purdy wrote: They'll have 4 lines to roll, a good D and strong goaltending.
I agree Guelph is a strong contender this year. One problem is that their goaltending has a collective 180 minutes played in the OHL between them. They will have to make a move here if they intend on being strong.
Mancina is highly rated and played very well (from everything I've heard) last year in Leamington. But the lack of experience is certainly the biggest question mark going into the season. Almost no chance that Sparks comes back for an OA year as he's with the Leafs organization now, with Rynnas and Owuya no longer in the system. So Mancina and DaSilva will have their chances to run with it initially, but I'm sure Mike Kelly will be keeping a close eye on the situation, and what other options may come available through the season.
Another question mark, unfortunately, may be whether or not captain Matt Finn can stay healthy to anchor the blue line after having an awful time last year and leaving the Leafs rookie game on Saturday night with what was called a "shoulder stinger".
As it stands, I prefer seeing the Storm in the role of underdog trying to knock off the Knights, but it's not like there aren't questions there either. Stolarz and Patterson didn't exactly steal a championship last year, and the depth on D as it stands is a little thin.
In my perfect world, Storm knock off Knights in Conference final and beat the Colts (?) to advance back to London, where they again get the chance to eliminate the host on the way to a Memorial Cup. But other than that, #AnyoneButLondon will do. Unless it's Kitchener, blah.