Predators CHL update

By Courtney Wagner







 

Alexander Radulov, the 15th pick in
the 2004 draft, leads the pack of six Nashville Predators prospects who are
currently playing in the CHL in the 2004-05 season.

 

Alexander Radulov,
RW – Quebec, QMJHL

 

Height: 6’1, Weight: 178 lbs., DOB – 1986-07-05

 

Alexander Radulov joins Patrick Roy’s team, the
Quebec Remparts, coming from his native Russia where he played with THK Tver of
the Upper League and had 31 points in 42 games last season. Last summer’s first
round pick, noted for his natural scoring ability and quick moves in the
offensive zone, was a member of the gold medal winning Russian team at the 2004
IIHF world junior Under-18 championships and ranked second on that team in
scoring with seven points. Radulov has posted 34 points already in only 27
games this season and has a +10 rating.
He is the Remparts’ second leading scorer behind the Sharks’ Josh
Hennessy.

 

2004-05 stats

 

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Quebec

27

13

21

34

34

+10

 

 

 

Nick Fugere, LW –
Gatineau, QMJHL

 

Height: 6’2, Weight: 230 lbs., DOB – 1985-09-20

 

Nick Fugere is a strong presence around the net
in his fourth season in the QMJHL. A member of the 2003-04 QMJHL champion
Gatineau Olympiques, Fugere has continuously posted big numbers in penalty
minutes, with 121 last season. He has 70 so far this season, good for second on
the team behind Maxime
Rousseau. A
fourth-round draft pick in 2004, Fugere is noted for a good slap shot having
strength and size that make him tough to contain in front of the net. This
season he has 11 points in 25 games with the Olympiques, good for seventh on
the team.

 

2004-05 stats

 

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Gatineau

25

4

7

11

70

-1

 

 

 

Vaclav Meidl, C – Plymouth,
OHL

 

Height: 6’4, Weight: 198 lbs., DOB – 1986-05-27

 

A third-round pick, Vaclav Meidl is playing in
his second season with the OHL Plymouth Whalers. He had a good year in 2003-04,
netting 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points. In 2003 he played for the Czech
Republic at the IIHF Under-18 world junior championships and was named to the
2004 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. So far this season Meidl is
struggling with only nine points in 23 games, putting him 10th on
the team. He is tied for the second
worst plus/minus on the team at –5.

 

2004-05 stats

 

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Plymouth

23

5

4

9

24

-5

 

 

 

Kyle Moir, G – Swift Current,
WHL

 

Height: 6’2, Weight: 190 lbs., DOB – 1986-05-25

 

Kyle Moir is in his third season with the Swift
Current Broncos. Last season he posted 22 wins in 46 games and had a
goals-against average of 2.90. A fifth-round pick in 2004, this season with the
Broncos Moir has a 6-12-2 record with a 3.18 GAA, who are tied for second to
last place in the league with only 16 points in 25 games.

 

2004-05 stats

 

Team

GP

Min

GA

SO

Avg.

W

L

T

SV%

Swift Current

21

1152

61

0

3.18

6

12

2

.904

 

 

 

Shea Weber, D – Kelowna,
WHL

 

Height: 6’3, Weight: 190 lbs., DOB – 1985-08-14

 

Shea Weber of the 2004 Memorial Cup champion
Kelowna Rockets had a stellar season in 2003-04. In his second year with the
club he had 32 points in 60 games and was first on the Rockets and 11th
in the WHL with a +23 rating last season. He was named to the 2004 Memorial Cup
All-Star team after posting 17 points in the playoffs, with an average of one
point per game. The 2003 second round pick has 20 points in 24 games this
season, and leads his team in scoring from the blueline. He ranks second in the WHL in scoring by
defensemen behind only the Blackhawks Cam Barker.

 

2004-05 stats

 

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Kelowna

24

6

14

20

50

-1

 

 

 

Lauris Darzins, C – Kelowna,
WHL

 

Height: 6’2, Weight: 176 lbs., DOB – 1985-01-28

 

Lauris Darzins moves to North America this year
after playing the last two seasons in the Finnish junior league with Lukko Jrs
and joins Weber on Kelowna. A native of Lativa, Darzins was the ninth-round
pick of the Predators in 2003. He played in 35 games last season with Lukko
Jrs., scoring 17 times and adding eight assists for 25 points. Darzins is a
fast skater who can control the puck well at top speed and can be creative offensively.
He is tied for second on the team in goals scored with seven. He has played five fewer games than most of
his teammates.

 

2004-05 stats

 

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Kelowna

19

7

5

12

14

-3

 

Copyright 2004 Hockey’s Future. Do not duplicate without permission of the editorial staff.