Chicago, IL — The CHL’s Memorial Cup round robin tournament continued Saturday with its second game between OHL Champion Erie Otters featuring the Chicago Blackhawks 2016 2nd round pick Alex DeBrincat against WHL Champions Seattle Thunderbirds.
I have listened to the Otters games on the radio both in the regular season and their playoff because of DeBrincat but to say I was excited to see him play was an understatement.
Alex had a goal and assist in the game and was named first star of the game. What really impressed me though was when he had to back pedal to catch a defender when Erie was on the power play and they poked the puck to center he was fleet a foot enough to tie up the opponent and never really let him get a shot off. Now that son will endear you to Coach Quenneville. He loves his players to be defensively responsible.
The other thing that was very noticeable is DeBrincat is equally adept at passing as he is scoring. He has good on ice vision and really good hockey sense. He actually is good without the puck too.
DeBrincat’s shot though is a snipe he has a quick hard release that is NHL ready. He gets to the tough areas of the ice and doesn’t back down from physical play at all.
Now he won’t get that kind of time in the slot in the NHL but when you can score goals from anywhere and are a danger every time your on the ice some time your bound to get open.
His goal was a pure goal scorers goal. The hand eye coordination is unreal. He was at a bad angle with a knuckling puck but got enough on it with power to get it past the Thunderbirds goalie.
His assist was with his usual line mates Dylan Strome and Taylor Raddysh with DeBrincat getting the secondary assist. These guys just work together so well. In fact the entire Erie Otters teams is so well ran they are a well oiled machine.
DeBrincat and the Otters next take on St. John Sea Dogs on Monday night which should be a blast as St. John has two more prospects in Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel. So this should be fun to watch how all the guys do.
Good Luck to al.
Tonight Graham Knott of the Windsor Spitfires takes on these Seattle Thunderbirds. Tune into NHL Network to catch Graham Knott.