By TheOilKnight 11/04/19
Welcome to our weekly update on CHL prospects. Here are the leading scorers among all 3 leagues for the 2020 draft eligibles & 16 yr old CHL rookies.
NOTE: The U17 Worlds are under way which means many of the Top 16 year olds are not playing for their CHL clubs currently.
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Marco Rossi has 26 points in 11 games for a sparkling 2.36 points per game. To put that in perspective, Quinton Byfield has a 1.83 points per game average and Alexis Lafreniere is sitting at 2.38 points per game. Rossi is a highly talented playmaker who is a terrific offensive talent but is also defensively responsible. He’s a great skater especially with his agility & edgework and is strong on the puck. His shot & release are top notch and he’s an excellent playmaker with his elite vision. Natural center who is listed at 5’9″ but is at least 5’10” or more. Competes hard on every shift which is one of my knocks on Perfetti. He’s a late 2001 birthday but is still the 2nd best forward in the OHL among draft eligibles in my books behind Byfield.
Speaking of Byfield, he has slowed considerably after a torrid start. He’s only got 1 goal in the last 5 games though he does have 5 assists. 18 year olds Arthur Kaliyev & Connor McMichael have passed him for the overall OHL scoring lead.
Cole Perfetti has also slowed after seemingly breaking out of his goal scoring slump 2 weeks ago. He has 0 goals and 5 assists in the last 5 games for the Spirit. Perfetti is smart, has a great feel for the game and can rip the puck, but I’m not a big fan of his game away from the puck. His compete level at times worries me much like Kaliyev‘s last year. There’s not a lot of explosion or separation in his game either which is concerning.
Tyson Foerster continues to produce and impress. After 16 games, he still hasn’t gone consecutive games WITHOUT scoring at least 1 goal. I love his offensive instincts as he just has a nose for the net, and defensively he hustles back hard and is clearly trying to become a good 200 foot player. In many ways, he has become what I thought Will Cuylle was going to be this season. Big frame, big shot, good work ethic and makes plenty of good decisions.
Despite being a big London Knights guy, I didn’t have Liam Foudy in the 1st round in his draft year (he did go 18th overall) mainly because I didn’t think he had the hands to be anything but an NHL 4th liner & his play away from the puck needed work. I still feel that way and have similar concerns with his brother Jean-Luc, who screams perimeter player to me though some team may still fall in love with his elite speed & take him early. His compete level is a major flag right now.
I haven’t talked about Rory Kerins much but he does have 20 points in 17 games same as teammate Jaromir Pytlik. I like Pytlik better as an NHL prospect but Kerins is that overachieving type with a great work ethic that is capable of putting up big numbers in Junior – similar to Aidan Dudas last season.
Not sure I’m a fan of Jack Quinn‘s game yet or not but like Rossi he is putting up some nice numbers on a very good Ottawa team. He plays kind of a flashy, high risk game. Usually I’m pretty critical of these types but I need more viewings to know for sure.
Watching Hayden Fowler in back to back games versus London, he is definitely growing on me though he too is a late 2001 birthday. I like his speed, vision and offensive creativity though defensively there were a few lapses. He should be fun to track throughout the year.
James Hardie loves to shoot but I question his vision and decision making at this point. He shoots from some real bad angles that end up going the other way. He seems like a one-trick pony right now.
Andrei Bakanov is now on the leaderboard after registering 3 goals & 2 assists in the last 5 games. He’s a big kid who has a big shot and release. He was pretty much invisible the few games I watched until recently but some of that may have to do with adjusting to OHL. He’s someone to keep an eye on.
2021 Draft eligibles
|2003-06-19||RW||Ethan Burroughs||11||4||5||9||OHL||Owen Sound|
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Alexis Lafreniere continues his hot streak with 43 points in 18 games. He’s averaging 2.38 points per game which is tops in the CHL.
Dawson Mercer continues to lead the entire CHL for draft eligibles in goals. He now has 16 in 19 games and is a legit 1st round NHL pick. If you missed it last week, here is a excellent breakdown of his game by Yannick St. Pierre: highlights.
Ryan Francis is now up to 33 points in 18 games and more attention needs to be paid to him. He was recently added as a replacement to the QMJHL squad for Team Canada in the CIBC Canada-Russia series, which should be a good measuring stick to see if he can standout among a talented group full of 18 year old NHL drafted players.
Mavrik Bourque now has 5 goals & 11 points in his last 5 games. He’s fast, he’s highly skilled and he’s smart which bode well for his chances to be an NHL first round pick. Not much grit though and he has a light frame which could be a slight cause for concern. Still not sure how bad he wants it.
I got a chance to catch up on a couple Saint John games this week and I just have to say, Jeremie Poirier‘s decision making drives me nuts (SPR).
|2001-12-02||RW||Ryan Francis||18||11||22||33||QMJHL||Cape Breton|
|2002-06-02||LD||Jeremie Poirier||18||6||9||15||QMJHL||Saint John|
|2002-03-20||RD||William Villeneuve||18||3||12||15||QMJHL||Saint John|
|2002-01-12||C||Alexandre Doucet||18||3||11||14||QMJHL||Val D’or|
|2002-02-24||RD||Charlie Desroches||18||1||13||14||QMJHL||Saint John|
|2002-01-25||LW||Dawson Stairs||18||4||5||9||QMJHL||Saint John|
|2002-01-28||RW||Josh Lawrence||18||3||6||9||QMJHL||Saint John|
2021 Draft eligibles
|2002-09-27||C||Alexander Mirzabalaev||18||3||8||11||QMJHL||Val D’or|
|2003-08-06||C||Joshua Roy||16||5||3||8||QMJHL||Saint John|
|2003-03-13||C||Justin Robidas||15||4||4||8||QMJHL||Val D’or|
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After going 5 games without scoring a goal and not registering a point for the first time this season, Connor Zary scored 3 times over the weekend to boost that shooting percentage to a respectable 10% now. Zary was also named the player of the month of October in the WHL.
While Zary has slowed a bit, Seth Jarvis continues to rack up the points for Portland and has closed the gap for most points by a WHL 2020 draft eligible now with 21 points overall. Jarvis is also currently riding a 6 game point streak in which he has registered 6 goals & 11 points in those 6 contests.
Ridly Greig, has had an interesting start to his season. First, he got suspended on opening night for a check to the head which caused him to miss 3 games. Then, he came back and got 4 points in 3 games. Immediately following that, he had a 7 game stretch where he only registered 2 assists and was a -4. However, he did manage to get a goal and 3 assists over the weekend and now brings his point total to 10 in 13 games. Not amazing numbers by any means, but it appears he could be due for a breakout offensively. He certainly has the skill-set to do so.
Pavel Novak registered a hat trick & an assist versus Prince George to put him right back near the top of the scoring race. His 5 PPG‘s are tied for 1st in the WHL overall. A quick, hard shot & release on his wrister is really his bread and butter.
|2002-03-09||RW||Ozzy Wiesblatt||16||4||15||19||WHL||Prince Albert|
|2002-01-18||LD||Kaiden Guhle||16||2||10||12||WHL||Prince Albert|
|2002-05-15||LD||Daemon Hunt||15||0||9||9||WHL||Moose Jaw|
|2002-06-03||RD||Kasper Puutio||15||1||7||8||WHL||Swift Current|
2021 Draft eligibles
|2002-09-23||C||Ryder Korczak||15||7||17||24||WHL||Moose Jaw|
|2003-05-16||C||Cole Sillinger||14||8||9||17||WHL||Medicine Hat|
|2003-01-27||LW||Eric Alarie||15||3||6||9||WHL||Moose Jaw|
We will be providing you updates every week so be sure to check back every Monday or Tuesday for updated stats and highlights!