So here's the deal... I wanted to be done this by May, but due to time restrictions and travel it is happening now. For 20 days, In The O... will be looking at each OHL team and thanks to a consensus Panel will formulate what we believe the 2011/12 roster for these teams will look like. To decide this, the consensus panel first pitched who they thought, would be the OA players for the team. We then took 2 of their OHL priority Draft selections and added them to the roster. We did not look at 2010 selections in determining the roster and looked at a 13 Forward, 7 Defence and 2 Goalie system, thus leaving 8 player cards open for each team. We did not look at trades or other additions to the roster. Just simply took the 10/11 Roster and made minor changes. Sounds simple doesn't it... here is what In The O... projects as the roster for... The Guelph Storm
Over Age Players - Tim Campbell, Stephen Gaskin, Michael Latta
OA's Cut -Peter Holland, Taylor Beck, Daniel Erlich, Richard Panik, Riley Sonnenburg, Kyle Periera
2011 Priority Draft Selections - Hunter Garlent (F), Jason Dickinson (F)
Goaltenders - Garret Sparks & ? - With no one thinking Brandon Foote will be back there is a gaping hole in the crease. Will Sparks fill it? or will a veteran take the spot to help teach Sparks?
Defence - Mac Nichol, Tim Campbell, Andrey Pedan, Stephen Gaskin, Matt Finn, David Searle - This young D-Corp was just amazing last season and can still play together with no changes for another 2 seasons. The veteran influence of Campbell and Gaskin will help teach the D as they are on the way out.
Forwards - Francis Menard, Michael Latta, Ryan Horvat, Hunter Garlent, Patrick Watling, Jason Dickinson, Brock McGinn, Cody McNaughton, Zack Mitchell, Scott Kosmachuk, - The infusion of youth along side the veteran play making and toughness of Michael Latta will be a good mix for the Storm this season. How they finish will depend on what kind of leadership role Latta can handle without Beck and Holland present.
That is it... Just that simple. This is just a quick look at who could be on the team, with the importance placed on who will be playing as an OA or who will be cut from the Team.