Bruins, Habs and Buds Shine!Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Team USA was dealt a blow when Stefan Noesen of the OHL Plymouth Whalers was deemed ineligible to play in the upcoming 2013 World Junior Championship. The OHL has handed Noesen a 10-game suspension and the IIHF won’t let him play because he still will have seven games left to serve when the tournament starts.
The 2013 Championship will run from December 26th to January 5th, with the US looking to outdo their Bronze Medal performance in the 2011 competition.
Alex Galchenyuk (MON - Sarnia Sting) – Galchenyuk earned the OHL Player of the Week award after scoring five goals and eight points in just two games. He was limited to just two games last season, but he’s living up to his potential now that he’s healthy. Galchenyuk has 27 goals and ranks second in the league with 61 points in 33 games. He hasn’t been through a slump so far this season, but he has been incredibly hot lately with 13 goals and 24 points in his last nine games alone. His efforts are one of the big reasons why the Sarnia Sting are comfortably leading the West Division with a 20-11-0-3 record.
Seth Griffith (BOS - London Knights) – When you win 21 games in a row, as the OHL London Knights have, it’s never thanks to the efforts of just one player. However, as the team’s clear offensive leader, Seth Griffith does deserve a fair share of the credit. Griffith has 25 goals, including eight with the man advantage and two shorthanded. He also ranks third in the OHL with 58 points. Griffith has been consistent this campaign as he has only been held off the score sheet six times. The Boston Bruins took him with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Josh Currie (Prince Edward Island Rocket) – Currie scored three goals and registered six assists in three games en route to being named the QMJHL’s first star of the week. Currie also became the first player in the league to reach the 30-goal marks when he scored twice in his 34th game of the season on Sunday. He also has a remarkable seven shorthanded goals, which, coincidentally, is the same number of his power-play tallies. PEI has a 19-13-2-0 record in 34 games this season, which is good enough for third place in the Maritimes Division.
Christophe Lalonde (Moncton Wildcats) – Lalonde is also coming off of a great week, with six goals and seven point in just three games. He found the back of the net four times on Saturday alone, which was enough to tie the Wildcats’ single-game record. Unfortunately, Lalonde usually isn’t an offensive force. He got off to a slow start this season and has 11 goals and 16 points in 29 QMJHL games. His Wildcats have a 21-12-1-0 record this season and rank second in the Maritimes Division. That being said, the Halifax Mooseheads have been the clear kings of the division thus far with an overwhelming 28-3-1-1 record.
Josh Nicholls (Saskatoon Blades) – Toronto grabbed Nicholls in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but let him go. All the same, he's developed into a dominant force at the WHL level. He had three goals and five assists in four games last week to be named the WHL Player of the Week. Beyond that, Nicholls has seven goals and 14 points in Saskatoon’s current six-game winning streak. He leads the league in goals and is ninth with 44 points in 33 games this season. Unfortunately, his team has been mediocre, even factoring in their recent hot streak. They have a 19-14-0-1 record this season.
Nicolas Petan (Portland Winterhawks) – Petan been hot lately with six goals and 14 points over his current eight-game point streak. He’s the offensive leader of the Winterhawks team, which ranks first in the WHL in goals scored. Petan has already comfortably surpassed the numbers he put up in his 2011-12 rookie campaign. He has 58 points in 34 contests in 2012-13 compared to 35 points in 61 games last season. Portland has similarly excelled with a league-leading 28-5-1-0 record. Don't forget to buy Rotoworld"s NHL Draft Guide. It's a must have if you plan on winning your fantasy pool!