Kings junior prospects update

By David A. Rainer

The Los Angeles Kings have seven prospects playing in the CHL, including five selections from the 2006 Entry Draft, two of whom left college hockey to join the CHL.

OHL

Trevor Lewis, C – Owen Sound Attack
Drafted: 1st round (no. 17 overall), 2006

After having declined his scholarship to the University of Michigan, Trevor Lewis joined Owen Sound in July, shortly after being drafted by the Kings. His 36 points in their first 26 games is good enough for 19th overall in the league and fourth among all first-year skaters in the OHL, second on the team behind only Bobby Ryan (ANA).

Lewis scored his first career goal in his first career game, but has slowed his production towards the mid-point of the season. He still remains one of the top first-year players in the OHL and has been used on the penalty kill as well as the power play in playing an integral role as a top six forward for the Attack.

David Meckler, C – London Knights
Drafted: 5th round (no. 134 overall), 2006

Like Lewis, Meckler left college hockey to join the OHL this season. Meckler joined London after a single year with Yale University. His 11 goals and 20 points in the first 14 games placed Meckler in the top 20 in league scoring before tailing off in the month of November, including seven multi-goal games. The deep London team owns the best record in the OHL as Meckler anchors the second line and contributes substantially to the power play.

Ryan McGinnis, D – Plymouth Whalers
Drafted: 6th round (no. 184 overall), 2005

Ryan McGinnis is in his fourth season with Plymouth and is on pace to set new career highs in assists and points. He is second on the team in scoring amongst defensemen and leads all defensemen with a plus/minus of +7. McGinnis continues to provide better defense than what appears on the score sheet as he is relied upon to shut down the opposition’s top forwards and lends veteran leadership to the blue line.

John Seymour, LW – Brampton Battalion
Drafted: 7th round (no. 226 overall), 2005

In his fourth season with Brampton, John Seymour remains a one-dimensional player. With only five points in 27 games, Seymour grinds pucks loose in the corners and uses his large frame to pin the opposition against the boards to open up ice for his teammates. However, his four assists, all in the month of November, already represents a career high and his two assists on Nov. 24 is the first multi-point game of his career.

QMJHL

Jonathan Bernier, G – Lewiston MAINEiacs
Drafted: 1st round (no. 11 overall), 2006

Jonathan Bernier continues to be arguably the best goaltender in the QMJHL. Bernier leads all regular starters in goals-against average (2.50), save percentage (.906) and wins (16) in leading Lewiston to the best record in the QMJHL and 10 straight wins in the month of November.

Bernier was named to the ADT Canada/Russia Challenge roster, giving up three goals on 16 shots to beat Russia in his only action of the tournament. He is considered a strong candidate to make Team Canada’s roster for this year’s U20 World Junior Championship tournament.

Joe Ryan, D – Quebec Ramparts
Drafted: 2nd round (no. 48 overall), 2006

After being billed as a physical defensive defenseman, Ryan showed that he has some offensive skills with a pair of power-play goals. However, he has supplied only eight points in 21 games, reminding everyone that he is still about defense and leadership first. Do not look for Ryan to post many points for the remainder of the season. Ryan wears the A of an assistant captain for head coach Patrick Roy and has been a major reason why Quebec is third in their division.

WHL

Bud Holloway, C – Seattle Thunderbirds
Drafted: 3rd round (no. 85 overall), 2006

Considered an emerging goal scorer after being drafted in the third round by the Kings, Bud Holloway and the Seattle Thunderbirds have struggled a bit to find the back of the net this season. Holloway began with no goals in his first 16 games of the season. He has come on of late, with three goals and 12 points through 11 games in November. His 16 points are good enough for second overall on the team, but still has not contributed on the power play. After struggling to start the season and an improved November, look for Holloway to break through to finish the season and hopefully lead the Thunderbirds into the playoffs.


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