Flames CHL prospects update

By Alexandre Beland-Bernard





Canadiens CHL Prospect Update






The


Calgary Flames have a whopping 12 prospects currently playing in the WHL, and four in the
OHL
.






Western Hockey League





Dustin Boyd,
C
Moose Jaw Warriors – Selected in the
3rd
round (
98th
Overall) in 200
4

The Moose Jaw
Warriors have roared out the gate this season and
are currently first in the WHL, with the best offense in the league
.

Boyd has been a great contributor for the Warriors with 19 goals,
29 points, in 19 games and +14 rating. This is shaping up to be a career year
for the Flames prospect, after putting up a 26-goal, 61-point, -28 season
last year. Boyd is showing more
offensive upside than many thought he had.


Team

League

GP

G


A


P


PIM


+/-

Moose Jaw Warriors

WHL

19

19

10


29


0


+14




Aki Seitsonen
,
C – Prince Albert Raiders
– Selected in the

4th

round (1
18th Overall) in
2004

Seitsonen, playing for the
cold-streak Raiders, has mostly been maintaining his game at the same level as
his previous seasons. While not a spectacular talent, this big Finn can still
put up points, though whether he’ll top his 2004-05 numbers (24 goals and 52
points) remains to be seen.


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-


Prince
Albert Raiders

WHL

17

3

7

10

6

3


Kris Hogg,

LW

Lethbridge Hurricanes

– Selected in the

4
th
round (1
21st
Overall) in
2004

Transferred from Kamloops to
Lethbridge in the offseason, Hogg has mostly been fulfilling expectations and
is putting up points at about the same rate as last season. Since it is his
fourth season in the WHL, this feisty winger doesn’t have much more time to
make a real bang
.


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-

Lethbridge
Hurricanes

WHL

17

3

5

8

16

-2




Tyler Johnson
,
C


Seattle Thunderbirds

– Selected in the

6
th
round (1
73rd
Overall) in 200
3

Entering his
fifth season in the WHL, Johnson is providing veteran savvy to a low-standing
team that definitely needs it. His point totals are nothing to gawk at,
Johnson’s game lies elsewhere, as a grinder with a good work ethic. So far, he
seems to be maintaining himself at the same level

as last season
.


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-

Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL

14

3

4

7

13

+1




Gord Baldwin
,
D

Medicine Hat Tigers

– Selected in the

3rd

round (
69th
Overall) in 200
5

Baldwin has been
offering his typical brand of physical play this season,
with
44
PIM in 21 games. He has also put up
six
points, which puts him on track for his
best offensive season so far despite playing on a team that is already counting
on Cam Barker and Kris Russell, among others, and ice time is
hard to come by
.


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-

Medicine Hat Tigers

WHL

21

1

5

6

44

3


Adam Cracknell
,
RW

Kootenay Ice

– Selected in the

9
th
round (
279th Overall) in
2004

After dropping to 19 goals and 48
points last year (from 26 goals and 61 points in 2003-04), Cracknell’s 2005-06
season seems like a return to form so far
.
He has 13 goals in 20
games, and should not take long in getting past his goal total from last
season. 


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-

Kootenay Ice

WHL

20

13

9

22

23

+6


Matt Keetley
,
G

Medicine Hat Tiger
s – Selected in the

5
th
round (1
58th
Overall) in 200
5

Keetley is really turning some heads
this season in Medicine Hat with his eye-popping 12-2-0-4 record, his .930
percentage and 1.68 GAA
.

Set to play the whole season as a starter, after playing 32
games and winning 21 last year, this is Keetley’s chance of putting up a solid
career year in order to make a bid for the pro leagues.


Team


League


GP

W

L

OTL

SL


GAA

PCT

Medicine Hat Tigers

WHL

18

12

2

0

4

1.68

.930


Matt Schneider
,
C –

Tri-City American
s – Selected in the

7
th
round (
200th Overall) in
2004

The lanky Matt Schneider is currently
on track for his best season in the WHL so far, as he has 6 goals and 9 points
in 15 games (compared to 30 points in 71 games last season)
.
Touted as having some
talent, this could be his breakout season, his third in the
WHL.


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-


Prince
Albert Raiders

WHL

15

6

3

9

10

8


Brett Sutter
,
C –

Red Deer Rebel
s – Selected in the

6
th
round (1
79th
Overall) in 200
5

After his 2004-05 season, which saw
him score only 19 points in 70 games, Brett Sutter seems like he might be on
the verge of breaking out offensively. So far, in 2005-06, his 20 points in 23
games represent a great improvement
.

Despite his increased point production, he has been traded from Kootenay to
Red Deer, a switch that doesn’t seem to have had much of an impact on GM
Darryl Sutter’s son.


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-


Kootenay Ice


WHL

16 8 7 15 21 +2

Red Deer Rebel
s
WHL 7 2 3 5 2 -2


J.D. Watt
,
RW

Vancouver Giants

– Selected in the

4
th
round (1
11th
Overall) in 200
5

A grinder and agitator, Watt isn’t one
you are expecting good point totals from, but he has definitely
improved in that department this season, with his 8 points in 15 games. His
physical skills remain intact, however, as demonstrated by his 53 PIM
.


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-

Vancouver Giants

WHL

15

1

7

8

53

1




Fred Wikner
,
RW
– Prince

George Cougars

– Selected in the

6
th
round (18
2nd
Overall) in 2004

Coming over from Sweden to play in
the WHL as a rookie, Wikner seems to have a bit of trouble adjusting to the
North American game. He has just six points in 24 games and a -5 rating
within the division-leading Cougars
.


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-


Prince

George Cougars

WHL

24

4

2

6

4

5


Myles Rumsey
,
D

Swift Current Broncos

– Selected in the

7
th
round (
221st
Overall) in 200
5

Rumsey enters his fourth WHL season as
one of the only veterans within the young Swift Current organization. He has
only one assist so far this season, and his plus/minus rating seems to suffer from
playing in this context
.


Team

League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-

Swift Current
Broncos

WHL

19

0

1

1

26

9


Ontario Hockey League





Ryan
Donally
, LW
Kitchener Rangers
– Selected in the
3rd
round (
97th
Overall) in 200
3

Entering his fifth season, Donally
appears to have outstayed his welcome at the OHL level, as shown by his spare
use. He has only played in four games so far this season with the Midwest
Division last ranked Rangers, not making much of an impression
.


Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Kitchener Rangers

OHL


4


0


0


0


23


-1




K
evin
Lalande
, G

Belleville Bulls

– Selected in the

5
th
round (1
28th
Overall) in 200
5

After a sophomore season that saw him
dress for 30 games and win half, Lalande showed some decent upside. He will be
trying to increase his numbers this season, but so far has been slightly
disappointing. However, the Bulls aren’t the best team around this season, and
Lalande could use some help.


Team

League


GP

W

L

OTL

SL


GAA

PCT

Belleville Bulls

WHL


16


7

8


0


0


3.25


.887




Matt Pelech
,
D
Sarnia Sting

– Selected in the

1st

round
(26th Overall) in 200
5


After an injury-plagued 2004-05 season,
Pelech hopes to have more luck in showing off his defensive skills this time
around. He

has a lone assist and

a -3
rating
.


Team


League


GP


G


A


P


PIM


+/-

Sarnia Sting

OHL

14


0


1

1


45



-3


Daniel
Ryder
,
C
Peterborough Petes
– Selected in the

3rd round (74th Overall) in 2005

Ryder, following in his brother
Michael’s footsteps, is not given much credit by scouts, generally speaking
.
However, he greatly impressed in his sophomore season last year with 82 points
and a +27 rating, and he is looking to top those numbers this season as he has
already notched 24 points in 16 games. All in all, Ryder seems like one of the
Flames’ best prospects in the early season.


Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Peterborough Petes

QMJHL


16


10


14


24


16


+5




All statistics as of

November


10
th, 2005.



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