Jackets CHL Prospects Update

By Aaron Vickers

There have been a few prospects not buying into the ‘lull’, and continue to pound out impressive numbers. This update, the MVP Award is going to defenseman Aaron Johnson.

Western Hockey League

Kiel McLeod – Forward – Kelowna Rockets – Selected in the 2nd Round (53 Overall) in 2001
Another update, another lack of update on the contract front for Kiel McLeod. Statistically speaking, McLeod continues to get it done. McLeod struggled to put points up on the board early in the season as you may very well know, but since November hit, McLeod has been one of the hottest players on the team and in the league. He has run his totals to 64 points (29-35-64) in 54 games. His +23 is 4th on the team, a team which includes Simon Ferguson, who is –6.

Since Last Update: 7 Games, 7 Points (2-5-7)

Interesting Stat: Number 17 has the 2nd highest PIM/Game on the Rockets.

Steven Goertzen – Forward – Seattle Thunderbirds – Selected in the 7th Round (225th Overall) in 2002
Goertzen is a strong contributor both offensively and defensively for the Seattle Thunderbirds. His 3rd line role places him in a checking situation, yet he is still able to produce given the chance offensively. Offensively, Goertzen has averaged just under a point every other game, with 24 points (11-13-24) in 55 games. His speed and aggressiveness has improved over the course of the season, although his puck control leaves something to be desired.

Since Last Update: 7 Games, 4 Points (1-3-4)
Interesting Stat: Number 26 averages a goal every 5 games for Seattle.

Tim Konsorada – Forward – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 6th Round (168th Overall) in 2002
In 58 games this season, Konsorada has maintained his point per game pace, with 59 points (21-38-59) on the 2002-2003 campaign. Despite these totals, he has gone relatively unnoticed. His stock has gone up with the development of his two-way play, and offensive capabilities.

Since Last Update: 7 Games Played, 7 Points (4-3-7)
Interesting Stat: Number 19 leads the Wheat Kings in assists, with 38 on the campaign.

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen – Defense – Brandon Wheat Kings – Selected in the 3rd Round (65th Overall) in 2002
Tollefsen suffered yet another injury over the course of the last update, but only required him to miss two games. He suffered a bruised hand the hard way, blocking a shot from the stick of Ian White. All things considered, Tollefsen has played well since the injury, despite only registering one point since the last update. Through 37 games this season, Tollefsen has 17 points (6-11-17).

Since Last Update: 6 Games Played, 1 Point (0-1-1)
Interesting Stat: Number 27 has recorded 3 of his 6 goals on the powerplay.

Ontario Hockey League

Andrew Penner – Goaltender – Guelph Storm – Signed As A Free Agent (Sept 17th, 2001)
With Penner in net, the Guelph Storm have played .500 hockey over the last five games. This is pretty good, considering Andrew’s overall record is 12-18-7, despite putting up statistics like a .902 save percentage and a 2.85 goals against average. These are impressive numbers given the team playing in front of him.

Since Last Update:2-2-1 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
Ryan Bowness continues his offensive struggles as late, with just 2 points in his last 13 games, and no goals over that stretch. He is also –7 over the same stretch, on a team where Chris Clayton is +27. Bowness is marred in a horrible horrible slump.

Since Last Update: 5 Games Played, 0 Points (0-0-0)
Interesting Stat: #24 is 2nd last on the club in plus/minus, with a –3 rating.

Cole Jarrett – Defense – Plymouth Whalers – Selected in the 5th Round (141st Overall) in 2001
Jarrett continues to provide two aspects of the game to the Plymouth Whalers; offense and grit. He’s thrown incredible numbers up on the board for defensemen in terms of offense, registering 53 points (14-39-53) in 55 games this season. Over that stretch, Jarrett has recorded 127 penalty minutes, placing him in the team lead for that statistic. Jarrett sits just four points behind Andre Benoit for the league lead.

Since Last Update: 7 Games Played, 6 Points (3-3-6)
Interesting Stat: Jarrett has 11 powerplay goals this season.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

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

Johnson is plus 4 over his last 4 games, putting his plus/minus in the positives for the first time this season. Not only that, but over his last 4 games he’s also put up 6 points (1-5-6) on the board. His season totals are good enough to put him in a tie for 3rd place among defensemen scoring in the QMJHL, despite playing 17 games fewer than the leader, Jesse Lane. His points per game would also put him ahead of Lane. Johnson is arguably the top defenseman in the Q. His 44 points (5-39-44) in 42 games are evidence of this.

Since Last Update: 4 Games Played, 6 Points (1-5-6)
Interesting Stat: Johnson is –2 since joining the Remparts

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