Greyhounds Weekly Preview #1

Opening weekend is finally here for the 2012/13 OHL season and the Greyhounds open up with 2 West Division rivals at the Essar Centre. Friday night brings in the defending division champs from Plymouth while the Spitfires roll in for a game on Saturday. Here are some a few things to keep an eye on this weekend.

 

Plymouth Whalers – Friday September 21st

2011-12 Record Overall/Road (47-18-2-1)(22-11-1-0)

-          This marks the return of former Greyhound 1st round draft pick Gianluca Curcuruto who was dealt to Plymouth on August 1st for Mitchell Dempsey and Dylan Mascarin. Gianluca should fit in nicely in Mike Vellucci’s system that saw a few defenders graduate from last years team.

-          Plymouth opens the season ranked 7th in the CHL top 10 rankings joining fellow OHL teams London Knights, Kitchener Rangers and the Oshawa Generals.

-          Plymouth boasts a plethora of depth up front with 5 players drafted in the 1st 2 round of the NHL draft the past two years.

Draft Eligibles to watch

-          Ryan Hartman: A late 94 birthday Ryan has spent the last 2 years with the USNTDP in Ann Arbor. Ryan has recently been rated a “B” prospect by NHL CS.

-          Daniel Vanderwiel: Rated a “C” prospect by central scouting, Daniel added 6 goals and 3 assists for the Whalers in limited ice time.

Windsor Spitfires – Saturday September 22nd

2011-12 Record Overall/Road (29-32-5-2)(13-20-1-0)

-          There is never any love lost between the fans of these two teams. It will be interesting to see the reaction the Spitfires get in their first game up north after their run in with the league during the offseason

-          Joshua Ho-Sang will be making his first appearance in Sault Ste Marie. Long considered a top prospect Joshua slipped to Windsor at #5

-          After 3 straight seasons of making it to at least the Western Conference finals the Spitfires finished 1 point ahead of the Greyhounds for the final spot last year. These two teams should once again be close in the standings from start to finish.

Draft Eligibles to watch

-          Kerby Rychel: Another late 94 birthday Kerby seemed to surpass expectations in his sophomore season last year leading the Spits in goals with 41 and points with 74. Kerby has been rated as an “A” prospect by NHL CS

-          Jordan Maletta: A minor midget teammate of current Greyhounds Nick Halagian and Justin Nichols, Jordan came on late in his OHL rookie season finishing the year with 5 goals and 20 points. Jordan has been rated a “C” prospect by NHL CS

 

Bold Prediction of the Week

Mitchell Dempsey will surpass last season’s goal total in the opening weekend.