The Windsor Spitfires’ run to the Ontario Hockey League Finals last year was aided by one of the strongest offenses in the league.
But with defending league scoring champion Wyatt Johnston and potential overage Matthew Maggio in NHL camp, how does the Spitfire fill a potential offensive void on its roster this season? I don’t know yet.
“I think we will do just as well,” said Spitfire center Jacob Mylett.
“I think we can still be a really good attacking team. We are still an attacking team and I think we can win games.”
So far in exhibition play, the Spitfires have stood by Mylett’s words.In Thursday’s 6-5 shootout win over Sarnier Sting at the WFCU Center, the Spitfires produced 25 goals in five exhibition games, Scored an average of 5 goals per game. Scoring opportunities will be tougher once the regular season arrives, but it bodes well for the team as he averaged 4.49 goals per game during his regular season in 2021-22.
Spitfires forward Alex Christopoulos said, “So far, from what I’ve seen, we’ve had a pretty good offense and scored a lot of goals in the preseason.” You don’t see many goals that are moving and have no assists.”
Two-time OHL scoring champion Spitfires head coach Mark Savard makes no secret of his love of the offensive game. Players like Mylett and Christopoulos found new life at Windsor last season after coming in on trade.
“Honestly, it’s just chance,” said Mylett, 19. “I didn’t play much at Guelph and didn’t get many chances, but when I came to Windsor and Mark, the staff immediately put a lot of faith in me. I took the chances and gave them the chances with confidence. If you have confidence, you can be the best player on the ice.”
Mylett, a second-round pick by Guelph in 2019, scored 12 goals in 74 OHL appearances in two seasons before arriving at Windsor. In the Spitfire he scored 25 points in 46 games and in the playoffs he added 11 more points in 25 games and believes he could play an even bigger role.
“Even if[Johnston and Maggio]come back, it’s a step where I want to improve and take on more aggressive roles,” Mylett said. It was like a role: lead the team in scoring and contribute in attack.”
Christopoulos was another player who found more lives offensively at Windsor. He scored his 18 points in his 78 games in some of his two seasons at the North Bay, but last season was also top-line with Johnston and Will Quill, and he had 47 games to his name. 13 goals and he scored 22 points. He finished third on the team with 11 goals in 25 playoff games.
“It gave us confidence and opportunities,” said 19-year-old Christopoulos. “We didn’t get much ice in the North Bay, but here we have to work hard and play with confidence.”
Christopoulos is also a minor midget scorer with 49 goals and, along with several other players, believes he can take another step forward this season.
“Especially if Johnny and Mag don’t come back, I think they can help the team a lot, but[Ryan Abraham, Ethan Miedema[both former first-round picks]guys like Mylett. We can,” Christopoulos said.) We’ve got some young guys and Smitty[Colton Smith]is pretty good.”
“We have a hard working group who really want to move the puck in the offensive zone and make it their stick.”
Christopoulos and Miedema scored in the shootout to give Windsor their third exhibition win in five games. Abraham recorded his two goals and an assist for the Spitfires, who led by one goal in his fifth inning. Oliver Peer, Noah Morneau and Christopher O’Flaherty added his one goal for the Spitfires, who were holding onto his 34-30 lead in shots.
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Spitfire continues to find ways to produce on offense after 6-5 shootout win over Sting
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