Prospect Ramblings: CHL Opening Week is finally here (Sep 22)

Paul Zwambag

2016-09-22

OHL Opening Week - photo courtesy: ontariohockeyleague.ca

The CHL Hockey Season is back! Two games to kick off the OHL schedule last night, the QMJHL starts tonight and WHL starts Friday.

 

The OHL Regular Season has begun, Sarnia met up with the defending Memorial Cup Champs, the London Knights and the Flint Firebirds hosted the Saginaw Spirit. With NHL training camps getting underway, the junior leagues are left without their top calibre players. It does give a chance for younger players to gain some experience and try to prove to the coaches they deserve to play every night. Firebirds fifth overall selection this past year, Ty Dellandrea, did just that, scoring on his first shift and shot of his OHL career.

Dellandrea is proving his worth immediately for the Firebirds. Flint went on to beat the Spirit 4-0, with Matthew Menna recording the 23-save shutout, his first of his OHL career. Ryan Moore takes the early OHL points lead with four points on the night, two goals and two assists.

The Sting defeated the Knights 4-1 in Sarnia. A lot of new faces in the Knights lineup from the previous year, but that has more to do with a lot of their guys going through the NHL training camp process. Most of those guys will return to London to help the Knights defend the Memorial Cup title. The Knights are the pre-season favourites to take home the Memorial Cup in Windsor this year.

 

Below is an early look at the Top-10 CHL Rankings.

The Knights are atop that list once again. The OHL has