Pittsburgh Penguins Junior Player of the Year, Final Results

By Erik Johnson

Weekly and Final Season stats with comments.

Peter Hamerlik, G (Kingston)
Final Week- 4 games, 1-3, 3.88GAA, .880SvPct
Final Stats- 56 games, 21-21-8, 3.03GAA, .907SvPct

Peter’s first season in the OHL was a successful one. Shrugging off last season’s struggles, Peter won the starting job early in the season and was playing extrememly well during the middle of the season. Tired late and was less effective. Finished 2nd in the OHL in rookie SvPct.

Jeremy Van Hoof, D (Ottawa)

Final Week- 4 games, 0 points
Final Stats- 65 games, 1 goal, 14 assists, 15 points, +11, 49 PIM

Still unsigned, likely to compete for a spot with the Wilkes-Barre next season.

David Koci, D (Prince George)

Final Week- 8 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 27 PIM
Final Stats- 70 games, 2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points, +6, 155 PIM

David was a huge surprise for me this season. Reports out of the draft made him sound as a slow lanky defenseman who needed a *lot* of work before he’d be ready. David came to camp and looked nothing like he was protrayed. Big defenseman that skated quite well. Looked very good for his first Pens camp experience. Played well in his first season in North America. 2nd on the team in +/-.

Darcy Robinson, D (Red Deer)

Final Week- 4 games, 4 PIM
Final Stats- 71 games, 3 goals, 11 assists, 14 points, -18, 150 PIM

Traded to Red Deer during the season, much of the -18 was accumulated in Saskatoon. Same boat as Van Hoof.

Joel Scherban, F (London)

Final Week- 4 games, 4 goals, 3 assists
Final Stats- 65 games, 24 goals, 31 assists, 55 points, -11, 22 PIM, 12 PPG

Decided to return to London as an overager than play for the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. Finished 2nd in goals and 3rd in assists and points on the team. Free agent.

Tomas Skvaridlo, F (Kingston)

Final Week- 4 ganes, 2 PIM
Final Stats- 58 games, 10 goals, 19 assists, 29 points, -8, 33 PIM

Missed most of December while playing for the Slovak team in the Wold Junior Championships. Production slipped this season, especially in the 2nd half.

Steve Crampton, F (Moose Jaw)

Final Week- 4 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 PIM
Final Stats- 72 games, 26 goals, 33 assists, 59 points, -8, 153 PIM, 15 PPG

Steve finished the season 3rd on the team in goals and 2nd in PP goals. Bumped up the physical play a bit and added to hi spoint totals this season.

Jan Fadrny, F (Kelowna)

Final Week- 5 games, 3 goals, 5 assists, 4 PIM
Final Stats- 58 games, 33 goals, 46 assists, 79 points, +8, 64 PIM

Jan also decided to return to the WHL instead of playing for Wheeling of the ECHL. Traded from Brandon to Kelowna early in the season. Missed games near the end of the season with a concussion. ALready signed to a contract and likely to compete for a spot on Wilkes-Barre next season. Finished 2nd in assists and 3rd in goals and points on the team.

Shane Endicott, F (Seattle)

Final Week- 6 games, 3 goals, 1 assist, 10 PIM
Final Stats- 72 games, 36 goals, 43 assists, 79 points, +5, 86 PIM

Spent most of the year playing on Seattle’s 2nd line. Lead the team in goals and points and was 2nd in assists.

Michel Ouellet, F (Rimouski)

Final Week- 5 games, 3 goals, 4 assists
Final Stats- 63 games, 43 goals, 50 assists, 92 points, -12, 50 PIM, 28 PPG

Michel finished the season 1st in goals and PPG, tied for 1st in points, and 2nd in assists on the team this year. he also led the QMJHL in PP goals this season. He also led all Pens prospects in those 4 categories, as well.

Players of the Week

1st: Joel Scherban
2nd: Jan Fadrny
3rd: Michel Ouellet

Final Standings

Ouellet 47 (5)
Fadrny 39 (5)
Endicott 35 (5)
Hamerlik 32 (3)
Crampton 23 (3)
Scherban 20 (2)
Skvardilo 6
Robinson 2
Van Hoof 1

Pittsburgh Penguins Junior Prospect of the Year: Forward Michel Ouellet, Rimouski Oceanic