The CHL season is only a few weeks old but there have already been a couple surprises, one of which being Hurricanes goaltending prospect Daniel Altshuller arguably being the biggest standout among Carolina prospects in the league. His Oshawa Generals are off to a terrific start this season and while the team's explosive offense is likely a bigger reason for their success, Altshuller is having a fairly solid year so far. I'd like to see him improve his save percentage from the .905 mark he is posting right now before I begin to proclaim him to be something special, though. He may lead the the OHL in wins with six, but that likely has more to do with the strong team in front of him rather than the play of Altshuller himself. Either way, it's good to see that his team is off to a great start and hopefully the Generals can keep it up so we get to see how Altshuller looks in some playoff games.
I've talked about Altshuller & the Oshawa Generals quite a bit this year but one prospect & club that I haven't discussed much is the Canes 2010 6th round pick Tyler Stahl and his Victoria Royals, who currently sport the best record in the WHL's Western Conference. This is a bit of a surprise since the Royals were one of the worst teams in the league last season but they are off to a very good start this season and picked up a big come-from-behind win over the Medicine Hat Tigers over the weekend. Stahl recorded two assists in that victory and was on-ice for the game-winning goal in overtime as he continues to play well since returning from his suspension at the start of the year. The two points he recorded in that game alone matched his season total from last year, so Stahl is already on pace to have a much better year and who knows, if he can keep it up then maybe he'll improve his prospect status.
It's still way too early in the year to jump to those kind of conclusions but I always like to see some of the organization's lesser-known prospects perform well, so it's refreshing to see guys like Stahl, Altshuller and Trevor Carrick play well while others are under-performing. I don't need to tell you know the player I'm referring to there is.
After the jump, we'll take a closer look at the performances from Carolina's prospects over the weekend.