2010-2011 record: 15-49-2-2 (Tenth in East)
Key Additions: D Reid McNeill(LDN), F Ivan Telegin(SAG), F Gregg Sutch(MIS), D Aaron Ekblad(draft), G Mathias Niederberger(import draft)
Key Losses: G John Chartrand, F Petr Beranek, D Matt Ashman, D Mackenzie Braid
Synopsis: There’s nowhere to go but up for Colts after finishing in the basement last season. That did allow them, however, to land defenceman Aaron Ekblad with the first pick in the OHL Priority Selection. His help on the backend is much needed after Barrie surrendered more than five goals a game last year. Fellow new faces on the blueline Reid McNeill and Derek Hartwick will also provide support. Goaltending also played its role in leading the league in goals against and it will be an open competition between German Import Mathias Niederberger and returnees Clint Windsor and Josh Malecki. Scoring, on the other hand, was not a problem and the Colts could return five 20 goal scorers led by Winnipeg first rounder Mark Scheifele. New acquisition Ivan Telegin has recorded 105 points over the last two years in Saginaw.
2010-2011 Record: 29-32-1-6 (Sixth in East)
Playoffs: Lost in four games to Niagara in the first round
Key Additions: F Brandon Robinson(draft), F Patrik Machac(import draft)
Key Losses: G Cody St. Jacques, F Scott Tanski, F Stephon Thorne, F Jonathan Johansson, F Domenic Alberga
Synopsis: The Battalion have been defined the past couple of seasons by strong defence and an inability to score. That could be the case once again this year as Brampton returns its top eight defencemen. Sophomores Dylan Blujus and Spencer Abraham will be counted on to provide offensive support for an uncertain offence. Veteran forwards Sam Carrick, Phil Lane, Ian Watters, and Michael Santini will need to move into the 20-30 goal range for the Battalion to challenge for home ice in the playoffs. Leading goal scorer Barclay Goodrow also returns up front. In net, Czech Import Matej Machovsky had a solid debut season last year, but only won seven games and has no proven competitors.
Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
2010-2011 record: 53-13-0-2 (First in East)
Playoffs: Defeated Belleville in four games, Defeated Sudbury in four games, Defeated Niagara in five games, lost in seven games to Owen Sound in the OHL Finals
Key Additions: G Spencer Martin(draft), F Scott Teskey(draft), F Sergey Kuptsov(import draft)
Key Losses: F Casey Cizikas, F Justin Shugg, F Rob Flick, D Brett Flemming, D Marc Cantin
Synopsis: It’s back to the grind for the Majors after hosting the Memorial Cup and losing in the Championship Game. Many key pieces are gone from that team, but the Majors should be competitive with the return of goalie J.P. Anderson. Anderson recorded 53 wins and 10 shutouts last year between the regular season and playoffs. Mississauga also returns key defenders Stuart Percy, Dylan DeMelo, and David Corrente. Scoring might be the big issue for the Majors with Devante Smith-Pelly leading the charge. Veterans Jordan Mayer, Joseph Cramarossa, and Riley Brace along with newcomer Sergey Kuptsov will need to provide him with support to keep the Majors in the middle of the Eastern Conference pack.
2010-2011 record: 45-17-2-4 (Third in East)
Playoffs: Defeated Brampton in four games, Defeated Oshawa in five games, lost in five games to Mississauga in the Eastern Finals
Key Additions: D Brock Beukeboom(SSM), G Jaroslav Pavelka(import draft)
Key Losses: F Darren Archibald, F Jason Wilson, D Simon Gronvaldt, D Tim Billingsley
Synopsis: The Icedogs have their sets sight on a Memorial Cup run this season with a potentially loaded roster. Niagara’s status as a powerhouse relies on the return of NHL first round picks Ryan Strome and Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton is probably the best returning defenceman in the league and will be supported by former Sault Ste Marie captain Brock Beukeboom, with offensive help from Jesse Graham. Strome broke out with 106 points last season and is joined by veteran scorers Freddie Hamilton, Andrew Aggozino, and Steven Shipley. The Icedogs also have plenty of sandpaper with Johnson Andrews, Mitchell Theoret, and Mitch Bennett. Goalie Mark Visentin won 30 games last year with a 2.52 goals against average and .917 save percentage.
2010-2011 record: 29-35-2-2 (Seventh in East)
Playoffs: Defeated Ottawa in four games, Lost in four games to Mississauga in the second round
Key Additions: F Nicholas Baptiste(draft), G Johan Mattsson(import draft)
Key Losses: G Alain Valiquette, F Marcus Foligno, F Mike Lomas, F Eric O’Dell
Synopsis: The Wolves are looking to build off of a surprising playoff result and move themselves into the top group in the Eastern Conference. Forward Michael Sgarbossa absolutely took off once he was acquired by Sudbury, recording 76 points in 45 games including playoffs with the Wolves. He, along with Andrey Kuchin and Josh Leivo, were instrumental in the first round upset of Ottawa. If sophomore Mathew Campagna and rookie Nicholas Baptiste can step up, the Wolves offense may be formidable. Defenceman Josh McFadden broke out offensively with 72 points, but was a -31. Sudbury will rely on Justin Sefton and Frank Corrado to provide solid defensive play and toughness. Goaltending is the biggest question mark for the Wolves, with Swedish Import Johan Mattsson the expected starter. How well he adjusts to the North American game may determine Sudbury’s fortunes.
For East Division Preview click here
For Central Division Preview click here
For West Division Preview click here