Ldn over Sag in 6
Saginaw has come along nicely since the deadline when I thought they were packing it in and London has seemed average at times since their magical run, plus a few key injuries. Even knowing that I have to go with the favourites here.
Ply over Sar in 4
Plymouth is too big, too strong, too talented and too deep for the Sting. They have the edge in all facets of the game except maybe the net. I expect 3 of these 4 games to be a blowout - but then again what do i know. I have Plymouth as coming out of the west.
Kit over Gue in 6
this one intrigues me. Overall I like the Kitchener team better but there is something about how this Guelph team plays that should scare any of their playoff oppenents. I'd also add that Kitchener is one of those teams that if they get on a roll they could really make some noise
OS over Ssm in 7
This is another series that will keep me very interested. I think Owen Sound is build for playoff hockey and they've been playing it all year. I'm also a big fan of Binnington and the Soo does seem to be streaky team plus the loss of Tolchinsky has me giving the edge to OS.
Bel over Miss in 5
good goaltender battle to unfold here potentially
Bar over King 7
I expected much more out of Kingston and they faded badly in the second half so here is how they might make up for it. On paper I don't have a leg to stand on, but my gut says Kingston makes it close.
Osh over Nia in 6
I like Oshawa to come out of the east. They are big and strong and talented but most importantly as you note Brock they have the depth that Niagara does not have.
Brampton over Sud in 7
Any Stan Butler team would scare me come playoff time. While they might be able to shutdown Sudbury's offense, Palazese might do the same on his own at the other end. This one is the least attractive series in my eyes and could go either way
London in 4
Plymouth in 4
Owen Sound in 6
Kitchener in 7
I would pick Guelph and Soo to win but I just can't see Gibson and Binnington getting bounced in round 1 with home ice. I think we can all agree that Gibson is a better goalie than Sparks and Binnington is a better goalie than Murray. I know Saginaw has some good players but let's not forget that London has been cruising since January. With respect to Saginaw, London should be ready to handle a #8 seed. Plymouth will pick Sarnia apart. Won't even be worth watching.
Note OS had really picked up the offense since the arrival of Ceci and Gavrus and averaged just under 4 goals a game since that point, which offensively puts them on par with what the Soo did all year. The style may still be a bit more defensive, but they are putting the puck in the net with a lot more frequently since those pick ups.