Leafs CHL prospects update

By Quentin Evans

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, D – Brampton Battalion (OHL)

Height: 6’3, Weight: 216 lbs., DOB: Jan. 26, 1987

Toronto’s second pick, 82nd overall, at the 2005
Entry Draft, Oreskovich is continuing to demonstrate the attributes that made
him attractive to the Leafs. A physical stay-at-home defenseman, Oreskovich
leads the Battalion with 65 penalty minutes in 14 games this season – double
the amount of his next closest teammate. His plus/minus of -1 is of no real
concern, as he regularly faces opponents’ top lines playing for the mediocre
Battalion. The return of Wojtek Wolski from the Colorado Avalanche should see
the team as a whole begin to produce better numbers.

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, G – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

Height: 6’3, Weight: 204 lbs., DOB: Apr. 22, 1986

It’s beginning to look as though the Leafs have found a gem
in this Hitmen backstop. After 15 games, Pogge is the WHL league leader in wins
with 12, and is tied or among the league lead with three shutouts and a
sparkling 1.70 Goals Against Average. To cap off his fantastic start to the
season, Pogge was recently named the ADT CHL Goalie of the Week (for the week
ending Oct. 30th) and was named to the WHL roster for the ADT
Canada/Russia Challenge. He is scheduled to share the goaltending duties with
Kelowna’s Derek Yeomans in Regina on December 1st. Although not
originally selected to be part of Hockey Canada’s National Junior team summer
development camp, Pogge told ‘WHL This Week’ that he is hopeful that a strong
showing at the Challenge – and continued dominance for the Hitmen – will
result in an invitation to Team Canada’s selection camp later this year.


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