Capitals CHL and NCAA prospects update

By Sandor Roberts





A review of Washington Capitals prospects currently playing in the WHL<br />(five) and NCAA (seven)

A review of Washington Capitals prospects currently playing
in the WHL (five) and NCAA (seven).

 

Clayton
Barthel, D

 

Barthel, a 2004 third-round draft choice of the Washington
Capitals, has been part of a change in fortune for the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds have moved from worst to within one point of first place in
the U.S. Division with four games in hand, thanks in large part to the play of
their defense that has allowed a WHL low of 41 goals allowed in 26 games. A
heady player, Barthel has been a dependable fixture on the blue line and his
main concern has been his work in the defensive zone.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Seattle (WHL)

28

1

5

6

36

+5

 

 

Eric Fehr,
RW

 

This former first-round selection has developed into one of
the most dynamic goal scorers in junior hockey with 29 goals in 30 games,
second in scoring in the WHL with 44 points, right behind his Brandon teammate
Ryan Stone. While there will be a lot of competition to make the 2005 Canada
WJC squad, Fehr should get a long look as he has a nose for the net. Pure goal
scorers are a valuable commodity, and Fehr’s play is certainly giving the
Capitals plenty of reason for optimism in the future.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Brandon (WHL)

30

29

15

44

26

+9

 

 

Mike Green,
D

 

Just like Seattle, the Saskatoon Blades have rebounded
mightily from last season, currently sporting one of the best records in the
WHL. Mike Green has been a sparkplug in the offensive zone with 21 assists,
tied for second among WHL defensemen and at the same time has not neglected his
play in the defensive zone, as he is sporting a +26 in the plus/minus
department. Noted for his leadership, Green was named a team captain for this
season. Green, an invitee to Canada’s WJC evaluation camp, has shown great
mobility, and he never passes up an opportunity to join the rush. If Green can
remain a big part of the offense as the season moves along, then count on the
Blades making a deep run in the WHL playoffs.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Saskatoon (WHL)

30

4

21

25

54

+26

 

 

Mark
Olafson, RW

 

A right wing for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Olafson has been
a steady offensive performer so far this season. Olafson was the Capitals last selection in the 2003 NHL Entry
Draft.

 

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Lethbridge (WHL)

31

6

9

15

42

+8

 

 

Jeff
Schultz, D

 

Schultz, who in some respects will be linked with fellow
2004 first rounder Mike Green, has been a bit of a surprise in the early going.
It’s not easy for a 6’6 defenseman to hide, but he has not been playing quite
as physical a game as had been anticipated with just four minor penalties in 31
games. Schultz was selected to play for Team WHL, along with Green and Fehr, in
the 2004 Canada-Russia Series, so this selection could inspire him to be a
stalwart defenseman for the reminder of the season.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Calgary (WHL)

33

0

12

12

8

-4

 

 

Chris
Bourque, C

 

A freshman at Boston University, Chris Bourque has had a
smooth transition thus far to college hockey, as he is tied for fourth on the
team in scoring as well as tied for the team lead in assists. The Terriers have
been playing well, and Bourque has gotten his fair share of ice time. Bourque
was recently named to the 2005 U.S. WJC team that will try to defend its gold
medal later this month in Grand Forks, N.D.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Boston University (H.E.)

16

4

9

13

22

+2

 

 

Andrew
Gordon, RW

 

In his first season at St. Cloud State, Gordon, who spent
last season with the Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL), has been playing well, the
second-leading goal scorer on the squad with seven. Gordon was picked in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL Entry
Draft, and has shown signs that he could blossom into a late-round find.

 

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

St. Cloud State (WCHA)

17

7

3

10

4

 

 

Andrew
Joudrey, C

 

Joudrey, a sophomore, is currently the fifth-leading scorer
for the Wisconsin Badgers, the #4 rated team in the USCHO.com/CSTV Division I
poll. The 249th choice in 2003, Joudrey
is also a good defensive forward.

 

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

Wisconsin (WCHA)

18

4

10

14

10

 

 

Travis
Morin, C

 

Travis Morin, a center for the Minnesota State Mavericks,
was recently named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for his stellar play
in a two-game sweep of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Morin recorded his first career hat trick,
and had four goals total. He is the
second leading scorer on the Mavericks.

 

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

Minnesota State (WCHA)

16

7

8

15

6

 

 

 

Justin
Mrazek, G

 

Mrazek has been solid between the pipes in his first season
of college hockey with Union College.
While his record is only 4-5, he has an impressive .926 save percentage
and a goals against average of 1.80.
The Capitals second selection from the SJHL in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft,
Mrazek has certainly shown no problems in adjusting to the ECAC.

 

Team

GP

W

L

T

GAA

Union (ECAC)

9

4

5

0

1.80

 

 

Josh
Robertson, C

 

In his first season at Northeastern, Josh Robertson’s play
is akin to most first-year college players — inconsistent. Robertson is still
trying to find his role on this team, which is difficult as the Huskies are a
very young team. Once he settles into a groove and receives more ice time, his
offensive production will improve. Robertson just needs to remain patient, and
keep working diligently in practice.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Northeastern (H.E.)

12

2

0

2

0

-3

 

 

Stephen
Werner, RW

 

The 2004-05 season has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start
for the UMass Minutemen. The Minutemen have not generated a lot of offense thus
far, as exhibited by the fact that they only scored two goals in two games on a
recent trip to Colorado College and Denver. One of the lone bright spots up
front has been Stephen Werner. He (6 goals, 6 assists) is an excellent skater,
and he has demonstrated a physical aspect to his game this season, showing a
willingness to go into the corners. Werner has been a consistent first-line
forward over the course of his career at UMass, and he has exuded a lot of
confidence since he returned from the 2004 WJC last January.

 

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

UMass (Hockey East)

19

6

6

12

4

-4

 

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