Photo: Soo Greyhounds defenseman and Edmonton Oilers top pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, Darnell Nurse, should be one of the top defenders in the OHL in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
This is the final part of a four-part series previewing the 2013-14 Ontario Hockey League season. We return to the OHL’s Western Conference for a look at the West Division.
Photo: Wisconsin freshman Nicolas Kerdiles (#17) had a productive freshman season for the Badgers and is a player to watch in the NCAA scoring race heading into the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks had several prospects transition into depth roles at the NHL level in 2012-13, with Emerson Etem standing out in particular in the playoffs. The organization’s prospects also found success at lower levels of play, from John Gibson’s international success to Nicolas Kerdiles making an impact in the NCAA as a freshman. The following prospect awards highlight many of the notable performances among the Anaheim Ducks’ prospect pool in 2012-13.
Photo: Finnish defenseman Sami Vatanen made his North American debut in 2012-13 and ranked in the top five in points among AHL blueliners (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
Normally when you look at a team's top prospect list, the top end of it is a mixture of sleepers and blue chip prospects. There are players who live up to the hype, others who create it out of nowhere. Sometimes organizations struggle with top picks panning out, but that is not the case with the Anaheim Ducks.
Photo: Sarnia Sting forward Charles Sarault turned one of the most productive weeks in his OHL career into a league award (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sarnia Sting forward Charles Sarault is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 2 after recording eight points in three games including two goals and six assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.