OHL Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

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Hamilton Bulldogs (1) vs Ottawa 67’s (8)

  Hamilton Ottawa
Season Series 5-0-0-0 0-5-0-0
Home record 22-9-0-3 17-11-4-2
Road record 21-9-4-0 13-18-2-1
Goals for 252 225
Goals against 207 260
Powerplay 24.6% 16.3%
Penalty kill 77.1% 78.8%
PP vs opponent 19.2% 14.3%
PK vs Opponent 85.7% 80.8%
Leading scorer Chmelevski (35-41-76) Thomas (24-51-75)
Leading after 2nd 33-2-0-2 15-1-2-0
Trailing after 2nd 6-15-2-0 9-24-4-2
Last 10 games 7-2-1-0 4-5-1-0

 

Only the London Knights have as many players on the roster ranked by National Hockey League Central Scouting as the Ottawa 67’s. They include Merrick Rippon, Sam Bitten, Mitchell Hoelscher, Carter Robertson, Kody Clark and Kevin Bahl. For the Hamilton Bulldogs, only backup goaltender Nick Donofrio is ranked by Central Scouting, and barring an injury or collapse by Kaden Fulcher, will likely not see any game time.

Prediction: Hamilton in 4 games

Barrie Colts (2) vs Mississauga Steelheads (7)

  Barrie Mississauga
Season Series 2-4-0-0 4-2-0-0
Home record 22-9-2-0 22-11-0-1
Road record 20-12-2-0 11-21-1-1
Goals for 297 251
Goals against 229 250
Powerplay 22.8% 25.5%
Penalty kill 79.3% 78.4%
PP vs opponent 16.7% 33.3%
PK vs Opponent 66.7% 83.3%
Leading scorer Luchuk (50-65-115) Hague (35-43-78)
Leading after 2nd 31-2-2-0 25-2-0-0
Trailing after 2nd 4-17-1-0 4-28-1-2
Last 10 games 8-0-2-0 6-4-0-0

 

The Barrie Colts are led by superstar draft eligible Andrei Svechnikov and rugged defenseman Tyler Tucker, who are ranked by NHL Central Scouting. For the Mississauga Steelheads it Ryan McLeod and goaltender Jacob Ingham. The Steelheads won the season series, but they are going to have to win one on the road if they are going to upset the Colts.

Prediction: Barrie in 6 games

Kingston Frontenacs (3) vs North Bay Battalion (6)

  Kingston North Bay
Season Series 3-1-0-0 1-2-0-1
Home record 22-6-5-1 18-9-5-2
Road record 14-17-1-2 12-19-2-1
Goals for 243 213
Goals against 202 237
Powerplay 25.7% 19.9%
Penalty kill 84.7% 79.2%
PP vs opponent 30.0% 22.2%
PK vs Opponent 77.8% 70.0%
Leading scorer Robertson (41-46-87) Brazeau (39-36-75)
Leading after 2nd 25-3-2-2 18-3-2-0
Trailing after 2nd 5-17-2-0 6-22-2-2
Last 10 games 4-5-1-0 3-6-0-1

 

The Fronts have four draft eligible players, but none ranked on Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings. Only Justin Pringle plays regularly. The Battalion have 6 with Matthew Struthers the lone player ranked on the list. The Fronts lead in just about every category but if the Battalion can get a lead, they can shut you down. This could be closer then many think.

Prediction: Kingston in 6 games

Niagara IceDogs (4) vs Oshawa Generals (5)

  Niagara Oshawa
Season Series 1-0-0-1 1-0-1-0
Home record 21-10-2-1 20-12-2-0
Road record 14-13-5-2 16-17-1-0
Goals for 240 250
Goals against 235 243
Powerplay 19.5% 18.8%
Penalty kill 80.1% 74.9%
PP vs opponent 37.5% 0.0%
PK vs Opponent 100.0% 62.5%
Leading scorer Miletic (36-56-92) Studnicka (22-50-72)
Leading after 2nd 25-3-2-2 18-3-2-0
Trailing after 2nd 5-17-2-0 6-22-2-2
Last 10 games 8-1-1-0 7-3-0-0

 

The IceDogs are led by draft eligible Akil Thomas, a top prospect for the NHL Draft. On defence, Justin McPherson was also listed on Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking. Oshawa is led by top prospects Serron Noel and Allan McShane as well as William Ennis and Nico Gross, who received rankings by Central Scouting. This has the potential to be the best series of the first round. About as even as any two teams can be, but Niagara holds the advantage in special teams versus each other.

Prediction: Oshawa in 7 games

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