Photo: Barrie Colts defenseman and 2014 prospect Aaron Ekblad is performing at a nearly point-per-game pace in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
For years now, the hockey world’s eyes have been on a young man from Belle River, ON currently playing for the Barrie Colts in the OHL. And now that his draft-eligible year has finally arrived, he finds himself in a battle to hear his name called first overall at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: Barrie Colts forward and 2014 prospect Kevin Labanc spent two seasons in the U.S. NTDP before electing to develop his game in the Ontario Hockey League (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Staten Island-born Kevin Labanc was almost a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but his decision to give himself a fighting chance at The Show by joining the OHL’s Barrie Colts is paying off as NHL Central Scouting has rated him a B-level skater.
Photo: Erie Otters defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Adam Pelech is following in the footsteps of two older brothers to the pro game (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
If it seems that Adam Pelech is comfortable in his role as one of the Erie Otters’ elder statesmen, it may be because it’s a position he feels he’s played for a few years already.
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.