It’s that time of year again! With the regular season ending, the 2016 OHL playoffs are just around the corner with some exciting series’ to be played. The top 16 teams will fight for the Robertson’s trophy and to represent the OHL in the 2016 Memorial cup. With lots of talented teams, it’s hard to know who will win the hardware this year. Will it be Mitch Marner and the offensively explosive London Knights? The young but highly talented Sarnia Sting? Could Strome and Debrincat pull it off without McDavid? Or will an underdog swoop from the bottom of the standings. With so much talent on so many different teams, it sure isn’t gonna be any team, especially the bottom four who will be watching from back home.
After 23 consecutive seasons of making the playoffs, the 2014 OHL champions were unable to keep the streak alive as they have one of the franchises worst seasons with just 13 wins. Joining them at the bottom of the standing is a couple new franchises to the league; the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Flint Firebirds. Both teams were relocated after having some struggles in Plymouth and Bellville. Lastly, missing out on the playoffs for the second year in a row is the Mississauga Stealheads. Although a talented team, they are one of the youngest teams in the league with not a lot of experience. With all the production coming from their 17 year-olds, the Stealheads will be a team to do some serious playoff damage in years to come.