Thrashers CHL prospects update

By Holly Gunning





QMJHL


The Atlanta Thrashers have 11 prospects competing in the CHL this season, four in the QMJHL, five in the OHL, and two in the WHL.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Ondrej Pavelec, GCape Breton –
2
nd round, 41st
overall, 2005

Czech netminder Ondrej Pavelec is third in the
QMJHL in save percentage as a rookie at .925, behind Alexandre Vincent
(VAN) and Bobby Nadeau. His 2.58 goals against is seventh in the league
playing for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, who are 13-8-0, sixth in the
league. He was named defensive player of the week for Oct. 17-23, posting
two wins, a .962 save percentage and 1.50 GAA.

Year

Team

style=”text-align: center” align=”center”>League

GP

W

L

T

GAA

SO

PCT

2005-06

Cape Breton

QMJHL

2110502.581.925

Alex Bourret, RWShawinigan – 1st
round, 16th overall, 2005

Bourret’s production with his new team,
Shawinigan, is virtually identical to last season, with 1.33 points per game,
compared with 1.32 with Lewiston. Three players on Shawinigan are packed
tightly at the top of the scoring, with Francis Pare at 25 and Benoit
Mondou
(BOS) at 24 alongside Bourret, who has been named to Team QMJHL for
the upcoming Canada-Russia Challenge.

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

Pts/GP

PIM

+/-

2004-05

Lewiston

QMJHL

652155861.32172
2005-06ShawiniganQMJHL18816241.3323+6

Jordan LaVallee, LWQuebec
Remparts – 4th round, 116th overall, 2005

LaVallee has been nursing a back injury suffered
during Thrashers rookie tournament in September, and as a result, has only
played in two games thus far. He’ll need to get on track quickly to claim
his spot on the US WJC team. Quebec is 9-7-0-0, for tenth in the
league.

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

Pts/GP

PIM

+/-

2004-05Quebec

QMJHL

644026661.03108
2005-06QuebecQMJHL20220-1

Chad Denny, D Lewiston – 2nd
round, 49th overall, 2005

Denny, a defensive defenseman, is currently the
fifth leading scorer on his team, and second among team blueliners. He has
increased his scoring from .49 points per game last season, to .81 points per
game in 2005-06. But this scoring has not come at the expense of his
defensive responsibilities; his +3 places him second on the team, and first
amongst defensemen. Denny has been named to Team QMJHL for the Canada-Russia
Challenge. Lewiston is 6-9-0-4, for 13th in the league of 18 teams.

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

Pts/GP

PIM

+/-

2004-05Lewiston

QMJHL

5881826.4998
2005-06LewistonQMJHL168513.8140+3

Ontario Hockey League

Chad Painchaud, RW
Sarnia – 4th round, 106th overall, 2004

Painchaud has
turned it up this season, scoring at a 1.53 point per game clip, compared to .72
points per game in 2004-05. He leads Sarnia in scoring, and his 10 goals
put him second on the team, behind only Tomas Pospisil, also a Thrashers
draftee. His +8 leads the team.

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

Pts/GP

PIM

+/-

2004-05Mississauga

OHL

833611
SarniaOHL49181735.7222
2005-06SarniaOHL171016261.5327+8

Tomas Pospisil, RW
Sarnia – 5th round, 135h overall, 2005

Pospisil leads the
Sarnia Sting in goals with 12, and is third in scoring behind Painchaud and Jamie
Fraser
. He has made a very easy transition from the Czech leagues,
scoring a point per game. Pospisil had a hat trick on Sept.
30.

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

Pts/GP

PIM

+/-

2004-05Trinec
Ocelari HC
Czech1400000
2005-06SarniaOHL17125171.0024+3

Boris Valabik, DKitchener
– 1st round, 10th overall, 2004

Valabik’s former
defense partner with Kitchener, Andre Benoit is doing well with the Hamilton Bulldogs, with 11 points in 11
games. Valabik is now the most senior defenseman on the team at 19.5 years
old. Matt Lashoff, a first round pick of the Boston Bruins in last summer’s NHL Entry Draft, has been
out much of the season with a shoulder injury. Valabik is even on a generally
minus team, and leads in penalty minutes with 73. The goal he scored this
season was his first in 75 regular-season games, and came on the power play.

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM/GP

PIM

+/-

2004-05Kitchener

OHL

430445.37231
2005-06KitchenerOHL131125.61730

Dan Turple, GKitchener
– 6th round, 186th overall, 2004

Amazingly, Turple
has outscored Valabik for Kitchener, with three assists in 14 games. But
his play has been very inconsistent, pulled from the net on Oct. 9 after
allowing four goals on 15 shots, but a week later stopping 53 of 54. His
partner Mark Packwood, 17, has gotten into four games, with a 3.82 GAA
compared to 3.04 for Turple.

Year

Team

League

GP

W

L

T

GAA

PCT

2004-05

Oshawa

OHL

104403.71.872
KitchenerOHL40171382.36.924
2005-06KitchenerOHL147703.04

Scott Lehman, DToronto
– 3rd round, 76th overall, 2004

Since returning
from Thrashers main camp, Lehman has increased his point production from .36
points per game last season, to .66 points per game in 2005-06. He is -4
on a generally plus team. His penalty minute rate has decreased from 3.32
PIMs per game to 2.11 this season. Lehman has been selected for the OHL
team for the Canada-Russia challenge, along with his goaltender, Justin
Peters
(CAR).

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

Pts/GP

PIM

+/-

2004-05Toronto

OHL

5721921.36189
2005-06TorontoOHL1821012.6638-4

Western Hockey League

Juraj Gracik, RWTri-City
– 5th round, 142th overall, 2004

Gracik has nearly
quadrupled his production this season as a sophomore in North America over
2004-05, going from .18 points per game to .71. His 10 points rank him
third on a team very lacking in talent. He’s been playing on a line with Jason
Beeman
and Ian McDonald.

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

Pts/GP

PIM

+/-

2004-05Tri-City
Americans

WHL

33426.1818
2005-06Tri-City
Americans
WHL145510.714-9

Myles Stoesz, DSpokane
– 7th round, 207th overall, 2005

Stoesz leads
Spokane with 72 PIMs, having increased his PIM rate from 3.55 to 4.50 per
game. He has been scratched from the line-up on one occasion.

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM/GP

PIM

+/-

2004-05SpokaneWHL671893.55238
2005-06SpokaneWHL160224.5072-2

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