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3-v-3: Players to Watch at TD Place

67’s

Stepan Falkovsky (#51)
The 6’9” Belarusian defenceman was Ottawa’s only selection at the 2015 CHL Import Draft. He played the last two seasons with Yunost Minsk of the MHL (Molodezhnaya Hokkeynaya Liga), which is Russia’s version of the American Hockey League. In his sophomore season, Stepan scored four goals and added seven assists in 22 games. You can’t miss the big man out on the ice and neither should the Bulldogs.

Hudson Wilson (#18)
The 16-year-old Toronto-native was Ottawa’s third-round pick, 52nd overall, at the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. Wilson played for the Minor Midget Triple-A Vaughan Kings last season, scoring three goals and 15 points in 52 games. He also competed at the 2014 OHL Cup with the Toronto Junior Canadians Minor Midget Triple-A team that won a silver medal. He’s one of a few rookie defensemen on Ottawa’s blue line, but look for Wilson to provide steady play back there against the Bulldogs.

Austen Keating (#9)
At the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, 67’s GM/head coach Jeff Brown and head scout Pat Higgins knew they needed help on defence, but could not pass up on Keating’s talent. The 16-year-old Guelph native captained the hometown Gryphons Minor Midget team last season, where he scored 30 goals and added 30 assists in 36 games. Keating is yet to tally any points through his first three games with the 67’s, look for him to change that tonight.

Bulldogs

Stephen Harper (#10)
No not that Stephen Harper, though you should know this one as well. The Bulldogs forward racked up four points (2G, 2A) in the team’s last game, against Oshawa. This could be a breakout year for Harper. His 6’3”, 215lb. frame, should make him a menace on the ice against Ottawa, and the entire OHL. 

Charlie Graham (#31)
The 20-year old goaltender was a bright spot on last season’s underperforming Bulls team. Graham’s record (23-20-1-4) was over .500, even though the team’s (27-33-3-5) was not. In 51 games last year, he posted a 3.17 GAA, with a .914 SV%, and three shutouts. If the Bulls hope to defeat the 67’s, Graham will have to stand tall.

Matthew Strome (#18)
Are the Strome’s the next Staal’s of the hockey world? It sure looks that way. Matthew’s brothers, Ryan and Dylan, were both high picks in recent NHL drafts and it looks as though he will be as well. The 16-year old winger was taken 8th overall in this year’s OHL Priority Selection. He’s already 6’3” and full of potential. Look for his name on the scoresheet tonight in Ottawa and all over OHL in the future.

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