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Foligno made smart move with Baker trade

Hey fans, it's time for another heap of OHL news, stats and happenings. name="valign" top > SCOTT HADDOW Let's start with the Sudbury Wolves first.

Hey fans, it's time for another heap of OHL news, stats and happenings.

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SCOTT HADDOW
Let's start with the Sudbury Wolves first.

How about that Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn? It looks like he's getting comfortable with his surroundings.

He has a modest three-game point scoring streak going right now, recording three goals and six points in that span.

Not bad at all, and hopefully it continues.

When the Wolves traded Kyle Lamb last season to Owen Sound for Kevin Baker, there was some grumbling about the fact the team lost the trade,
especially since Lamb was considered to have a great offensive upside.

Fast forward to now, and it was probably one of Foligno's smartest moves.

While Lamb was traded from Owen Sound to Mississauga this year and has yet to make a major impact, Baker has absolutely blossomed with Sudbury and is having a career season.

Baker, 18, easily surpassed his 17 goals from last season and now has 32 goals so far this year, along with 59 points.

Baker has a six-game point-scoring streak, piling up six goals and 10 points in that time and has given the Wolves a legitimate scorer and go-to-guy to back up Ben Pouliot.

Lamb, meanwhile, didn't play well in Owen Sound (scoring 12 points in 32 games and was a -14) but has found new life with the IceDogs. In 15 games with Mississauga, Lamb has five goals, 13 points and a +1 rating.

I have to feel for former Wolves defender Thomas Sample. He was sent to Sarnia as part of the Nick Tuzzolino trade and is in a tough situation.

Sarnia has lost 14 straight games and will miss the playoffs.

Sample has played in 16 games with Sarnia, putting up zero points, a -7 rating and 49 penalty minutes.

From bad to good, how about the Kingston Frontenacs? Here's a team that's playing great hockey and tearing up the league.

Kingston is 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games, including shutout wins over nationally ranked teams like Kitchener and Peterborough.

Kingston already has 33 wins and 70 points this season, passing last year's totals of 28 wins and 63 points.

A big reason for Kingston's rise in the Eastern Conference, where they sit fourth overall, has been the play of their 2006 NHL draft eligible players.

Forwards Chris Stewart (79 points), Cory Emmerton (78 points), Bobby Hughes (69 points), and defenceman Ben Shutron (36 points) have all
exceeded expectations and helped lead the turnaround.

Last season, the league had two players crack 100 points (London's Cory Perry with 130 and teammate Dylan Hunter 104).

Well, five players have eclipsed the magical 100-point mark so far this season.

London's Rob Schremp has 127, followed by teammates David Bolland (110) and Dylan Hunter (103).

Kitchener's Evan McGrath has 102, while Toronto's Justin Donati has 100.

Three other players are within striking distance. They are Brampton's Wojtek Wolski (98), Barrie's Bryan Little (97) and Oshawa's Peter Tsimikalis (91).