By Fred Wallace
Hi this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
The Ontario Hockey League Conference Semifinals commence tonight.
I'll call Guelph & Saginaw to win in the Western Conference series and Ottawa & Niagara to win in the East.
Am I convinced of this...? ....No I'm not.
Nor am I convinced of the order the Ontario Hockey League's Priority Selection which begins tomorrow morning, .....but here goes;
1. Kingston - Shane Wright
2. Flint - Brennan Othmann
3. Erie - Connor Lockhart..................although there may be a snag there
4. Barrie - Brandt Clarke
5. Peterborough - Mason McTavish...although there's all kinds of drama & tangles there.
6 Windsor - Francesco Pinelli...maybe Lockhart IF he fell, but I'll stick with Pinelli.
7 Sarnia - Isaac Enwright
8 Hamilton - Wyatt Johnston...apparently that's a lock.
9 North Bay - Liam Arnsby IF the scouts are picking...but I understand Daniel Michaud is the prototypical Battalion forward in the mould of Goodrow, Brazeau & Coe.
And then............... # 10 Owen Sound.
Earlier General Manager Dale DeGray was quoted as saying, he'd rather pick 7th than 10th, which translated to today means he's hoping for a miracle sequence that would see Lockhart or McTavish available.
He might be dreaming ( in technicolor ) at # 10 for those two to be available.
Which leaves an interesting group of three;
1) Ryan Winterton, in some eyes destined for Kitchener
2) Deni Goure out of Chatham, a Brendan Gaunce type player who factored into more than 50% of his teams scoring
& 3) Michaud.
Again, I'll call Guelph, Saginaw, Ottawa & Niagara to win their playoff series.
And tomorrow, I'll say Deni Goure will be pick # 10 for Owen Sound
I'm Fred Wallace