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3-v-3: Players to watch tonight at TD Place

Ottawa 67’s

Travis Barron (#19)
Fresh off notching his first OHL hat trick, 67’s second-year forward seems poised to break out this year. He was Ottawa’s first-round pick (third overall) in 2014 and scored 12 goals last season. He definitely has a knack for the net, scoring 23 goals in 30 games with the Toronto Junior Canadians in 2013. Look for Barron to hone his scoring touch this season and against the Steelheads tonight.

Jake Middleton (#21)
Though not an offensive juggernaut by any means, the stabilizing force that Middleton brings to the 67’s blue line can’t be measured in numbers. His 168 games of OHL experience is extremely valuable to an Ottawa defence that features four OHL rookies. His physicality is also something the 67’s covet, as Jake is always ready to step in and defend his teammates. The LA Kings draft pick will be a calming presence in front of whichever 67’s netminder starts tonight against Mississauga.

Travis Konecny (#17)
Quietly recording 15 points in his first 10 games, Captain Konecny ranks third among OHL scorers so far this season. He added four assists in the 67’s 6-4 win over Saginaw on Sunday and should continue to lead the way offensively for Ottawa. Watch for “TK” to be all over the scoresheet tonight at TD Place. 

Mississauga Steelheads

Sean Day (#4)
Granted exceptional player status by the OHL in 2013, defenseman Sean Day could have easily been an Ottawa 67. The Barber Poles selected captain Travis Konecny instead though and both OHL franchises could not be happier with the results. The US-born 17 year-old already has five points in 10 games this season and has developed into a leader on the Steelheads blue line. Look for Day to be an offensive force against the 67’s tonight.

Jack Flinn (#32)
Standing 6’8″, Mississauga’s number one netminder is among the tallest goalies in the CHL. The Steelhead’s acquired Flinn from the Owen Sound Attack in September for forward Bryson Cianfrone. With the Attack last season, Flinn posted a 2.99 GAA and a .908 SV%, while posting 18 wins. He stopped all 29 shots against Ottawa, when the two two met earlier this year. He’ll have to stand tall again, if the Steelheads hope to defeat the 67’s for the second straight game.

Alexander Nylander (#92)
The dynamic Swede is part of a great hockey family, his older brother, William, plays for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, while his dad, Michael, spent almost two decades in the NHL. Selected 12th overall by Mississauga in the 2015 CHL Import Draft, Nylander will be a stud in the CHL this year. He’s adjusted to the North American game very well, as he sits tied for fourth among OHL scorers with 14 points in 10 games. Look for Alexander to be an offensive leader for Mississauga tonight at TD Place.

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