Whalers Host Erie Tonight at 7:05 pm

Jan 12, 2013 - 05:48 EST

Photo credit for Annabelle Road - Timeline Photos.

WHALERS TONIGHT - Erie (14-22-2-4) at Plymouth (20-13-5-3), 7:05 pm, Compuware Arena.

BROADCAST - 6:45 pm, 88.1FM WSDP and www.plymouthwhalers.com.  Video streaming provided by the Schoolcraft College Sports Network.

Click here for tonight's media package as supplied by the Ontario Hockey League.

ANNABELLE ROAD ROCKS THE HOUSE TONIGHT - It's Country Night tonight at Compuware Arena and our friends at 99.5 WYCD present local band Annabelle Road, who will be singing the National Anthem before the game and performing a free concert after the game.

Click here to find out more about Annabelle Road  (including some of their songs).

HEADING TO NHL TRAINING CAMPS:  As first round National Hockey League selections, Whalers Stefan Noesen (Ottawa), Rickard Rakell (Anaheim) and Tom Wilson (Washington) are all in transit to participate in NHL training camps, which start as early as Sunday.

ERIE'S CONNOR McDAVID LIVING UP TO BILLING:  If you haven't seen Erie's Connor McDavid play, you are in for a treat tonight. McDavid was taken first overall in last spring in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection and leads all rookies in scoring with 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points in 37 games.  He plays in all situations for the Otters.

McDavid was recently profiled in NHL.com.  Arpon Basu writes:

It's easy to get caught up in the hype that surrounds any player who is dubbed a "phenom" before he is even legally allowed to drive a car -- and sometimes that hype can even exceed that player's true potential.

But that doesn't appear to be the case with Connor McDavid.

The 15-year-old center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League spent the past week competing for Ontario in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec, before his team was knocked out of medal contention Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to the host Quebec team.

Among the eager onlookers at one of Ontario's games was Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast, a man charged with identifying talent for the Canadian Junior National Team.

As McDavid and his Ontario teammates warmed up for a preliminary-round game against Slovakia during the weekend, Prendergast was asked if the hype in this case has overtaken the true potential of the player.

Prendergast's eyes lit up as soon as the question was asked.

"Oh, I think it's legitimate," he said. "You just have to watch him play to be a believer."

See the rest of the story.

The Otters are back in town on Mon. Jan. 21.