Oshawa Generals. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL images. Oshawa Generals. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL images.

Off-season outlook: Oshawa Generals

2018-2019 OHL Season:

In Oshawa’s first season with Greg Walters behind the bench, the team fell in the shadows of the Ottawa 67’s and Niagara IceDogs from the beginning.

It was not until the Christmas break and trade deadline where the Generals entered the conversation of the Eastern Conference powerhouses. Oshawa played to a record of 21-5-2 after the deadline.

A winning percentage of .782 tied for the OHL’s best to close out the season. The play of overage forward Anthony Salinitri and goaltender Kyle Keyser were significant factors in the Generals’ success.

Head Coach Greg Walters of the Oshawa Generals. Photo credit: Brandon Taylor/OHL Images

In the playoffs, Oshawa was victorious in its first two rounds. The first round saw the Generals eliminate the Peterborough Petes in five games. In round two, Oshawa upset the Niagara IceDogs in six games.

The post-season run ended in the conference finals. The Generals lost in a four-game sweep to the Ottawa 67’s.

During the season, head coach Walters signed a three-year extension and will be back behind the bench for the 2019-2020 season.

2019 OHL Priority Selection:

Oshawa selected 12 players at the recent OHL draft highlighted by a few notable picks.

In round one, the Generals selected centre Brett Harrison from the London Jr. Knights Minor Midget team. Harrison had 42 goals and 21 assists in 33 games during his 2018-2019 campaign.

In the second round, Oshawa selected another centre, Daniel Michaud. Michaud played the 2018-2019 season with the Quinte Red Devils Minor Midget team. In 36 games, he scored 41 points.

A memorable draft selection took place in the sixth round. The Generals selected defenceman Owen Brady from the Whitby Wildcats Minor Midget team. Brady sat out most of his 2018-2019 season while recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumour from his shin.

Oshawa honoured Brady at a home game versus the Lonon Knights on Jan. 27.

Brady has insisted he intends to play hockey again.

Returning players (20):

Forwards (13):

1999- Kyle MacLean, Brett Neumann, Nando Eggenberger*

2000- Allan McShane, Serron Noel, Danil Antropov

2001- Danyk Drouin

2002- Ty Tullio, Dawson McKinney, Dylan Robinson, Ryan Gagnier

2003- Brett Harrison, Daniel Michaud**

* May return as both an OA as well as an import player, although rare

** Has not committed to the team yet, but are both expected to be with the team

Forward Dylan Robinson of the Oshawa Generals. Photo credit: Brandon Taylor/OHL Images

Defenceman (5):

2000- Nico Gross, Giovanni Vallati, William Ennis

2001- Mitchell Brewer

2002- Lleyton Moore

Goaltenders (2):

2001- Zachary Paputstakis

2002- Matthew Sbrocca

Aged out:

Forwards:

Anthony Salinitri (43), Brandon Saigeon (28), Kyle Bollers (49), Cole Resnick (85)

Defencemen:

Nicholas Mattinen (28), Mathieu Franche (35), Ian Blacker (121)

Goaltenders:

Kyle Keyser (120), Aidan Hughes (17)

*In brackets is the number of games played with the Oshawa Generals)

2019-2020 Overage players:

Oshawa’s three overage (OA) players are almost set for next season.

Brett Neumann of the Oshawa Generals. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

There is no question both Brett Neumann and Kyle MacLean will be returning to the team next year. MacLean is the current captain, and Neumann joined the team at this season’s trade deadline.

Neumann will likely be a scoring leader on next year’s roster.

The third spot is not as cemented. While possible, but rare, current import forward Nando Eggenberger could return as an OA player next season. It is not common for a team to have one player fill an OA and import spot.

2019 NHL Draft:

Nando Eggenberger is the only Oshawa General on the NHL Central Scouting final rankings. As a result, the Swiss import finds himself ranked 127th overall heading into the June draft.

Other Oshawa Generals Danil Antropov and Mitchell Brewer were both on the mid-term rankings but are no longer on the list.