A look at the OHL’s current top 10 scorers

The 2013-2014 Ontario Hockey League season has barely just started but out of the gate we have a few surprises popping out in terms of point leaders. The Erie Otters, Niagara IceDogs, Guelph Storm and Kingston Frontenacs keep their fire power ahead of the rest of the league and notched into the top 10. This top 10 list is up to date as of October 24th.

1. Connor Brown, Erie Otters – 29 points in 13 games. (11 goals and 18 assists)

(Photo: TerryWilson/OHL Images)
(Photo: TerryWilson/OHL Images)

A right winger out of Toronto, Ontario, Brown was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 entry draft by his hometown Maple Leafs. He’s currently in his third OHL season with Erie and is looking to be on pace to be a point a game player. His strong hockey sense keeps him in the loop to set up teammates on promising plays. One more year in junior should help him tremendously as he’ll most likely turn pro next year.

2. Brendan Perlini, Niagara IceDogs – 26 points in 12 games. (12 goals and 14 assists)

(Photo: TerryWilson/OHL images)
(Photo: TerryWilson/OHL images)

A native of Sault Ste. Marie,  Ontario, but born in Guilford, England,  this left winger will be eligible for next year’s NHL draft. Currently in his third OHL season, (second with Niagara, first OHL season with Barrie.) he actually spent some of his early junior career in England with the Guilford Flames of the EPL. He was cut from this year’s Team Canada squad at the Ivan Hlinka tournament but don’t count him out. A hard shot keeps him on the scouts radar. I see him being selected in at least the top 20 at the draft.

3. Carter Verhaeghe, Niagara IceDogs – 25 points in 12 games. (10 goals and 15 assists)

(Photo: TerryWilson/OHL Images)
(Photo: TerryWilson/OHL Images)

Sitting one point below his fellow teammate Perlini, Veraeghe is in his third season with the IceDogs and was drafted in the third round by Toronto last year. (Catch the pattern here? Toronto is deep with prospects. Could end up scary.) Veraeghe ended up being fourth in points with the IceDogs last season and stuck a gold medal under his belt with Team Canada’s Under 18’s. An even better year this year could do tremendous things for his professional career. His stock keeps rising and Toronto could possibly have a secret weapon on their hands. Continue reading “A look at the OHL’s current top 10 scorers”

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Guelph Storm oozes NHL Talent

163px-Guelph_Storm_Logo.svgThe Guelph Storm announced today that they had to cancel their exhibition game that was supposed to take place on September 6th against the Mississauga Steelheads. The reason may intrigue you.

The Storm can’t ice a team as they have 11 players reporting to various National Hockey League training camps. 8 of those players were draftees (between the 2012 and 2013 draft) and are returning to the squad this season along with 3 forwards who were invited to camps as free agents.

The 2012 draftee class included Matt Finn, who will report to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brock McGinn, who will report to the Carolina Hurricanes are spending some time with their AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers,  Scott Kosmachuk, who will report to the Winnipeg Jets and Tanner Richard who will report to the Tampa Bay Lightning and unfortunately will not return to the Storm as he has signed on with the organization. The other three will return to Guelph for another season.

Tyler Bertuzzi. (Photo: Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Tyler Bertuzzi. (Photo: Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The 2013 draftee class included Jason Dickinson who will report to the Dallas Stars, Tyler Bertuzzi who will report to the Detroit Red Wings, Ben Harpur who will report to the Ottawa Senators, and  Justin Auger and Zac Leslie who will both be headed to the west coast with the Los Angeles Kings. All five will be back on the Storm’s roster.

The final three who were invited to camps as free agents are Ryan Horvat who will report to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and Hunter Garlent  and Zack Mitchell who both will join Soo Greyhound Sergey Tolchinsky with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Guelph Storm has a history of developing strong players over the years. Notable Storm alumni include Drew Doughty, Craig Anderson, Ryan Callahan, Todd Bertuzzi, Cam Janssen and Dustin Brown just to name a few.

With this kind of young talent calibre on hand, the rest of the Midwest division better get out their rain coats and be ready for a wild Storm this upcoming OHL season.