Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and 2014 prospect Matt Mistele is coming off a 60-point season as he enters his draft year (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
With several of the team’s top players having departed for the professional ranks, the Plymouth Whalers’ Matt Mistele knows it’s his time to step up and fill some pretty big shoes. Fortunately, a mid-season trade last year provided him a pretty good example to follow.
Photo: Soo Greyhounds defenseman and Edmonton Oilers top pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, Darnell Nurse, should be one of the top defenders in the OHL in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
This is the final part of a four-part series previewing the 2013-14 Ontario Hockey League season. We return to the OHL’s Western Conference for a look at the West Division.
Photo: 2014 prospect Spencer Watson was the leading scorer at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and he’ll likely be an offesnive source for the Kingston Frontenacs in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
This is part three of a four-part series previewing the 2013-14 Ontario Hockey League season. We continue in the OHL’s Eastern Conference with the East Division.
Photo: Philadelphia Flyers’ 2012 top pick Scott Laughton has already gotten a taste of NHL action, but he may have to wait another season to become a full-time pro player (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
With a deep core of centers at the NHL level, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Scott Laughton knows it’s going to be tough for him to crack the pro roster. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t taking every opportunity to study his competition.
Photo: Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz, shown here competing at the 2013 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY, had a sampling of NHL preseason action before returning to the OHL’s London Knights for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Netminder Anthony Stolarz got a taste of “The Show”. And, while he was wearing a new uniform, he had the benefit of playing in familiar surroundings as the Philadelphia Flyers played the Toronto Maple Leafs in an exhibition game hosted at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON — a venue that’s also home to Stolarz’s OHL squad, the London Knights.