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The Guelph Storm announced the selection of defender Ryan Merkley with their 1st Overall Selection in what is actually Saturday’s OHL Draft. The Storm did so at a news conference held at the Sleeman Center on Friday morning.

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Brandon Robinson’s time with the Kitchener Rangers may prove to be shorter than some may have predicted. Having spent just over a year with the Kitchener Rangers following being acquired from the North Bay Battalion in exchange for Ben Thomson and a draft pick, it seems as though the Kitchener Rangers are now trying to move the 6’3 winger elsewhere. (more…)

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┬áis said to┬áinclude 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.

MississaugaSpitfires GM Warren Rychel took in the Mississauga Vs. North Bay game on Friday night, by himself as far as I know. At this point, you’re probably thinking well here’s Mr. OHLInsiders just creating more meaningless rumours. But, Warren Rychel took in Mississauga’s next game Vs. Niagara on Sunday as well, this time he invited his scouting staff. It’s odd that staff would take time away from the U17 tournament happening in Sarnia to scout an OHL team or player if there was not more going on.

One possibility is that of Josh Ho-Sang heading to Mississauga. We know Mississauga has been in as recently as last week on high scoring talent such as Nick Baptiste so it’s widely assumed they are looking for one of the league’s top goal scorers. It’s way to early to say Ho-Sang’s on his way to the Steelheads though.

There was a name that stood out from the rest of them on the OHL trade wire earlier this week, it was that of the New York Islanders 1st round selection, Joshua Ho-Sang.

The Windsor Spitfires have began to gauge what kind of interest there may be in the 28th overall selection in last year’s NHL draft.

I’m not suggesting Ho-Sang will be traded but the Spitfires have certainly begun that process. The winger from Thornhill, ON should draw a considerable amount of interest.

We’ll see what happens!

The Guelph Storm Guelphsent 96′ born goaltender Matthew Mancina to his Tecumseh, Ontario home early last week in order to let him gather his thoughts and recollect while Mike Kelly and crew try to find a new home for him.

Reports say Mancina has a preference to play closer to home and that may come true as the Windsor Spitfires have inquired about Matthew’s services as have the London Knights. The Storm are asking for a 2nd round pick and a 3rd round pick in any deal involving the goaltender. We’ll see who pays that price.