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Old 09-15-2019, 10:48 AM
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Eastern Conference Power Rankings ??? (As of September 14th)

*Team within each grouping are in no definitive order – too early to rank them 1-10.

FIRST 4
Ottawa
Sudbury
Peterborough
Oshawa

NEXT 3
Mississauga
Barrie
Hamilton

LAST 3
Niagara
North Bay
Kingston


What teams needs to contend in each of the next 4 years?
Year 1: 99s OA - Core 00s + a few 01s
Year 2: 00s OA – Core 01s + a few 02s
Year 3: 01s OA – Core 02s + a few 03s
Year 4: 02s OA – Core 03s + a few 04s

If the proper trades (acquiring 03s, 04s and picks) are made over the next 2 seasons, Niagara can be a top 3 team in year 3, and the team to beat in year 4.

Year 3 and 4 will be even more interesting - depending on what the other eastern conference teams do over the next 2 or 3 years:


A quick glance at where the other 9 teams currently are:

The Petes are all in this year – and they’ll be good. They already have 8 drafted NHL players and they’re not done buying.

Ottawa has a decision to make - this year or next. Noel Hoefenmayer and Austin Keating will be gone next year, Kevin Bahl and Nikita Okhotyuk unlikely to return as OAs next year – add the possibility of losing Marco Rossi after this year’s NHL draft all will factor into their final decision. If however, Ottawa has plans to host the Mem-Cup, look for them to sell this year, buy big next year.

Oshawa wants to host the Mem-Cup and all the moves they are making are trending in that direction (including the upgrades to the arena). If they don’t get it, look for Generals to shift gears and go all in this year instead. If that the case, the IceDogs can cash in on that 2nd for Tomasino this year.

High probability that OHL superstar Quinton Byfield is playing in the NHL next season. With that threat looming, now is the time for Sudbury. It would be a shame to see Byfield not return - and the long suffering Sudbury fans miss a golden opportunity for a long playoff run. That organization deserves this – and high praise to Byfield for doing what was right on draft day to make this happen.
**This would be great for the league and the OHL Priority Draft. A smaller budget team – no one wanted to play for, drafts and develops the NHL’s #1 overall pick – no need to hide behind NCAA commitments (e.g. Stranges). The world is pretty small in 2019. If you can play, the NHL will find you!

According to age configuration and what is needed to contend each of the next 4 years:
<> Mississauga absolutely all in next year - their NHL drafted players are 01s.
<> Barrie set up for next year.
<> Hamilton appears to be 2 years away, but what they decide to do with Arthur Kaliyev this year, will be the deciding factor.
<> Kingston will wait for year 3. Shane Wright’s draft year.
<> North Bay’s best bet would be year 3, that’s if Stan Butler even bothers to build towards the future?


In 3 years, Niagara will have a solid core (02s and 03s) to contend, but if these other teams all try to make their championship run when the opportunity presents itself – year 4 will be even better!

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Interesting thou Hamilton May slip need to trade to recover more picks .
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Last last Thursday
NIA 6 SUD 3

Last night
SUD 11 NB 3

So ... the early returns so far this season suggest that Stan and his troops are “looking out for number one” (anyone know what Canadian rock band reference I just made right there?)

Quinten Byfield has gone #beastmode so far this year ... 5g 4a 9pts 4gp

I truly hope the fans in Sudbury pack the bar. To watch this kid this year .... it’s not very often a true talent will report to a remote outpost like that... good on him ... and, it’s probably the last season he plays in the O.

In fact I make it a habit to only watch the Wolves once a year cuz they are usually dreadful ... will make an effort to watch them all three times this year ....

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