Now that the deadline has passed, let's take a look at the nine OHL players who failed to receive a contract.
1990 Born Players Re-Entering the Draft:
Stephen Johnston - Windsor Spitfires
Jason Missiaen - Peterborough Petes
Nathan Moon - Kingston Frontenacs
Kyle DeCoste - Belleville Bulls
Matias Sointu - Sudbury Wolves
Mitch Gaulton - Erie Otters
Tim Billingsley - Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
James Livingston - Plymouth Whalers
1989 Born Players Who Now Become UFA's:
Julien Demers - Ottawa 67's
- Not really anything overly surprising here. A group of players who just never really put it together or who have baggage that make them longshots for the NHL.
- James Livingston is probably the one that surprises me the most (if I had to pick one) because I thought St. Louis was high on him, but he had a dreadful season and seems incapable of putting up the offensive numbers he's capable of. If he has a really strong offensive season as an overager, he could get another look from someone.
- Julien Demers is unfortunate, but I think it comes down to what type of player he could be at the NHL level. Is he really good enough in one particular area to be an NHL level defenseman? Really similar to former Spitfire Mitch Maunu who's now patrolling the blueline for Lakehead of the CIS.
- Lastly, Nathan Moon is a guy I guess Pittsburgh didn't feel confident in becoming an NHL player. His offensive numbers have declined the past three seasons and there's always the much talked about character and consistency issues. It'll be interesting to see who he plays for next year as an OA because something tells me it won't be Kingston. I just can't see him going back there.