Photo: Barrie Colts forward and 2014 prospect Brendan Lemieux is the son of four-time Stanley Cup winner Claude Lemieux (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
He’s the kind of player you love to play with, but hate to play against. He’ll get under your opponent’s skin, and do the ugly things it takes to win championships. He’ll be a regular guest of the penalty box, but also chip in with the odd, timely goal. If it sounds like four-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux, it’s for good reason — his son, Brendan Lemieux, is blazing his own trail in hockey by following a similar path.
Photo: Sudbury Wolves forwards Mathew Campagna (L) and Nathan Pancel (R) currently reside among the top 10 scorers in the OHL in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
If the first third of the OHL season is any indication, both Nathan Pancel and Matthew Campagna are hungry for an opportunity.
Photo: Sudbury Wolves defenseman and 2014 prospect Evan de Haan is the brother of New York Islanders prospect, Calvin de Haan (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
His brother may be four years older — and a couple of inches taller — but if you see a similarity between Sudbury Wolves’ blueliner Evan de Haan and his brother, New York Islanders’ 2009 first-rounder Calvin de Haan, it’s by design.
Photo: Sudbury Wolves forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Connor Crisp was passed over at the 2012 NHL Draft, but the Habs nabbed the big pivot in the third round of this year’s draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Over the summer, Connor Crisp added a couple more jerseys to his collection, being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens and being part of an early September trade to Sudbury. But far from being thrown to the Wolves, Crisp said the transition has been more positive than he could have imagined.
Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid has helped to turn his team from perennial bottom-dwellers into one of the top teams in the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
For most Ontario Hockey League players, 16 is the age at when you may first enter the league. The majority of 16-year-olds are bit players on a much larger stage than what they’ve been accustomed to. They are growing into the league by paying their dues in practice, and learning from those older than them.