Numbers Game: A look around the CHL via some interesting stats

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Now that the CHL season is a month old, here’s a look at some interesting stats featuring the players that have been making headlines in 2013/14.


–       Erie Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk has won 5 straight games while posting a 1.80 GAA, .927 save percentage & 2 shutouts.  He currently has a shutout streak of 137 minutes, 53 seconds.  Dansk owns a 6-1-1-0 record this season and the 2nd best goals against average in the league (2.01).

–       Philadelphia Flyers prospect Anthony Stolarz (London) is 6-0-1-0 to start the season and sits 2nd in the OHL in save percentage (.934).  He owns a 32-7-2-1 record, including playoffs, since joining the Knights in January while posting a 2.37 GAA & .923 SV%.  That’s good news for a Flyers team that has started 6 different goaltenders since the beginning of the 2011/12 season.

–       2014 NHL Draft prospect Sam Bennett (Kingston) has scored in every Frontenacs game this season and leads his team in goals (8) and points (14).

–       Barrie goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood has the 4th best GAA in the OHL (2.41), yet his record is 0-3-0-1 this season.  The Colts have only scored 7 goals with Blackwood in net.  The Thunder Bay native is eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.



–       Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha has continued his scoring touch from last season.  The Red Wings prospect has already scored 16 goals in 9 games and he is well ahead of last year’s 50-goal pace.  He could become the first QMJHL player to score 70 goals in a season since 2006/07 when Thomas Beauregard scored 71 with Acadie-Bathurst.   Mantha also has 4 short-handed goals this season.


–       Since returning from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jonathan Drouin (Halifax) has scored 2 goals and 3 assists in 4 games.   The Mooseheads are 3-1 with Drouin in the lineup.

–       Despite facing a league-high 37.4 shots per game, Saint John goaltender Sebastien Auger has the best save percentage (.936) and the 2nd-best GAA (2.36) in the QMJHL.

–  Rimouski forward Anthony DeLuca has opened the season on an 11-game point streak (8 goals, 10 assists).

–  Calgary Flames draft pick Emile Poirier has scored at least one goal in 8 of his first 10 games.  They include 2 short-handed markers and 3 game-winning goals.



–       2014 NHL Draft prospect Sam Reinhart (Kootenay) has recorded a least two points in 9 of his 10 games this season.  He sits 2nd in WHL assists (14) and points (21).

–       Spokane Chiefs forward Mitch Holmberg has scored in all 10 games this season and he recently recorded his 200th WHL point.   He leads the league in goals (12) and points (25).  Holmberg went undrafted and is currently an NHL free agent.


–       The Everett Silvertips are the only team in the WHL to earn at least one point in every road game this season (4-0-1-0).  Part of the reason for their early season success can be attributed to defenceman Matt Pufahl, who was just named the league’s ‘Player of the Week’.  Pufahl is averaging over a point per game this season and 4 of his 5 goals have been scored on the road.

–       Victoria Royals goaltender Patrik Polivka has earned three shutouts in his first 10 games of 2013/14.  He opened the season 1-3, but is 5-1 during the month of October, helping the Royals move into 1st place in the B.C. Division.