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Sports Prospect Roundup: Early Season CHL Stock Watch

00:21  18 october  2021
00:21  18 october  2021 Source:   si.com

Prospect Roundup: Make It or Break It Time

  Prospect Roundup: Make It or Break It Time There are prospects every year that seem to have fermented long enough and we just want to see them either make the team or settle into their role as an AHL regular. Here's a look at a few players deep into their development that need a big 2021-22 season. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports There are prospects every year that seem to have fermented long enough in junior or overseas and we just want to see them either make the team or settle into their role as an AHL regular.

Western hockey league (WHL). Carter Hart (G, Everett Silvertips): Competing to earn starting goalie duties for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, Hart has not skipped a beat since missing most of the early season with mononucleosis. In 12 games this season to date, Hart has an Carsen Twarynski (LW/C, Kelowna Rockets): The Flyers' 2016 third- round pick has had quite a week. Last Friday, he celebrated his 20th birthday in style, scoring a shorthanded goal early in the first period and posting three shots on goal in the Kelowna Rockets' 6-3 road win against the Vancouver Giants.

The CHL season is just over a month old and already storylines are starting to unfold that will define the 2018-19 season . A good start by several former CHL players in the NHL, including a handful that are still eligible to return, make for interesting fodder in the development debate. We’ve had our first coaching casualty, and we’re on the verge of looking at what Canada’s and Russia’s world junior teams will look like with the beginning of the CIBC Canada-Russia series starting Nov. 5. Close to that date, NHL Central Scouting will update it’s Players to Watch list as we march towards the 2019 NHL Draft.

The CHL season is in full swing, with many top prospects making the most - or in some cases, not so much - of the new season. Here's a look at how some of the more notable prospects have shaped up thus far.

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The Canadian Hockey League season has returned to its regularly scheduled programming with full seasons getting started in recent weeks. After a year of shortened seasons - or canceled, in the OHL’s case - things are looking positive as fully vaccinated fans pack buildings across the league.

With that said, most teams have played a few games now and it’s a good time to take a quick peek at who has been playing well and who hasn't. By no means does the opening few games dictate the way the rest of the season is going to go, but it doesn't hurt to do a little early stock check:

despite the Chl: Coach Aubin praises "Step forward"

 despite the Chl: Coach Aubin praises after the premature from the Eisbären Berlin in the Champions Hockey League (CHL) has coach Serge Aubin the positive phase-proof resignation at the 6: 3 victory against the HC Lugano outlined. "We were pretty good at the previous game against Bietigheim, but we have made a step forward now," said Canadian on Tuesday evening. "Of course we are disappointed that we did not get forward. But for us is really important that we have grown together as a team.

Future Watch 2020: The NHL's top 10 rising prospects - TheHockeyNews. “3. kevin bahl, D, new jersey devils (+41). Last year: Not ranked in top 100 This year: 60th. It’s pretty clear what Bahl will bring: a heavy shutdown game which, if he can reach his ceiling, could turn him into a Brandon Carlo type, as Devils assistant GM Dan MacKinnon tells our correspondent Justin Birnbaum in Future Watch 2020. As you can expect, Bahl has to work on getting that big body movin’ and improving his skating if he’s going to make it at the NHL level.

MLB Season Tools: Rankings, League Sync and MORE! Prospect Roundup . Top 10 Prospects : August 16 Top 10 Prospects : August 9 Top 10 has whiffed 18 over his last 10 innings, which is more in line with what we were seeing in the early part of the season . to see San Francisco moving their second best prospect (Marco Luciano is better, yes), it might be a good thing for his fantasy stock .

Stock up: Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg ICE

While he was already one of the most highly regarded prospects in the 2022 draft class, Savoie has come out of the gate on fire. He has collected a dozen points in just six games as he and fellow 2022 draft prospect Conor Geekie have helped lead the ICE to an undefeated start six games into the season.

Savoie has been an outstanding playmaker with cerebral playmaking ability and a shiftiness that is only more dangerous because of his speed. He finds open ice with ease in the offensive zone with ease thanks to a great feel for the spacing between defenders. At just 5-foot-9, there will be those who never fully appreciate Savoie’s skillset until he’s doing it at the NHL level, but his ability to be a game-changer at the WHL level is undeniable.

Wild prospect Matt Boldy out four to six weeks with ankle fracture

  Wild prospect Matt Boldy out four to six weeks with ankle fracture Matt Boldy is one of Minnesota’s top prospects after being the 12th overall pick back in 2019.  Boldy wrapped up his college career last season at Boston College with 31 points in 22 games to lead the Eagles in scoring before turning pro and finishing up the year in the minors with AHL Iowa.  He averaged more than a point per game there as well with 18 points in 14 contests, putting him in a spot to make a legitimate push for a regular role in Minnesota’s lineup coming into training camp.

The Western Hockey League is juggling its early - season schedule to deal with ongoing border restrictions. The league said teams in the B.C. Division will compete exclusively against other B.C.-based teams during October. When top prospect Brandt Clarke does interviews with National Hockey League teams the questions are often similar and expected. That's why the session with the New York Islanders stood out. TSN's Mark Masters goes one-on-one with the 18-year-old.

Lightning News. Prospect roundup : Howden continues new-year surge. by Kinsey Janke / TampaBayLightning.com. With an emphasis on drafting and developing, the Tampa Bay Lightning have created one of the strongest pipelines in the National Hockey League over the last few years. Each week, TampaBayLightning.com will provide statistical updates on key prospects throughout the Canadian Hockey League ( CHL ) and the National Collegiate Athletic Associaton (NCAA), and will highlight select players from the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

Stock Down: Shane Wright, C, Kingston Frontenacs

Alright, hear me out here. Wright is still the clear-cut number one on the board for the 2022 NHL draft. He has also been kind of just fine so far to start the OHL campaign. With many debating on whether Wright would surpass the two points per game mark, he is currently sitting at just over one point per game as he totals six points through five games.

Again, this isn’t a tumble-down-the-board start to his season by any means. The incredible instincts, outstanding tool kit, and mature game are all still evident. Wright is still just 17 years old and he will likely be a major factor on the Candian World Junior team in December. There isn’t much to truly worry about, but his "slow" start is noteworthy. The Frontenacs captain is just a big game away from being the player so many expected to start the year.

Stock Up: Jack Thompson, D, Sudbury Wolves

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 109 new cases, 63 people in hospital

  N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 109 new cases, 63 people in hospital New Brunswick has 109 new cases of COVID-19 and 63 people in hospital with the virus, 27 of them in intensive care. The fourth wave is "hitting our province very hard," Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said Tuesday, after the province surpassed 1,000 active cases for the first time Monday, and now stands at 1,092. A surge in new infections like this hasn't happened before and will likely continue for "some time," she said, noting it will take roughly a week for the two-week circuit breaker, which began Friday night in the "hot zones," to take effect.

Five VGK prospects have had particularly strong starts to the year and will look to translate their early - season success to a long year of production. Jack Dugan, Providence College Dugan has picked up where he left off after a 39-point freshman season at Providence. In just eight games as a sophomore, the 2017 5th round pick leads the nation in scoring with 18 points (5G, 13A) and has helped the Friars to the No. 11 Gage Quinney, Chicago Wolves In his two AHL seasons , Quinney has shown steady offensive growth and his early stats in 2019-20 imply a continuation of that trend.

Here's a look at Saturday's top performers in the Arizona Fall League from each team's Top 30 Prospects list. Wallner plated another run in the ninth with a single, giving him three RBIs in a 2-for-5 performance. Across two levels in the regular season , Wallner clubbed 15 dingers and drove in 47 runs in 68 games.

The third-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020 has been smoldering hot to start the year. Thompson is leading the OHL in scoring with ten points in just five games, doing it all from the back end. His offensive game has always been his calling card but numbers like this couldn’t have been expected from the Wolves captain.

A highly skilled blueliner with excellent hands and solid mobility, Thompson may be the next in a long line of Tampa finding a diamond in the rough at the draft. His decision-making on both ends of the ice has been much more efficient to start the year. Having played 18 games in HockeyEttan (Swedish third division men’s league), his maturity has been clear this year. Thompson seems to have found his balance between going for the big play and making the right play.

Stock Down: Cameron Whynot, D, Halifax Mooseheads

Whynot was drafted in the third round by the Calgary Flames this past summer, but it hasn't been smooth sailing ever since. The skating and passing ability seems to be his biggest strengths, but there is a lot of his game that is inconsistent.

Jets assign 2020 first-round pick Cole Perfetti to AHL

  Jets assign 2020 first-round pick Cole Perfetti to AHL Perfetti played in 32 games with Manitoba last season when the OHL campaign was canceled and actually did quite well. Despite being younger than almost all of his opponents, the 2020 first-round pick racked up 26 points in 32 games for the Moose. Now he’ll get the chance to build on that performance and continue his professional career, instead of returning to the OHL where he had already proved his dominance. Perfetti made the Jets lineup out of camp but was a healthy scratch on Tuesday night as Winnipeg decided to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Minnesota Wild.

Whynot seems to struggle at times putting things together at both ends of the ice with a spotty defensive game and erratic offensive game. The transition game is where you see his value really take hold. He displays his skating and passing so well when moving through the neutral zone, you are constantly finding yourself asking why he can leverage those tools elsewhere on the ice. The upside is there but the questions still remain.

Stock Up: Mavrik Bourque, C, Shawinigan Cataractes

After putting together a very strong training camp with the Dallas Stars, Bourque has returned to the QMJHL and has dominated. He has only played three games, but Bourge has put up seven points with his trademark shiftiness and vision. He remains one of junior hockey’s most analytical offensive players with his ability to diagnose and break down his opponent with ease.

While the likelihood of Bourque making the Stars this season was pretty low, he had a very good camp by all regards and his name will likely be on the shortlist to make the squad going into camp next season. He could add a dynamic offensive element to their forward group but for now, the QMJHL will have to put up with him loading up stat sheets at the junior ranks.

Coyotes' Conor Timmins, Carter Hutton out several weeks .
There was no update on Ryan Dzingel, who also left Monday night’s game. © Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Eight weeks would put a potential return for Connor Timmins just before Christmas, while 12 weeks would be the middle of January. It’s not like this has any drastic effect on the Coyotes; performance, considering that Arizona is obviously set up for a losing season and hasn’t even registered a single win to this point. But the development of Timmins – who was acquired in the Darcy Kuemper trade this summer –is certainly something to consider.

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