3 Players to Watch | London at Ottawa
The Ottawa 67’s continue their playoff push with a busy weekend starting Thursday and Friday on the road before returning to the Arena at TD Place Sunday afternoon to host the London Knights. The 67’s have been heating up at the right time with 7 wins out of their last 10. It’s been a whole team effort but here’s who you need to keep an eye on this Sunday.
The 67’s overage net minder is making the most of his last junior season. The 20 year old from Canton Tremblay, Quebec is in his first OHL season and after the adjustment from the move from the QMJHL, Olivier is finding his groove. Over his last nine starts “Trembs” has gone 7-2 and posted a save percentage of 0.929, and is averaging over 30 saves per game. With the young 67’s coming down the stretch expect this veteran goaltender to make some big plays on the way.
The local product has been playing great for the 67’s since coming over in a trade from the Mississauga Steelheads earlier in the season. Outside of his 37 game stint with Mississauga, Rippon has played his entire hockey career in the Nation’s Capital and has seen an uptake in his production since he put on the Barber Poles. Rippon’s +/- has seen a 9 point positive shift and his points per game has gone up since he became a 67. Rippon is the 63rd ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting and is hoping to hear his name called come draft day.
Formenton was the second round pick (47th overall) of the Ottawa Senators in last year’s NHL Entry draft. The 18 year old is currently in his second year in the OHL and has set career totals in both goals and points and is two assists away from a new career high in that category as well. Formenton was put into the national spotlight earlier this season when the 6’2 winger was selected to represent Team Canada at the 2018 World Juniors. Formenton tallied two goals and two assists in seven games representing Canada including a goal in the Gold Medal, helping the country secure their 17th World Junior title. Formenton buried two goals in his last meeting with the 67’s so keep an eye on this Sens prospect when he comes to the Arena at TD Place for the first (and only) time this season.