In the end Tim Gettinger and his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds came up short in the OHL Final. The Greyhounds lost to the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-4 and lose the OHL Championship in six games. Gettinger was scoreless for the first time in the series as the Greyhounds captain was held to just one shot.
The Greyhounds will look back on this game with major disappointment, they had leads of 2-0 and 3-2 but could not hold them. All season long the Greyhounds with a lead going into the third did not lose until Sunday. On Sunday they gave up three unanswered goals to lose this game and the series.
For Gettinger, it very likely looks like he has played his last game as a Greyhound. The captain of the Greyhounds turned 20 last month but has also played four full seasons of junior either of which qualifies him to play in the AHL or ECHL.
While the regular season offensive numbers did not stand out like Ty Ronning’s did, 33-36-69 +35 are not that bad either. Gettinger also had seven power play, five shorthanded and seven game-winning goals. The 6’6 218 lb forward also won 57% of his faceoffs despite not being a natural centerman.
In the playoffs, Gettinger was 7-15-22 +10 in 24 playoff games. Gettinger had two game-winning and two power-play goals while winni9ng 52% of his faceoffs.
The young forward needs work on his body and game before he is NHL ready. 218 appears too light for someone 6’8 so some weight work is in order. Every big man has skating issues and Gettinger is no different. Hand speed is also another area that needs work.
But there is also a lot to like about Gettinger, his on-ice reads are solid. That body could develop into a serious power-play threat with screens. And most importantly Gettinger was an excellent leader for the Greyhounds. You do not finish with the best record in a league without having a strong locker room. Gettinger gave the Greyhounds that.
The Need For Change
Not a single league champion qualified for the Memorial Cup and it bothers me. The three CHL leagues have issues with their playoff formats with the biggest being scheduling. Each team playing in the playoffs saw they had to play back-to-back games in almost every series.
Had the OHL final gone to a game seven that game would have been Monday. The playoffs are becoming less and less about which is the best team and more who can survive the schedule. Maybe it is time to cut back on the regular season to allow the playoffs to be played with a better schedule.
This leaves Libor Hajek as the Rangers only prospect playing in the 2018 Memorial Cup. Libor and his Regina Pats have been waiting over 46 days to play again since being eliminated in the WHL’s first round. I just cannot see them as a serious threat to any of the three league champions.