We are now officially one month into the junior hockey season and, despite the NHL lockout, there is some great hockey being played throughout the CHL & USHL.
Here’s a look at some 2013 NHL draft prospects that have jumped out to fast starts early on in 2012/13.
William Carrier – Left Wing, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
Earlier this season, Carrier had a 10-game point streak where he scored 11 goals & 7 assists and was named a QMJHL ‘Star of the Week’. He currently leads his team in scoring with 23 points and is on pace for a 100-point season.
Taylor Cammarata – Forward, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
There is no sophomore slump for the defending USHL Rookie of the Year. Cammarata has 5 goals & 4 assists in 6 games, including two power play goals and one game-winner. He also has three multi-point games, helping the Black Hawks to a 6-1 record.
Jason Dickinson – Left Wing, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Zach Mitchell – Right Wing, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Hunter Garlent – Centre, Guelph Storm (OHL)
It seems like everyone on the Guelph Storm is off to a fast start. In fact, they are! They have the best record in the league, they haven’t lost in regulation since September 28th, and they’re averaging almost 5 goals per game.
Dickinson is on an 8-game point streak, Mitchell is continuing his point-per-game pace from last season, and Garlent is the most recent ‘OHL Player of the Week’ after scoring 3 goals & 5 assists in 3 games.
Max Domi – Centre, London Knights (OHL)
Domi leads the Knights in scoring with 6 goals & 13 assists, good for 3rd in the OHL. He has six multi-point games this year and is on pace to double last season’s mark of 49 points.
Heading into the weekend, Domi has scored in every Knights game this season. The 11-game point streak is tied with Connor McDavid for longest in the OHL so far in 2012/13.
Jonathan Drouin – Left Wing, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Drouin scored 15 points in his first 7 games this season. He was leading the Mooseheads in scoring before suffering an upper body injury that kept him out of the lineup for six games. He is expected to be back in Halifax’s lineup on Wednesday night and is looking to pick up where he left off playing alongside MacKinnon & Fournier.
Adam Erne – Right Wing, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Erne started off the season with a 7-game point streak and he hasn’t lost that touch. He sits second in team scoring with 6 goals & 11 assists in 12 games, helping the Remparts to one of the best records in the CHL.
Frederik Gauthier – Centre, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Gauthier is making a big impression in his rookie season. After 13 games, he leads the Oceanic in scoring with 8 goals and 8 assists. His is tied for the rookie scoring race and his +12 rating ranks him 5th among QMJHL players.
Brendan Harms – Forward, Fargo Force (USHL)
Brendan Harms’ first season in the league is proving to be a good one. He leads the league in assists (12), points (13) & plus/minus (+11). Out of nine contests this season, the Steinbach, Manitoba native has five multi-point games.
Nathan MacKinnon – Centre, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
MacKinnon is making a strong case to be next year’s 1st overall pick early in the season. He currently sits 1st in the QMJHL in game-winning goals (4), plus/minus (+17), dangerous shots (49) and is tied for most short-handed goals (2). Heading into Wednesday night, MacKinnon has scored a goal in seven straight games and is on pace for well over 100 points this season.
Anthony Mantha – Right Wing, Val d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
Mantha is on pace to shatter his career highs in all offensive categories. He’s recorded 11 goals & 12 assists in 13 games, ranking him in the top 10 scorers in the QMJHL. Mantha has also been very good on special teams, registering four power play goals & one short-handed marker. He is currently on an 8-game point streak.
Nicolas Petan – Centre, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
After only 12 games, Petan is well on his way to set career highs in goals, assists & points. He leads the Winterhawks in scoring with 5 goals & 13 assists in 12 games and sits in the top 10 among the WHL points leaders. He currently has a plus/minus rating of +13, ranking him 2nd in the league.
Petan was named ‘WHL Player of the Week’ after scoring 4 goals & 4 assists in the opening weekend of the season.