OHL Playoff Preview: Round One

The Ontario Hockey League’s second season matchups are all set with play beginning tomorrow night on three fronts: the Erie Otters host the Sarnia Sting, Niagara Ice Dogs visit the Peterborough Pets and the Flint Firebirds travel to Sault Ste Marie to take on the Greyhounds.

The remaining series all begin on Friday evening.

Below, you will see how the competition did during the regular season and against each other. You will also see a list of players to watch (not all eligible are listed) that are eligible for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft in June as well as my predictions.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) Peterborough Petes vs (8) Niagara Ice Dogs

  Peterborough Niagara
Overall Record 42-21-2-3 23-35-6-4
Last 10 games 7-3-0-0 4-6-0-0
Head-to-Head 3-1-0-0 1-3-0-0
Home Record 24-7-2-1 15-15-1-3
Away Record 18-14-0-2 8-20-5-1
Goals For 239 207
Goals Against 221 274
Powerplay 20.7% 15.5%
Penalty Kill 80.7% 79.6%
Draft Eligible Players Cole Fraser (D) Ben Jones (C)
  Zach Gallant (C) Kirill Maksimov (RW)
  Nick Isaacson (LW) Oliver Castleman (LW)
  Matyas Svoboda (LW) Matthew Philip (C)
    Ondrej Machala (C)
    Stephen Dhillon (G)

*Note: Stephen Dhillon was eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft but passed over and is eligible for 2017

Prediction: Peterborough in 6 games

(2) Mississauga Steelheads vs (7) Ottawa 67’s

  Mississauga Ottawa
Overall Record 34-21-6-7 26-34-7-1
Last 10 games 8-2-0-0 4-4-2-0
Head-to-Head 2-0-2-0 2-2-0-0
Home Record 16-11-4-3 13-20-0-1
Away Record 18-10-2-4 13-14-6-1
Goals For 240 221
Goals Against 219 271
Powerplay 19.7% 18.0%
Penalty Kill 80.6% 79.1%
Draft Eligible Players Nicolas Hague (D) Noel Hoefenmayer
  Owen Tippett (RW) Sasha Chmelevski
  Shaw Boomhower (C) Austen Keating

 

Prediction: Mississauga in 5 games

(3) Oshawa Generals vs (6) Sudbury Wolves

  Oshawa Sudbury
Overall Record 40-23-3-2 27-34-7-0
Last 10 games 6-4-0-0 4-6-0-0
Head-to-Head 2-2-0-0 2-2-0-0
Home Record 25-9-0-0 15-13-6-0
Away Record 15-14-3-2 12-21-1-0
Goals For 228 207
Goals Against 215 265
Powerplay 18.8% 17.8%
Penalty Kill 83.1% 81.7%
Draft Eligible Players Jack Studnicka (C) Macauley Carson
  Kyle Keyser (G) Drake McGrath

 

Prediction: Oshawa in 6 games

(4) Kingston Frontenacs vs (5) Hamilton Bulldogs

  Kingston Hamilton
Overall Record 33-26-5-4 33-27-4-4
Last 10 games 6-4-0-0 4-4-0-2
Head-to-Head 3-3-0-0 3-2-0-1
Home Record 20-9-3-2 16-12-3-3
Away Record 13-17-2-2 17-15-1-1
Goals For 179 238
Goals Against 200 225
Powerplay 22.1% 20.2%
Penalty Kill 78.1% 77.7%
Draft Eligible Players Jacob Paquette (D) Matthew Strome (LW)
  Eemeli Rasanen (D) Marian Studenic (C)
  Jason Robertson (LW) MacKenzie Entwistle (RW)
  Linus Nyman (RW) Kaden Fulcher (G)

 

Prediction: Hamilton in 7 games

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(1) Erie Otters vs (8) Sarnia Sting

  Erie Otters Sarnia Sting
Overall Record 50-15-2-1 31-30-6-1
Last 10 games 6-4-0-0 5-4-1-0
Head-to-Head 3-1-0-0 1-3-0-0
Home Record 30-2-1-1 20-12-2-0
Away Record 20-13-1-0 11-18-4-1
Goals For 319 257
Goals Against 182 277
Powerplay 27.2% 18.8%
Penalty Kill 83.4% 77.8%
Draft Eligible Players Ivan Lodnia (C) Nick Grima (D)
    Adam Ruzicka (C)
    Ryan McGregor (LW)
    Aidan Hughes (G)

 

Prediction: Erie in 4 games

(2) Soo Greyhounds vs (7) Flint Firebirds

  Soo Greyhounds Flint Firebirds
Overall Record 48-16-3-1 32-28-3-5
Last 10 games 8-1-1-0 3-4-2-1
Head-to-Head 3-1-1-1 3-3-0-0
Home Record 22-9-2-1 19-11-2-2
Away Record 26-7-1-0 13-17-1-3
Goals For 287 229
Goals Against 208 242
Powerplay 18.4% 14.5%
Penalty Kill 84.2% 79.9%
Draft Eligible Players Matthew Villalta (G) Fedor Gordeev (D)
  Conor Timmins (D) C.J. Clarke (RW)
  Anthony DeMeo (D)  
  Morgan Frost (C)  

 

Prediction: Soo Greyhounds in 5 games

(3) Owen Sound Attack vs (6) Kitchener Rangers

  Owen Sound Kitchener Rangers
Overall Record 49-15-2-2 36-27-3-2
Last 10 games 9-0-1-0 5-4-1-0
Head-to-Head 7-1-0-0 1-7-0-0
Home Record 27-4-1-2 20-11-2-1
Away Record 22-11-1-0 16-16-1-1
Goals For 297 244
Goals Against 177 251
Powerplay 28.6% 21.7%
Penalty Kill 83.4% 77.5%
Draft Eligible Players Sean Durzi (D) Elijah Roberts (D)
  Markus Phillips (D) Joseph Garreffa (RW)
  Zachary Roberts (LW) Nick McHugh (LW)
  Jonah Gadjovich (LW) Dylan Seitz (C)
  Maksim Sushko (RW) Greg Meireles (RW)
  Nick Suzuki (C)  

 

Prediction: Owen Sound in 5 games

(4) London Knights vs (5) Windsor Spitfires

  London Windsor
Overall Record 46-15-3-4 41-19-5-3
Last 10 games 7-3-0-0 5-5-0-0
Head-to-Head 3-2-1-0 3-2-1-0
Home Record 25-5-1-3 27-6-1-0
Away Record 21-10-2-1 14-13-4-3
Goals For 289 232
Goals Against 194 185
Powerplay 26.4% 22.9%
Penalty Kill 81.0% 88.5%
Draft Eligible Players Robert Thomas (C) Gabriel Vilardi (C)
  Alex Forementon (LW) Michael DiPietro (G)

 

Prediction: London in 7 games

*Note: As hosts of the 2017 Memorial Cup, Windsor would move on to the tournament.

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2 thoughts on “OHL Playoff Preview: Round One

  1. Hey Dominic – just a quick note. Most articles I come across tend to miss that Troy Timpano is in his second year of Draft Eligibility. He was a late ’97 birth.
    Enjoyed reading your work over the years.

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    1. You are correct Steve. I usually only do first time eligible and should have included Troy as I did Stephen Dhillon. Thanks for bringing it up and for your kind words.

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