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March 13, 2018

The best team in junior hockey right now

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have lost seven games in regulation all season. Yes, you read that right. Seven losses in regulation, total. How many games they’ve played? 65. In 65 games they have left the ice without a point less than ten times. That is not just impressive, that makes the Soo Greyhounds – as they are referred to in hockey circles – the best team in junior hockey right now.

The Greyhounds carry a record of 53-7-2-3 (53-7-5 by NHL format) at the moment and pace the entire OHL with a staggering 111 points earned. The second best team in terms of points earned, Sarnia Sting, have amassed 93. Across the CHL, there is not a single team in either the QMJHL or the WHL that have been as dominant amongst their peers this season as the Greyhounds. Furthermore, the 111 points gathered ensures the Greyhounds will finish the regular season with more points than ever before in franchise history, regardless of how the final three games turn out. The previous team record of 109 points was set recently, 2014-15, but as that team failed to win a championship, expectations are understandably high on this year’s team to correct that misstep.

Leading the way for the team are a pair of high-scoring Canadian forwards; Morgan Frost and Boris Katchouk. The 27th pick overall in the 2017 draft (Philadelphia Flyers), Frost leads Soo with 107 points (40+67) in 64 games. His point total places him second overall in the OHL scoring race with a real chance to grab the scoring title should he finish strong. Katchouk, a 2016 Tampa Bay Lightning 2nd round draft pick, stands at 83 points in 56 games with his 41 goals pacing the team. However, Frost and Katchouk are just cogs – albeit integral ones – in the machine that is the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Should any of these top dogs (pun intended) fail to register on the scoresheet, a secondary wave of attack from point-per-game level scorers Timothy Gettinger (2016, 141st overall, NYR), Jack Kopacka (2016, 93rd overall, ANA), Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) and Barret Hayton (2018 draft eligible) is usually enough to break down any opposing defense.

Speaking of defense, the Greyhounds core trio of defenders – Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible), Rasmus Sandin (2018 draft eligible) and Conor Timmins (2017, 32nd overall, COL) – aren’t exactly known for their point-scoring abilities, yet all three are chipping along at a nearly point per game rate. Truly a testament to the depth of the 2017-18 Soo Greyhounds.

Rasmus Sandin. Photo: Bildbyrån/Simon Eliasson

Young Sandin is an interesting player for a number of reasons. Not only for his relatively high draft projection in 2018 – quite a few mock drafts have Sandin selected in the first round – but for the way in which he ended up playing for the Greyhounds. After starting the 2017-18 season with limited ice time for Swedish outfit Rögle BK, he requested a loan to Soo – the team that drafted him in the CHL import draft over the summer – with the promise of returning to play for Rögle the following season.
“It has been fun playing against professional players in the SHL but I’ve had a desire to play in the CHL for a long time and I’m glad that Rögle and Soo could come to an agreement. I look forward to developing my game and returning to Ängelholm (Rögle) next season in a larger role”, Sandin said at the time.

It seems Sandin found just the right place to develop.

The Soo Greyhounds excellent 2017-18 regular season have them poised for another deep playoff run, perhaps deep enough to add a fourth J. Ross Robertson Cup trophy (OHL playoff champions) or even a second Memorial Cup trophy as the undisputed champion of the CHL, to their trophy case.

Now all they have to do is get by a league full of playoff teams who would like nothing more than to knock the championship favorites off their throne.

Let the games begin.

Hampus Duvefelt

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22 March, 2018

A Brit in the NHL draft – Liam Kirk is reaching for the dream

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20 March, 2018

Boqvist and Bouchard in tight race to follow Dahlin

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19 March, 2018

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15 March, 2018

Despite playoff exit – Erik Brännström hopes his season isn’t over

March 14th is no date to end your hockey season. For Vegas Golden Knights’ prospect Erik Brännström, it’s way too early. The slick defensemen experi...

11 March, 2018

Expected trade gives undrafted Swedish prospect a better shot at the NHL

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07 March, 2018

Vegas’ prospect pool deepens with breakout season from Nicolas Hague

Much has been said about Vegas Golden Knights? inaugural season, and deservedly so. The team everyone deemed unlikely to even make the playoffs currently leads ...

02 March, 2018

For Dominik Kahun, strong Olympic performance could present NHL opportunity

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28 February, 2018

Capitals’ goalie-of-the-future has his eyes set on the NHL

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23 February, 2018

Is Filip Zadina the best forward in the 2018 NHL Draft?

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21 February, 2018

A beginner’s guide to prospect development in the United States

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19 February, 2018

Maple Leafs’ Russian prospect looks ready for North America

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15 February, 2018

Will the star-studded, new-look Frontenacs be a playoff threat?

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15 February, 2018

Heiskanen carries burden of expectation going into Olympics, NHL career

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13 February, 2018

Erik Karlsson’s homage to Rasmus Dahlin: “He’s much better than I was at that age”

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12 February, 2018

Has the grind gotten to Eeli Tolvanen ahead of the Olympics?

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10 February, 2018

Why Vancouver Canucks fans will love Jonathan Dahén

 It was unquestionably a strange sight. As crowds were pouring out of NHK Arena, satisfied with hometown team Timrå IK’s convincing 2-0 victory over hated...

09 February, 2018

What’s going on with Dylan Strome?

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07 February, 2018

Kapanen eager to establish himself in Toronto

Kasperi Kapanen got himself open at center ice, smoothly picked up the breakout pass from Auston Matthews and quickly blazed up the left wing. With every stride...

04 February, 2018

Europe vs. North America – who’ll have the first goaltender in the 2018 draft?

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03 February, 2018

The steal of the 2017 draft – Eeli Tolvanen looks NHL ready

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02 February, 2018

Kailer Yamamoto has hit his stride in the WHL 

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01 February, 2018

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30 January, 2018Ranking: They lead the way at mid-season Calder Trophy race
29 January, 2018Seven prospects to keep track of during the Olympics
27 January, 2018What’s the best fit for Rasmus Dahlin?
26 January, 2018Who is going to stop Russia’s All-Star studs at the Olympics?
25 January, 2018Dominik Bokk – a German that shunned the Draisaitl route
25 January, 2018Logan Stanley – An old school player in the modern era
08 January, 2018The WJC summed up in seven thoughts
08 January, 2018The future of Avalanche blueline resides in Canada
06 January, 2018Gold medal recap: Canada wins gold at WJC in Buffalo
05 January, 2018WJC Semifinals Recap – Sweden, Canada advance to gold medal game
03 January, 2018WJC Quarterfinals Recap: The Czechs upset Finland – Canada cruises to semifinals
02 January, 2018WJC 2018 Quarterfinal Preview – here are the match-ups
01 January, 2018Casey Mittelstadt clear MVP through group stage; 2018 draft-eligibles shine
01 January, 2018Recap of Day 6: Sweden tops Group B, USA pulls out late win against Finland
31 December, 2017Kurashev leading second wave of talented Swiss prospects
31 December, 2017Recap of Day 5: Canada tops out in Group A – Sweden takes third straight win
29 December, 2017The call him “The Hunter” – meet the Caps’ rising prospect
29 December, 2017Recap of Day 3: Slovakia upsets United States, Finland dominates Denmark 
28 December, 2017Recap of Day 2 – Canada pushes past Slovakia to remain perfect
27 December, 2017Will Czech Republic’s Necas and Chytil continue to produce their magic?
27 December, 2017Recap of Day 1 – Czechs confirm dark horse status with win over Russia
26 December, 2017Russia looks to extend WJC streak with largely unknown squad 
26 December, 2017Rasmus Dahlin highlights Swedish squad looking to end medal drought 
26 December, 2017Talented Finnish team eager to make amends after last year’s fiasco
26 December, 2017Who belongs where? – The WJC players and the NHL teams they are drafted by
25 December, 2017Too good for the World Juniors – here are the players you’ll miss in Buffalo
25 December, 2017WJC Countdown: Zibanejad ends Sweden’s gold drought in OT
24 December, 2017United States send roster loaded with offensive talent to Buffalo
24 December, 2017WJC Countdown: Chubarov nets twice in 1999 final
23 December, 2017WJC Countdown: David Aebischer leads Switzerland to first-ever World Juniors medal 
23 December, 2017The curious case of Sean Day
22 December, 2017WJC Countdown: Peter Forsberg sets tournament record with whopping 31 points 
22 December, 2017Revolutionizing the game of hockey: who will be next?
21 December, 2017WJC Countdown: The NHL lockout allowed Canada to ice a historically-good team in 2005
21 December, 2017Back in the spotlight
21 December, 2017Russia’s Svechnikov fighting for roster spot, high draft position
20 December, 2017WJC Countdown: Kapanen’s heroics etch his name in Finnish history
20 December, 2017Predicting the top scorer for the 2018 World Junior Championships
19 December, 2017European free agents providing value for NHL clubs
19 December, 2017WJC Countdown: Kazakhstan upsets Canada in front of tiny crowd
18 December, 2017WJC Countdown: United States wins first-ever gold medal after bizarre own-goal
18 December, 2017The five WJC defenders most likely to be on an NHL roster this fall
17 December, 2017WJC Countdown: Russia snaps gold medal drought in 2011 with three ridiculous comebacks
17 December, 2017Canada leaves skill at home in favour of balanced team
17 December, 2017CHL talent has history of producing gems on American roster
16 December, 2017The matter of talent development in Sweden
16 December, 2017WJC Countdown: Tavares’ MVP showing and Eberle’s clutch goal lead Canada to fifth-straight gold
15 December, 2017Makar looking to join rare group of Canadian NCAA stars
15 December, 2017A beginner’s guide to the CHL
14 December, 2017Cool as a cucumber – Rasmus Dahlin ready to embrace the pressure of the WJC
14 December, 2017Is Canada leaving too much skill at home?
14 December, 2017Is Flyers’ prospect Hart a lock for the Canadian starter’s job?
14 December, 2017Edmonton Oilers give Kailer Yamamoto the chance to shine at the WJC
13 December, 2017The Olympic Kids – prospects that starred on the big stage
13 December, 2017Can any of the WJC underdogs break through in Buffalo?  
12 December, 2017A Russian trend – three forwards headed for the first round?
12 December, 2017Deep Russian squad looks to extend medal streak 
11 December, 2017The 2018 WJC underdog that could win it all
11 December, 2017The World Junior Championships – an audition for the Olympics
10 December, 2017Sweden’s elite talent looks to end cycle of WJC mediocrity
10 December, 2017Lukas Vejdemo – taking the patient route to the NHL
09 December, 2017Nicklas Lidström on Rasmus Dahlin: “He looks like Brian Leetch”
09 December, 2017Where are they now? – Three forgotten WJC stars
08 December, 2017Breaking down Team Canada’s roster snubs
08 December, 2017Finland on the rebound after disastrous showing at last year’s WJC 
07 December, 2017Away from the spotlight
07 December, 2017Why Adam Boqvist wasn’t picked for the Swedish WJC camp
07 December, 2017Sabres faithful may get chance to see Mittelstadt shine
06 December, 2017Aleksi Heponiemi – Poised for success
06 December, 2017The hunt for the next Erik Karlsson
06 December, 2017Americans look to finally come through on home ice 
05 December, 2017Canada no longer dominates the WJC like they used to 
05 December, 2017Redefining the modern defenseman
05 December, 2017What the Swedish WJC team should look like