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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Video: 2013 Subway Super Series – Zach Nastasiuk, Owen Sound Attack

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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk is currently tied for second in points on the Attack roster so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

After being one of the better teams in the OHL the past three seasons, the Owen Sound Attack have fallen back slightly so far in 2013-14, currently sitting one game above .500 while standing fourth in the OHL's Midwest Division. The loss of players such as Jordan Binnington, Cody Ceci, and Daniel Catenacci has left the Attack with a younger and more inexperienced squad, a main reason for the that club's move to the middle of the pack.

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Video: 2013 Subway Super Series – Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph Storm

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Scott Kosmachuk - Guelph Storm

Photo: Guelph Storm forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Scott Kosmachuk is currently on pace to top the 100-point mark in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

The phrase “taking your game to another level” is one that is firmly entrenched within the hockey lexicon. It is often used within a game situation, but also applies to the year-to-year development of players, especially younger players still looking to make their mark in the pro game.

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