Time to check in on the Hawks prospects.
Let’s start in the OHL, where Garrett Ross was named OHL player of the week. Seven points in three games will do that for a player. He currently stands at 49 points in 38 games, which is good enough to be in the top 20 in the league. That actually puts him right behind Boone Jenner, who very well may be a Jacket this time on Saturday. Though Jenner is a couple years younger. While Ross shouldn’t be pegged as a future star or anything anytime soon, he assuredly should be watched when he gets to Rockford next year. Though all of it comes with the caveat that he is playing against kids he is older than.
Staying in the O, Alex Broadhurst had four points in three games, two of them goals. In 45 games Broadhurst is 16-26-42.
Moving over to the Q, Phillip Danault had an assist in his first game with Moncton and back from the World Juniors in a 5-3 win over Gatineau (I feel like Cluseau whenever I writes these QMJHL cities).
At his hold stomping ground in Victoriaville, Brandon Whitney had two wins — including a 38-save performance against Val D’or where he narrowly missed a shutout.
In Rouyn-Noranda, Dillon Fournier was a +1 in two games.
Over to the cowboys and….other cowboys, Mark McNeill returned from Ufa with a vengeance, with five points in two games. Prince Albert is firmly entrenched in first place in their division as well.
Bouncing down to Portland, Mac Carruth piled up two more wins and another shutout in tow starts this past weekend. Get ready for these: Carruth is 20-2-0 with a 1.70 GAA and .939 SV%. Nice, huh? That’s good enough for second in GAA, and first in SV% in the WHL.
In Moose Jaw, Travis Brown had two assists in two games but was a -2. He has 28 points on the year.
To the college ranks. Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist and was a +2 in BC’s win over UNH at The Heights, and was a +1 in their loss to the same team in New Hampshire. Hayes is 6-12-18 in 19 games, and that goal broke a very long drought for him.
In the CCHA, Stephen Johns took it on the chin when facing powerhouse Minnesota at The Muuch. He was a -3 and watched Bjugstad and others leave tire marks on him. That’ll happen though.
Sam Jardine returned to the Ohio State lineup and managed an assist in a win over Ferris State.
Nick Mattson had a goal and an assist and was a +4 in a two-game series with Colorado College that North Dakota split. Mattson has 11 points in 20 games from the blue line and is a +9.