The Journey: OHL Playoffs: Hot and Cold Prospects

Kevin LeBlanc


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This week, The Journey looks at the sizzlers and fizzlers in the OHL Playoffs …



The OHL Playoffs have gone mostly as planned into the second round. The Journey digs into which prospects have led their teams thus far and a couple who need to step their play up if their teams are going to make a run.  


HOT – Spencer Watson – Kingston Frontenacs – 209th Overall (2014) – Los Angeles Kings

Any number of Fronts players could be listed here, as they dominated their opening round series with Oshawa in five games ending a playoff series-winning drought that dated back to 1998. Both Watson and teammate Michael Dal Colle have 15 points, and are currently tied for the playoff lead in scoring. Watson has three goals and 12 assists in just six games. After capping off his best season in a Kingston uniform with 89 points in 64 games, Watson has taken his play to another level in the playoffs.


HOT – Alex Nedeljkovic – Niagara Ice Dogs – 37th Overall (2014) – Carolina Hurricanes

If the Ice Dogs are going to make any noise it will be on the shoulders of their elite goaltender and the offensive leadership of Josh Ho Sang (12 points in six games). Niagara has been a low scoring team all season, finishing seventh out of ten teams in their conference during the regular season. Thus far, Nedeljkovic has improved on his regular season with a 5-1 record and a 2.50 goals against average, allowing just 15 goals in six games.


HOT – Justin Scott – Barrie Colts – Undrafted

Scott will likely be the most unheralded prospect on this list (at least by draft standards) but the fourth-year center has been a solid player for the Colts throughout his career. The Burlington, Ontario native currently leads the playoffs with 11 goals in eight games. Even more impressive is the fact that ten of those 11 goals have come at even strength. Barrie had a long, competitive series against Mississauga in the first round,