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Lots of local OHL players to get excited about in 2021-22

A look at the local OHLers hoping to impress
2021 north bay OHLers
Reece Proulx, Ben Gaudreau, Pacey Schlueting and Lucas Edmonds all looking to impress this fall.

There are a handful of local players who are eager to get in a real season in the Ontario Hockey League after the season was postponed last year due to COVID-19.  

Ben Gaudreau, who has been at the San Jose Sharks training camp after being selected this summer, was able to make the most of his limited playing time last year winning gold with Team Canada at the U18 championships in Texas last spring.  He is expected to be one of the top goalies to watch for this season with the Sarnia Sting. 

Reece Proulx, is in the goaltending battle with Dom DiVincentiis and Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic. Proulx has dressed for two pre-season games sporting a 1-1 record and a 3.00 goals-against average.  

Zach Roy, is hoping one of three goaltenders at Hamilton Bulldogs camp. He's been in one pre-season game where he allowed three goals against and sported a decent .923 save percentage. Roy turned 20 in February. 

Lucas Edmonds, came back over to the Kingston Frontenacs in 2021 after playing in Sweden. The 20-year-old son of local hockey coach Randy Edmonds, has gotten off to a great start with five goals and two assists for seven points in only three pre-season contests.  

Pacey Schlueting, the 2018 former first-round pick with the North Bay Battalion, is hoping to get off to a fresh start this fall with the Saginaw Spirit.  

Connor Punnett - who was traded from Saginaw to Barrie just before the pandemic hit - tried to play junior overseas in Sweden last year, but arrived just before the junior league was postponed due to COVID-19. 

That tough situation hurt the ability for scouts to view the big defender in his first year eligible for the NHL Entry Draft. Punnett, a 2019 OHL former first-round pick has no points in five pre-season contests with the Colts.  


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