A Dog to Watch

By Larry Bradley
Think the Mississauga IceDogs future is dim without top NHL prospect
Jason Spezza? Think again! Sixteen year old Patrick Jarrett, the 1st
overall pick in the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, is lighting it up in
his rookie season. His gritty boardwork and sure hands have made the
jump from Tier II Jr. A seamless. Jarrett’s talent became apparent
early in the season as he set the IceDogs single game scoring record
with 6 points in only his third OHL appearance. He followed that up
with OHL Rookie of the Month honours for October leading the rookie pack
in scoring with 22 points in 14 games.

Since the departure of key veterans Spezza, Chad Wiseman and Brett Angel
the rookie has found himself at the center of attention. Teams have
fewer targets when playing the Dogs and look to keep Mississauga’s top
scorer in check. Consistency has taken the pressure off the youngster
allowing him to move comfortably into a leadership role this early in
his career.

The Sault Ste. Marie native is fresh off a very impressive showing at
the Under 17 Challenge in Nova Scotia. Patrick led his Ontario squad to
a bronze medal – posting a team high 9 points in 5 games. Honours
continue to roll in with his recent selection to the OHL’s Eastern
Conference All-Star Team. The OHL East will visit the QMJHL’s Lebel
Conference All-Stars in Montreal on January 17th.

Time is definitely on this future Super Stars line. Jarrett is eligible
for the 2002 NHL draft and will be a name to watch in the early rounds.
Look for his on-ice leadership to rub off on the rest of the Dogs for a
more prosperous 2001-2002 season.

Career Stats

Season     Club                               GP    G   A  PTS  PIM
1999-2000  S. S. Marie Thunderbirds - Jr. A   40   22  32   54   57
2000-2001  Mississauga IceDogs - OHL          32   10  22   32   16