OHL 20 in 20 Season Preview: Guelph Storm
The Guelph Storm skate into the 2021-22 season with a lot of new faces. Head Coach and GM George Burnett walks us through the skillset, compete level and expectations of this year's group.
"With the combination of '03s, '04s and '05s, there is a lot of newness. The skill level is high, the compete level is high...there are a lot of kids that are excited about the opportunity they will be provided and have worked hard to get." - George Burnett
2019-20 Record: 32-23-3-5, 72 points (Third in Midwest Division)
Head Coach: George Burnett (Fourth season w/ Storm, 24th OHL season)
Opening Game: Friday, Oct. 8 @ Kitchener
Up front, the Storm will be headed by centreman Danny Zhilkin, who is expected to be a big impact player. The late-2003 born forward helped Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2021 U18 World Championships this past spring and, despite his age, will be the team's go-to leader.
The addition of Anaheim Ducks prospect Sasha Pastujov is another big plus for the Storm up front. The dynamic forward and proven point-producer comes to Guelph by way of the U.S. National Development Team where he impressed with 26 points in 18 games over the 2020-21 season. He also led Team USA in scoring at the U18 Worlds with five goals and eight points in five games.
Defensively, the Storm will look to Vegas Golden Knights second rounder Daniil Chayka. The smooth-skating Russian defender is expected to make big veteran contributions on the blueline alongside some fellow 19-year-old skaters, especially in the absence of any overage commitments.
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