Last year, only two East Division teams were above .500 and ther were the Division Champion Ottawa 67's and Kingston Frontenacs. This year, all five teams in the East Division have a chance at eclipsing the .500 plateau.
In debates between fans of the respective Conferences, fans of the West have always pointed to the aenemic East Division as one of the reasons that the OHL's West is the superior Conference. However, a lot has changed this year.
The Belleville Bulls, ravaged by graduation last season, added Alex Aleardi and Austin Brassard via trade. This year they'll team with Belleville drafted and developed Stephen Silas, Tyson Teichmann and rookie Brendan Gaunce to give the Yardman a new era of excitement.
In Peterborough, one of the League's best trios of Ryan Spooner, Austin Watson and Matt Puempel promises to reek havoc on the rest of the League.
Oshawa might have missed the playoffs last year but the additions of Nicklas Jensen, Scott Laughton and Lucas Lessio to a forward corps that already includes Boone Jenner and Christian Thomas should make for some serious firepower.
Kingston's usually moribund franchise has been revitalized by Erik Gudbranson, Taylor Doherty, Ethan Werek and Alan Quine but Doug Gilmour's tutelage is the catalyst in the Limestone City.
The Ottawa 67s returning corps of overagers in addition to Tyler Toffoli, Ryan Martindale, Petr Mrazek and Cody Ceci has the makings of a potential Division Championship repeat.