Kitchener's Mark Scheifele and Tanner Pearson and Waterloo's Colin Behenna mark their return to the region as the Barrie Colts take on the Rangers for the first time this season.
I caught up with Scheifele yesterday to get his thoughts on the game.
It got me thinking. Wouldn't Scheifele make a nice fit in Kitchener next season?
Of course, it all depends on what the Winnipeg Jets want to do. But Scheifele will only be 19 next September. If he doesn't make the NHL club, it's back to junior.
What if the Rangers wait to make sure he indeed does return for his third year and make a pitch to acquire the top line centre?
Barrie will have nine overagers next season. That means six have to go. Toss in the three existing OAs and that's nine players gone from this year's roster. It's safe to say the club will be rebuilding.
That makes Scheifele an intriguing piece of trade bait.
Four of the possible OAs will be on Barrie's blue line, an area the Rangers are rich in. The club will have Ryan Murphy, Ben Fanelli, Max Iafrate, Jared Gilbert, Cory Genovese, Jesse Young, Stephen Midensky and possibly Mitch Eden and Jacob Trouba in the back end next season.
Scheifele is a local lad, works out here in the off-season and would be a prime candidate to replace departing first line centre Mike Catenacci.
Some food for thought, that's for sure.