OHL Roundup: Landeskog makes history; Super Series set
By Mackenzie Liddell, Contributing Editor
Toronto, Canada (Sports Network) - A look at some storylines from around the Ontario Hockey League:
Sudbury came into the week a deflated, cellar-dwelling team with one win to its name. But after a 3-0-0 performance in Week 4, the Wolves jumped ahead of Barrie, Belleville and Peterborough in the Eastern Conference standings.
Despite the perfect record, Sudbury's success should be met with moderation as two of its wins came against last-place Barrie, while the other was over the anemic Erie Otters.
In Saturday's win over the Otters, both teams put on a sad display of snooze- inducing hockey. Sudbury finished with 10 shots on goal and Erie was limited to nine. In the third period, the Wolves outshot the Otters 1-0 (no, that's not a typo).
Gabriel Landeskog became the first European-born player to don the captain's "C" when he was officially given the honor Sunday.
The native of Stockholm, Sweden, is in his second year for the Rangers and is tied for second in team scoring alongside assistant captain Jason Akeson with 16 points.
Landeskog is eligible for the 2011 NHL draft and is widely expected to land in the Top 10 next June. In the International Scouting Service's (ISS) most recent rankings, Landeskog is ranked sixth.
Being appointed the captain of a successful and historic franchise as a European speaks volumes of his character and will certainly raise his stock leading up to the draft.
HISHON'S RETURN SPARKS DEADLY ATTACK
Not that the league's most potent offense needed much of a boost, but Hishon's return has turned the Owen Sound Attack into a fearful foe. Owen Sound has scored 64 goals this season - including 19 in three games this week - topping the next closest team (Oshawa Generals) by 12.
Hishon has played in four games this season and returned from a nagging hand injury on Friday in a 7-5 loss to the Sarnia Sting. Apparently the injury didn't take the magic out of his hands as he scored two goals and added an assist against the Sting, followed by a three-goal, five-point performance in a rematch on Saturday.
The Colorado Avalanche's 17th overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft has 13 points in four games and is quickly catching up to teammate and OHL scoring leader Garrett Wilson, who has 24.
SUPER SERIES ROSTERS UNVEILED
The six-game event pits the best world-junior eligible players from Russia against those from the OHL, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
When Team Russia flies overseas to take on Team OHL for two games starting Nov. 11, they will be faced with a tough task. The 36-man roster, divided for the two games in London and Sudbury, Ontario, features the best the OHL has to offer and should have no problem steam rolling the Russian squad.
In the Super Series - which has undergone several name changes through the years - Team OHL has handled their Russian counterparts, racking up a 14-0 record while outscoring them, 66-24.
The event provides an early glimpse of potential Team Canada members and highly regarded past and future NHL draft picks. Oshawa, Mississauga and Owen Sound lead the way with four representatives each.
As expected, Owen Sound forward Garrett Wilson was named the OHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 17. He torched opposing goalies with seven goals and eight points in three games. Wilson continued his surge this week as well, adding another four goals and three points in three games.
10/25 15:49:59 ET