Photo courtesy of Chris Mikula / The Ottawa Citizen
By Andrew Paxton
“Keep it simple” proved not to be that simple of a task for the new look Ottawa 67’s in their first 3 games of the season.
With 10 players from last year’s powerhouse squad now playing in the professional leagues, including 2 future NHLers Tyler Toffoli (LAK) and Shane Prince (OTT) with their combined 95 goals and 190 points, the Ottawa 67’s are not the same offensive team this year. With plenty of turnovers and weak defensive play in the first 2 games, a player’s only meeting took place after a 4-3 loss to the rebuilding Peterborough Petes. It seems that some of the 67’s are in need of convincing that they are not going to be as offensively gifted as they once were and therefore need to focus more on protecting their own end.
With that being said, there is still plenty of room for optimism. The 67’s are now playing at Scotiabank Place – home to the Ottawa Senators – and playing in a mock NHL environment every day...