The past week brought some mixed results for the Hurricanes prospect pool, as there were a couple of players who put up big numbers while a few others had some ugly performances. The good far outweighs the bad, though as Sergey Tolchinsky and Brock McGinn continued to light it up for their respective teams with a couple of multi-point games. Both are in the Top 10 in points in the OHL and McGinn's 15 goals ranks him second among goal-scorers. McGinn really helped his cause this week by scoring five in three games, including a hat trick in Guelph's 6-3 win over Kitchener.
McGinn also added three assists to his total which now gives him 27 points in 15 games, ranking 5th in the OHL. It's weird to think that McGinn had only 22 goals in 101 career OHL games when he was drafted because his offense has taken a couple of big steps forward these last two seasons. He got off to a slow start last year thanks to a wrist injury but he has stormed out of the gates this time around and has been a big reason why Guelph is currently in a battle for first place in the OHL's Western Conference. I always saw McGinn as someone who can contribute even if he isn't scoring, as he is a great penalty killer and puck-possession player, but his expectations will certainly go up after this season.
After the jump, we'll talk more about McGinn and review the past week for Carolina's OHL prospects.
|Sergey Tolchinsky||Sault Ste. Marie||3||0||5||5||2||3|
|Tyler Ganly||Sault Ste. Marie||3||0||0||0||3||4|
McGinn was simply outstanding this past week, as he recorded a goal in all three games and kicked it all off with a hat trick against Kitchener. Guelph has scored more goals than any other OHL club this year and McGinn has been the one leading the way there. He is one of the older players on the team, so most expected him to have a big year, but I don't think anyone saw him posting these kind of numbers. Judging from how he looked in prospect camp, I would say that he is pretty close to being ready for the pros, even if it's just the AHL, and he has certainly been showing that so far juniors. Unfortunately, he is too young to play in Charlotte, so we'll have to wait until the end of the year before we see him there.
The other standout from the week was the undrafted phenom, Sergey Tolchinsky, who had five assists and a pair of multi-point games for Salut Ste. Marie this week. Tolchinsky is normally more of a goal-scorer but his play-making skills were on display in the Hounds 8-3 win over the Sarnia Sting where he recorded three assists. He also had two assists in their wild 7-5 win over the Belleville Bulls and was a force on the power play from the looks of things. His even strength on-ice goal stats were a little weak for his standards, but Tolchinsky has made up for it in other areas and always seems to make an impact whenever he is on the ice.
Also on the upswing last week was Trevor Carrick, whose Mississauga Steelheads are starting to right the ship with wins over Oshawa and Sudbury. Both of Carrick's points came in the win over Sudbury, his assist being the primary helper on the game-winning goal. He was also on he ice for more of Mississauga's goals than the opposition's, which is a nice change from recent weeks. The Steelheads are depending on him for a lot this year and he's responded with his best offensive season to date and his play in his own end is improving, as well.
On the ugly side of things we have goaltender Daniel Altshuller, who played in all three of Oshawa's games and had his roughest week to date. He allowed 10 goals on 79 shots, eight of them coming in two games. Although, some good news is that Oshawa won two out of those three games and they were shutout in the one game they lost, so that wasn't completely on Altshuller. He's having a good season, so hopefully this is only just a blemish.
As for Ganly and Pedersen, both were pretty quiet. Pedersen recorded yet another assist, giving him eight points in 12 games, while Ganly is still looking for his first of the year. He also ended up with a negative goal differential for the first week this year, which is unfortunate because he is normally very solid in his own end.
|Sergey Tolchinsky||Sault Ste. Marie||14||11||15||26|
|Tyler Ganly||Sault Ste. Marie||14||0||0||0|
Once again, McGinn and Tolchinsky are the ones leading the way as they are simply destroying their competition right now. Although, Carrick is also performing very well, scoring at a point-per-game pace. Hopefully these three keep it up.