Top 10 storylines in the Ontario Hockey League for 2008-09:
1. Can Oshawa Generals forward John Tavares stay motivated enough heading into his fourth OHL season to retain his status as the projected No. 1 pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft?
2. The Windsor Spitfires were No. 1 in the Canadian Hockey League in pre-season rankings. Can they live up to those expectations?
3. Brian Kilrea says his 32nd season behind the Ottawa 67's bench will be his last, although he intends to carry on as the team's GM. Can the 67's send him off with a bang?
4. Windsor forward Taylor Hall doesn't turn 17 until November, but he created buzz in his rookie season and his two stints with Canada's under-18 team. Sports Illustrated has featured him as a teenager to watch and he's a projected top pick for the 2010 NHL entry draft.
5. Ottawa hosts the 2009 world junior hockey championship and it was declared a sellout by the organizing committee back in January. Canada plays a pre-season game against Sweden on Dec. 19 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, so it remains to be seen if Leafs Nation can fill a building for an international junior game.
6. The Erie Otters won fewer than 20 games in back-to-back seasons and missed the playoffs three straight years. Junior teams tend to rise and fall in three-year cycles so finishing out of the post-season a fourth straight year is trouble.
7. Is the last Staal brother to go though the OHL a late bloomer? Jared had 21 goals and 28 assists in 60 games with the struggling Sudbury Wolves last season. Brothers Eric, Marc and Jordan were all first-round draft picks, but Jared was a second-rounder (49th overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes.
8. The rumour mill spits out occasional reports that North Bay wants to get an OHL franchise again. The Brampton Battalion recently denied they're for sale or on the move north. The previous North Bay franchise moved to Saginaw, Mich., in 2002.
9. While the OHL embraces its role as a developmental league for the NHL, the Guelph Storm wouldn't complain if the Los Angeles Kings sent Drew Doughty back to the fold. Doughty was the first defenceman taken in the NHL draft at No. 2 by the Kings and he'll get a long look in Hollywood.
10. The Peterborough Petes have both veteran Trevor Caan and Montreal Canadiens prospect Jason Missiaen in goal and there may not be enough net to go around.