Key Losses: Joe Pleckaitis, Brian Lashoff, Zach Harnden, Tyler Beskorowany
Key Additions: Philip Grubauer
Biggest Need: Game-breaking forward
If This Team Were a Rock Song or Album?
"Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)" by AC/DC. A great song about ferocity and testosterone but like most AC/DC, all about Angus Young.
The Fronts are praying that the Cats return Erik Gudbranson and the indications to this point are that they will.
On defence, Kingston has some very solid tools with Gudbranson and Doherty making for one of the biggest, if not the biggest one-two punch in the O.
Behind Gudbranson and Doherty are Jaroslav Kruzik, Tyler Mort, Cameron Odam, Clark Seymour, and Erik's little brother, Alex ,which gives the Fronts some good punch deep into the lineup.
Odam and Mort aren't anything special by any stretch, but they'll likely be five and six defenders by season's end and thus, negligible if their impact is positive or negative.
Up front, the same story is true. Headliners Nathan Moon and Ethan Werek are back and joined by playmakers Mike Farrell (not the one who played BJ Hunnicutt) and Michael Fine.
Deeper into the lineup, one comes across the names of Steven Broek, Alan Quine, Derek Froats, Charles Sarault, Mitch Lebar, and Cory Durocher, who are all projected to take a step forward from their play last season.
Broek, Froats, and Durocher, in particular, will be counted on to improve from their first full OHL season, and impose their will more consistently as they're counted among the Fronts' bigger forwards.
Still, Kingston needs another game-breaker to play with Ethan Werek. Kingston was very much in the driver's seat of last year's playoff series against Brampton until Matt Clark put Werek awkwardly into the boards in Game 6, sidelining the Kingston forward for Game 7.