3 Players to Watch

The 67’s are gearing up for a busy weekend with three games in as many days. Starting their trip Friday night, the boys cross the Ottawa River to face the Gatineau Olympiques, before heading down to Peterborough Saturday night and then travel home to host the Guelph Storm on Sunday afternoon. With a packed weekend ahead, here’s a player to keep your eye on in each game.

Alex Breton

Captain of Les Olympiques, Breton has come a long way since been an 11th round selection by Victoriaville back in 2014. Breton was shipped to Gatineau in return for an 11th round pick in the 2015 draft and looking back, Gatineau won that trade by a mile. The player Victoriaville drafted with the Olympiques pick has yet to see QMJHL action and Breton found a spot on the Gatineau roster and has been there ever since playing in over 200 QMJHL games.

Now an overage defenceman, he’s on pace to have his best season yet. Breton is tracking towards career highs in both assists and points, and potentially a career high in goals as well. The 6’ blueliner is second on the team in scoring and causes problems for opponents in his own end as well.

Austen Keating

Keating has been playing over the past four games. The third year forward has racked up four goals (and added an assist) over the last four games. He’s has also been a +4 over that stretch, a bright spot as the team only boasts three players above 0 on the season.

A first round selection of the 67’s in 2015 (16th overall), Keating attended development camp this offseason with his childhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The second line forward is currently tied for second on the team in goals (14) and third in points (28) and is looking to keep the ball rolling heading this weekend.

Ryan Merkley

Merkley is a highly talented offensive defenceman for Guelph, who’s been impressing since he first stepped onto the ice with the club. The projected first round pick in this year’s NHL Draft led the Storm in points last year with 55 points in 62 games and was named the OHL’s rookie of the year. Currently in his sophomore season, Merkley is on pace to break his point total from last year as he’s once again leading the Storm in points with 45 in 39 games (10 points ahead of the next closest player).

Don’t miss any 67’s action this weekend and get your tickets now!

Tickets – Ottawa @ Gatineau – Friday, January 12, 7:30 PM | Tickets – Guelph @ Ottawa – Sunday, January 14, 2:00 PM

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