Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Off-season outlook: Owen Sound Attack

Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

2018-19 OHL Season: For the ninth straight season, the Owen Sound Attack made the Ontario Hockey League’s playoffs. This time around it was a quick exit for the Attack as they were eliminated in five games in the first round by the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. This was the third consecutive season the two teams met in the playoffs and the second straight season that the Attack were eliminated at the GFL Memorial Gardens.

Trades: For the first time in many years Owen Sound went with the rebuilding route, rather than being contenders. Alan Lyszczarczyk was dealt to Mississauga, Mitchell Russell was traded to North Bay, then Owen Sound traded five skaters that had played their whole careers in an Attack uniform. Kevin Hancock was traded to the rival London Knights, Markus Phillips to the Guelph Storm, and arguably the biggest swap at this year’s trade deadline, captain Nick Suzuki, Sean Durzi, and Zach Roberts were also dealt to the Guelph Storm.

Nick Suzuki of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Building for the future: Owen Sound acquired many young pieces in which they hope will help them compete for an OHL Championship in the near future. They acquired Adam McMaster in the North Bay trade, Sergey Popov and Andrew Perrott from London, and then Zach Poirier, Barret Kirwin, and Mark Woolley in the blockbuster trade with Guelph.

Seider watch: Owen Sound could find themselves in a situation that London had one year ago with Adam Boqvist. Owen Sound drafted Moritz Seider 105th overall in the 2018 CHL Import Draft. Seider was ranked 6th among European Skaters in the NHL’s Final Draft Prospect Rankings for this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Seider could find himself playing in Owen Sound for this upcoming season, similar to Boqvist playing with London for the 2018-19 year.

Coaching staff: Owen Sound announced a few days ago that Head Coach Alan Letang and assistants Jordan Hill and Joey Hishon will be behind the bench for the 2019-20 season. Letang took over as the Interim Head Coach in January after Todd Gill was relieved of his duties.

2019 OHL PRIORITY SELECTION RECAP:

R1; Deni Goure (C) Chatham-Kent Cyclones

R2; Ethan Burroughs (RW) Halton Hills Hurricanes

R2; Kaleb Lawrence (C) OHA Mavericks Maroon

R3; Artem Shlaine (C) Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres Prep

R4; Sam Sedley (D) Huron-Perth Lakers

R4; Gibson Homer (G) Fox Motors HC 16U

R5; Jack Guvenal (D) Mississauga Rebels

R5; Christian Catalano (C) Mississauga Rebels

R7; Nick Wallace (D) North Jersey Avalanche 16U

R9; Brayden Hislop (D) Waterloo Wolves

R9; Aidan Yarde (RW) Grey-Bruce Highlanders

R10; Tyler Hotson (LW) London Junior Knights

R11; Nicholas Von Kaufmann (G) Vaughan Kings

R12; Ethan Lindsay (LW) Barrie Junior Colts

R12; Douglas Carr (D) Whitby Wildcats

R13; Sean Clarke (LW) Vaughan Kings

R14; Jacob Dupuis (RW) Clarington Toros

R15; Dylan Hudon (LW) Guelph Gryphons

Aged Out: Owen Sound only filled 2 of the 3 over-age players. Defenceman Trent Bourque and forward Zach Poirier finished the season with the Attack and will look to move on to the next step in their hockey careers.

NHL Central Scouting: Only one member of the Owen Sound Attack made it onto the NHL’s Final Rankings for the 2019 Draft. Goaltender Mack Guzda is ranked 25th among North American Goaltenders.

Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.