HF Prospect of the Month for January, 2013

By Ian Altenbaugh

Dmitrij Jaskin - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Forward Dmitrij Jaskin is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for January, 2013. Jaskin was prolific over the past month, managing 25 points in just eight QMJHL games. (Courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Though there were many stellar performances in the month of January, few players were able to match the production of Moncton Wildcats forward Dmitrij Jaskin (STL).

Following his strong performance at the 2013 World Junior Championships, where he managed three goals and three assists in six games while representing the Czech Republic, Jaskin had a stellar month of January in the QMJHL, posting 12 goals and 13 assists in eight games.

A second round pick in 2011 by the St. Louis Blues, Jaskin is in his first season playing North American hockey, having spent the prior two seasons playing in the Czech Republic with HC Slavia Praha. He was playing high level hockey the entire season but appeared to find another gear in January, where he averaged 3.12 points per game, including seven multi-point outings.

On the season, Jaskin has 36 goals and 41 assists through 41 games. He is currently amidst a 13 game, 32 point streak dating back to December 4th.

Honorable Mentions

Reid Boucher (NJD)
Sarnia Sting – OHL

Similar to Jaskin, Reid Boucher had an explosive month of January, which helped vault him to the top of the OHL goal-scoring race. Through 12 games, Boucher managed 13 goals and seven assists, including two goals on the man-advantage and one shorthanded. Since November, Boucher has scored at roughly a goal-per-game pace, and his 45 goals through 51 games now lead the OHL by a wide margin. Boucher also added two powerplay markers in January, adding to his league-leading 16 goals on the man-advantage.

Boucher's production has been particularly significant for Sarnia as they recently lost star forward Alex Galchenyuk (MTL) to the NHL. If Sarnia hopes to make the playoffs and have any sort of impact, Boucher will have to continue the prolific pace he set for himself.

Josh Archibald (PIT)
University of Nebraska-Omaha – WCHA

Now in his sophomore season, Josh Archibald has established himself as one of the more electrifying goal-scorers in college hockey. In the month of January, he had seven goals and one assist in six games, including a hat trick on January 4th against Colorado College. That game against Colorado College would begin an eight game, 10 point hot streak he is still currently riding.

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 6th round of the 2011 NHL Draft, Archibald has been integral to the Nebraska-Omaha offense which ranks second in the nation. In addition to the offensive production, Archibald plays a physical two way game, and battles hard every shift. He will still need to add strength to his lean 170 pound frame, but his point-per-game production as a sophomore has to be promising for the Penguins.

Ty Rattie (STL)
Portland Winterhawks – WHL

Following a middling performance at the 2013 World Junior Championships, where he posted three goals in six games, Ty Rattie returned to the WHL red hot, posting nine goals and 13 assists through 12 games, managing a point in every game he played in January.

There are few if any players in junior hockey who have been as consistent as Rattie, who has managed a point in 38 of the 45 games he has laced up for. Drafted 32nd overall in the 2011 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, Rattie currently ranks fourth in the WHL in scoring with 74 points in 45 games.


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