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Top 2013 prospects named to OHL Super Series roster

Tuesday, 10.23.2012 / 3:10 PM / Prospects

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Top 2013 prospects named to OHL Super Series roster
Max Domi, Sean Monahan and Kerby Rychel, three players expected to be 2013 Draft first-rounders, will be members of Team OHL for the Subway Super Series.

TEAM OHL

GUELPH

Goalies: *Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound (St. Louis); Malcolm Subban, Belleville (Boston)
 
Defensemen: Cody Ceci, Ottawa (Ottawa); Dylan DeMelo, Mississauga (San Jose); Matthew Finn, Guelph (Toronto); Slater Koekkoek, Peterborough (Tampa Bay); Ryan Murphy, Kitchener (Carolina); *Stuart Percy, Mississauga (Toronto)
 
Forwards: Brendan Gaunce, Belleville (Vancouver); Barclay Goodrow, Brampton (2013 draft eligible); *Tyler Graovac, Ottawa (Minnesota); Boone Jenner, Oshawa (Columbus); Scott Laughton, Oshawa (Philadelphia); *Josh Leivo, Sudbury (Toronto); Lucas Lessio, Oshawa (Phoenix); Zachery Mitchell, Guelph (2013 draft eligible); Sean Monahan, Ottawa (2013 draft eligible); *Matt Puempel, Kitchener (Ottawa); Brett Ritchie, Niagara (Dallas); *Ryan Strome, Niagara (N.Y. Islanders)

SARNIA

Goalies: *Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound (St. Louis); Jake Paterson, Saginaw (Detroit)
 
Defensemen: Alex Basso, Sarnia (2013 draft eligible); Frank Corrado, Sudbury (Vancouver); Dougie Hamilton, Niagara (Boston); Scott Harrington, London (Pittsburgh); Adam Pelech, Erie (N.Y. Islanders); *Stuart Percy, Mississauga (Toronto)
 
Forwards: Anthony Camara, Barrie (Boston); Daniel Catenacci, Owen Sound (Buffalo); Max Domi, London (2013 draft eligible); *Tyler Graovac, Ottawa (Minnesota); Seth Griffith, London (Boston); *Joshua Leivo, Sudbury (Toronto); *Matt Puempel, Kitchener (Ottawa); Ryan Rupert, London (Toronto); Kerby Rychel, Windsor (2013 draft eligible); Mark Scheifele, Barrie (Winnipeg); *Ryan Strome, Niagara (N.Y. Islanders); Tom Wilson, Plymouth (Washington)

*- players participating in both games

Three players expected to be first-round picks at the 2013 NHL Draft will have an extra opportunity to showcase themselves as members of Team OHL for the Subway Super Series.

London Knights center Max Domi, Ottawa 67's center Sean Monahan and Windsor Spitfires left wing Kerby Rychel were named to the two teams that will face Team Russia at games to be played in Guelph, Ontario, on Nov. 8, and in Sarnia, Ontario, on Nov. 12.

"I've had the opportunity to work with Kerby and with Sean at the Ivan Hlinka tournament two Augusts ago," Team OHL coach Steve Spott said. "Both of those young men are big and strong. … For Max, he's obviously proven that he can be an elite player in the Ontario Hockey League even though he might not be a 19-year-old player. I'm excited to work with Max. He's strong, he's competitive. He reminds me of a player along the lines of a Theoren Fleury."

Monahan will play in the game in Guelph. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound center is tied for his team's scoring lead with 15 points in 11 games, on four goals and a team-best 11 assists. Scouts, however, believe his offensive totals would be better if he were playing on a better team -- Ottawa has the fewest points in the OHL.

"His production probably would be quite a bit more if he had somebody who could finish for him," NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards told NHL.com. "He's a real smart playmaking guy. He gets pucks through traffic, has real good hands, real good play-making ability. He's got an excellent shot, gets it off real quick, gets himself involved in battles for pucks, crashes around. He hardly ever comes off the ice -- he's used in every situation, double- and triple-shifted at times."

Monahan told NHL.com, "I am very excited to be able to be part of the Super Series. It's a lot of fun being around high-end players and a great learning experience. Playing Russia, they're a good team, so it should be a good battle and I'm very excited about that. I am really looking forward to the game in Guelph and ready for the challenge."

Rychel and Domi will be part of the team that will play in Sarnia.

Rychel, a 6-1, 200-pound left wing, leads the Spitfires with eight goals in 13 games. Last season, he was tied for seventh in the OHL with 41 goals.

"Every shift he plays, he's dangerous," Edwards said. "He competes every shift. He's all over the ice, a real good skater -- speed, agility. You like what you see him in him. … He's got some real good play-making ability and puck skill. He's used in all situations -- power play, penalty kill, four-on-four. He also does a real good job in the faceoff circle."

Domi, a 5-9.25, 193-pound center, is tied for third in the OHL with 19 points in 11 games, and his 13 assists are second in the league.

"He's got real good offensive instincts," Edwards said. "His skill set, his puckhandling ability, his hands -- he can handle the puck forehand and backhand, he can make real good saucer passes both forehand and backhand; that's something you don't see a lot of nowadays. I've seen him get off a real good backhand shot cutting off the wing, something I haven't seen in years. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but he's willing to get involved and play in traffic."

Spott, who also will coach Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia, said these games also will serve as an extra evaluation for the team that will go to this year's tournament.

2012 SUBWAY SUPER SERIES SCHEDULE

Game 1 -- Nov. 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, Que.

Game 2 -- Nov. 7 at Val-d'Or, Que.

Game 3 -- Nov. 8 at Guelph, Ont.

Game 4 -- Nov. 12 at Sarnia, Ont.

Game 5 -- Nov. 14 at Vancouver, B.C.

Game 6 -- Nov. 15 at Victoria, B.C.

"I think for us it's about getting the correct 22 at Christmas," Spott said. "This is an extremely important evaluation for the players that were there in August [at Summit Series games in Russia]. It's a secondary opportunity to make an impression. For players like Max and for Kerby, this is an extremely important evaluation for them to try to get to that Christmas evaluation."

Three other players available for the 2013 draft also were named to the teams. Brampton Battalion left wing Barclay Goodrow and Guelph Storm right wing Zachery Mitchell will skate in the Guelph game, and Sarnia Sting defenseman Alex Basso will play in the game in Sarnia.

Of the 34 players named to the two teams, six will play in both games, among them three players taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft -- forwards Ryan Strome (New York Islanders) and Matt Puempel (Ottawa Senators), and defenseman Stuart Percy (Toronto Maple Leafs).

Nineteen NHL teams will have at least one prospect taking part in the games, led by the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs with four each.

Spott, who also coaches the Kitchener Rangers, will serve as the coach for both games. Guelph Storm coach Scott Walker will serve as an assistant coach for the game in Guelph, and Sarnia Sting coach Jacques Beaulieu will be an assistant for the game in Sarnia.

The Subway Series features Team Russia playing two games against teams representing the QMJHL, OHL and WHL.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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