3 Players to Watch | Hamilton @ Ottawa
This week we have a player returning from international duty, a player who scored a big goal against Team Russia and a player looking to follow in his brother’s footsteps. With first place implications on the line, these are the players you need to keep an eye on.
The Ottawa 67’s rookie makes his return to the club after missing five games while representing Team Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Clarke led all players on Team Canada White with six points in six, scoring two goals and registering four assists in six games en route to a fourth overall finish. Clarke currently sits at five goals and three assists in 16 games of OHL action. Look for the 2019 NHL Draft prospect to improve on those totals this weekend, bringing his international experience back to the Arena at TD Place for the first time.
Bahl is working to expand his game beyond a shutdown defenceman. However, when representing Team OHL during game 4 of the Canada/Russia Series, the 67 picked up an insurance goal for the team early into the third period, helping Team OHL secure a win over Team Russia 4-2. After the game, the 67’s defenceman discussed playing with two high level, experienced D during his time with Team OHL and that he will look to bring back the knowledge and experienced he gained back to the Barber Poles. The 6’6” 2017 draft prospect (projected second round) is coming into Saturday’s game full of confidence after an impressive performance on Monday.
Matthew Strome, the younger brother of Edmonton Oilers centerman Ryan Strome and Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome is a player to watch for this Saturday. Unlike his older brothers, Matthew is a left winger for the Hamilton Bulldogs. Currently averaging just below a point per game, Strome has 16 in 17 games evenly split between goals and assists. The 6’4” skater was named one of the OHL’s Three Stars this past Sunday and is riding a 4 game point streak where he has registered nine points, more than two per game! This big bodied Philadelphia Flyer’s prospect (2017, fourth round, 106 overall) is player you should watch out for this weekend.