As a London Knights fan and someone who was working for the Knights at the time, I was absolutely devastated when Erie beat London in overtime during Game 7 of the series. A missed opportunity for a goal by Janne Kuokkanen that led to an Erie goal less than a minute later continues to stick out in my brain. So it pains me a little bit to say that there is no doubt in my mind that the Erie Otters will win the Memorial Cup this year.
Erie Otters currently possess the highest scoring line in the OHL. The line consists of Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat and Warren Foegele. After last night’s 12-5 win over Saint John Sea Dogs and Dylan Strome making Memorial Cup history with a total of 7 points in the game, it’s no surprise that the Otters came to play. Not only does the team consist of top goal scorers, but also excellent defensive forwards who rush back to help the defensemen no matter what the score of the game.
Not to mention the strong defenseman Darren Raddysh who continues to put up points for the Otters. With multiple players scoring and putting up points, the other teams fighting for the Memorial Cup will have to step up their game in order to get past this dominant group of players.
Much like the 2015-16 London Knights, the Erie Otters are out to prove something; they refuse to leave this championship without their name on the Memorial Cup.
Erie is currently 2-0-0 at the Memorial Cup tournament, with 16 goals for and 7 goals against. They will take on the Memorial Cup hosts and fellow OHL team the Windsor Spitfires on Wednesday, May 24th at 7:00 pm.