Jackets CHL Prospect Update

By Aaron Vickers

Jackets CHL Prospect Update: 4th Edition

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Jackets CHL Prospect Update. This week’s MVP is Plymouth Whalers blue liner Cole Jarrett, with his stunning offensive outputs in the last few weeks.

Western Hockey League

Kiel McLeod – Forward – Kelowna Rockets – Selected in the 2nd Round (53 Overall) in 2001
Starting on the Kelowna side of things, McLeod has seen his production increase since the last update. He managed to put up three goals and one assist in 4 games, pushing his totals on the season to 14 points (7-7-14) in 20 games played. His plus/minus has climbed to a +3 as well. On the Hershey Cup side of things, McLeod was named WHL West Most Valuable Player in their victory over the OHL Eastern Conference over a week ago.

Interesting Stat: Number 17 also sits 4th on the team in PIM, with 41.

Steven Goertzen – Forward – Seattle Thunderbirds – Selected in the 7th Round (225th Overall) in 2002
Steven Goertzen has struggled somewhat in the last few weeks putting up numbers on the board. However, it is being considered acceptable by Thunderbird fans as long as no one scores while Goertzen is on the ice. Goertzen hasn’t been a defensive liability at all, as his plus/minus stays at +3, where it was over two weeks ago with the last update. Offensively, Goertzen added one goal in 5 games to push his season totals to 10 points (7-3-10).

Interesting Stat: Number 26 sits 3rd on the team in +/- and 5th in goals.

Tim Konsorada – Forward – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 6th Round (168th Overall) in 2002
Konsorada’s production dramatically levelled off after a hot start to the season, but is still contributing steadily at both ends of the ice, especially on the special teams. . Offensively, Konsorada added two goals and another three assists over the span of seven games, totalling 28 points (7-21-28) in 28 games with the Wheat Kings this season. Konsorada was also added to the WHL West team alongside fellow Jackets prospect Kiel McLeod that competed in the Hershey Cup.

Interesting Stat: Number 19 has the worst +/- on the team at -3

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen – Defense – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 3rd Round (65th Overall) in 2002
Tollefsen has managed to stay healthy in the past few weeks, which is a bonus for the Wheat Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets. He has been steady at both ends, and on special teams as well. Tollefsen has been quarterbacking the power play in Brandon, and has been a defensive specialist in his own end. While the point totals haven’t improved as much, Tollefsen is getting into a routine of steady play, and has been very reliable on the blueline. He has chipped in a goal and an assist in his last seven games, pushing his season total in points to 10 (5-5-10) in 18 games.

Interesting Stat: Number 27 has missed nearly 33% of his teams games this year due to injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Andrew Penner – Goaltender – Guelph Storm – Signed As A Free Agent (Sept 17th, 2001)
Penner continues his strong start to the season, and has had a successful stint in the last few weeks while the Storm ride the hot goalie. Penner has now played in 15 games this season, dropping his 2.90 goals against average to 2.76, despite seeing his .911 save percentage drop to .907 over the last few games. He is unbeaten in his last 4 starts as well, going 1-0-3 since the last update.

Interesting Stat: Number 1 has more wins than his fellow tenders have games played.

Ryan Bowness – Forward – Brampton Battalion – Selected in the 8th Round (236th Overall) in 2001
Look out! Bowness has set a new career high. With his last goal, his 8th, Bowness moved pass his old career high of 7 goals set last season. With his next pair of points, Bowness will also set a career high in points in a season as well. In Bowness’ last 6 games, the Battalion forward added three points, two of them goals, to set his season totals in points to 16 (8-8-16) in 24 games.

Interesting Stat: Number 24 is tied for 2nd on the team in power play goals with 2.

Cole Jarrett – Defense – Plymouth Whalers – Selected in the 5th Round (141st Overall) in 2001
I am not sure what was said to Cole Jarrett, but that person needs a promotion. Jarrett continues his hot streak, jumping to fourth in the team in scoring. Since the last update, Jarrett has played 7 games. In that span of 7 games, Jarrett has registered 13 points. After starting the season with only 6 points in 12 games, Jarrett now has 28 points (6-22-28) in 25 games. To say he’s started to contribute offensively is somewhat of an understatement.

Interesting Stat: Number 2 leads the team in both PIM, and PIMPG.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Aaron Johnson – Defense – Rimouski Oceanic – Selected in the 3rd Round (85th Overall) in 2001

Aaron must’ve taken it to heart when former Jackets prospect Louis Mandeville was profiled last week as the ‘Special Update’. Johnson has moved to 2nd in the league in defenseman scoring with 24 points (4-20-24) in 23 games, a PPG ratio better than that of Mandeville. Since the last update, Johnson has added 7 points in 5 games. He is behind Mandeville by only four points for the league lead, despite playing in five fewer games.

Interesting Stat: Aaron leads QMJHL defensemen in assists with 20.

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