After essentially re-writing their franchise record book over the past several seasons, the reigning OHL champion Erie Otters are set to defend their title in 2017-18.
2016-17 Record: 50-15-2-1 (1st Midwest Division)
Head Coach: Chris Hartsburg (1st season)
Key additions: Emmett Sproule, Stephane Patry, Alex Gritz, Jack Duff, Joseph Mack, Kurtis Henry, Chad Yetman, Maxim Golod, Aidan Timmermans, Anand Oberoi
Notable graduates: Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, Darren Raddysh, Kyle Pettit, Anthony Cirelli, Warren Foegele, Erik Cernak, Cameron Lizotte, Haydn Hopkins
Leading scorer: Taylor Raddysh* (58 GP, 42-67–109)
Leading scorer (defencemen): Jordan Sambrook (61 GP, 15-25–40)
Leading scorer (rookie): Gera Poddubnyi (65 GP, 9-11–20)
Leading goaltender: Troy Timpano (44 GP, 36-8-0-0, 2.37 GAA, .901 SV%, 4 SO)
Quick Hit: Taylor Raddysh’s league-leading +67 plus-minus rating last season is the highest the OHL has seen since 2005 when London’s Danny Syvret was +70.
#OHLOpeningWeek schedule: Thurs. Sept. 21 at PBO, Fri. Sept. 22 at KGN, Sun. Sept. 24 at OTT
* – among returning players
This month ontariohockeyleague.com will feature one team each day in advance of the 2017-18 season which begins Thursday September 21. See more from the OHL 20 in 20 series.