Coyotes junior prospects update

By Jeff Dahlia






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In the second month of the season, Phoenix’s prospects
playing in juniors looked stronger. Below is a look at nine prospects, one in
the USHL, two in the QMJHL, and six in the WHL.


USHL

Blake Wheeler, RW
– Green Bay Gamblers – Drafted 2004, 1st
round, 5th overall

The Gamblers have felt the effects of having a weak roster in the early part of the 2004-05 season. Head coach
Mark Mazzoleni took the majority November restructuring the roster. In all, Green Bay saw a total of six new players
join the club, while five parted ways with the Gamblers. The team still has a lot
of work to do and Mazzoleni has his hands full. Like the rest of the team,
Blake Wheeler was relatively quiet during the month of November. He still remains the
team’s leading scorer and has officially committed to the NCAA Minnesota Golden Gophers for fall 2005.

Season

GP

“1”>G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

22

8

8

16

2


QMJHL

Olivier Latendresse, C – Val-d’Or Foreurs – Signed as free agent September 2004

Latendresse is Val-d’Or’s leading scorer with 28 points, five more than center Mark
Hurtubise. The young squad is finally making some headway. Val-d’Or has only climbed one spot in the standings, but they are starting to gel better.

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

2004-05

31

11

17

28

14

-3

Kevin Cormier, LW – Halifax Mooseheads – Drafted 2004, 6th round, 168th
overall

Last update discussed Cormier’s ability to establish himself as a bona fide enforcer in “Q” for Halifax. He followed up an undefeated
October by terrorizing the league and defending his teammates. As Cormier has shown, it is not all about fighting for the sake of
fighting.

Cormier has worn his heart on his sleeve for the Mooseheads. He showed that during a November 20th contest against the Quebec Remparts. During the second period, Halifax captain Petr Vrana was accosted by Quebec Remparts forward Simon Courcelles. Halifax defenseman Jeff MacAulay came to break up the scrum. Seconds later, Quebec enforcer Barry Tidball left the Remparts bench and jumped MacAulay. Frustrated, Cormier left the sin bin to defend his teammates. Accusations fell back and forth about the opposing teams conduct, but in the end, he received a five-game suspension for leaving the penalty box and Halifax was fined.

Cormier currently ranks fifth in penalty minutes in the QMJHL with 119.

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

2004-05

23

0

0

0

119

-5



WHL

Aaron Gagnon, C – Seattle Thunderbirds – Drafted 2004, 8th round, 240th
overall

Aaron Gagnon played with Team WHL for the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Even though he was held scoreless in the second contest against Russia, his placement on the team was the culmination of his hard work with the Thunderbirds and in the WHL.

In Seattle, Gagnon is one of the team’s top producers. Over 13 games (Oct. 23 – Nov. 27), he scored 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists). He still remains the
team’s leader in goals as well as scoring overall. Gagnon continues to play well and remains one of the
team’s most consistent contributors night after night. He is meshing with his linemates and distributing the puck effectively.

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

2004-05

24

15

10

25

10

+14



Ryan Gibbons, RW – Seattle Thunderbirds – Drafted 2003, 6th round, 178th
overall

Gibbons has remained healthy and is continuing to have success with the T-birds. He is having success playing hard
down low, grinder and dropping the gloves when needed. With his size, he is hard to move, he is hard to ignore and is extremely hard to work around. His approach has been very consistent and he is really doing what it takes to help his team flood the “W” column.

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

2004-05

24

6

6

12

51

+7



Tyler Redenbach, C
– Swift Current Broncos – Drafted 2003, 3rd Round, 77th Overall

Head coach Dean Chynoweth and the Broncos are still in the rebuilding mode. In between the action, Swift Current was involved in a four player trade about mid-month with the Everett Silvertips. The team parted ways with forwards Kyle Annesley and Alex Leavitt.
Everett sent over forwards Marc Desloges, Barry Horman and a fifth round draft pick in 2005.

The Broncos are still sitting in the cellar of the WHL’s Central Division, but Chynoweth and the players are slowly turning things around. The team lost some really close games last month, only getting beat up goals wise in 3 out of 12 games in November.
They are hurting on offense as well as the power play. The Broncos have an anemic 8 percent success rate (12/147).

For the reigning WHL scoring champion from last season, Redenbach only scraped up seven assists last month. He has registered a point in the majority of the Broncos games, but as it has been seen, Swift Current needs to get their offense going for Redenbach to really take off.

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

2004-05

27

7

16

23

31

-2



Roman Tomanek, LW – Calgary Hitmen – Drafted 2004, 4th round, 103rd
overall

November hasn’t been Tomanek’s month and it look like December won’t be either. He is currently listed as out indefinitely after having surgery on his shoulder November 30th. Once he gets cleared, he will begin rehab and hope to get back with the Hitmen before the season ends.

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

2004-05

17

2

4

6

12

0



Lance Monych, RW – Brandon Wheat Kings – Drafted 2002, 4th round, 97th
overall

Monych has come on as of late for Brandon. He continues to ascend the charts in points and is playing well. He helped the Wheat Kings
against some stiff teams early on, finding the back of the net three times on consecutive nights against Calgary and Swift Current. He would use his excellent vision and solid passing skills to
set up his teammates all month long. He had a seven-goal scoring drought and went pointless in only 4 out of the 12 games played
in November.

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

2004-05

18

6

10

16

20

-1



Logan Stephenson, D – Tri-City Americans – Drafted 2004, 2nd round, 35th
overall

Stephenson got back to his regular schedule of playing hard last month. The stay-at-home defenseman logged his first full month of competition with Tri-City.
He had two assists last month, one of which that helped the Americans edge out the Portland
Winter Hawks in overtime on November 26th.

Stephenson played with fellow prospect Aaron Gagnon on Team WHL for the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. They both played in the second contest in Lethbridge, AB.

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

2004-05

16

0

2

2

19

-7

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