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Subban Jr. On The Rise

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

With the lockout dragging on, it should be interesting to see what Team Canada’s roster for the World Junior Hockey Championship will look like.  If the work stoppage doesn’t end before the start of the tournament, Canada is likely to have a loaded roster.  Keep in mind that the last time there was a lockout – 2004-05 – Canada featured a team that included future stars Brent Seabrook, Dion Phaneuf, Shea Weber, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Mike Richards, Corey Perry, and Patrice Bergeron.

Dmitri Jaskin (STL - Moncton Wildcats) – Jaskin is coming off an ideal month where he scored nine goals and 25 points in just 10 games.  He had two goals and two assists on Friday to extend his point streak to 15 games, but he was held off the scoresheet on Saturday.  Still, his recent efforts have put him into a tie for fifth place in the QMJHL’s scoring race.  Jaskin’s Wildcats have also been hot lately, winning eight of their last 10 games following a mediocre start to the season.  They’re second in the Maritimes Division with 36 points in 28 games.

Josh Currie (P.E.I. Rocket) – Currie scored two goals and registered an assist on Sunday to become the first QMJHL player in the 2012-13 campaign to reach and surpass the 50-point mark.  He needed just 28 contests to accomplish that feat.  Currie was also named the QMJHL’s first star of the week after recording five goals and three assists in just three contests.  The Rocket also features Ben Duffy, who ranks second in the QMJHL with 49 points in 28 games.  However, there’s a big drop in offensive output on the Rocket beyond that duo.  P.E.I. has a 16-10-2 record, which is good enough for third place in the Maritimes Division.

Charles Sarault (Sarnia Sting) – Sarault is coming off of an explosive week where he scored two goals and eight points in three contests.  He was also very effective last month with 21 assists and 25 points in 12 games.  Overall, Sarault has 42 points through 29 contests, to put him in ninth place in the OHL’s scoring race.  His Sarnia Sting are on a four-game winning streak to give them a 16-11-0-2 record this season.  They’re currently in a fierce competition for the West Division with the Plymouth Whalers.  The Sting have one more point, but have played in two more games than the Whalers.

Malcolm Subban (BOS - Belleville Bulls) – Subban had a 6-3-2-0 record, 2.30 GAA, and .930 save percentage in 11 games last month to maintain his standing as one of the best netminders in the OHL.  Subban has had some rough patches this season, but he’s yet to lose more than two straight games or allow more than three goals in back-to-back starts.  Overall, he has a 13-7-3-0 record, 2.23 GAA, and .931 save percentage in 24 games.  That’s helped lead the Bulls to a 15-9-3-1 record this season despite the fact that they’ve scored an OHL worst 70 goals.

Jaimen Yakubowski (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – Yakubowski scored five goals and eight points in four games en route to being named the WHL Player of the Week.  He’s got 13 goals, 10 assists, and 87 penalty minutes in 32 contests this season.  His Lethbridge Hurricanes have gotten off to a mediocre 14-14-1-3 start to the 2012-13 campaign.  They rank fourth in the Central Division and are nine points behind the division-leading Edmonton Oil Kings despite having played in four more contests than Edmonton.

Roberts Lipsbergs (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 18-year-old Lipsbergs got off to a slow start in his rookie season, but he’s been heating up lately.  He has 14 points, including a whopping 11 goals in his last nine games.  He found the back of the net twice on Sunday to extend his latest goal scoring streak to four contests.  Lipsbergs’ hot streak corresponds with a Seattle’s 6-3-0-0 run.  Unfortunately for Lipsbergs, they still have a long way to go if they want to compete in the US Division.  Seattle has 29 points in 28 games, which puts them 16 points behind the division-leading Portland Winterhawks.

Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.
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