HF Prospect of the Month for February, 2014

By Ian Altenbaugh

Philippe Desrosiers - Dallas Stars

Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers is the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month for February after posting a 9-0 record and 0.94 goals against average with Rimouski Oceanic. (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rimouski Océanic goaltender and Dallas Stars prospect Philippe Desrosiers is the Hockey's Future February Prospect of the Month. A second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Desrosiers went 9-0, allowed only eight goals, and established a new QMJHL record with three consecutive shutouts.

The 18-year-old managed to quickly turn around a lackluster 2013-14 season, as he was 17-20 heading in February and owned a bloated 3.11 goals against average. He turned things around quickly however, and is now amid a 13-game winning streak. Desrosiers currently ranks fourth in the QMJHL with a 2.66 goals against average and five shutouts.

Desrosiers was named the Vaughn QMJHL Goaltender of the Month for February and was also recognized as the Telus first star for the month.

Honorable Mentions

Teuvo Teravainen (CHI)
Jokerit Helsinki – SM-liiga

The 19-year-old Finn has been lights out since returning from the 2014 World Junior Championships, where he helped his country to a gold medal and led the tournament with 15 points in seven games. He was red hot upon his return to the SM-liiga, managing two goals and 12 assists in six January games, and rode that momentum into February, where he had three goals and seven assists in nine games.

Since the turn of the new year, Teräväinen has points in 16 of his 18 games, including a 13-game hot streak where he managed five goals and 18 assists. He currently ranks seventh in the SM-liiga with 43 points and is the only teenager among the league's top-10 scorers.

Josh Morrissey (WPG)
Prince Albert Raiders – WHL

Morrissey has been a model of consistency all season, never going more than two games without a point and never going more than five games without a goal. He seemed to take his game to greater heights in February through, and went on a 12-game, 18-point hot streak which began on the 4th and ended on the 25th. He managed six goals and 12 assists during that span and on the season has 26 goals and 42 assists, which ranks him first among WHL defensemen in goal-scoring and second in points.

Jeremy Morin (CHI)
Rockford IceHogs – AHL

There was no hotter player in the AHL during February than Jeremy Morin. The 22-year-old managed a point in all 11 games he played last month, totaling nine goals, nine assists, a plus-10 rating, and 50 shots on net. He had four multi-point games, including the first hat trick of his professional career on February 8th.

Morin split the first half of the 2013-14 season between the AHL and NHL and appeared in 15 games for the Chicago Blackhawks, where he recorded a goal and four assists. He was re-assigned to the IceHogs on December 16th, and has played exclusively in the AHL since then. On the season, he has 22 goals and 23 assists through 46 AHL games. He also ranks fourth in the league with 204 shots on goal.

For his efforts, Morin was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for February. 

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