A feel good story emerged out of Kitchener Rangers training camp on the weekend when local defenceman Logan Schmidt committed to the club.
Schmidt was bypassed in the OHL draft and even cut by the Jr. B Kitchener Dutchmen last year, before earning a call up midway through the season.
Despite it all, he still earned an OHL contract with the Rangers due to a strong training camp. The club likes his offensive upside and speed.
Schmidt, a Woodland Christian High School student, will start the year with the Dutchies. Peg the 17-year-old as an emergency replacement this year and a more permanent option for down the road.
The action shot above is from Sunday's 5-2 win against North Bay (pretty sure I will call them Brampton at some point this season, so bear with me).
The Rangers were without several regulars for the game, but so were the Battalion. Regardless, it was nice to see some scoring, energy and youthful excitement.
Got a question about OHL cards in the comments. Figured many might be wondering how they work, so I'm gonna post the info here.
There are a ton of rules surrounding the cards and I won't get into all of them. But the basics are that each team can sign 30 players to OHL cards per season.
Once a player is on an OHL card, it is burned, even if you trade the guy. Also, if you acquire a player, his card counts toward your total.
Teams can also place players on Jr. B cards and call guys up as injury replacements (rookie Kegan Blasby was one such player last year). Those players do not count toward your OHL total. Though for those on Jr. B cards, as soon as a player skates 10 games, the OHL card kicks in.
And just to make things more confusing, if you dress a 16-year-old in an exhibition game, said player automatically gets an OHL card. Sunday, Doug Blaisdell, Mike Davies and Mason Kohn played, putting them in that category. Now, as mentioned, they can always been sent down to Jr. B, but it would make little sense to waste such a valuable card on someone not skating in the league.
By my math, the Rangers should have 23 of their 30 cards occupied to start the season, leaving seven open spots for call ups, trades or additions out of pre-season play.