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Eastern Conference Playoff Matchups

Posted By Wes Ranger On Mar 23 2011 @ 8:31 pm In OHL | No Comments

Mississauga (#1) vs. Belleville (#8)

Majors Bullet Notes: Earned home ice advantage throughout the playoffs and already know they’ll play as hosts for the Memorial Cup – - – Memorial Cup Champion (twice over) Justin Shugg led the Majors in scoring with 40 goals and 85 points this season – - – For the second consecutive season, the Majors had the lowest team goals against total from their stifling defense – - – Marc Cantin is a horse on defense, and the perfect player for Stuart Percy to acquire playoff experience with – - – Captain Casey Cizikas was tender the last couple weeks and will work to get into playoff shape quickly once he’s ready – - – six Majors had a plus/minus over +40

Bulls Bullet Notes: Squeeked into playoffs with a win on the last day of the season – - – Malcolm Subban has improved vastly this season under a larger workload, but still split with Tyson Teichmann – - – veterans will have to play out of their mind to compete including Adam Payerl, Luke Judson and Mike Mascioli – - – valuable experience for building blocks Brendan Gaunce and Carter Sandlak – - – the Bulls didn’t have a single player with a plus(+) rating

Wes’ Bet – Majors in 4

Ottawa (#2) vs. Sudbury (#7)

67’s Bullet Notes: An injury ravaged team to begin the playoffs, the 67’s will rely heavily on OHL goal leader Tyler Toffoli, especially with Shane Prince hurting – - – Toffoli had a 25 game point streak in the regular season, best in the OHL – - – Defense pairings have been mixed from injuries so Cody Ceci will take on a heavier role with Gibbins and Graovac hurting – - – Sean Monahan was a new player in the last quarter of the season putting up 14 points in his last 9 games…as a 16 year old – - – Dalton Smith will need to play hard and heavy to defend his teammates

Wolves Bullet Notes: Trades acquiring Michael Sgarbossa and Michael MacDonald have improved the scoring units – - – the Wolves definitely don’t miss John McFarland – - – Eric O’Dell came back to prove something and scored 20 goals quietly in just 39 games – - -  Josh McFadden broke out on defense this season and scored almost as many goals this season as he had total points last season (19 goals – 24 points) – - – Marcus Foligno can absorb any physical play Dalton Smith dishes and throw it back at him ten fold – - – Goalie Valiquette will need to steal this one to compete

Wes’ bet – Wolves in 7

Niagara (#3) vs. Brampton (#6)

IceDogs Bullet Notes: Ryan Strome had a fantastic draft year scoring over 100 points, he’s the pace setter for this young upstart – - – three more IceDog forwards (Freddie Hamilton – 38 goals, Darren Archibald – 41 goals, Andrew Agozzino – 43 goals) scored more goals than Strome – - – a young team that runs three very effective lines and a fourth monster sized line – - – Jason Wilson on forward brings experience and will be tough to play against – - – Dougie Hamilton gets better by the day and lit up for 58 points from the backend, he’s the key on defense – - – Mark Visentin can handle the workload in net and will frustrate any shooter

Battalion Bullet Notes: Defensively stifling forwards and defense, not a fun matchup – - – some underachieving seasons from Phil Lane and Sam Carrick that can be made up with a playoff breakout – - – 17 year old Barclay Goodrow had a good second season and led the team with 24 goals – - – Spencer Abraham was poised and solid in his first season and will defend the blueline with Dylan Blujus and Marcus McIvor…who are all rookies this season – - – Cody St.Jacques is on his third team and will need to calm down his young defense protecting him with some timely efforts

Wes’ Bet – IceDogs in 5

Oshawa (#4) vs. Kingston (#5)

Generals Bullet Notes: Missed the playoffs the last two years, first playoff dates since John Tavares led the team – - – Veteran defense leads the team including 19 year olds Calvin de Haan, Scott Valentine, and Dan Maggio and also 20 year olds Tony Dehart on defense and Peter Di Salvo in net – - – A very young and fast scoring group who stay in any game and are led by 54 goal scorer Christian Thomas – - – No playoff experience at all in this lineup, how they react to playoff hockey will be the next step – - – Di Salvo has been a calming influence in net since his arrival and Andy Andreoff has broken out to score, lead, and fight his way to get noticed…a momentum changing player

Frontenacs Bullet Notes: Much more was expected from the Fronts especially with their veterans loaded throughout – - – Ryan Spooner, Ethan Werek, Nathan Moon and Michael Fine lead the forwards and can light up the scoreboard, but playoff hockey will test their merit – - – Conor Stokes will create havoc in every zone for his former Generals teammates  – - – Taylor Doherty and Eric and Alex Gudbranson are huge and will make it tough in front of the night for the opposition when these three are crushing them – - – Franky Palazzese was given the reins in net once Memorial Cup winner Phillip Grubauer went down to illness, he’ll be in tough – - – The Fronts faltered big time the last month of the season

Wes’ Bet – Generals in 6

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