Dal Colle unfazed by draft year pressure

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Michael Dal Colle - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and 2014 prospect Michael Dal Colle is among the top 20 scorers in the OHL early in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

As a top-ranked prospect, the Oshawa Generals’ Michael Dal Colle has had plenty of exposure to the pressures of the NHL Draft, and he’s hoping to parlay that experience into a successful campaign in his draft-eligible year.

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Generals’ Cassels forging own path to NHL

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Cole Cassels - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Cole Cassels is off to a good start offensively in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

From 1999 thru 2002, Andrew Cassels spent three years playing centre for the Vancouver Canucks. Just over a decade later, another Cassels — his son, Cole Cassels — is hoping to make an impact on the west coast in the not-too-distant future.

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Gaunce developing leadership skills after return to Belleville

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Brendan Gaunce - Belleville Bulls

Photo: Belleville Bulls captain and Vancouver Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce is competing in his fourth, and likely final, season in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

It took a couple of days for Vancouver Canucks’ 2012 first-round draft pick Brendan Gaunce to get over the surreal experience of suiting up with guys that he had previously only seen as pixels or images on a TV screen. But it’s all part of the growing process for the 19-year-old centre and will help in his continued development as one of the OHL’s top players.

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Elie embraces opportunity to contribute in Belleville

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Remi Elie  - Belleville Bulls

Photo: Belleville Bulls forward and Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie will have the chance to display his talents after being dealt from the London Knights to the Bulls (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

As a member of the London Knights, Dallas Stars’ draft pick Remi Elie had a guaranteed shot at the Memorial Cup this season. But the opportunity to play a much bigger role on a team much farther removed from championship contention has found the Green Valley, ON native suiting up in the black, gold, and red of the Belleville Bulls.

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Love of the game drives talented Ho-Sang

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Josh Ho-Sang - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward Josh Ho-Sang is considered a potential first round selection for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

His father’s Jamaican, his mother’s Chilean, he speaks Spanish, has a dark complexion, and bears an Asian last name across the back of his jersey (thanks to a Chinese-born great grandfather who married a Jamaican woman). The Windsor Spitfires' Josh Ho-Sang stands out in a predominantly white sport, but he said that he hopes his may be the face of the game’s future.

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