Jackets CHL Prospect Update

By Aaron Vickers

Jackets CHL Prospect Update: 2nd Edition

Western Hockey League

Kiel McLeod – Forward – Kelowna Rockets – Selected in the 2nd Round (53 Overall) in 2001
‘The Overager’ Kiel McLeod has added two goals and an assist since the first update of the season. This runs his totals to 8 points (4-4-8) in 10 games. McLeod, wearing an ‘A’ again this season, will be looked upon for leadership and his offensive prowess in his last season of Major Junior.

Steven Goertzen – Forward – Seattle Thunderbirds – Selected in the 7th Round (225th Overall) in 2002
Goertzen has had a good run since the last CHL prospects update. In the last five games Goertzen, who is not known for his offensive prowess, has chipped in with 3 goals and an assist, running his season totals to 6 points (5-1-6) in 14 games this season. Goertzen has played in all 14 games so far for the Thunderbirds, and is one of only 5 players with at least an even plus/minus rating (minimum 7 games). Goertzen is also 5th best in terms of penalty minutes per game, playing a very disciplined game leading to an average of only 0.64 minutes in the sin bin per game.

Tim Konsorada – Forward – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 6th Round (168th Overall) in 2002
Brandon’s favourite new son, Tim Konsorada, is having himself quite the season. He started off the season with an 8 game point streak, which ended on October 11th. He registered at least an assist in 8 straight games during that stretch. However, in Konsorada’s last 5 games, he’s struggled somewhat, registering only 3 assists, to put his season totals upto 22 points (4-18-22) in 14 games, which is still very respectable. Here’s hoping that Konsorada finds that touch that he had at the beginning of the season, where he averaged almost 2 points per game.

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen – Defense – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 3rd Round (65th Overall) in 2002
The news just goes from bad to worse for the 65th selection in the 2002 Entry Draft. The fact of the matter is that Tollefsen is not OK. After returning from a slight concussion, Tollefsen finds himself yet again on the IR, when he was stepped on trying to sweep the puck out of harms way. The good news is that there was no tendon damage, and Wheat King fans can expect him back in the lineup in two to three weeks time. Statistically, Tollefsen managed to get two games in in the past two weeks, registering 2 assists to push his season totals to 6 points (2-4-6) in 7 games this season.

Ontario Hockey League

Andrew Penner – Goaltender – Guelph Storm – Signed As A Free Agent (Sept 17th, 2001)
Penner has seen his game time increase after playing in just two of the Storm’s first 7 games. Penner has now played in 6 games in Guelph, 60 minutes more than Dwight LaBrosse. Penner improved on his 0-1-0 record by going 2-1-1 over the last two weeks, pushing his season record to, yep, 2-2-1. His goals-against-average is respectable at 2.47, and his save percentage is 0.912. With LaBrosse on the roster, it will be good for both goaltenders to push each other in a little bit of old fashion competition. Guelph would love to have a goalie controversy, too many qualified goaltenders, and only one net.

Ryan Bowness – Forward – Brampton Battalion – Selected in the 8th Round (236th Overall) in 2001
After a blazing start to the 2002-2003 season, Bowness’ offence has been halted. Starting the season with 9 points in 9 games, Bowness has just 1 goal in his last five games, pushing his totals to 10 points (6-4-10) in 14 games this season. He now moves within one goal of tying his career high. On a club where some players are -10 in terms of plus/minus, Bowness sits at an acceptable +2.

Cole Jarrett – Defense – Plymouth Whalers – Selected in the 5th Round (141st Overall) in 2001
After a somewhat slow start offensively for the Whalers defenseman, Jarrett has found his offensive game in recent weeks. After starting the season with a mere 3 assists in 7 games, Cole has added another goal and 2 assists in his last five games, putting his season totals at 6 points (1-5-6) in 12 games, just behind his pace set last season of 0.75 points per game over 48 games last season.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Aaron Johnson – Defense – Rimouski Oceanic – Selected in the 3rd Round (85th Overall) in 2001

Johnson continues his solid play on the Oceanic blueline. While his offensive totals aren’t where they were at this time last season, he’s still contributing on a nightly basis at both ends of the ice. He’s added another goal and two assists since the last update, running his totals to 6 points (2-4-6) in 12 games thus far this season. His plus/minus is anything but flattering (especially considering last seasons totals), at -4. Johnson has been steady, but there is definitely room for improvement in his game.

Special Update: The Progress of Joakim Lindstrom
After being drafted in the 2nd round, 41st overall in the 2002 entry draft, Joakim Lindstrom has become a regular with MoDo’s SEL team. He’s started out the season playing on the 3rd line, and has one goal after six games thus far this season, and is -1. Keep in mind, however, that he is coming off a shoulder separation, and has not made a lot of noise since his return. Look for Lindstrom to start contributing more offensively in the coming weeks, after shaking off some of that rust due to injury.

A special thanks to Johan Nilsson, editor of www.eliteprospects.com, the sister site of www.hockeysfuture.com.

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