Top prospects square off in OHL playoff series

 

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In this file photo, Zack Kassian of the Windsor Spitfires controls the puck against Erie Otters Derek Holden during the second period of their OHL playoff game at WFCU Centre.
 

In this file photo, Zack Kassian of the Windsor Spitfires controls the puck against Erie Otters Derek Holden during the second period of their OHL playoff game at WFCU Centre.

Photograph by: Nick Brancaccio, The Windsor Star

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WINDSOR, Ont. — There is no way to downplay a meeting between the Windsor Spitfires and the Plymouth Whalers.

Players, coaches and fans all know what to expect when two of the Ontario Hockey League’s elite franchises hit the ice against one another. The top-seeded Spitfires face the fourth-seeded Whalers in a best-of-seven semifinal starting Thursday night at the WFCU Centre.

A lot will be made of the head-to-head battle between Windsor’s Taylor Hall and Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin.

The two tied for the OHL scoring lead and NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings made Hall the No. 1 prospect for this year’s NHL with Seguin No. 2 and Windsor’s Cam Fowler No. 3.

“There’s a lot of stuff that comes out, but it comes down to two teams,” Hall said. “I want to be on the team that comes out of this with a series win.

“I want to win a Memorial Cup championship again. That’s more important than being rated No. 1 or No. 2.”

Windsor will give Seguin special attention and no doubt Hall will get the same, but stopping him cannot be the sole focus of the Whalers according to head coach Mike Vellucci.

“They’ve got six guys that scored 30 goals or more,” Vellucci said.

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In this file photo, Zack Kassian of the Windsor Spitfires controls the puck against Erie Otters Derek Holden during the second period of their OHL playoff game at WFCU Centre.
 

In this file photo, Zack Kassian of the Windsor Spitfires controls the puck against Erie Otters Derek Holden during the second period of their OHL playoff game at WFCU Centre.

Photograph by: Nick Brancaccio, The Windsor Star

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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