Thrashers 2009-10 junior prospects update

By Aubrey Chau

OHL

Eric O’Dell, C — Sudbury Wolves
Acquired: trade from the Anaheim Ducks, March 4, 2009
Drafted: by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2nd rd, 39th overall in the 2008 Entry Draft
June 21, 1990, 6’0, 174 lbs

It is only November and O’Dell is already making the most of his third season with the Sudbury Wolves by leading them in scoring with 11 goals, 15 assists in 21 games. He has been playing with undrafted 19-year old Kyle Tarini and 2010 draft-eligible John McFarland

O’Dell and McFarland, who is second in Wolves scoring, have both been selected to be a part of Team OHL in the 2009 Subway Super Series versus Team Russia in Windsor later this month. The Super Series is a big part of the evaluation process for the World Junior Championships in December. O’Dell will showcase his offensive talents to make his case to join Team Canada at the World Juniors for the first time.

Jeremy Morin, C — Kitchener Rangers
Drafted:  in the 2nd rd, 45th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft
April 16, 1991, 61, 189 lbs

Morin has clearly shown that he can score goals at the OHL level. A lot of them. In only 21 games, Morin already has 18 goals, putting him tied for third in the OHL. Morin made the step up to the OHL from the U.S. National Under-18 Team and was bought in by the Rangers to supply some secondary scoring. He has more than delivered. 

In a mid-October game against the Sarnia Sting, Morin caused trouble for more than just goalies when he joined linemate Gabriel Landeskog in what resulted in a line brawl. Then on Oct. 30, Morin was the first to go after Michael Liambis of the Erie Otters, who caught Sting defenseman Ben Fanelli with his head down and put him in the hospital with a fractured skull.
 
Ben Chiarot, D — Guelph Storm
Drafted:  in the 4th rd, 120th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft
May 9, 1991, 6’3, 222lbs

Chiarot is in his third season with the Guelph Storm and at 222 pounds with 55 penalty minutes in 20 games, continues to establish himself as a punishing force on their blueline. After he struggled to find his game in his rookie season in 2007-08 in the shadows of Los Angeles Kings bluechip defenseman Drew Doughty, Chiarot emerged as solid presence last season. 
After a shaky start to this season, Chiarot has settled down and simplified his game. Now making smarter decisions on the ice, but still intimidating opponents with his big body, he is now a workhorse who receives top minutes and considered the Storm’s top shutdown defenseman. He has six points as well.  

Edward Pasquale, G — Saginaw Spirit
Drafted:  in the 4th rd, 117th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft
November 20, 1990, 6’2, 216lbs

After contracting mononucleosis, Pasquale missed training camp (for both the Saginaw Spirit and the Atlanta Thrashers) and the Spirit’s preseason. It has been an uphill battle back from mono for Pasquale. He was pulled only 15 minutes into his first game after letting in three goals on six shots. 

Since that first game, slowly, but surely, Pasquale has returned to the form he displayed last season as one of the OHL’s top netminders. In his first three games in November, Pasquale posted a 1.67 goals against average with a .951 save percentage and is now 9-2-0-0 on the season.            

Cody Sol, D — Saginaw Spirit
Drafted:  in the 5th rd, 125th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft
February 11, 1991, 6’4, 215lbs

Sol, a big bruising defenseman, was drafted this summer just eight spots after Saginaw Spirit teammate Pasquale. The Spirit are second in the OHL’s West Conference in part due to Sol’s punishing style of play. 

In what is now his second full season with in the OHL, he has taken the step forward and started contributing offensively as well. With four goals and eight points, Sol has already surpassed his point total from last year, when he scored seven points in 66 games. He has 66 penalty minutes in only 22 games and is third in plus/minus for the Spirit. 

Chris Carrozzi, G — Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Drafted:  in the Sixth Round, 154th overall in the 2008 Entry Draft
March 2, 1990, 6’2, 185 lbs

Carrozzi has had an impressive start to his third season as the starting goaltender for Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and was recognized for it when he was named October’s OHL Goaltender of the Month. He had a 6-1-0-0 record, a 1.76 goals against average, .935 save percentage and two shutouts in October.

It is now halfway through November and Carrozzi’s stellar statistics have come back down to earth, but he still has a great record at 8-2-1-0, a .914 save percentage and 2.36 GAA and the St. Michael’s Majors presently sit at the top of the OHL’s Eastern Conference and second in the league to only Windsor. 

QMJHL
  
Danick Paquette, RW — Quebec Remparts
Drafted:  3rd rd, 64th overall in the 2008 Entry Draft
July 17, 1990, 6’0, 210 lbs

Joining Patrick Roy’s Quebec Remparts over the summer from the Lewiston MAINEiacs, Paquette is thriving in a supporting role and putting up decent numbers with 11 goals and 8 assists for 18 points in 20 games and second on the team in goal scoring. However, it appears he is making a bigger impact that resonates beyond the ice.

Roy, his coach, filed a formal complaint with the QMJHL for comments made by Richard Martel, head coach of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, who reportedly called Paquette the most dangerous player in the league and was quoted as saying "he has injured players and he is going to hurt others."  Martel’s comments came after Paquette injured Chicoutimi forward Jacob Lagace with a bruising hit that caused him to leave the game. The league dismissed Roy’s complaint. 

WHL

Levko Koper, LW — Spokane Chiefs
Drafted: 7th rd, 185th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft
October 5, 1990, 6’0, 180 lbs

In his fourth season with the Spokane Chiefs, Koper is part of a strong corps of 19-year-old forwards that includes Kyle Beach, and linemates Mitch Wahl and Tyler Johnson. Koper has had a strong start with 10 goals, nine assists for 19 points in 19 games, making him third in points and second in goals for the Chiefs.

His strong start has resulted in his selection to the WHL roster for the 2009 Subway Super Series against Team Russia. Joining him will be fellow Chief Jared Cowen. Both will receive strong consideration to join Team Canada’s roster at the World Championships.
   

Jimmy Bubnick, RW — Kamloops Blazers
Drafted: 6th rd, 155th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft
January 19, 1991, 6’2, 195lbs

It has been a rough autumn for Bubnick, who is struggling with a weak Kamloops Blazer team. After an early season seven-game winless streak, Blazers coach Barry Smith was fired and replaced by Scott Ferguson, who was named interim head coach. In 24 games with the Blazers, Bubnick has only six goals and eight assists for 14 points.

Due to injuries, Bubnick was given a great opportunity to produce when he was moved to center a line between wingers Shayne Wiebe and Blazers leading scorer and St. Louis Blues prospect, Tyler Shattock.