Stars CHL prospects update

By Courtney Wagner

Shawn Belle, D – Tri-City Americans, WHL

Height: 6’2, Weight: 211 lbs., DOB – 1985-01-03

Shawn Belle, the 30th overall pick in
the
2003 draft by the St. Louis Blues
was traded to the Dallas Stars last year. He is in his fourth season
with
the
Tri-City Americans of the WHL. In 55 games last season Belle had nine
goals
and
29 points. Belle was a member of the gold medal winning Team Canada at
the
2005
World Junior Hockey Championships and also represented the team in
2004,
winning
a silver medal. A good two-way defenseman, Belle has great skating
ability
with
good acceleration. In 33 games so far this season, Belle has eight
goals and
27
points, good for a tie for second on the team with Minnesota prospect
Clayton
Stoner.

2004-05 stats

TeamGPGAPTSPIM+/-
Tri-City338192746-4

Mark Fistric, D – Vancouver Giants, WHL

Height: 6’2, Weight: 232 lbs., DOB –
1986-06-01

Mark Fistric, the 28th overall pick in
the
2004 draft, has seen limited
action in his fourth season with the Vancouver Giants due to an injury (broken jaw).
In
72
games last season he had 12 points and his 192 penalty minutes placed
him in
second on the team in that category, behind Philadelphia prospect
Triston
Grant. Fistric was named Vancouver’s top defenseman last season and was
selected to the
2004 CHL Top Prospects game. He is known as a defensive defenseman who
plays
a
physical game and is not afraid to drop the gloves. In seven games this
season
he has two points and a +5 rating.

2004-05 stats

TeamGPGAPTSPIM+/-
Vancouver702218+5

John Lammers, LW – Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL

Height: 5’10, Weight: 182 lbs., DOB –
1986-02-28

A third-round pick in the 2004 draft,
John
Lammers
is in his third season with
the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. In 62 games last season he had 45
points
and his 21 goals were good for second on the team behind Tampa Bay
prospect
Nick
Tarnasky. Lammers was captain of Canada’s team at the 2004 IIHF World
Under-18
Hockey Championships. He is noted for having good speed and being a
strong
fore checker. In 39 games this season he has 10 goals and 24 points and
his
-11
rating puts him in last place on the team in that category.

2004-05 stats

TeamGPGAPTSPIM+/-
Lethbridge3910142431-11

B.J. Crombeen, RW – Barrie Colts, OHL

Height: 6’2, Weight: 212 lbs., DOB –
1985-07-10

A second-round pick in 2003, B.J.
Crombeen is
in
his fourth season with the Barrie Colts of the OHL. In 2003-04 he had
21
goals,
50 points and his 154 penalty minutes were the highest on the team. He
is
known
to have a strong
drive to win and will help his team any way he can and his size
enables him
to play a physical game. Crombeen won a gold medal with the Canadian
team at
the
2003 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championships. In 37 games this season
he
has 17
goals, 28 points and a +7 rating.

2004-05 stats

TeamGPGAPTSPIM+/-
Barrie3717112851+7

Eero
Kilpelainen
, G – Peterborough Petes, OHL

Height: 6’1, Weight: 165 lbs., DOB –
1985-05-07

Eero
Kilpelainen, a fifth-round choice in the 2003 draft, is in his rookie
season
with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL, coming from his native Finland.
In
37
games last season with KalPa he had two shutouts and a 2.86 goals
against
average. In 2003 he played for Finland at the IIHF World Under-18
Hockey
Championships. Kilpelainen is small at 165 lbs., but he makes up for
his
size
with his quickness and agility. In 25 games this season he has 11 wins
and a
.899 save percentage.

2004-05 stats

TeamGPMinGASOAvg.WLTSV%
Peterborough2514978503.4111104.899

Niko Vainio, D – Peterborough Petes, OHL

Height: 6’1, Weight: 185 lbs., DOB –
1985-01-24

Niko
Vainio,
an eighth-round selection in 2003, is in his rookie season with the
Peterborough
Petes of the OHL, coming from his native Finland, like teammate Eero
Kilpelainen.
He has been plagued with injury and has only appeared in 11 games with
Peterborough this season. Vainio is known to take part offensively and
is a
strong skater who sees the ice well. He has one goal, six points and a
-10
rating this season.

2004-05 stats

TeamGPGAPTSPIM+/-
Peterborough1115610-10

Matt Nickerson, D – Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL

Height: 6’4, Weight: 235 lbs., DOB –
1985-01-11

Matt Nickerson, a third-round pick in
2003,
is in
his first season with the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL after
playing
NCAA
hockey with Clarkson University last season. He had five goals and 179
penalty minutes in 2003-04. A big defenseman at 235 lbs., Nickerson is
noted
for his strength and playing a very physical game. In 26 games this
season
he
has one goal and seven points and his 95 penalty minutes are tops on
the
Tigres in
that category.

2004-05 stats

TeamGPGAPTSPIM+/-
Victoriaville2616795-5

Francis Wathier, LW – Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL

Height: 6’3, Weight: 196 lbs., DOB –
1984-12-07

Francis Wathier, a sixth-round selection
in
2003,
is in his fourth season with the 2003-04 QMJHL Champion  Gatineau
Olympiques. In 51 games last season he had nine goals, 25 points and
127
penalty
minutes. Wathier has good size, plays with grit and is not afraid to
drop
the
gloves. In 46 games this season he has 10 goals, 24 points and a +2
rating.

TeamGPGAPTSPIM+/-
Gatineau4610142466+2


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