Below are the top performing prospects in the ECHL for November 2003. Inclusion is based on Hockey’s Future prospect criteria.
Charles Linglet, LW, Alaska (Age: 20) Linglet leads all rookies in scoring with an impressive 26 points in 21 games, including nine goals and 17 assists. His shooting percentage is 37.5 percent. He has good size at 6’2″ 212 pounds and plays a good all-around game. He attended Atlanta Thrashers rookie and training camp in 2002 before returning for his overage season in the QMJHL. In Linglet’s best season in the QMJHL, 2001-02, he posted 123 points in 72 games.
Jason Notermann, F, Johnstown (Age: 22) Notermann is a small player at 5’9″ out of the University of North Dakota who seems to be adjusting well to the ECHL in his rookie season. He has posted 20 points (10 G, 10 A) in 19 games played. A good skater and passer, Notermann is making a big impact.
Rory Rawlyk, D, Charlotte (Age: 20) Rory Rawlyk came to the ECHL out of the WHL, and is a guy who can put up decent numbers. With Charlotte this year, Rawlyk has put up 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 15 games played. If Rawlyk can use his 6’4″ 200 lbs. frame to his advantage, he will go far. Rawlyk is property of the New York Rangers.
Shawn Limpright, LW, Roanoke (Age: 22) This physical two-way left winger out of the WHL is a second year player for the Roanoke Express. He is tied for fifth in ECHL scoring with 26 points in 19 games, 11 of those goals. He has nearly reached his 2002-03 scoring total already (33), done in 63 games. Limpright is 5’11″, 178 pounds.
Greg Chambers, Pensacola (Age: 21) One of many talented prospects on Pensacola’s team, Chambers is a rookie out of Peterborough of the OHL. The right wing had 84 points in 67 games last season in that league, and has 16 points in 18 games this season. Chambers is normally more of a goal scorer, but has only four goals to go with his 12 assists right now.
Chris Houle, G, Trenton (Age: 21) Chris Houle, a rookie from the OHL and WHL leagues, is making a statement in Trenton this season. Houle signed with Trenton as a free agent after the season had started and has slipped under the radar. Houle is currently 5-2, with a 1.29 GAA and a .958 save percentage (both second in the ECHL) in his seven games played. The big goalie is developing well in Trenton.
Troy Milam, D, Gwinnett (Age: 23) Milam has a very good one-timer from the point, which leads to a lot of scoring chances for both him and the Gladiators. He has 16 points in 19 games, four of them goals. He leads rookie defensemen in scoring. The 6’0″ 188 pound Michigan native played his college hockey with Ferris State University.
Brent Gauvreau, RW, Mississippi (Age: 23) Gauvreau is tied for eighth in ECHL scoring with 25 points in 19 games. The right winger boasts an impressive +13. Not a flashy player, Gauvreau scores by going to the right spots. He has good size at 6’3″ 210 pounds.
Kris Goodjohn, F, Gwinnett (Age: 25) Rookie Kris Goodjohn plays a simple but effective game, and has found a scoring touch with eight goals and six assists in 18 games. The Calgary native came to the ECHL form Union College.
Frederic Cloutier, G, Louisiana (Age: 22) Cloutier’s 1.64 GAA ranks him third in the league, and his .937 save percentage ranks him seventh in nine games played. Cloutier’s record with the IceGators is an impressive 7-1. This prototypical butterfly Quebec goaltender was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Wild in 2001 coming out of junior. Last year Cloutier spent 12 games in the AHL with the Houston Aeros and 26 with the IceGators, in which he struggled. His rebound this year has been impressive.
Mathieu Brunelle, LW, Trenton (Age: 20) Brunelle, a rookie out of the QMJHL, is a speedy and nifty left-winger for Trenton. Brunelle’s rights belong to the Philadelphia Flyers (selected in the 7th round of the 2002 draft), has seen a couple games in the AHL this season with Trenton. He has posted 11 points (3 G, 11 A) in 17 games played, but it’s not his stats that are noteworthy; rather, it is his strong work ethic and hustle.
Paul Ballantyne, D, Toledo (Age: 21) Not usually noted for his scoring, gritty Toledo defenseman Paul Ballantyne has come through in the clutch for Toledo. Property of the Red Wings, Ballantyne has 12 points (4 G, 8 A) in as many games. Ballantyne was named ECHL Player of the Week for the week of November 24.
Brian Eklund, G, Pensacola (Age: 23) Brian Eklund was just named the ECHL Saver of the Week for the week of November 24-30. Eklund is currently 10-4-0 with a 2.73 GAA and a .926 save percentage with Pensacola. Eklund’s rights belong to the Tampa Bay Lightning (selected in the 7th round of the 2000 draft), and this is his second professional season, after attending Brown University. Eklund is a huge goalie (6’5″ 200 lbs.) who takes up a lot of space, but he isn’t very quick. He sure seems to be holding his own.
Tom Reimann, D, Greensboro (Age: 25) Reimann is a rookie out of the University of Maine where he captured an NCAA championship. He now finds himself on the rookie leaders as well as defenseman scoring leader boards with six goals and nine assists in 19 games. He’s second only to Troy Milam in rookie defensive scoring. Along with that he has posted 40 penalty minutes. Reimann is 5’10″ and weighs 185 pounds.
David Cornacchia, D, Idaho (Age: 23) The 5’11″ 200-pound Cornacchia played only eight games in 2002-03 for the Mississippi Sea Wolves, but has rebounded this year healthy and productive with 14 points in 20 games. Cornacchia played four years of junior hockey with Sudbury and Belleville of the OHL.
Honorable Mention: Brent Kelly, C (Johnstown), Chad Larose, F (Florida), Lance Mayes, G (Alaska).