From Connor McDavid to Andrei Svechnikov, Ontario Hockey League fans have been treated to some very high-end NHL Draft-eligible talent over the past few years.
Sting forward Drake Rymsha is being fitted for a new crown. Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fifth round (138th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Huntington Woods, Mich., product has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the club.
The NHL’s Dallas Stars have signed Kitchener Rangers left-winger Adam Mascherin to a three-year, entry-level contract. Mascherin, 20, recorded 86 points (40g 46a) for the Rangers in 67 OHL regular-season games during the 2017-18 campaign.
The Canadian Hockey League has a reputation for developing the best and brightest players up for grabs each year in the NHL Entry Draft, and this year was no exception.
Andrei Svechnikov took the OHL by storm last season. Entering the league with high expectations, the first overall pick in the 2017 CHL Draft made an immediate impact with the Barrie Colts, scoring 10 goals in his first games.
While the Swift Current Broncos will be fighting for survival Wednesday night against the Regina Pats, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Hamilton Bulldogs will be watching that game with bated breath.
Another incredible season of CHL hockey is in the books, and the Memorial Cup is celebrating 100 years in Regina, Sask. with the host Regina Pats, WHL Swift Current Broncos, OHL Hamilton Bulldogs and QMJHL Acadie-Bathurst Titan battling it out for Canadian major junior supremacy.
The Hamilton Bulldogs didn’t need an ace in the hole to reach the 2018 MasterCard Memorial Cup. Along with the Regina Pats and Oshawa Generals, they were a finalist in the Memorial Cup bidding process last year, and most figured the NHL-sized FirstOntario Centre, hotels in the downtown core and Hamilton’s proximity to Toronto would give them the edge.
ISS Hockey releases their May list of Top 31 Prospect Rankings for the NHL Draft. Along with Kirill Marchenko, Jonatan Berggren, and Matthias Samuelsson breaking the rankings, Serron Noel makes the most notable climb from 21 to 14, since breaking the list at 31 in December.
By the time the OHL final begins on Thursday, the Eastern Conference champion Hamilton Bulldogs will have gone through seven days since their last game, certainly enough time to rest up and nurse any bumps or bruises.
The final four is now set in the OHL and it isn’t much of a surprise who’s there. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Hamilton Bulldogs, top seeds in the Western and Eastern Conferences respectively, have advanced to their conference finals.
ISS Hockey releases their April Top 31 Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft, with Jacob Ingham listed as one of top two ranked goalies. Despite a tough year for the Mississauga Steelheads, Ingham stood out and has been ranked high by ISS Hockey throughout the latter half of the season.
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