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.
Photo: Sudbury Wolves forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste will lead the offense of a Wolves squad that could make some noise in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
This is part two of a four-part series previewing the 2013-14 Ontario Hockey League season. We continue in a division that saw all of its teams qualify for the 2012-13 playoffs — including the eventual Eastern Conference champs. We look at the OHL’s Eastern Conference's Central Division.
Photo: While the Erie Otters aren’t the cream of the crop in the OHL, Otters’ forward Connor McDavid is likely to draw a great deal of attention during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Every year, the Ontario Hockey League brings its share of excitement and surprises to the Canadian Hockey League. There are surprise teams and disappointments; breakout players and those who fall short of expectations.
Photo: Ottawa Senators prospect Cody Ceci spent most of his junior career with the Ottawa 67’s, but was dealt to the Owen Sound Attack shortly before the OHL’s 2013 trade deadline (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Orleans, ON is under 40 kilometres away from the Canadian Tire Centre. The Ottawa suburb is also a mere 15 kilometres away from the Civic Centre, where the 67's play. For Ottawa Senators prospect Cody Ceci, home is not just where the heart is — it’s where his hockey past and future lie.