Thursday, March 19, 2015

2015 OHL Coaches Poll Results

Yesterday, the OHL released the results of the 2015 OHL Coaches Poll.

Of course, a few weeks ago I released my annual coaches poll predictions. Fun to compare.


Anonymous said...

More importantly who do you take in the Marner vs. Strome battle?

Brock Otten said...

It's so close, but I prefer Marner.

Strome's hands and hockey sense are incredibly good. He makes something out of nothing and elevates the play of those around him. And when you put those characteristics into a player with his frame, you've got yourself a great player.

But Marner's pretty close to Strome in those areas too. And when you add in the fact that he's a better skater and a more noticeable player away from the puck, I think it gives him the slight advantage.

That's not to say that Strome is a poor defensive player. He's actually decent in that regard. But Marner makes more of an impact without the puck. He gets his nose dirty on the forecheck and battles hard to get the puck back, (whether it be along the wall or in open ice). That's not something you see from Strome and I'm honestly not sure he'll ever be that type of player.

Just personal preference. I saw Bobby Mac post something on twitter recently that said he asked 10 scouts about Marner vs. Strome. It was split 5/5. Can't go wrong with either guy.

Anonymous said...

That is why I asked the question because Bobby Mac asked 10 scouts. I respect your opinion.