CHL Announces the NAPA Draft Prospects of the Month

By League Press Release

TORONTO, Monday, February 5, 2007 – Each month the Canadian Hockey League & NAPA Auto Parts will recognize the top draft eligible player for the upcoming 2007 NHL Entry Draft based on their play over the course of the month. Each winner will be recognized at a future home game and will be presented with a NAPA Auto Parts prize pack.

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the winners of the NAPA Draft Prospects of the Month for the month of January.

NAPA Draft Prospects of the Month

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Keven Veilleux is a big reason that the Victoriaville Tigres sit third in the TELUS division standings. The big forward had a great overall month in January with five goals and 11 points including four power play goals and one game winner to help the Tigres finish the month with a record of 6-1-1-2 over the course of their last 10 games. Veilleux now has 18 goals and 43 points this season. Each of these three winners recently participated in the 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in front of several hundred NHL scouts, showcasing themselves for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Ontario Hockey League

Patrick Kane of the London Knights is the first repeat winner of the NAPA Prospect of the Month award after finishing the month of January with 14 goals and 27 points in just 9 games. Kane also represented the USA at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships this past month and recently took part in the OHL All-Star Classic. Through 41 games this season, Kane has 40 goals and 94 points to sit third in the OHL scoring race.

Western Hockey League

Zach Hamill had a very impressive month of January for the Everett Silvertips. The native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia scored six goals and added 18 assists in 24 games and now leads the WHL scoring race with 69 points. Hamill’s 48 assists establish a new career best and with his next goal he’ll also achieve that feat.

Previous Winners

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
David Perron, Lewiston MAINEiacs – December
Raffaele D’Orso, Val-d’Or Foreurs – November
Jakub Voracek, Halifax Mooseheads – October

Ontario Hockey League
Logan Couture, Ottawa 67’s – December
Patrick Kane, London Knights – November
Sam Gagner, London Knights – October

Western Hockey League
Brandon Sutter – Red Deer Rebels – December
Karl Alzner, Calgary Hitmen – November
Jonathan Blum, Vancouver Giants – October

Source: Canadian Hockey League