North American Juniors Game Night: 4-1-12

OHL

E1-Niagara IceDogs 4 @ E8-Oshawa Generals 1
OHL First Round – Niagara wins best of seven series 4-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (OS, OSH): 49 GP, 2-18-20, +9, 24 PIM

Oshawa’s season came to an end on Sunday after a 4-1 loss at home to top-seeded Niagara. The Gens put up a good fight, tying the series at 2 before ultimately bowing out. The junior career of 2010 third round pick Geoffrey Schemitsch likely comes to an end, though he can play as an overager next year in the OHL if he’s invited and willing.

Future: The Lightning hold Schemitsch’s rights until June 1. If he is not signed before then, he can re-enter the draft. It is unlikely he’ll be taken. Schemitsch had 40 points in his rookie/draft year with Owen Sound, then only played in 45 games the next year, scoring 20 points. He matched that 20 points this past year in 49 games, but again battled injuries, most notably concussions. Schemitsch has good size, is a righty shot, and has good, smooth mobility, but you would have liked to have seen everything come together for him by now and be a healthy, 50-point two way defenseman at the junior level. Both Schemitsch and Adam Janosik are up for a contract with the Lightning and both could be signed, but the Bolts already have Daniel Milan, JT Brown, Alex Killorn, Cory Conacher, Danick Gauthier, and possibly Vladislav Namestnikov beginning their first contracts next year (Namestnikov is signed, but could be sent back to juniors or go to the AHL – his contract doesn’t kick in unless he goes to the AHL). With NCAA free agent Danny DeKeyser choosing to return to school, it’s possible there is another spot open for a defenseman, and speculation is that would go to Janosik. Nothing is guaranteed, however.