1. Kitchener Rangers forward Adam Mascherin scored his first goal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Monday as Canada Red doubled Sweden 4-2 to improve to 2-0. Rangers' pick D Adam Fox had an assist for Team USA in their 7-1 win over Slovakia. Dutchies d-man Nic Hague (Mississauga Steelheads) scored the OT winner to lift Canada White over Canada Black 5-4.
2. I wouldn't call it a goalie controversy but Dawson Carty has supplanted Matt Greenfield in the crease for the time being. Carty - brought in for a mere 8th round pick - has won his first three starts of the season and has Kitchener on a three-game winning streak.
3. Two weeks ago it looked like the London Knights might be sellers. Now they could be buyers. The Knights have won six straight and could still get Bo Horvat back from the Vancouver Canucks. If they make a deal, they kind of have to trade for Saginaw goalie Jake Paterson, don't they?
4. Speaking of trade bait, I'd add these names to the radar - G Brandon Hope, F Josh Ho-Sang and F Nick Baptiste. And it might not be long before the Niagara IceDogs consider dangling a few of their stars.
5. Don't look now but the Peterborough Petes have won two straight with goalie Matt Mancina in between the pipes.
6. The OHL defending champ Guelph Storm are in last place in the midwest division despite owning a winning 8-5-0-1 record. The division is ridiculously stacked. I'll reiterate my long standing opinion on this - playoffs seeds should go 1 to 16 in order of points, regardless of division or conference. One plays 16, two plays 15 etc... It's the fair thing to do. Two best teams should be in the final period.
8. Early all surprise team? F Alex DeBrincat, Erie, F Kevin Labanc, Barrie, F Robert Polesello, Kingston, D Dmitrii Sergeev, Kitchener, D Brenden Miller, North Bay and G Michael Giugovaz, London.
9. Top five home records in the OHL: Erie 7-0, Ottawa 4-0, Oshawa 9-1, Soo 8-1, Belleville 6-1.
10. You knew Guelph would take a bit of a step back but owning the worst penalty kill and second worst power play in the OHL is a surprise.