Jackets CHL Prospect Update

By Aaron Vickers

Western Hockey League

Kiel McLeod – Forward – Kelowna Rockets – Selected in the 2nd Round (53 Overall) in 2001
McLeod, with that dark cloud hanging over his head (in Jacket fans opinions) with the lack of a contract, hasn’t shown his worries, or lack there of, on the ice. He continues to be a regular contributor and a go-to guy for the Kelowna Rockets. After stumbling out of the gate on paper early in the season, McLeod has been one of the biggest offensive threats on the club, and arguably the biggest this side of Jesse Schutlz. On the season, McLeod now has 57 points (27-30-57) in 47 games.

Since Last Update: 7 Games, 12 Points (10-2-12)
Interesting Stat: Number 17 has scored over half his goals on special teams, with 13 powerplay goals and 1 short handed tally.

Steven Goertzen – Forward – Seattle Thunderbirds – Selected in the 7th Round (225th Overall) in 2002
Steve continues to truck along in the 2002-2003 season as his Seattle Thunderbirds sit first in a weak US Division. Goertzen has continued to chip in offensively here and there. Seeing limited icetime in Seattle this season, Goertzen has surpassed his season totals, with the season not over yet. Thus far, Goertzen has recorded 20 points (10-10-20) in 48 games this season. Although buried deep in the organization in terms of the clubs forward depth chart, if Goertzen continues to improve his game, he will see himself gradually move up in the opinions of the Columbus brass.

Since Last Update: 7 Games, 2 Points (0-2-2)
Interesting Stat: Number 26 is only one of four Thunderbirds in double digits in plus/minus, with a +11 rating.

Tim Konsorada – Forward – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 6th Round (168th Overall) in 2002
Konsorada, although dropping to third on the club in points, continues to impress Wheat King fans with his exceptional two-way play. He has been utilized on both special teams, and has been a key contributor on Brandon’s second line, behind Jordin Tootoo. His consistent play has finally been earning him some recognition in the CHL, but still remains a rather unknown prospect not only across the league, but in the Jackets organization as well.

Since Last Update: 7 Games Played, 6 Points (3-3-6)
Interesting Stat: Number 19 leads the Wheat Kings in assists, with 32 on the campaign.

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen – Defense – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 3rd Round (65th Overall) in 2002
Personal bias aside, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen could develop into one of the best defenseman prospects the Jackets have in the CHL. That is special company considering the talent that Aaron Johnson and Cole Jarrett possess. While he doesn’t have the offensive totals of a Johnson or a Jarrett, one must have patience with Tollefsen as he rounds out his game in his first hockey season in North America. Thus far, Tollefsen has registered 16 points (6-10-16) in 31 games this injury-plagued season.

Since Last Update: 7 Games Played, 2 Points (1-1-2)
Interesting Stat: Number 27 leads all Wheat King rookies in points, with 14.

Ontario Hockey League

Andrew Penner – Goaltender – Guelph Storm – Signed As A Free Agent (Sept 17th, 2001)
While Andrew Penner’s winning percentage continues to dwindle with each and each update, his personal statistics such as his goals against average and save percentage continue to hold steady. In fact, since the last update, while only going 1-3-0, Penner’s save percentage dropped only very slightly, from .910 to .908, while his goals against average has inflated from 2.63 to 2.75. With these stats, Penner sits 6th in the league in GAA, while his SV% puts him 13th.

Since Last Update:1-3-0 Record
Interesting Stat: Penner is still searching for his first shutout this season.

Ryan Bowness – Forward – Brampton Battalion – Selected in the 8th Round (236th Overall) in 2001
After having a few weeks of strong offensive play, Brampton Battalion forward has struggled as of late. While he’s toppled the 30 point mark, he has not done much since then. On the season, he’s put up 31 points (14-17-31) in 47 games, and is +4 on a team where Chris Clayton is +24. Make your own assumptions from this one.

Since Last Update: 8 Games Played, 2 Points (0-2-2)
Interesting Stat: #24 is tied for 5th on the club in goals, with his 14 on the year.

Cole Jarrett – Defense – Plymouth Whalers – Selected in the 5th Round (141st Overall) in 2001
Cole Jarrett continues to do what he’s done for the past few months now, and that is providing an offensive punch from the backend for the Plymouth Whalers. He’s a point per game player for the Whalers, with 47 points (11-36-47) in 48 games this season. Since catching fire early in the season, he has not strayed far from that point-per-game mark. His penalty minutes continue to be a problem, and is only a minor penalty away from catching the Whalers team leader, Jimmy Gagnon. However, Jarrett makes up for it, and is 3rd in the league among defensemen.

Since Last Update: 6 Games Played, 7 Points (1-6-7)
Interesting Stat: Jarrett has 9 powerplay goals this season.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

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

Johnson only managed a few games since the last update, suffering an ankle injury. However Rempart fans, don’t be worried, as he’s returned to the lineup, and he, like Cole Jarrett, is putting up his usual point per game average. Thus far this season, Johnson has 38 points (4-34-38) in 38 games. His point totals are good enough for 7th in the Q in defensemen scoring, despite playing 13 fewer games than the leader.

Since Last Update: 3 Games Played, 3 Points (0-3-3)
Interesting Stat: Johnson is –2 since joining the Remparts

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