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.
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.
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.
Photo: Fans of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs hope to see more goal-scoring feats from Los Angeles Kings prospect Tyler Toffoli in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
In 2010, the year he was drafted 47th overall by the Los Angeles Kings, Tyler Toffoli scored 79 points. Over the next two seasons Toffoli would go on to earn 208 more points in the Ontario Hockey League, including 108 points in a 50-50 season in 2010-11. A bright future was set for Toffoli as he graduated from juniors in 2012, with his sights on the NHL.
Photo: London Knights forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Bo Horvat will attempt to lead the Knights to a Memorial Cup after a near miss in 2013 that included Horvat’s winning of the Wayne Gretzky Award as the MVP of the OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The scene: The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The players: a 27-year-old ‘franchise’ goaltender and an 18-year-old London, ON-born forward who was coming off of an OHL playoff coming-out party and second-straight Memorial Cup appearance. And while the names Cory Schneider and Bo Horvat will long be linked together thanks to a Draft Day trade, the ninth-overall selection of the 2013 NHL Draft knows this will not be the climax of his story.