Hey, remember when Dale Hunter left the London Knights to take a one year deal coaching Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, it didn’t go great, and he went back to the OHL? That was weird wasn’t it?
What was with the one year deal? Why did he think the best way to win was to keep Great 8′s minutes so low? Why did he head back to London? Most coaches would kill for one of those 30 bench boss spots.
The answer to most of my questions is that it doesn’t matter. He’s got a good gig going, and man, does he have the London Knights humming.
They’ve won 18 straight games, and find themselves with the best record in the OHL, with 26 wins and only five losses. They’ve scored the most goals in the league, and count themselves as one of four teams who’ve yet to give up 80 goals. Someone get this man an NHL gig, stat! (Don’t actually, you guys, he doesn’t want it.)
Here’s the latest on the talent the team has that’s making this happen, from NHL.com:
Maxi Domi and Seth Griffith each had three-point games to help the London Knights tie a franchise record with their 18th consecutive victory Sunday in a 5-2 win against Mississauga.
For those of you who didn’t know, yes, Tie Domi’s son is a goal-scorer.
Domi, the No. 4-ranked skater in the OHL for the 2013 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings, also had a goal and two assists to give him 18 tallies and 44 points for the season. Both Domi and Griffith assisted on a goal by Bo Horvat, who is the No. 5-rated skater by Central Scouting for the 2013 draft.
Griffith, a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, scored his team-leading 21st goal and his 54 points are second in the Ontario Hockey League behind Ryan Strome, the New York Islanders’ top prospect, of Niagra.
So yeah, they’ve got some skills. I should note as well, the current OHL record for a win streak is 25 by the Kitchener Rangers.
With the NHL locked out, and as well as his team is doing, I’m guessing Dale Hunter feels like a pretty smart man these days.