Subway Super Series: OHL Rosters Stacked

By Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood)

Dougie Hamilton will return to represent Team OHL for the 2012 Subway Super Series (Aaron Bell/OHL)

Tuesday afternoon the Canadian Hockey League released the Team Ontario Hockey League roster for the Ontario scheduled dates of the tenth annual Subway Super Series set to take place November 8th in Guelph and November 12th in Sarnia.  Thirty-plus standout OHL players were named to the rosters led by the London Knights with four representatives from the reigning OHL Champions including Seth Griffith (Boston Bruins), Scott Harrington (Pittsburgh Penguins), Ryan Rupert (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Max Domi (2013 NHL Draft Eligible).  The six-game series pits the Russian junior national team against all-star teams from each of the Canadian Hockey League’s three member leagues – the QMJHL, OHL and WHL.

The Oshawa Generals, Ottawa 67’s and Niagara Ice Dogs are represented well for the Ontario contests with three of their own suiting up to represent the undefeated (18-0-0 all-time record) Team OHL roster.  Selected 5th overall by the New York Islanders in 2011, Ryan Strome currently leads the Ice Dogs in scoring with 17 points. Teammate Dougie Hamilton, selected 9th overall in the same draft, will join Strome in both Ontario stops and currently sits atop leading OHL defensive scorers.  Brett Ritchie (Dallas Stars), the third Ice Dog invited to compete for Team Ontario will make his appearance in the Guelph event but will not play in the game in Sarnia, the team that drafted him into the OHL.

The Oshawa Generals will send their three leading scorers in Boone Jenner (Columbus Blue Jackets), Lucas Lessio (Phoenix Coyotes) and Scott Laughton (Philadelphia Flyers) to the Sleeman’s Centre in Guelph on November 8th.  The Generals’ Eastern conference rivals, Ottawa 67’s, have three of their own joining in on the fun as Sean Monahan (2013 NHL Draft Eligible), Tyler Graovac (Minnesota Wild) and Cody Ceci (Ottawa Senators) will represent Team OHL.

The Guelph Storm and Sarnia Sting are the two host cities and will have plenty of local connections in each of their games.  In Guelph, Toronto Maple Leafs’ second round selection Matt Finn will compete in familiar territory as he skates on home ice representing the Guelph Storm. Finn will be joined by teammate Zack Mitchell as the fourth-year OHL veteran looks to give the team a scoring punch and thrill the hometown fans. Storm Head Coach Scott Walker will serve as head coach Steve Spott’s assistant during the Guelph contest. Guelph’s scoring leader Scott Kosmachuk (Winnipeg Jets) currently leads the Storm in scoring with 16 points through the team’s first dozen games including a team high nine goals was left off of the roster but makes a logical injury replacement.

In Sarnia, the Sting will be represented by defenseman Alex Basso, a silky smooth offensive defenseman who will be competing against an international team for the first time in his career.  For the third time in his career, Jacques Beaulieu will represent the Canadian Hockey League behind the bench as he assists head coach Steve Spott during the Sarnia event. It is expected that former Sarnia Sting superstar Nail Yakupov (Edmonton Oilers) will return to Sarnia’s RBC Centre as Team Russia’s captain for this six-game event and that possibility alone will send the City of Sarnia into frenzy.  Nail Yakupov posted 82 goals and 175 points as a member of the Sarnia Sting in 113 regular season and playoff games instantly become one of the franchise’s all-time best players. Seth Griffith (Wallaceburg) and Ryan Rupert (Grand Bend) will draw in local fans as both players are local talents to the Lambton County area.

The Russian National Junior team has yet to announce their roster for the series but it is rumoured that Alexander Khoklachev (Boston Bruins), Sergey Tolchinsky (2013 NHL Draft eligible; Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), and Andrey Pedan (New York Islanders) are just a few OHL players who could join Oilers’ first overall selection Nail Yakupov.

 Interesting Notes:

  • Belleville Bulls’ pivot Brendan Gaunce (Vancouver Canucks) was named to the team but has just received word that he will miss 3 to 6 weeks with a shoulder injury crushing his hopes of representing Team OHL.  As the dates approach it is expected that his replacement will be named and there are several deserving players (Scott Kosmachuk, Nick Cousins, Jason Dickinson, Andreas Athanasious or Michael Clarke, to name a few).
  • Of the 20 Ontario Hockey League teams there are 18 franchises represented on the Team OHL Rosters. The two teams not represented are the Kingston Frontenacs and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
  • Nineteen National Hockey League teams are represented with prospects from their organization of a possible thirty.  The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins lead the way with four players each, followed by Ottawa and Vancouver with a pair each.
  • There are three undrafted players competing in the two OHL games including Sarnia’s Alex Basso, Brampton’s Barclay Goodrow and Guelph’s Zack Mitchell.
  • Representing the 2013 NHL Draft class are Max Domi (London), Sean Monahan (Ottawa) and Kerby Rychel (Windsor)

OHL Super Series Roster – Game 3, Guelph, ON

G – Jordan Binnington* Owen Sound Attack St. Louis Blues (88th, 2011)
G – Malcolm Subban Belleville Bulls Boston Bruins (24th, 2012)
D – Cody Ceci Ottawa 67’s Ottawa Senators (15th, 2012)
D – Dylan DeMelo Mississauga Steelheads San Jose Sharks (179th, 2011)
D – Matt Finn Guelph Storm Toronto Maple Leafs (35th, 2012)
D – Slater Koekkoek Peterborough Petes Tampa Bay Lightning (10th, 2012)
D – Ryan Murphy Kitchener Rangers Carolina Hurricanes (12th, 2011)
D – Stuart Percy* Mississauga Steelheads Toronto Maple Leafs (25th, 2011)
F – Brendan Gaunce Belleville Bulls Vancouver Canucks (26th, 2012)
F – Barclay Goodrow Brampton Battalion Undrafted
F – Tyler Graovac* Ottawa 67’s Minnesota Wild (191st, 2011)
F – Boone Jenner Oshawa Generals Columbus Blue Jackets (37th, 2011)
F – Scott Laughton Oshawa Generals Philadelphia Flyers (20th, 2012)
F – Joshua Leivo* Sudbury Wolves Toronto Maple Leafs (86th, 2011)
F – Zack Mitchell Guelph Storm Undrafted
F – Sean Monahan Ottawa 67’s 2013 NHL Draft Eligible
F – Matt Puempel* Kitchener Rangers Ottawa Senators (24th, 2011)
F – Brett Ritchie Niagara Ice Dogs Dallas Stars (44th, 2011)
F – Ryan Strome* Niagara Ice Dogs New York Islanders (5th, 2011)

*players scheduled to compete in both OHL games (Guelph and Sarnia)

OHL Subway Series Roster – Game 4, Sarnia, ON

G – Jordan Binnington* Owen Sound Attack St. Louis Blues (88th, 2011)
G – Jake Paterson Saginaw Spirit Detroit Red Wings (80th, 2012)
D – Alex Basso Sarnia Sting Undrafted
D – Frank Corrado Sudbury Wolves Vancouver Canucks (150th, 2011)
D – Dougie Hamilton Niagara Ice Dogs Boston Bruins (9th, 2011)
D – Scott Harrington London Knights Pittsburgh Penguins (54th, 2011)
D – Adam Pelech Erie Otters New York Islanders (65th, 2012)
D – Stuart Percy* Mississauga Steelheads Toronto Maple Leafs (25th, 2011)
F – Anthony Camara Barrie Colts Boston Bruins (81st, 2011)
F – Daniel Catenacci Owen Sound Attack Buffalo Sabres (77th, 2011)
F – Max Domi London Knights 2013 NHL Draft Eligible
F – Tyler Graovac* Ottawa 67’s Minnesota Wild (191st, 2011)
F – Seth Griffith London Knights Boston Bruins (131st, 2012)
F – Joshua Leivo* Sudbury Wolves Toronto Maple Leafs (86th, 2011)
F – Matt Puempel* Kitchener Rangers Ottawa Senators (24th, 2011)
F – Ryan Rupert London Knights Toronto Maple Leafs (157th, 2012)
F – Kerby Rychel Windsor Spitfires 2013 NHL Draft Eligible
F – Mark Scheifele Barrie Colts Winnipeg Jets (7th, 2011)
F – Ryan Strome* Niagara Ice Dogs New York Islanders (5th, 2011)
F – Tom Wilson Plymouth Whalers Washington Capitals (16th, 2012)

2012 SUBWAY SUPER SERIES SCHEDULE

Game 1 – Monday, November 5, 2012                     Blainville-Boisbriand, QUE

Game 2 – Wednesday, November 7, 2012               Val-d’Or, QUE

Game 3 – Thursday, November 8, 2012                   Guelph, ON

Game 4 – Monday, November 12, 2012                   Sarnia, ON

Game 5 – Wednesday, November 14, 2012            Vancouver, ON

Game 6 – Thursday, November 15, 2012                 Victoria, BC

Team QMJHL Roster can be found here

Team WHL Roster has yet to be announced. Stay Tuned.

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