Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL
Height: 5’10 Weight: 167 lbs
67th overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2005 draft, the 5’10, 167 lbs
Russell, captain of the
Medicine Hat Tigers, is not the biggest player on his team, but is certainly one of the
talented. At this point early in the 2005-06 season, he again finds
himself amongst the leaders in the WHL scoring race as a defenseman. Last year, his second as a junior player and second with the
Tigers, he played a mere 1.3 times more games than his first,
but tripled his point production and shared the team lead in plus/minus. These
statistics put him ahead of
such draft notables as Cam Barker and Clarke MacArthur in both
Canada in the U18 Junior World Cup in August of 2004, and has been short-listed
to do so again for Canada’s U20 team.
D, Regina Pats WHL
Height: 6’3 Weight: 204lbs
Derek Reinhart, Columbus’ sixth selection, 177th overall in the 2005
Entry Draft is a big, mean stay at home defenseman who doesn’t shy away from physical play and has
the minutes to prove it. He was tied for ninth in the WHL last year for penalty minutes.
This year, in Reinhart’s first professional camp
with the Blue Jackets, the young defenseman made an indelible impression upon
the team. During intrasquad scrimmage Reinhart went head to head with
Columbus superstar Rick Nash. In the ensuing play the two got tangled up in the
corner and Nash fell feet first into the boards injuring his ankle and keeping him
out of the first three weeks of the 2004-05 season.
Reinhart hopes to make another impact at his next camp with the Jackets, he must maintain
this type of physical play (preferably with the opposition’s players) as that what got him drafted in the first place.
So far this year Reinhart is +2 and has 28 minutes in penalties.
Hendrikx, D, Peterborough Petes, OHL
Height: 6’2 Weight: 205 lbs
Originally drafted in the seventh round by Columbus in 2003, Hendrikx
re-entered the 2005 draft as an overage player and was subsequently taken again by the Blue
as their last pick.
Since his initial draft year, Hendrikx has managed to pack 15 pounds onto his 6’2
frame, making him a more physical presence, he has also improved his overall point totals and
decreased his total penalty minutes from an average of 3.3 minutes per game to
just under a minute and a half per game.
His regular season play was not
the only one to improve either. In 14 postseason games with Peterborough last
year, Hendrickx was tied for second on the team with 12
points (5 goals and 7 assists). After nine games he is anchoring the Petes
defense with a modest +5 rating and scoring close to a point a game.
Plymouth Whalers, OHL
Height: 6’3 Weight: 195 lbs
This fiercely competitive right winger was
drafted in the fourth round, 101st overall in the 2005
Entry Draft. Previously, he spent two seasons with
Lincoln in the USHL.
One of Boll’s coaches at Lincoln told HF that Boll is power forward in the
mold of Brendan Shanahan and that, potentially, he has the ability to score 20
goals a year while spending about 150 to 200 minutes in the penalty box. This is
Boll’s first season in the OHL, and in 14 games so far this year, he has nine points, a
-2 rating and 42 PIM.
A competitive nature is important, but it can be
a double edged sword. Another area he
must improve on is keeping his emotions in check, as his former coach said,
"sometimes you have to calm him down, so his emotions don’t get the best
Dan LaCosta, G, Barrie Colts, OHL
Height: 6’3 Weight: 195 lbs
Dan LaCosta was selected in the third round by the Jackets in the 2004
draft. Entering his second season with the Colts, he spent the last
three seasons with the Owen Sound Attack. So far this season, he has
posted a 7-3-0
record with a 2.67 GAA and a .921 save percentage, placing him second among
goaltenders in the OHL. 2004-05 saw LaCosta tied for second place among goaltenders in the OHL with 25 wins in 46 games.
LaCosta was one
of two Blue Jackets prospects to be
selected from throughout the CHL to participate in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge.
He will be representing team OHL for their two games against the Russian Selects
November 24th in Kitchener and November 28th in Peterborough.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL
Height: 6’2 Weight: 189 lbs
Smooth-skating defensive defenseman Kyle Wharton is the other Blue
Jackets prospect selected to play on Team OHL for the Canada-Russia Challenge
at the end of the month.
Drafted by the Blue Jackets
59th overall in the second round in 2004, Wharton played his first two seasons with the Ottawa 67’s before being traded
midway through his third to the Greyhounds.
Wharton is very adept at lateral movement
has a breakout pass and a shot from the point that make him a valuable component
of the Greyhound power play. He has 10 points in 16 games from the
backline already, on pace to easily eclipse last year’s total of 16.
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Adam McQuaid, D, Sudbury Wolves, OHL
Height: 6’3 Weight:
D.O.B: 1986 -10 -12
Adam McQuaid was Columbus’s second
pick, taken 55th overall, in 2005. This aggressive defenseman is entering his
third season with the Sudbury Wolves. He is a good skater who logs a lot
of ice time. He is also a smart player who exhibits patience with the puck
while waiting for opportunities to develop. He has a hard outlet pass,
necessary for an efficient transition game that go tape to tape and he is used
in all game situations.
Philippe Dupuis, C,
Height: 6’0 Weight: 195 lbs
The Blue Jackets’ fifth pick, 104th overall in the 2003 draft,
Dupuis has moved around. His junior career began in Hull where
he played two seasons. He was then traded to Gatineau posting 55 points in
60 games. The following season in Rouyn-Noranda saw him really develop as he accumulated 84 points in 62 games ranking him among the leaders in the
QMJHL. Prior to the offseason he was traded to Moncton.
Wildcats gambled on the trade to acquire
the QMJHL rights for Dupuis in the hopes that he would play his final season of
junior eligibility, and in a twist of fate the gamble paid off. In camp,
the centerman sustained a concussion, which prohibited him from showcasing his
abilities. This compelled General Manager Doug MacLean to send Dupuis back
to the QMJHL where he felt Dupuis would benefit most by taking on more of a
leadership role as a veteran player with Moncton.
Playing for coach Ted Nolan, Dupuis has 13
points in eight games.
Adam Pineault, C,
Height: 6’3 Weight: 202 lbs
Adam Pineault, occasional linemate of
Philippe Dupuis, played one season for Boston College recording 8 points in 28 games
before coming to Moncton. As a rookie in 2004-05 he posted 46 points in 61 games and
was +12. He was drafted by the Jackets in 2004 in the second round.
Pineault is the prototypical power forward who
works well in corners, and who is at his best when he plays a physical game,
wearing down his opponents with an aggressive forecheck. He played with Team USA at the WJC and is a candidate to play for
the American squad again this year. In addition to helping Moncton win,
Pineault’s personal goal for this year is to get more points than he did in his
rookie campaign. So far he has scored five points in four
games this year.
RW, Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL
Height: 5’11 Weight: 170 lbs
Small, quick forward, Peter Pohl played the two previous seasons with Gatineau.
This season with Acadie-Bathurst Pohl is again lighting it up with 30 points in 18 games, ranking
him ninth in points in the QMJHL. He is also lighting it up in the penalty
box as he seems to be playing a bit more aggressively. His 23 minutes are the
most he has seen in junior play and the season is not even a third of the way
The young Czech is a great skater who has very good hockey
sense and plays in all game situations. Pohl was selected in the fifth round of the 2004 Entry Draft.
Justin Vienneau, D,
Height: 6’4 Weight: 220 lbs
Vienneau, a stay at home defenseman, was drafted in the seventh round, 198th overall by the Columbus Blue
Jackets in 2004.
In 16 games so far this season this bruising defenseman has recorded 6 assists, putting
him just five assists shy of his career high set last year. His 54 penalty minutes
rank him tied for eighth in the league.
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