Off-season Outlook: Kingston Frontenacs

2018-2019 OHL Season: The Frontenacs began the year with high hopes and aspirations of a deep playoff run similar to the one in 2017-2018. The departure of 6’7″ defender Eemeli Rasanen and forward Linus Nyman, who both returned to Finland for 2018-2019, left some openings for other returning players to fill.

The struggles began early in the season for Kingston, who could never gain momentum or simply find ways to string wins together. Finishing with an overall record of 14-52-2, Kingston missed the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and had their first season with less than 15 wins since the 1990-1991 season.

Brett Neumann of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Trades: With the trade deadline rapidly approaching and playoff hopes diminishing quicker, management seemed to have only one option. The Frontenacs began moving key players such as Jacob Paquette and Jason Robertson who landed in Niagara, Kingston acquired defenseman Billy Constantinou and forward Ian Martin from the IceDogs in return.

Conor Ali was the next player dealt. He was traded to the Hamilton Bulldogs before the Frontenacs traded forward Brett Neumann to the Oshawa Generals, in return the Frontenacs received Nicholas Wong.

The lack of goal scoring was quite evident once the deadline passed, as the Frontenacs leaders in points and goals left the team during the deadline deals. Neumann played 39 games for Kingston prior to being traded, finishing with 25 goals and 23 assists for 48 points and was the point leader at the end of the 2018-2019 season.

CHL Images. Shane Wright with Jack Ferguson Award

OHL Draft: With the disappointing season still fresh, the Frontenacs received some good fortunes. Kingston was awarded the first overall pick for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection Draft. An added bonus, Shane Wright had been granted exceptional status and now he would be heading to Kingston. They finally had their centerpiece for the near future.

Joining Shane Wright in Kingston is Don Mills Flyers teammate Francesco Arcuri, giving the Frontenacs talented players that can have an immediate impact for the team. Maddox Callens was selected in the 3rd round by Kingston, Maddox played for the Brantford 99ers midget AAA squad in 2018-2019.

Aged Out: The Kingston Frontenacs were proactive at shedding the overage players prior to the deadline, however, Captain, forward Ryan Cranford will end his OHL career with Kingston. Matt Hotchkiss, the Frontenacs forward, will also have his career come to an end in the black and yellow.

The future is very bright in Kingston, as the Frontenacs have signed Shane Wright, Francesco Arcuri, and Maddox Callens who will join a young but very talented roster in the next year or two.