ECHL top prospects, January

By Holly Gunning

Below are the top performing prospects in the ECHL for January 2004

Below are the top performing prospects in the ECHL for
January 2004.  Inclusion is based on
Hockey’s Future’s prospect criteria, with younger prospects preferred over
older ones.  Those who made the previous
month’s list are not eligible for this month. 
The participants in the 2004 ECHL All-Star Game, which took place
January 21st, are also reviewed.


Greg Barber, RW, San Diego (Age: 23) Barber
currently sits third in rookie scoring with 17 goals and 26 assists in 43
games.  The 6’0” winger comes to the
Gulls out of the University of Denver, where he was a teammate of Gwinnett’s
Kevin Doell.  Barber was a seventh round
draft choice of the Boston Bruins in 1999.


Carl Mallette, C, Florida (Age: 22) Mallette is
a first year pro out of the QMJHL, after a one-year stopover with Dalhousie
University of the CIS.  He is currently
tied for fifth in rookie scoring with 14 goals and 24 assists in 45 games.  Mallette was a fourth round draft pick of
Atlanta in 2000. Mallette stands 6’1”. 


Jamie Johnson, C, Louisiana (Age: 22) Johnson
is a playmaking center who leads all rookies with 29 assists on the year for 37
points in 42 games. He also leads rookies in power play assists with 14.
Johnson is 5’11” 185 pounds, out of Port Franks, Ontario.


Olivier Proulx, C, Dayton (Age: 22) Proulx is a
rookie out of the QMJHL.  His 34 points
in 45 games put him tied for 11th in the rookie scoring race.  He is tied for third in rookie shorthanded
assists with three.


Alexandre Burrows, LW, Columbia (Age: 22) A second
year player, Burrows is tied for 15th in scoring in the entire
league with 47 points in 41 games with the Inferno.  He also has 134 penalty minutes. The 6’1” left wing is from
Montreal, Quebec. 


Nick Boucher, G, Wheeling (Age: 23) Boucher is
a rookie under contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.  He was a ninth round draft pick of the
Penguins in 2000.  He comes to Wheeling
from Dartmouth College.  Boucher is
19-4-1 and has a 2.35 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 26 games.  He is seventh in goals against average in
the league among goaltenders playing 870 or more minutes.


Mark McRae, D, Florence (Age: 22) The rookie offensive defenseman has
seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 37 games. He is on the league
leaderboard for defensemen scoring, ranked 17th.  He has six assists in his last five games.
McRae was a 2000 draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers and attended Cornell


Mathieu Brunelle, LW, Trenton (Age: 20) Brunelle, a rookie out of the QMJHL,
is a speedy winger. Brunelle’s was selected in the 7th round of the 2002 draft
by Philadelphia and is under contract with that organization. He has posted 31
points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 31 games played. He recently set a Titans
record for goals in a game with five in the January 31st win over


Marc-Andre Thinel, RW, Columbus (Age: 22) Thinel is
a third year pro out of the QMJHL.  He
was a fifth round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1999, and is
currently under contract with that organization.  He has 33 points in 36 games on the season.  He has been on fire lately, with four goals
and four assists in his last five games.


Miguel Delisle, C, Idaho (Age: 21) Delisle is a
second year pro, now with his second ECHL after being traded from San Diego to
Idaho.  He has 25 points in 40 games on
the season, but 18 in 21 games with Idaho, 10 of them goals.  He is tied for the ECHL rookie lead with 10
power play goals. He is also second among rookies in shooting percentage at
20.0 percent. The 6’1” center was a fourth round pick of Toronto in 2000. 


Kevin Spiewak, F, South Carolina (Age: 24)
Spiewak is tied for 11th among rookie scorers with 34 points in 41
games.  A small but speedy player,
Spiewak won the fastest skater competition at the 2004 ECHL All-Star Skills
Competition.  He comes to the Stingrays
from the University of North Dakota.


T.J. Aceti, G, Long Beach (Age: 21) Aceti is
a rookie out of the OHL where he played for Oshawa and Erie.  He has a 7-12-1 record, a 3.46 goals against
average, and a .893 save percentage on the season, but is 2-1-1 with a 1.85 GAA
in his last four games.



ECHL All-Star Game
Prospect Selections

(Name, position, team, current age)


Thirty-five of the 46 total players selected for the ECHL
All-Star game qualify as prospects according to Hockey’s Future’s
criteria.  This list includes
replacement players and rookies are denoted with an asterisk.


Morten Ask, F, Toledo, 23

*Greg Barber, RW, San Diego, 23

Alexandre Burrows, LW, Columbia, 22

Cory Campbell, G, Johnstown, 22

Dan Carlson, F, Roanoke, 24

*Greg Chambers, F, Pensacola, 21

Frederic Cloutier, G, Louisiana, 22

David Cornacchia, D, Idaho, 23

*Dave Cousineau, D, Las Vegas, 25

*Dan Ellis, G, Idaho, 23

*Brian Fahey, D, Atlantic City, 22

Michael Garnett, G, Gwinnett, 21

Brent Gauvreau, F, Mississippi, 23

*Chris Houle, G, Trenton, 21

Andrew Ianiero, LW, Bakersfield, 23

David Inman, C, Charlotte, 23

*Greg Jacina, F, Augusta, 21

Jason Jaffray, F, Wheeling, 22

Dusty Jamieson, LW, Charlotte, 22

*Justin Kelly, RW, Las Vegas, 22

*Nate Kiser, D, Dayton, 21

Shawn Limpright, LW, Roanoke, 22

*Charles Linglet, F, Alaska, 21

*David Masse, F, Reading, 21

*Mark McRae, D, Florence, 22

*Troy Milam, D, Gwinnett, 23

*Jason Notermann, F, Johnstown, 22

*Sam Paolini, F, Atlantic City, 23

*J-F Plourde, F, Columbus, 22

*Tom Reimann, D, Greensboro, 25

Randy Rowe, F, Peoria, 23

*John Snowden, F, Texas, 22

*Kevin Spiewak, F, SC, 24

*Joe Talbot, F, Alaska, 23

*Kevin Truelson, D, Fresno, 23

Krzysztof Wieckowski, F, Long Beach, 22

Jonathan Zion, D, Reading, 22


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