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WComing into the Friday’s trade deadline the Whalers were in last place in the West and 11 points away from a playoff spot. Fans were wondering what moved might be made by the rookie General Manager, Mark Craig.

To give Craig credit, he has made some good moves with the team early in the season. He brought in Matt Watson when we needed defense without giving up a single player or future pick, and he also brought in OA defenseman Sean Callaghan for a 4th round pick in 2016 and the rights to Connor Carrick. [Yes, you read that right. At least that’s what the OHL media site is reporting]

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Thursday we saw our first move for the Whalers. Liam Dunda was sent to the Owen Sound Attack for two picks. London’s 3rd round pick in 2016 and Niagara’s 4th round pick in 2017. Dunda took to Twitter to give his thanks to the Whalers organization and express his excitement for the next step in his OHL career.

The clock hit Noon with no word about any other trades in the pipeline. However, as long as the teams communicate the trade to the league before Noon, there still could be a final few trades that get announced after the deadline. This happened to be the case this year as the Whalers were part of a three way trade with Oshawa and Windsor.

Let’s break this down, even though it’s not that complicated.

First Trade:
Windsor: 
Ryan Moore, Guelph’s 4th round 2015
Oshawa: Chase Pearson, 2nd round 2021, 3rd round 2018

Second Trade:
Plymouth: Matt Mistele
Oshawa: Ryan Moore, Guelph’s 4th round ’15, 6th round ’16, 4th round ’17, 3rd round ’19, 2nd round ’20

Overall the Whalers set themselves up to acquire additional talent in the future through the OHL Priority Selection without blowing up the entire team. They picked up seven picks and Ryan Moore right before the deadline.

Yes, while the Whalers did get rid of their top scorer with Mistele, I still think this trade will be considered a long term win for the Whalers. Just imagine, right now there is an 11 year-old out there that will be selected with the 2020 2nd round pick that came in this trade.

Our first look at the short term gains Plymouth may have made with this trade will not be seen until the Whalers take on the Soo on Saturday when Ryan Moore joins the team.

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The east coast road trip was not kind to the Whalers defense as the OHL announces suspensions on both Mitch Jones and Gianluca Curcuruto.

From the OHL Press Release:

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the result of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Kingston on the 17th of October, 2014, involving the Frontenacs and the visiting Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

The incident reviewed was a checking to the head infraction involving player Mitch Jones of the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Mitch Jones shall be suspended for eight (8) games.

Click here for video/rationale of the Mitch Jones suspension.

Yes, Jones sends a check to the head and had some time to try to avoid hitting the head. I’m not saying Jones was aiming for the head, it looked to me that the player had his head lowered. Jones need to realize that and adjust his target. The Whalers will miss him in the lineup until they take on the Otters in Erie on the 30th.

From the Press Release:

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the result of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Ottawa on the 19th of October, 2014, involving the 67’s and the visiting Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

The incident reviewed was a checking to the head infraction involving player Gianluca Curcuruto of the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Gianluca Curcuruto shall be suspended for twelve (12) games effective immediately.

Click here for video/rationale of the Gianluca Curcuruto suspension.

This hit got Curcuruto 12 games, and I am not sure how I feel about it. I feel that the player that got hit put himself in a worse position because he saw the hit coming and put his arm up to defend himself. However, still the distance and speed still come in to play with this. They should not judge based on an injury, but on the intent, granted which is harder to determine. The Whalers will have this OA back in the line up when Niagara comes into town on November 22nd.

Episode 007: Trade Deadline

Posted: January 17, 2014 in 2013-14, OHL News, Podcast

Image: MIHockeyNow.com

We’re back, and this time we brought our good friend Sean Baligian to talk about the Whalers lack of movement on the trade deadline. We have three games in the next four days. Get ready for some Whalers Hockey!

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Ryan Hartman was not selected as high as he was projected to go, but I don’t think he will mind be selected by his hometown team, the Chicago Blackhawks. “Being a hometown kid makes it a little sweeter.” Hartman stated about being selected by the Blackhawks and does not think that this being his hometown tema will add any pressure, in fact he feels that it is a positive.

Where do we go from here. Hartman sound like he is going to play for the Whalers next year rather than breaking the line up of the Blackhawks.

With him undergoing shoulder surgery in the off-season, that does not seem like a wild expectation. It could be much like Brandon Saad two seasons ago. almost break the line up the first year, but will be a key player the season after that.

Video of Ryan Hartman being selected:
http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=0&id=261470&cmpid=embed-share-video

Ryan Hartman’s Prospect Profile:
http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=0&id=241842&cmpid=embed-share-video

I’ve been seeing this issue crop up more and more. People want to follow the Whalers on the road and are unsure of what options are available to them. Some are free, some cost, but here are three of the top choices for you.

OHL Livestream
If you want to watch the OHL road games on the playoffs you can always watch them on your computer through Neulion. This option will cost though. $130 CAD for the entire playoffs, $23 CAD for a single first round series, and $7 CAD for a single game. You can sign up for a package at OHL.neulion.com

It is a nice service, but unless you tie your computer feed to your TV, you are stuck at your computer. I hope that in the next year or so they find a way to have mobile streams of games so people can view the games with tablets and smart phones, until then we will take what we can get.

Audio Streaming
I personally use this feature the most, and I am going to give you step by step instructions to get this working for you on your mobile smart device.

1. Copy this link: http://meta.insinc.com/hockey/plymouth/live.asx
2. Go download the app TuneIn Radio. (The free one works just fine.)
3. In the app head to favorites and add custom URL.
4. Paste the link and enjoy!

CJ’s
A third option is to come join a bunch of fans at CJ’s to watch a Livestream of the game and enjoy food and drink specials there.

Whatever you decide, you have your options to follow your favorite team during their playoff run this year.

This Upcoming Weekend

Posted: February 22, 2013 in 2012-13, OHL News, Pregame, Whalers

The Whalers have three divisional games this weekend as they try to stay atop the West Division and to keep their winning streak alive.

Friday’s Matchup:

Windsor – 23-28-1-6 – 53 points – Western Conference: 9th place (3-7-0-0 in the past ten games)

It’s do or die for the Spits as Aleardi returns to the Compuware Arena for the first time since the January 8th trade. Windsor has ten games left in the season and they are nine points away from the 8th seed.

The last time these two clubs met the Whalers skated out of the WFCU Centre with an 8-2 win and the Whalers are 4-0 against the struggling Spits this season.

Saturday’s Matchup:

Sarnia – 32-24-0-3 – 67 points – Western Conference: 7th place (5-5-0-0 in the past ten games)

The Sting are facing the Whalers less then a week after being completely dominated in a 10-2 loss this past Monday. The Whalers lead the season series 3-2 and look to pick up another two points in their final meeting of the season. WHALERS WHITEOUT! – As the Whalers prepare to journey into the playoffs the team is asking fans to fill up the Compuware Arena and to wear white for the game agains the Sting.

Sunday’s Matchup:

at Windsor – 23-28-1-6 – 53 points – Western Conference: 9th place (3-7-0-0 in the past ten games)

The Whalers will finish off the weekend by traveling to the WFCU Centre to face the Spitfires for the 6th time of the season. The Whalers have outscored the Spits 13-4 this season in Windsor. The Whalers have won the past five games at the WFCU Centre with the last loss coming in OT back on October 13th, 2011 . The last regulation loss at the WFCU Centre was back over two years ago on February 18th, 2011.

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Last year the Whalers sat tight and did nothing at the trade deadline. Having four OA’s guaranteed that would not happen this year.

Monday we got word that Aleardi was traded to Windsor for Zach Lorentz solving their OA situation. All was silent until Wednesday night as the Whalers were taking on the Saginaw Spirit at the Dow Event Center.

With Payne being scratched for the game, speculation started to run wild on Twitter that he was the next Whaler to be traded.

Thursday morning we found out that the Whalers acquired the Spirit’s captain Vincent Trocheck for Zach Bratina, a third round pick in 2016, and two conditional picks (Plymouth’s 2015 second round pick and Kitchener’s third round 2016 pick)

Whalers still had one more move to make before the deadline hit. Simon Karlsson was traded to Oshawa for Sebastian Uvira and a fifth round pick.

Looking toward the rest of the season the Whalers are solid in net with Nedeljkovic backstopping Mahalak. Yes, Mahalak has had his off nights, but Nedeljkovic has been strong in net having yet to come up with a regulation loss this season.

The defensive unit is a bit banged up. Losing Jones for at least four weeks does not help the situation. No word yet when Crombeen might be returning to the line up. The defense looks good, providing they stay healthy.

Looking at the offense, The Whalers loaded at the deadline. Trocheck, Uvira, and Lorentz being added to the lineup just makes this team more of a scoring threat then they were the first half of the season. Granted the Whalers lose some of their power with Noesen, Wilson and Rakell to NHL camps starting this week. If the game against Brampton was any indication, the Whalers are going to try to make it deep into the playoffs this year.