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If I was running the show


By Fred Wallace

Last week everything was virtually as expected and all was at peace.

The Windsor Spitfires, as expected, swept the Owen Sound Attack in the OHL Playoffs and from my standpoint, I was happy with the season, now expired.

But next season started last Thursday with the Attack exit interviews between the players and the brass, and while no one ever asks for my opinions, here they are; in random order.

1) Cut down on the number of shots against, and hence reduce the number of goals against by my target of 50.

I don't blame the goalies whatsoever, they were great. And defensively, the onus does not fall solely on the group of Attack defenders, it's a team wide concept.

Last year, only Sault Ste Marie gave up more goals against in the Western Conference

2) To that end, the cliche is to draft the best player available. I say draft the best defenceman available at # 9 in the OHL Priority Selection.

Ian MacLellan, the Attack head scout, believes the draft is deep with defenders and a good one will also be available at # 29.

I just see the need for a solid young defender

3) Deal for an established defender ( & I know that's easier said than done ), but unless the Attack draft a Pietrangelo or Bogosian, it's unlikely the first rounder will be the cure-all for the club.

And 4) get bigger. I understand it's a new world of hockey in the OHL and beyond, but from my vantage point, with skill already in abundance, we really could use a fleet of large grinding forwards and defencemen who make you think about where they are when you have the puck.

It's a long spring & summer, but the Attack know where to reach me if they want my expert opinion.

I'm Fred Wallace

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