Is Kitchener seeing an emergence of its third line?
The so-called 95 line has certainly clicked since being formed about two weeks ago. The unit - Josh Sterk, Justin Bailey and Brent Pedersen - has four goals and five assists in the last four games and is providing some much needed relief to the top two lines.
It's a big year for the trio. All three are NHL draft eligible. They are also the future goal getters for the Rangers.
Hockey in North Bay?
Rumours have been swirling for months. Now, it's close to being a done deal. So it's time to get out those toques and prepare for a road trip to the 4,000 seat Memorial Gardens for the 2013-14 season.
The North Bay Centennials last played in the OHL in 2001-02, going 18-37-8-5.
Here's the view from the North Bay Nugget. The move is contingent on the team selling 2,000 season tickets for the first three years and approval from the OHL board of governors. It includes a 15-year lease at the rink and a $12 million dollar upgrade.
Coach Stan Butler will remain behind the bench.
Kitchener Rangers coach/GM Steve Spott was out in Blainville-Boisbriand for the first game of the Subway Series last night. The Russians beat the QMJHL all-stars 6-2.
Talk of North Bay has some pundits speculating at division realignment in the OHL.
Over at Yahoo, blogger Neate Sager has posted the following option:
East: Ottawa, Peterborough, Kingston, Belleville, Oshawa
Central: Kitchener, Erie, Guelph, Mississauga, Niagara
West: London, Plymouth, Windsor, Saginaw, Sarnia
North: Barrie, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Owen Sound