Spitfires’ trades provide leadership opportunity for Vail

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Brady Vail - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Brady Vail has been scoring at a better than point-per-game average so far in in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

For Montreal Canadiens prospect Brady Vail, working on his future team’s goals, has meshed perfectly with the needs of his present squad. But after a major trade in the OHL, Vail said he believes that his role on the Windsor Spitfires may have to change.

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Clarke shaking off the rust in return to Battalion lineup

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Blake Clarke - North Bay Battalion

Photo: North Bay Battalion forward and 2014 prospect Blake Clarke is returning to the Battalion lineup after an injury at the 2013 All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Now that his shoulder is a self-professed 100 per cent, North Bay Battalion forward Blake Clarke is ready to press it firmly to the grindstone — the first step in forging what he hopes will be a successful NHL career that starts with a first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Spitfires’ Verbeek trying to find game after return from injury

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Ryan Verbeek - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and 2014 prospect Ryan Verbeek missed the early portion of the 2013-14 season due to injury (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

In the eyes of NHL Central Scouting, Ryan Verbeek is still a work in process. Listed in the organization’s most-recent watch list, Verbeek was bestowed with the “LV” designation — limited viewing.

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Otters’ Dansk feeling comfortable in his home away from home

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Oscar Dansk - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters goaltender and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk has bounced between Sweden and North America in recent years, including a stint in the Shattuck St. Mary’s program (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Oscar Dansk’s journey in life has taken him from Sweden to the U.S., back to Sweden, and now finds him holding down the fort in between the pipes in Erie, PA. And the Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect is hoping that his next journey will be with his Otters’ teammates deep into the OHL playoffs.

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Zadorov adapts quickly in his return to OHL

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Nikita Zadorov - Team Russia

Photo: London Knights defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov returned to junior hockey in style last week, picking up three assists in Russia’s 5-2 win over the OHL in the Subway Super Series (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Buffalo, NY is just over 230 kilometres away from London, ON — but the distance between the OHL and the NHL is far greater. But when the Buffalo Sabres decided to return 6’5 blueliner Nikita Zadorov to the junior league’s Knights, London’s dreams of a Memorial Cup win just got a whole lot closer to reality.

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