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PART I – BOTTOM 3

North Bay: The Battalion loss several key players (F-McKenzie TRADED, D-Bruce, D-Saban, and D-Dineen TRADED), return a weak defensive core, have an uninspiring group of 99s and no returning NHL drafted talent. As a result, NB is likely to be at the bottom of the standings. On a positive note: They do have three excellent OAs returning (Burghardt, Brazzeau,Thilander) that North Bay can exchange for players/picks at the 2019 trade deadline – to begin a rebuild that needs to target the 2021 season.

Mississauga: When you combine, the loss of several key players (97 Fox, 97 Forget, 98 McLeod, 98 Moverare, 99 Tippett), only three returning 99s (R.McLeod*, C.Gaylor and R.Wells) and possible goaltending concerns - the immediate future does not look bright. On a positive note: The Steelheads have an elite #1 defenceman in N.Hague (98), an emerging OHL superstar (R. McLeod 99) and a goalie (J.Ingham 00) who can perhaps regain his rookie form - that they can rebuild a very young team around next year.
***However according the CHL/NHL agreement, OA Nic Hague (turns 20 on Dec.5, 2018) does not have to be returned to his OHL team – and is eligible to play professional hockey (AHL or ECHL).

Sudbury: The Wolves lose all or most of the following: Lajeunesse TRADED, Culina TRADED, Pezzetta TRADED, Rhodes, Blaisdell, Lipinov and Candela. This in combination with no notable 99s, a questionable defense and weak goaltending means - a bottom 3 finish is very likely! On a positive note: Sudbury have a lot of draft picks; And Levin (99), Nizhnikov (00), Z.Malik (00), P. Stratis (00), E.Serensits (00), B.Murray (01) are a collection of young players Sudbury can try to develop into elite players for 2019-2020.

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