is the second-highest among regular OHL starters.

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