2013-14 OHL Preview: Storm could challenge Knights for top spot in Midwest

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.Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: While the Erie Otters aren’t the cream of the crop in the OHL, Otters’ forward Connor McDavid is likely to draw a great deal of attention during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Every year, the Ontario Hockey League brings its share of excitement and surprises to the Canadian Hockey League. There are surprise teams and disappointments; breakout players and those who fall short of expectations.

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2013 Rookie Tournament: Ceci embarks on pro career that is likely to begin in Binghamton

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Cody Ceci - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Cody Ceci spent most of his junior career with the Ottawa 67′s, but was dealt to the Owen Sound Attack shortly before the OHL’s 2013 trade deadline (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Orleans, ON is under 40 kilometres away from the Canadian Tire Centre. The Ottawa suburb is also a mere 15 kilometres away from the Civic Centre, where the 67's play. For Ottawa Senators prospect Cody Ceci, home is not just where the heart is — it’s where his hockey past and future lie.

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2013 Rookie Tournament: Harrington, Maatta competing for Penguins in familiar surroundings

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Scott Harrington - London Knights

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Scott Harrington (C) appeard in two consecutive Memorial Cup tournaments as a member of the OHL’s London Knights (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

For a pair of Pittsburgh Penguins’ products, their participation in the Toronto Maple Leafs’-sponsored rookie tournament took place right in their own backyard. And while Olli Maatta looks to have more games wearing the London Knights’ green and gold, for Scott Harrington, it’s a bittersweet ending to his time in the Forest City.

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2013 Rookie Tournament: Rielly hopes hard work in off-season lands him in Toronto

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Morgan rielly - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly got his first taste of the pro game in 2012-13 with a stint in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

 

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan may not be the end of the world, but it’s certainly a long distance away from where Morgan Rielly wants to be this season. And while he professes to be okay should he find himself back in the CHL, the 19-year-old former first-round draft pick isn’t going to become a Warrior without putting up a fight.

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2013 Rookie Tournament: New contract unlikely to go to Murray’s head

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Matt Murray - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending prospect Matt Murray is fresh off of signing his first pro contract, but is likely to return to the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Grehounds for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins kicked off their participation in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ rookie tournament Thursday night in London, ON. And one of the club’s netminders entered the event with a little off his mind — and a whole lot more in his bank account.

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