Jackets CHL Prospect Update: 5th Edition
Welcome to the 5th edition of the Jackets CHL Prospect Update. This week’s MVP is Kelowna Rockets over-ager Kiel McLeod. Read on to find out why he’s worthy of this title this time around. Also, a “Special Update” on who you all voted to read about, Per Mars of the USHL’s Lincoln Stars.
Western Hockey League
Kiel McLeod – Forward – Kelowna Rockets – Selected in the 2nd Round (53 Overall) in 2001
Kiel McLeod was heavily criticized for not signing with the Jackets this offseason and developing his game with the Crunch in the AHL. He’s fallen under more criticism by Jacket fans for his lack of production in Kelowna. However, as reports indicate, McLeod has arguably been the most dominant force on the Rockets since returning to Junior. Those critical of his statistics though, have been silenced. McLeod has played four games since our last update, tallying a total of 8 points. This pushes McLeod’s season totals to just under a point per game, with 22 points (10-12-22) in 24 games this season.
Interesting Stat: Number 17 sits 2nd on the team in PIM, despite missing the first four games of the season.
Steven Goertzen – Forward – Seattle Thunderbirds – Selected in the 7th Round (225th Overall) in 2002
Goertzen continues his ‘steady’ play for the Seattle Thunderbirds. He even managed to add a pair of assists to his season totals, pushing his season totals to 12 points (7-5-12) in 28 games this season. He remains at +3, where he’s been for roughly a month, proving his consistency at both ends of the ice for the Thunderbirds. Goertzen has also played a very disciplined game, having recorded only 39 PIM’s this season.
Interesting Stat: Number 26 remains tied for 5th on the team in goals.
Tim Konsorada – Forward – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 6th Round (168th Overall) in 2002
Konsorada has set the standard for his play this season, so to speak, and after his hot start, has levelled off into what appears to be a point-per-game player for the Wheat Kings this season. Konsorada sits second on the team in scoring, behind Canadian Junior Camp invitee Jordin Tootoo. Since our last update, Konsorada has played in three games for Brandon, registering four points, two goals and two assists. These four points push his season totals to 32 points (9-23-32) in 31 games this season.
Interesting Stat: Number 19 is 3rd on the team in powerplay goals, with 5.
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen – Defense – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 3rd Round (65th Overall) in 2002
Tollefsen continues his consecutive games played streak, pushing his total to 9. In all seriousness, Tollefsen is starting to find his stride. He’s begun to show his mobility on the point, as well as his ability to take care of his own end. However, he still needs to learn when to carry the puck and when to pass in certain situations, seeming hesitant to move with the puck at times. In two games since Tollefsen’s last update, he’s added an assist, pushing his season totals to 11 points (5-6-11) in 20 games.
Interesting Stat: Number 27 has scored 2 of his 5 goals on the powerplay.
Ontario Hockey League
Andrew Penner – Goaltender – Guelph Storm – Signed As A Free Agent (Sept 17th, 2001)
Considering the Jackets were able to pickup Penner at the cost of a mere contract, Penner has definitely been worth the investment. Penner sits 11th in the league with a GAA of 2.77, as well sits 9th in Save Percentage with a .907 mark. Penner currently has a record of 6-7-5.
Interesting Stat: Number 1 has failed to record a shutout this season.
Ryan Bowness – Forward – Brampton Battalion – Selected in the 8th Round (236th Overall) in 2001
Bowness, fresh off of setting a career high in goals last update, set another career high for this update, this time in points. Bowness, showing a little bit of streak in him, registered 4 points in 4 games since the last update. With a pair of goals and a pair of assists, Bowness managed to push his season totals to 20 points (10-10-20) in 28 games this season. With Bowness’ next assist, he will also set a career mark for single season assists.
Interesting Stat: After over 100 PIM last season, Number 24 is only averaging 1 PIMPG.
Cole Jarrett – Defense – Plymouth Whalers – Selected in the 5th Round (141st Overall) in 2001
Cole Jarrett must have been disappointed to not have an opportunity to represent his country at this years World Junior Championships, but it hasn’t slowed his contribution on the ice down for the Plymouth Whalers. Jarrett has moved to fourth on the team in points, and netted five points in his last five games for the Whalers. He currently sits at 33 points (10-23-33) in 30 games for Plymouth. Cole is 2nd in the league among defensemen in scoring, behind only Bryan Rodney.
Interesting Stat: Number 2 sits 5th on the team in goals, with 10, as a defenseman.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Aaron Johnson – Defense – Rimouski Oceanic – Selected in the 3rd Round (85th Overall) in 2001
Aaron Johnson has something to look forward to. He was named to the Canadian National Junior Team selection camp, as one of 34 who received the honour. He was also named the QMJHL Defenseman of the Month for November. That being said, Johnson’s totals did not improve much from the last update, playing in only two games. In those two games, Johnson was able to record no points, keeping his total on the year at 24 points (4-20-24).
Interesting Stat: Aaron has the worst plus/minus among the top ten scoring defensemen.
Special Update: The Progress of Per Mars
Per Mars was the lucky man who was voted the prospect that Jackets fans wanted to see a Special Update on, edging out Janne Jokila and Raffaele-Pierre Sannitz. Per Mars, playing with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League, has registered 3 goals and 4 assists in 11 games this season, good enough to be ranked only 13th on the team in points, and tied for 6th in goals. This 6’3″ 210lb centre/winger is in his first season in North America, is playing on the top team in the West Division, which is a contributing factor to his lack of playing time with Lincoln.
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