Yesterday I took a quick look at those who comprise the rosters of team Black and Red for the Greyhounds upcoming training camp. The link can be found here http://ohlwriters.com/articles/greyhounds-training-camp-preview-team-red-and-black. Today I will look at those on team White and Team Green.
A free agent invite goalie, Matt spent last season with the Buffalo Jr Sabres Midget program. An invite to the teams Development camp in May Matt stopped 32 of 34 shots over 2 games and was named the 3rd star in Game 1.
After playing midget hockey as a 16 year old Tyler stepped in and quickly took advantage of early ice time to have a fantastic rookie season with the Hounds. Tyler was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 6th round of the NHL draft and will join them in Traverse City, MI with their rookie tournament team. Tyler will also be wearing an “A” this season for the hounds which speaks volumes to the leadership and maturity that he displays both on and off the ice.
A free agent invitee on the blueline Patrick was captain of the Whitby Wildcats Major Midget team last year. After racking up 6 goals and 17 assists with the Wildcats Patrick has signed on this year with the Whitby Fury of the OJHL. Patrick is a player who oozes competitive drive and should be one who turns some heads at camp this week. I don’t expect him to play in any exhibition games in order to preserve his NCAA eligibility.
Another free agent invitee on the blueline Daniel spent last season with the Oakville Rangers Major Midget team and even appeared in 4 games with Hounds pick Kyle Jenkins on the Oakville Blades of the OPJHL. In 73 games for the Oakville Rangers Daniel picked up 6 goals and 29 assists. While he was pointless in his 4 games with the Blades last year he is set up to play the whole year with them this upcoming season.
A returning defenseman who will be 18 years old at the start of the season Mac had some trouble getting into the lineup last season with the Hounds veteran blueline. In 29 games he was able to pick up 1 assists. With Miller, Sproul and Buonomo gone from last year’s team there will be ice time to be had but expect stiff competition from the likes of Spinozzi, Jenkins, Mercier and White.
The Hounds 6th round pick in 2012 the former OHL Cup champion spent last year with the Georgetown Raiders of the OPJHL. In 46 games with Georgetown David picked up 16 goals and 26 assists and was named a 1st team all prospect. David signed on with the Hounds early last year and filled in while Jared was at the U17 tourney and picked up 3 assists in 5 games. After Jared got injured in the playoffs David filled in but was held off the score sheet in 5 games against the Attack.
Ryan found his way into 44 games for the Hounds last year picking up 1 goal and 2 assists. With players like Cousins, Alderson and Broll now moving on there will be opportunity for Ryan to assert himself in the lineup.
Jaren spent last season with the Telus Cup hosts Sault Ste Marie North Stars. Along the way Jaren picked up 23 goals and 36 assists in 33 games and followed that up with and 8 and 15 in 9 playoff games. For his efforts Jaren was named the GNML most gentlemanly player last season and while the Telus cup wasn’t a success for the North Stars from a team perspective Jaren made the most of it with 2 goals and 4 assists in 5 games.
The Greyhounds 2013 import selection Jorgen hails from Norway where he developed in the Valerenga program splitting last year between the men’s team and the U20 team. With the Men Jorgen picked up 7 goals and 2 assists in 39 games where he was teammates with former Erie Otters import and Leafs draft pick Sondre Olden. Also on his team was former Team Canada world junior star Ryan O’Marra. Jorgen dominated the Norweigen U20 league as you would expect racking up 34 points in 16 games. To top it all of he helped lead Norway to a Gold Medal in Division 1 of the world junior under 20 tournament paving the way for Norway to Join the top pool this year.
A free agent forward invitee Chris turned some heads at the development camp where he picked up a goal and 2 assists in 2 games. He spent last year with the Markham Waxers Major Midget team where he chipped in with 15 goals and 11 assists in 35 games. He also got into 3 games with the Pickering Panthers of the OJHL. This season he is slated to join the Stouffville Spirit of the OJHL.
The Greyhounds 9th round pick from this past May out of the same Don Mills program that produced Hounds captain Darnell Nurse. Michael was a revelation at the development camp picking up a hat trick and player of the game honour’s in game one and followed it up with another goal in game 2.
The Hounds star import from last season Sergey brings more electricity to the Essar Center than the PUC. After a standout first season in the O in which he picked up 26 goals and 25 assists Sergey and the Hounds will be looking for more in year 2. After inexplicably being passed over in the NHL entry draft Sergey was able to build up a demand for his services with great showings at both the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes development camps. The hard work culminated last week when he signed and entry level contract with the Hurricanes. As such Sergey will be joining the Hurricanes rookie tournament team in a few weeks with Tyler Ganly in Traverse City Michigan.
Hounds 7th round pick from 2012 the Traverse City native spent last year playing for the Oakland Jr Grizzlies U18 team where he compiled a 2.88 G.A.A. and a .906 SV%. At the teams May development camp Brandon stopped 42 of 50 shots in the teams two scrimmages. Since he has signed with the team expect Brandon to battle Justin Nichols for the back-up job.
The Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick has his name all over the Hounds record books as he enters his 4th season in the lock city. With 117 games played Matt ranks 8th on the Hounds all-time list 33 games played from tying John Vanbiesbrouck for 2nd on the team’s all-time list. 8th in minutes played with 6,199; 8th in wins with 47 and he is tied for 8th in shutouts with 2.
Recently named as the Greyhounds sleeper prospect by Sean Lafortune in his top 10 breakdown of Hounds prospects; James spent last season playing for the South Central Coyotes minor midget team. Attended the college hockey showcase in April put on by College Hockey Inc were he turned some heads with his awareness and ability to keep himself engaged in the play. Picked up an assist in the 2nd game of the Hounds development camp.
1st round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers Darnell will wear the “C” on his chest for the Hounds this year. Expect him to miss the first few weeks of the season as he attends the Edmonton Oilers training camp. You can pencil him in on the top defensive paring for the Hounds as he showed last year with Miller and Sproul out it is nothing he can’t handle.
Dylan Staples set career highs last year with 13 goals and 18 points. 1 of only 2 returning ’94 born skaters on the team he will be looked upon to step up his game again this season. Personally I can see Dylan putting up 20 goals for the Hounds this season and with the amount of scoring that has departed from last year it will be needed.
12th round draft pick of the Hounds from the Toronto Marlboros minor midget team Austin picked up 6 goals and 18 assists last year. In the OHL cup on his way to a 2nd place finish Austin picked up 2 assists in 7 games and in the OHL Gold cup for team GTHL Red Austin added 1 assist in 5 games.
One of my lasting memories from last season was the open ice hit that Landon laid on Kenzie Lemon of the Niagara Ice Dogs. Unfortunately it resulted in a game misconduct (questionable call in my eyes) and a 10 game suspension (even more questionable). That being said last season Landon brought one thing to the Hounds and he brought lots of it and that would be energy. Landon always keeps his feet moving and isn’t afraid to back down from anyone.
Former OHL cup champion was a minor midget team mate of David Miller and Kyle Jenkins. Spent last season with the Soo Thunderbirds where he picked up 4 goals and 7 assists in 20 games. Was pointless in spot duty for the Hounds last season. Pastorious is another energy guy who is a tireless worker on the forcheck while creating turnovers.
Another player I had trouble finding information on. Played last season for the Halton Hurricanes Major Midget team if my research is correct. Attended the development camp in May where he scored a goal in one of the scrimmages.
Nephew of former NHLer Pat Verbeek and Cousin of Windsor Spitfires agitator Ryan Verbeek. Spent last season playing minor midget for the Sun County Panthers where he picked up 14 goals and 19 assists in 36 games spanning the regular season and playoffs. Picked up a goal in game 1 of the development camp in May.
Being the local kid there isn’t much to say about Blake that hasn’t already been mentioned in the local papers. Awarded the NOHA player of the year last year at the OHL cup he led the Soo Thunder minor midgets in scoring with 43 goals and 70 assists in 61 games. This after he scored 142 goals and picked up 146 assists in 97 games as a bantam while leading the Soo to the OHF silver medal. Blake picked up 6 points in 4 games at the OHL cup and then 4 points in 5 games at the OHL Gold Cup both for team NOHA.
A 12th round pick from 2012 Brandon is already signed by the Hounds. Brandon picked up 71 points last year playing midget hockey for the Oakville rangers from 38 goals and 33 assists. Played 1 OJHL game for the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots where he picked up an assist. Picked up 2 goals and an assist in 2 games at the teams May development camp.