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.
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.
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.
Photo: Windsor Spitfires defenseman and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Slater Koekkoek is currently among the top scoring defensemen in the OHL in 2013-14 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Windsor Spitfires have been on a roll of late, putting up a 9-1-0-0 record in their last 10 games. The hot streak has gotten the club into the thick of the OHL's Western Conference race, although they are still nine points behind the conference-leading Erie Otters.
Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras had a good showing at the Avalanche training camp before returning to the OHL for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
There was no lack of effort on the part of Team OHL in the first of their pair of games against Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series. But Russia converted on most of their best chances, sending the OHL to a 5-2 defeat at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, ON.