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Old 09-09-2021, 07:01 AM
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Reviewing each team’s roster (Post#1), if there is someone picking the IceDogs to finish 9th or 10th, they either don’t follow or understand junior hockey or have not taken the time to review - who is returning and who is not.

Barrie and Kingston are going to be the number one and two teams. Barrie will be the clear cut number one – in fact, I’m predicting OHL championship for them.

Let’s just assume that 02 Danil Gushchin is with Niagara this year – with six 02s and a superstar Import, it would not be unrealistic to expect them to finish either 3rd or 4th with Hamilton (another team with good older core and 2 outstanding Imports). Now if Gushchin is not returned (and its 03 Alex Graham instead), Hamilton gets 3rd, and IceDogs are battling the next two team below for spots 4, 5 and 6.

Next up, you have some very good teams primarily built around a young core. North Bay lost 01 Mason Primeau and would need 01 Brandon Coe to return from SJS to be a sure 5th and perhaps push higher if they are buyers.

Quinton Byfield will not be returning, but Sudbury have drafted well the past two season – including the signing of Quinton Musty, but they need picks for a future run so look for them to trade their top D-Man Jack Thompson at some point this season.

Then you have teams such as Ottawa (lost A LOT of high-end talent but a good young core coming up - currently lack 01 and 02 depth); Mississauga (top 3 players OA-01s C.Schwindt, T.Harley, K.Washkurak are not returning and their 04 and 05 drafts have not yielded many high round picks).

Finally, you have two teams that the pandemic completely gutted and as a result are in year one of their rebuild – Oshawa and Peterborough. Oshawa dealt another blow this year – their two best OAs have decided not to return, but they did get the luck of draw in landing 05 Callum Ritchie. Peterborough will need to do what Niagara did two years ago and sell (Mason McTavish).



...but I'll wait until the season starts (and everyones final rosters) to make my early prediction.


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Barrie and Kingston are going to be the number one and two teams. Barrie will be the clear cut number one – in fact, I’m predicting OHL championship for them.
Unless of course the new head coach / GM chokes in the finals? What's his track record, anyone familiar with him?
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Unless of course the new head coach / GM chokes in the finals? What's his track record, anyone familiar with him?
This coach/Gm was gifted a star-studded team. 7 NHL drafted player, 3 of them 1st rounders and a game changing Import that literally fell onto their lap. He also has 7-2nd; 5-3rd; 04 H.Haight; 05 Beau Akey to increase the number of NHL Drafted players into the double digits - and make this team as strong as he wants it to be.
Third time is the charm?
And if it’s not…?
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Our well-respect IceDogs TV play-by-play man chimes in on the topic of the upcoming season. Steve Clark was a guest on “The O Show” podcast.

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Eastern Conference teams and rankings have been updated as of September 28.
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