Hurricanes CHL prospects update

By Glen Jackson

Andrew Ladd, LW – Calgary Hitmen,
WHL

Height: 6’2. Weight: 200 lbs., DOB –
1985-12-12

Andrew Ladd, the fourth overall selection
in the
2004 draft, is in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.
Ladd
was
a member of Canada’s gold medal winning team at the 2005 World Junior
Hockey
Championships earlier this month. In 71 games last
season,
Ladd
had 30 goals, the highest total on the team and 75 points, which tied
him
with
Anaheim prospect and fellow gold medalist Ryan
Getzlaf. Ladd also tacked on 119 penalty minutes, good for third on the
Hitmen,
his point total was number one for rookies in the WHL and his +39
rating was
tops in the league as well. A strong two-way player, Ladd will go into
the
corners and fight for the puck. This season Ladd has 12 goals and 27
points
in
38 games, good for fourth on the team and his 98 penalty minutes are
the
most
for any player on the Hitmen.

2004-05 stats

Team

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GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Calgary

38

12

15

27

98

+12

Brett Carson, D – Calgary Hitmen,
WHL

Height: 6’5, Weight: 215 lbs., DOB –
1985-11-29

Brett Carson, a fourth-round selection
in the
2004 draft, is in his fourth season in the WHL and in his third with
the
Calgary
Hitmen, after coming from the Moose Jaw Warriors. In 71 games last
season
Carson
had 27 assists and 32 points, good for second in scoring for a
defenseman on
the
team, behind Washington prospect Jeff Schultz. Carson is a big
defenseman
at
6’5 and this helps him take opposing players out of the play, but he
does
not
deliver many punishing hits. He is noted as being a dependable
defenseman.
Carson was part of the WHL contingent at the 2004 CHL Top Prospects
game. So
far
this season he has eight goals and 19 points in 43 games and a +6
rating.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Calgary

43

8

11

19

45

+6

Kevin Nastiuk, G – Medicine Hat
Tigers,
WHL

Height: 6’1, Weight: 170 lbs., DOB –
1985-07-20

A fourth-round pick in 2003, Kevin
Nastiuk is
in
his fourth season with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. Last season
he
had a
save percentage of .894, four shutouts and his 40 wins were second best
in
the
WHL behind Kelly Guard of the Kelowna Rockets. Nastiuk was a
participant in the 2003 CHL Top Prospects game and was named WHL
playoff MVP
in
2004 after the Tigers claimed the WHL championship. Nastiuk moves
and
covers
the net well, has good control of rebounds and a tight butterfly. He
was
invited
to the selection camp for Canada’s World Junior team, but did not make
the
final
cut. In 33 games this season he has 18 wins, a .919 save percentage and
his
seven shutouts are second best in the league, behind Seattle
Thunderbird
Bryan
Bridges.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

Mins

GA

SO

Avg.

SV%

W

L

T

Medicine
Hat

33

1909

66

7

2.07

.919

18

14

1

Matej Trojovsky, LW – Prince
George
Cougars, WHL

Height: 6’5, Weight: 230 lbs., DOB –
1984-10-12

Matej Trojovsky, a fourth-round
selection in
2003, is in his fourth season in the WHL with the Prince George
Cougars,
coming
from the Swift Current Broncos earlier this season and the Regina Pats
before
that. Last season with the Broncos the Czech Republic native had nine
points
in
61 games and 201 penalty minutes, the most of any player on the team. A
stay
at
home defenseman with good size, Trojovsky plays a physical style of
game. In
34
games this season he has six points and 134 penalty minutes, again the
highest
total on his team in that category.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Prince
George

34

3

3

6

134

-15

Aaron Dawson, D – Peterborough
Petes,
OHL

Height: 6’5, Weight: 220 lbs., DOB –
1985-03-11

Aaron Dawson, a fourth-round pick in
2003, is
a
fourth year defenseman with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. He only
played 24
games last season due to a shoulder injury, with five points and 35
penalty
minutes before being sidelined. Dawson is a big presence on the ice at
6’5
and
220 lbs., he moves and carries the puck well and is very mobile for his
size. In
44 games this season he has two goals and 13 points, and his -10 rating
is
second worst on the team behind Corey Gault.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Peterborough

44

2

11

13

42

-10

Jonas Fiedler, RW – Plymouth
Whalers,
OHL

Height: 6’2, Weight: 190 lbs., DOB –
1984-05-29

Jonas Fiedler, an eighth-round pick in
2004,
was previously drafted in the third-round in 2002 by the San Jose Sharks.
He is coming off a good year with the Plymouth Whalers, last season he had 18 goals
and 46 points in 63 games. The Czech Republic native is noted for being
a solid
skater for his size and puts a lot of shots at the net, enabling him to
be
effective at scoring goals. So far this season he has 11 goals, 23
points
and 43
penalty minutes in 36 games.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Plymouth

36

11

12

23

43

-3

Justin Peters, G – Toronto St.
Michael’s
Majors, OHL

Height: 6’0, Weight: 209 lbs., DOB –
1986-08-30

Justin Peters, the 38th overall pick in
the
2004
draft, is in his third season with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of
the
OHL.
In 53 games last season he had a 2.65 goals against average, a .910
save
percentage and his 30 wins were second best in the OHL behind Adam
Dennis of
the
Guelph Storm, now with the London Knights. Peters is known for having good reflexes and consistency. He even scored an
empty net
goal in the playoffs last year, the first OHL net minder to do so since
1993. In 39 games this season he has a 2.75 goals against average, a .907 save
percentage
and three shutouts.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

Mins

GA

SO

Avg.

SV%

W

L

T

Toronto

39

2096

96

3

2.75

.907

13

17

4

Ryan Pottruff, D – Guelph Storm,
OHL

Height: 6’2, Weight: 211 lbs., DOB –
1986-07-11

Ryan Pottruff, a seventh-round selection
in
2004,
is in first season with the Guelph Storm of the OHL, after being
acquired
from
the London Knights earlier this month. In 51 games last season he had
three
goals, eight points and 48 penalty minutes. He is a good skater who
uses his
reach to protect the puck and keep opponents away from the net. In 13
games
this
season Pottruff has two goals, four points and a -1 rating.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Guelph

13

2

2

4

17

-1

Ryan Rorabeck, C – Belleville
Bulls,
OHL

Height: 6’0, Weight: 185 lbs., DOB –
1985-02-27

Ryan Rorabeck, a ninth-round selection
in
2003,
is in his fourth season in the OHL, his first with the Belleville Bulls
after
coming from the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors earlier this season. In 64
games
last season he had 34 assists and his 48 points were third highest on
the
Majors. Rorabeck is a good skater, noted for playing smart two-way
hockey
and
being a good penalty killer. In 30 games so far this season he has
seven
goals,
16 points and his four power play goals are good for fourth on the
Bulls.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Belleville

30

7

9

16

21

-9

Martin Vagner, D –
Acadie-Bathurst Titan,
QMJHL

Height: 6’1, Weight: 189 lbs., DOB –
1984-03-16

Martin Vagner, a ninth-round selection
in 2004,
was previously drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round of the
2002
draft. Vagner joined the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL earlier this season,
coming
from his native Czech Republic. Last season he played for the Gatineau
Olympiques, scoring six goals and 18 points in 38 games. In 2001-02 he
was
named
to the QMJHL and CHL All-Rookie teams. He has good skill all-around,
plays well
at both ends of the ice and plays a solid game physically. In 26 games
so far
this season, Vagner has nine points, 47 penalty minutes and a -16
rating.

2004-05 stats

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

Acadie-Bathurst

26

2

7

9

47

-16


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