Avalanche juniors update

By Courtney Wagner

Wojtek Wolski, the 21st pick in the 2004 draft, headlines the list
of Colorado Avalanche prospects who are currently playing in Canadian juniors in 2004-05.

Wojtek Wolski, LW – Brampton,

Height: 6’3, Weight: 200 lbs., DOB –

Colorado’s first round choice in the
2004 draft, Wojtek Wolski is leading the Brampton Battalion in scoring this year with 31
points. Known as an unselfish player who can be used in all game
situations, Wolski leads his team with 16 goals and is second only to
Luch Aquino in assists with 15. Wolski comes off a stellar 2003-04 season with the Battalion, leading the team in scoring last year. He also became the second-fastest player in Battalion history to reach 100 points, behind only the
Oilers’ Raffi Torres. He was also only the second player in club
history to be named to the OHL’s First All-Star Team in 2003-04. This season he is
averaging over a point per game and leads the team in power play goals with nine.

2004-05 stats

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Brad Richardson, C – Owen Sound,

Height: 5’11, Weight: 189 lbs., DOB –

Brad Richardson starts his fourth season
Owen Sound Attack, after having played only 15 games last year due to
injury. He
managed to post 16 points, averaging more than a point per game, before
the injury. A fifth round pick in 2003, Richardson finished second in the OHL Coaches poll
for most
underrated player last year. He is a proven point-getter, notching 67 points in 67
games in his 2002-03 season with the Attack, good for leading scorer on the team.
He also took home MVP honors for two straight seasons with the club before he was
injured last year. Richardson was a member of Team Ontario for the
Canadian Hockey League ADT Canada-Russia Challenge this year. So far this season
he is
third in team scoring with 31 points in 26 games and is leading the
team in
power play goals with six.

2004-05 stats




Darryl Yacboski, D – Calgary,

Height: 6’3, Weight: 225 lbs., DOB –

Darryl Yacboski comes off his best
season with
the Calgary Hitmen after joining them early last season in a trade with
the Regina Pats. An eighth-round pick in 2003, Yacboski had gone 11 games without a
single point in Regina, but turned it on in Calgary with four goals,
assists and 115 penalty minutes, all career-highs, in 53 games with the
club. He already has four goals in 29 games, matching his career-high total from
last year. His 66 penalty minutes are good for second on the team behind Andrew
Ladd and he has a rating of +8.

2004-05 stats


Brandon Yip, RW – Coquitlam,

Height: 6’1, Weight: 170 lbs., DOB –

An eighth-round pick in the 2004 draft,
Yip is playing in his second and last season with the Coquitlam Express of
the BCHL,
he will join Boston University in 2005-06 on scholarship. Yip was
rookie of the year last season and was also named to the BCHL’s First
All-Rookie Team. He was third in team scoring in his rookie season and led the team in power play goals with 13. Yip was placed on injured reserve at the end
of October this season, before being sidelined he had 13 points in 13

2004-05 stats


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