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The Erie Otters have an overage problem to solve. With the league’s allowed limit of 3 overagers per roster, the Otters need to move one of either defensemen Troy Donnay, Cory Genovese, Kurtis MacDermid or forward Joel Wigle and they need to do so before the overage deadline on January 8, 2015.  (more…)

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The Erie Otters are poised to make a serious run, one issue they will face is lack of experience. While they are currently tied with Ottawa for title of oldest D core in the league with an average age of 1995.56, they have the youngest forward group in the league with an average age of 1996.43. There are only 14 out of 25 Erie Otters roster players with playoff experience and most of those have not exceeded 10 playoff games played. How do you fix this?

You go out and acquire that experience and what could be better than going right to the defending OHL cup champions.

I’m told that the Erie Otters have had discussions with Mike Kelly regarding a few Guelph Storm skaters. Conversations primarily regarding LW Tyler Bertuzzi as well as what we’ll call less significant conversations regarding Ben Harpur & Jason Dickinson. I’m told said discussions are nothing more than Mike Kelly guaging interest in his assets and the Erie Otters have little to no interest at this time. All 3 of those players are drafted and signed with an NHL club. Bertuzzi, nephew of NHLer Todd Bertuzzi is signed with the Detroit Redwings while Dickinson is signed with the Dallas Stars and Harpur just signed his entry level deal last week with the Ottawa Senators.

The Guelph Storm cleared an overage spot by waiving forward Justin Auger, this allows them the sufficient space to acquire an overage in any trade with the Erie Otters who have stated they are looking to solve their overage problem sooner rather than later. The Otters are currently one overager over the OHL’s limit of 3 and between Kurtis MacDermid, Cory Genovese, Joel Wigle and Troy Donnay, one of them will need to go.

Add the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds into the mix for Tyler Bertuzzi. Reports have surfaced that the Greyhounds may have an interest in the left winger. We know the Greyhounds and Storm have a history of making deals and the Greyhounds could certainly use a player like Bertuzzi to load up for a run at the OHL title.

The Storm do not want a return centered around picks, they already have boat loads. They want a good, serviceable young player as the main part of any deal. Guelph is a one-stop-shop so to speak and Mike Kelly knows his club holds many of the necessary cards to build an OHL champion. It’s this reason that none of his assets will move for anything less than what will originally be seen as an overpayment.

 

We all know that the firesale is underway in Sudbury. One of the top names available is that of Buffalo Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste. Baptiste’s name has been coming across the OHL trade wire and has been for quite some time now. He won’t be in Sudbury long as frustrations are starting to impact him greatly. Sudbury

I’m told that negotiations start with one top young player and a pick or two quality young players. No word on destination, but their are many suitable locations.

Nick is a quality guy and deserves to play on a top team so I’m suggesting the Erie Otters will miss on Ho-Sang and grab Baptiste.

WindsorIf you’ve been following along on Twitter or through my posts, you’d know by now that Josh Ho-Sang’s name has come up on the OHL trade wire and has been now for a couple of weeks. I want to be clear when I say that nothing is imminent but the Windsor Spitfires are just gauging interest in the New York Islander’s first round selection. Rychel and crew are not new to this as they did the exact same thing with Kerby Rychel last year, who was eventually dealt to Guelph in a blockbuster deal just before the deadline.

I’ve now been told that Ho-Sang has submitted a list of 10 teams that he would be willing to play for, a list which is said to include the Mississauga Steelheads. Agree or disagree with the logic, but all signs point to the Steelheads wanting to load up for a run this year and Ho-Sang would certainly help them achieve their goals.Mississauga

As to why Ho-Sang would be a good fit in Mississauga as opposed to the obvious Erie or Sault Ste. Marie, he does not have anyone to answer to playing in Mississauga, he can play his game, which is widely considered a more selfish type of style. In Erie, you can’t play this type of game with guys like McDavid also there. Mississauga also has a cupboard full of young prospects, especially on the blueline that would help Windsor in their rebuild.

Fellow New York Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle’s Oshawa Generals have also emerged as a team that Ho-Sang is willing to play for.

“I know Raddysh in Erie has been talked about” was the text I received late Thursday night. I’m not going to name the source but it is 100% credible.

Taylor Raddysh is a 98′ born right winger currently playing his rookie season for the Erie Otters, a team considered by many as a front runner for Spitfires Josh Ho-Sang or any other top goal scoring talent that may be out there. I personally don’t believe many teams if any could and would be willing to top an offer that includes Taylor, who was the Otters’ 19th overall selection in this past priority selection.

Raddysh, a native of Caledon, ON has scored 8 points compiling of 6 goals and 2 assists in his first 12 games in Erie.