HF Prospect of the Month for November, 2013

By Ian Altenbaugh

Jonathan Drouin - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: QMJHL forward Jonathan Drouin was impressive in the month of November, managing 31 points in 10 games. Drouin was selected third overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images for the credit)

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for November. The talented winger managed 12 goals and 19 assists through 10 games, propelling him to second in the QMJHL scoring race.

Drouin kicked off November with two goals and an assist in a 15-5 drubbing of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He followed that with eight consecutive multi-point efforts, including four games where he managed four or more points. For his accomplishments, he was named the Telus First Star of the Month in the QMJHL.

The 18-year-old was also the captain for Team QMJHL at the 2013 Subway Super Series, where he managed four assists in two games while playing on a line with Anthony Mantha (DET) and Charles Hudon (MTL).

On the season, Drouin has 15 goals and 32 assists through 21 games.

Honorable Mentions

Tristan Jarry (PIT)
Edmonton Oil Kings – WHL

Jarry was red hot in November, going 7-1 in eight starts and posting a 1.25 goals against average, a .950 save percentage, and two shutouts. The 18-year-old was particularly outstanding against the Vancouver Giants on November 5th, when he blocked all 37 shots that came his way.

The 18-year-old has been a big part of why Edmonton is now ranked fifth in the WHL's Eastern Conference and within striking distance of the Central Division lead. He was recently recognized as the Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month for his efforts.

Jarry was also selected to represent the WHL at the 2013 Subway Super Series, where he knocked aside 15 of 17 shots for the series clinching win over Team Russia.

A second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Jarry has a 16-7-0-1 record this season, a goals against average of 1.98, a .923 save percentage, and three shutouts.

Johnny Gaudreau (CAL)
Boston College – Hockey East

It is no surprise Johnny Gaudreau is scoring at a torrid pace in the NCAA. After all, he managed 51 points in 35 games last year, en route to a nomination for the Hobey Baker Award. Still, Gaudreau seemed to take his game to new heights for November, managing nine goals and eight assists through nine games.

For his efforts, he was named the Hockey East Player of the Month, an award he also received last November.

The 20-year-old has 12 goals, 13 assists, and a plus-12 rating through 14 games on the season. He ranks second in the nation in both goals and points and he has played in all situations for the Eagles.

Petr Mrazek (DET)
Grand Rapids Griffins – AHL

Though it is early in the season, Mrazek has already shown phenomenal growth in his second season of professional hockey. The 21-year-old was exceptional in November, posting a perfect 6-0 record, a 1.67 goals against average, and a .939 save percentage. In four of his starts he allowed one or fewer goals, including a shutout on November 11th against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Mrazek actually started November in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, serving in place of backup Jonas Gustavsson, who was suffering from a stiff neck. He made it into one game for the Red Wings, a 14 save shutout against on November 2nd against the Edmonton Oilers. He was re-assigned to the AHL on November 5th and has been there ever since.

Through 11 AHL games this year, Mrazek has a 2.29 goals against average, .918 save percentage, one shutout, and an 8-2-1 record.

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