Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid has helped to turn his team from perennial bottom-dwellers into one of the top teams in the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
For most Ontario Hockey League players, 16 is the age at when you may first enter the league. The majority of 16-year-olds are bit players on a much larger stage than what they’ve been accustomed to. They are growing into the league by paying their dues in practice, and learning from those older than them.
Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2014 prospect Ryan MacInnis played in the U.S. NTDP program last season before moving to the OHL for the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
At 6’3-½, Kitchener Rangers’ pivot Ryan MacInnis doesn’t need much help standing out from the crowd. But when you add in the fact that the St. Louis, MO native is the scion of an NHL legend, it’s hard not to get noticed.
Photo: Erie Otters captain and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown is experiencing success as an Otter for the first time as he leads the OHL in scoring this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
He’s been drafted by his hometown team, he’s leading the Ontario Hockey League in scoring, and is the captain of the top team in the OHL 15 games into the young campaign. But for the Erie Otters’ Connor Brown, seeing his name on the positive side of the plus/minus ledger may be his most proud accomplishment.
Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Dallas Stars prospect Radek Faksa will be suiting up for the Czech Republic at the U20 World Juniors for the third and final time (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
He may sometimes feel like a fish out of water, but it’s a sensation that Radek Faksa has had plenty of experience with. But when that water’s frozen and he’s strapped on the blades, few OHL players look as natural — or at home — on the ice as the Dallas Stars’ Czech Republic-born first rounder.
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.