Notebook — 5/21/2001
The CHL Memorial Cup playoffs is now taking place but the OHL championship has not come and gone without some play (and thus
analysis) of a few Dallas Stars prospects in the Onatario Hockey League. Naturally, many scouting eyes were upon highly
touted rookie Jason Spezza and his somewhat disappointing playoff performance for the Windsor Spitfires. Spezza’s rather
quiet playoffs, in which he was outplayed and kept fairly in check by opposing forward Stephen Weiss (4 goals, 5 assists, 9
points in 9 games), has caused some scouts to rank him lower in the draft. The Red Line report, for instance, proposed that
he may be moved as far as 4th or 5th in the draft this year because of his playoffs.
I mention Spezza because (naturally) Spezza’s performance calls to mind that of teammate (oft linemate) Steve Ott’s
own performance. 18-year old Ott (3 goals, 8 assists, 11 points in 9 games) lead his team in playoff scoring this postseason
and proved to be an antagonostic presence throughout much of the Spitfire’s admittedly short run (27 PIM). Still, things
could have been better for the Windsor Spitfires. Windsor’s top line was not able to muster much against Plymouth’s during
the Spitfire’s quick exit in the 2nd round. A sign of their offensive stars (and Ott himself) being overrated? Or merely a
natural result of having too many offensive eggs in one basket in a highly defensive-oriented postseason?