Photo: London Knights defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Chris Martenet improved his plus/minus from a +4 in 2015-16 to a +44 this season (courtesy of Rob Wallator/CHL Images)
The London Knights dangerous top line – Mitch Marner (TOR), Christian Dvorak (ARI), and Matthew Tkachuk (2016) – was the story of the Canadian Hockey League this season. The trio was troublesome for opposition defenders en route to a Memorial Cup win, but they alone weren’t responsible for a national championship. Read more»
Photo: Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak split his time between the NHL and AHL in 2015-16, appearing in just 19 games for Dallas and eight games for the Texas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Dallas Stars went to St. Paul, Minnesota looking at physical tools and going after players with size in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Dallas drafted a pair of tall defensemen (Jamie Oleksiak and Troy Vance) that each topped 6’5″, while they also loaded up on a pair of power forwards in Brett Ritchie and Matej Stransky. Read more»
Photo: London Knights forward Christian Dvorak (R) begins the celebration after Matthew Tkachuk’s goal in overtime gave the Knights a 3-2 victory over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Red Deer, AB (courtesy of Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
After nearly eight minutes of frantic back-and-forth action, Matthew Tkachuk (2016) cemented himself into London Knights – and Canadian Hockey League – history with an overtime goal to give the OHL franchise their second Memorial Cup. Read more»
Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Brett Pollock has taken his leadership role seriously in his fourth season of WHL hockey, helping the Edmonton Oil Kings cling to a playoff position in the first part of the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
With so many of the Dallas Stars prospects graduating to the professional game in the last couple of seasons, the junior ranks are as thin as any around. To make matters worse, this group exhibits very little upside as it appears filled with potential bottom-pair, physical defensemen.
Photo: The London Knights will lose at least one significant player from their 2014-15 roster, but will have a strong reinforcement in the form of forward and 2016 prospect, Matthew Tkachuk (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The 2015-16 season preview for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) wraps up with the Midwest Division in the league’s Western Conference.
The defending division champs, the Erie Otters, won the division going away in 2014-15, racking up 104 points which was 20 points more than the runner-up London Knights. Of course, that team featured at attack that included Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, the first and third picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. At least one of those two will not be back in the fold in 2015-16, and a loss of both could make a second straight division title a difficult proposition. Read more»