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EASTERN CONFERENCE 2020- 2021 (As of Sept.22)

The OHL rosters are not updated, but here’s an early look at how the eastern conference teams stack up. Who are the potential buyers or sellers? The east is up for grabs for any one of the top four teams willing and able to spend.

Team summaries include:
<> team draft picks (2nds and 3rds) between 2020-2024. No picks beyond 2024 can be traded.
<> other tradeable assets
<> core age group (00, 01, 02, 03, 04)
<> NHL Drafted Players and 2020 NHL Draft Prospects

The preview will be UPDATED after the NHL Draft (Oct.9-10); NHL Camps; trades, releases and signing prior to the season openers.


TIER I - TOP FIVE (Alphabetical Order)

Barrie Colts
DRAFT PICKS: 7- 2nd and 6 - 3rd (+ 4 unspecified conditional picks)
TRADEABLE ASSET: 2020 1st H.Haight (Signed)
CORE: 0As – 2; 01s -6; 02s -5; + 03 B.Clarke
NHL DRAFTED: 01 N.Porco, 01 M.Hill, 01 A.Silovs
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 02 T.Foerster, 02 E.Vierling, 02 E.Cardwell. 01 ATabak
OUTLOOK: Along with emerging superstar 03 Brande Clarke, the Colts have a strong core of 01s and 02s, but need a quality OA and a top 4 d-man to firmly place themselves in the championship conversation. Barrie has the draft capital (plus the possibility of signing one or two imports) to be the top team in the East.

Hamilton Bulldogs
DRAFT PICKS: 2 - 2nd and 8 – 3rd (+ 1 unspecified conditional pick)
TRADEABLE ASSETS: 2019 1st R. Winterton // 2020 1st J.Donovan (Signed)
CORE: 01s – 8; 02s – 9
NHL DRAFTED: 01 A.Kaliyev
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 02 J.Mysak, 02 L.Morrison, 01 T.Bertuzzi, 01 N.Staios
OUTLOOK: Hamilton is a veteran laden team and just recently signed an elite import D - Artyom Grushnikov. Along with Kaliyev and Mysak, Hamilton has enough talent in the older age groups, that they could easily be one of the top teams in the East. If however, the Bulldogs opt to address the lack of 2nds, they’ll be stuck in the middle of the pack, but seeing that the owner's son is an 01, expect Hamilton to be BUYERS (2 OAs needed).

Mississauga Steelheads
DRAFT PICKS: 3 - 2nd and 2 - 3rd (+ 1 unspecified conditional pick)
TRADEABLE ASSETS: 2019 1st E. Del Mastro // 2020 1st Z.Lavoie (Signed)
CORE: 0As - 3; 01s - 5; 02s - 10
NHL DRAFTED: 01 K.Washkurak, 01 C.Schwindt, 01 T.Harley
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 02 J.Hardie, 02 O.Bjorgvik-Holm, 02 T.Collins, 01 A.Pueter
OUTLOOK: Provided Thomas Harley returns, the Steelheads boast a well balance team (OAs, F, D, G). Mississauga has a few high-end forwards and a towering, talented back end that got bigger after the signing of 6.06 Import K.Larson. With a strong core, the Steelheads can wait until the trade deadline to decide how to best use their limited resources to upgrade for a title run.

Oshawa Generals
DRAFT PICKS: 3 - 2nd and 3 - 3rd (+ 2 unspecified conditional picks)
TRADEABLE ASSETS: 2019 1st B.Harrison // 2020 1st A.Castle (Unsigned)
CORE: 0As – 3; 01s -9; 02s -7
NHL DRAFTED: [/b]OA G.Valatti, OA A.McShane, OA J.Kooy, 01 P.Tomasino,
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 02 O.Suni, 02 T.Tullio, 02 H.Fowler, 02 M.Brewer, 02 L.Moore
OUTLOOK: Oshawa’s roster is good, but not great. Much of their success rests squarely on the return of Tomasino (and that is not a certainty). The Generals have limited resources to compensate for his loss. Regardless, Oshawa will trade one or both of their previous #1 picks (Harrison and Castle) to try and win a championship. With or without Tomasino, Rocco is all in!

Ottawa 67s
DRAFT PICKS: 5 - 2nd and 2 - 3rd
TRADEABLE ASSETS: 2019 2nd J.Beck & B.Sirizzotti // 2020 1st N.Moldenhauer (Unsigned)
CORE: 0As – 3; 01s – 3; 02s – 6; 03s - 6
NHL DRAFTED: OA M.Hoelscher, 01 G.Clarke
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 01 J.Quinn, 02 C.Tolnai, 02 W.Cranley, 02 A.Belanger, 02 A.Constantini
OUTLOOK: Ottawa’s talent is spread across four age groups. They have NHL drafted talent at the top and if both imports sign (Gaidamak, Simontaival), the 67s likely become BUYERS (a veteran defenseman needed). If however, Ottawa decides to SELL (Andree, Hoelscher, Clarke, Quinn), they’ll drop out of the top TIER.



TIER II - NEXT FIVE (Alphabetical Order)



Kingston Frontenacs
DRAFT PICKS: 4 - 2nd and 4 - 3rd
CORE: 01s - 7, 02s - 6 + 04 Wright
NHL DRAFTED:
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 02 M.Chromiak, 02 Z.Wisdom, 02 J.Murray, 02 V.Pinchuk, 01 N.Wong
OUTLOOK: Kingston features one of the best players in the game, 16 year old phenom Shane Wright – and along with Chromiack and Wisdom they form one of the best young #1 lines. However, this is a team with a lot holes (especially on D and in net). The Fronts could be mid-level BUYERS to facilitate a playoff push, but they also need to be SELLERS to accumulate assets for next year – probably Wright’s final OHL season and Kingston’s “Go for it” year. Going up, down or neither?

Niagara IceDogs
DRAFT PICKS: 8 - 2nd and 5 - 3rd
CORE: 02s -8, 03s -4, 04s -5.
NHL DRAFTED:
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 02 D.Gushchin, 02 C.Butler, 02 J.Uberti, 02 T.Tynan
OUTLOOK: IceDogs’ draft capital is only matched by Barrie. It would be in the IceDogs’ best interest to not make any “high draft pick” roster moves that involves any player that will not be here beyond 20-21. Instead, look to add to the core of this young talented group and allow them to develop. The team’s age demographics are set up for success next year and even greater success the following year. Bottom line: Several teams around the IceDogs will be sellers (and buyers) – so the opportunity to grab a playoff spot will be there.

North Bay Battalion
DRAFT PICKS: 5 – 2nd and 6 – 3rd (+ 2 unspecified conditional picks)
CORE: 01s - 6; 02s - 8; 03s - 5
NHL DRAFTED: 01 Primeau, 01 M.Guskov
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 01 B.Coe, 02 J.Vrbetic, 02 A.Winslow
OUTLOOK: NB is in position to be one of the most improved teams, if that is the direction they choose. The Battalion have some solid 01s and 02s, both imports signed, an elite goalie, a quality OA Luke Moncada and two excellent past drafts. NB has the draft assets to be active mid-level BUYERS (couple of OAs) and separate themselves from the bottom of the pack OR completely opt out and SELL to build around their 03 / 04 group.

Peterborough Petes
DRAFT PICKS: 1 - 2nd and 3 - 3rd (+ 2 unspecified conditional pick)
CORE: OAs - 3 03s – 8, 04 - 3
NHL DRAFTED: OA Import L.Kirk (return uncertain)
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 02 T.Austin, 02 S.Spearing
OUTLOOK: What a difference a year makes: all their high-end talent gone (including 18 yr. old N.Robertson); a barren draft cupboard - means the Petes will be big time sellers. Peterborough has a collection of OAs (Kirk, Grondin, Parker-Jones) to aid in the process of recouping picks. All this adds up to the Petes being the current front runner for 1st overall pick.

Sudbury Wolves
DRAFT PICKS: 2 - 2nd and 2 - 3rd
CORE: 0As – 3; 01s – 6; 02s – 3
NHL DRAFTED: 01 F.Dichow (G), 01 B.Murray, OA Signed Import M.Pekar
2020 NHL DRAFTED PROSPECTS: 02 Q.Byfield, 02 J.Thomspon, 01 I.Phillip
OUTLOOK: With an empty draft cupboard, Sudbury is headed towards a complete rebuild. Rebuilding around Cory Stillman’s son (03s) and the terrific trio (04s) the Wolves draft in 2020 (Goyette, Delic and Konyen). Even if Byfield, Pekar or Tuomaala are in Wolves uniform this season (making them a formidable team), Sudbury can’t buy so they’ll have to SELL (e.g, Byfield, Ross, Thompson). That could leave them in the running for a top 4 pick. 2019-2020 IceDogs 2.0?





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POST III – POWER RANKINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE (As of Dec.1, 2020)

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POST IV – EASTERN CONFERENCE NEWS

Sept. 1
Kingston Frontenac acquired OA Jacob Roach in exchange for a 2024 15th round selection.

Sept 2
Hamilton Bulldogs signed Import defenseman Artyom Grushnikov
https://ontariohockeyleague.com/arti...ts-to-bulldogs

Sept 3
Ottawa 67s 1st round selection in the 2020 OHL Draft, 04 Nicholas Moldenhauer, has decided to join the perennial powerhouse @NJ_Avalanche U16.

Sept 14
Peterborough Petes OA defenseman Jack York signed with Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

Sept 17
Peterborough Petes part ways with OA F- Brady Hinz (traded) and OA F - Michael Little (QMJHL)



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According to Sam Cosentino (Aug 14), the plan is to play a 64-game schedule, that includes only inter-conference play, thereby severely limiting travel and overnight stays.

So for all intents and purposes, the Eastern Conference is our entire league and what western conference teams are up to is not of any concern to the IceDog fans for 20-21. If anything, let’s hope 7 or 8 of those teams are big spenders.

If the same mind-set should hold true in the east, that would be in the IceDogs favour going forward. Aside from their desire to make the playoffs, where they finish in the standings (8th or maybe 7th) makes no real difference to future plans. Aside from Peterborough and Sudbury destined to be sellers; Barrie, Oshawa and Mississauga to be buyers, the course of action for the other five team is yet to be decided. A few more buyer would be nice for the IceDogs heading into 21-22.
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Sept 2 D - Artyom Grushnikov commits to Bulldogs
https://ontariohockeyleague.com/arti...ts-to-bulldogs

This is a big time talent - projected Top 20 in the 2021 NHL draft.

The signing of Grushnikov combined with the talents of 01 A.Kaliyev, 02 J.Mysak, 02 L.Morrison, 01 T.Bertuzzi; in addition to having a total of 17 - 19 and 18 year olds - one of them, the owner’s son (01 Nathan Staios) means there is high probability the Bulldogs are going to take a run at this, but they still need 2 high-end OAs.

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