#1. Martin Marincin (D, Prince George Cougars - WHL)
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Mid-season Recap: 2010 CHL Import Draft
I can't comment on the physical/defensive play on most players, but let's take a look at the numbers attached to the players selected in this year's CHL Import Draft.
#1. Martin Marincin (D, Prince George Cougars - WHL)
#1. Martin Marincin (D, Prince George Cougars - WHL)
Proving his worth as the #1 pick in the draft, Marincin has been a monster for Prince George.
Statline: 33 GP - 10 G - 25 A - 35 P, 37 PIM
#2. Nail Yakupov (RW, Sarnia Sting - OHL)
Saying that Yakupov was an excellent pick would almost be an understatement as he is currently 9th in OHL scoring and not draft-eligible until next year.
Statline: 32 GP - 22 G - 25 A - 47 P, 27 PIM
#3. Martin Frk (LW, Halifax Mooseheads - QMJHL)
Again, another player proving his worth as a top pick, Frk should see his numbers rise even more next year as Halifax's youth continues to develop.
Statline: 34 GP - 11 G - 20 A - 31 P, 41 PIM
#4. Marek Hrbas (D, Edmonton Oil Kings - WHL)
4th in defensive scoring on a young Oil Kings blueline, but seems to be playing at a level consistent with his play in the USHL.
Statline: 27 GP - 2 G - 5 A - 7 P, 10 PIM
#5. Tobias Rieder (RW, Kitchener Rangers - OHL)
I loved this pick at the time and I'm sure Kitchener feels the same way. Rieder has been a scoring machine for the Rangers, and he has played his way into being a top-20 pick in this year's NHL draft.
Statline: 32 GP - 12 G - 17 A - 29 P, 14 PIM
#6. Mirko Hoefflin (C, Quebec Remparts - QMJHL)
Hoefflin has been very useful for the powerhouse Remparts, putting up almost a point per game in a mid-line role.
Statline: 29 GP - 8 G - 16 A - 24 P, 8 PIM
#7. Sven Bartschi (LW, Portland Winter Hawks - WHL)
He didn't need Nino around to start lighting it up, and Bartschi has exploded onto the North American hockey scene with the WHL-best Hawks. It would be a shame to see him taken outside of the top-20 in this year's draft.
Statline: 36 GP - 21 G - 26 A - 47 P, 34 PIM
#8. Nicklas Jensen (LW, Oshawa Generals - OHL)
Jensen hasn't been quite the animal I thought he would be, but he's still been very solid for the surprising Generals.
Statline: 26 GP - 9 G - 12 A - 21 P, 14 PIM
#9. Lukas Cingel (LW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar - QMJHL)
I looked at Cingel's numbers and thought "meh": what's scary is the fact that he's leading his team in points. I guess that's how things work when your team's won 5 games in 39 tries.
Statline: 39 GP - 10 G - 14 A - 24 P, 6 PIM
#10. Marcel Noebels (F, Seattle Thunderbirds - WHL)
Noebels ended up making the jump to the W and seems to be fitting in just fine.
Statline: 32 GP - 10 G - 12 A - 22 P, 15 PIM
#11. Petr Beranek (LW, Barrie Colts - OHL)
Barrie has been a huge disappointment on all fronts this year, but Beranek should play more into their future as he is a '93-born.
Statline: 29 GP - 2 G - 8 A - 10 P, 14 PIM
#12. Janos Hari (LW, Montreal Juniors - QMJHL)
I'm quite disappointed in Hari's performance with Montreal, though he is playing in a depth role. Hopefully for his sake he can tough it out and earn some playing time, whether with Montreal or a different club.
Statline: 21 GP - 3 G - 7 A - 10 P, 11 PIM
#13. Marek Tvrdon (LW, Vancouver Giants - WHL)
Tvrdon was off to a great start with the Giants before suffering a shoulder injury which required surgery. He's said to be out until March at the earliest, but I can see a NHL team rolling the dice on him, regardless, after his hot start.
Statline: 12 GP - 6 G - 5 A - 11 P, 14 PIM
#14. Mika Partanen (LW, Mississauga St. Michael's Majors - OHL)
Solid numbers given his role on an incredibly deep squad.
Statline: 23 GP - 5 G - 3 A - 8 P, 2 PIM
#15. Anton Zlobin (RW, Shawinigan Cataractes - QMJHL)
Zlobin has provided Shawinigan with some solid depth scoring, sitting 6th on his team.
Statline: 32 GP - 13 G - 12 A - 25 P, 16 PIM
#16. Nikita Nesterov (D, Tri-City Americans - WHL)
#17. Maxim Kitsyn (LW, Mississauga St. Michael's Majors - OHL)
Technically, Kitsyn has been a wasted pick to-date; however, rumour has it that he's unhappy with his playing time in Russia and wants to be a part of the Majors' run at the OHL Championship and the Memorial Cup. It'd be interesting to see how he'd fit in with the Majors, but he has too much talent to keep out of the top 6.
#18. Matus Matis (RW, Chicoutimi Sagueneens - QMJHL)
Well, I was right about Matis playing in the Q and having a cool name, but he looks like a bust at this point in time.
Statline: 33 GP - 3 G - 0 A - 3 P, 20 PIM
#19. Kristians Pelss (LW, Edmonton Oil Kings - WHL)
Pelss has picked things up a bit after a rather slow start.
Statline: 28 GP - 3 G - 9 A - 12 P, 17 PIM
#20. Vladislav Namestnikov (C, London Knights - OHL)
Well, he came over but Knights fans probably aren't exactly "rejoicing": London currently sits in 8th spot of their conference. Namestnikov is second in team scoring, so the Knights are going to need him to step it up another notch if they're going to succeed this year.
Statline: 32 GP - 10 G - 19 A - 29 P, 18 PIM
#21. Igor Levitsky (LW, Gatineau Olympiques - QMJHL)
Well, I'm still not sure what wooed Gatineau here, but he has decent numbers as a player in a depth role.
Statline: 36 GP - 5 G - 9 A - 14 P, 18 PIM
#22. Bernhard Keil (F, Kamloops Blazer - WHL)
Keil made the jump to Kamloops (in other words, I was wrong) but hasn't really done anything to help himself by playing there.
Statline: 24 GP - 1 G - 2 A - 3 P, 23 PIM
#23. Alexander Khokhlachev (C, Windsor Spitfires - OHL)
Windsor was able to get him to play and they've found themselves another stud: Khokhlachev sits second in team scoring, behind only Zach Kassian and ahead of the likes of Ryan Ellis and Tom Kuehnhackl.
Statline: 33 GP - 16 G - 28 A - 44 P, 20 PIM
#24. Tomas Filippi (F, Quebec Remparts - QMJHL)
I was totally wrong, as most were, about Filippi: playing in Quebec, he has emerged as a legitimate NHL prospect and should get selected in this year's NHL draft.
Statline: 35 GP - 17 G - 19 A - 36 P, 8 PIM
#25. Andreas Stene (F, Kelowna Rockets - WHL)
Stene was definitely a a depth pick-up for the Rockets, but seems to be using his North American experience to help Norway's World Junior team.
Statline: 25 GP - 2 G - 5 A - 7 P, 13 PIM
#26. Jonathan Johansson (C, Brampton Battalion - OHL)
Brampton is hurting this year, and losing Johansson to injury/illness was part of this hurt as his scoring pace over the games played to-date would give him the team lead in points.
Statline: 11 GP - 3 G - 8 A - 11 P, 6 PIM
#27. Maxim Kazakov (RW, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - QMJHL)
Kazakov's playing in a depth role for the Huskies and has a surprising number of penalty minutes to his name.
Statline: 32 GP - 5 G - 5 A - 10 P, 33 PIM
#28. Michal Hlinka (C, Moose Jaw Warriors - WHL)
Not a good start for Hlinka.
Statline: 17 GP - 3 G - 1 A - 4 P, 10 PIM
#29. Timofei Tankeev (F, Erie Otters - OHL)
After playing 3 games with the Otters, Tankeev has made the move to the NAHL's St. Louis Bandits.
Statline: 3 GP - 0 G - 0 A - 0 P, 2 PIM
#30. Vitalijs Hvorostinins (RW, Val-d'Or Foreurs - QMJHL)
After playing 3 games with les Foreurs, ...no idea.
Statline: 3 GP - 0 G - 0 A - 0 P, 2 PIM
#31. Richard Nedomlel (D, Swift Current Broncos - WHL)
Nedomlel doesn't have the offensive weapons to go with his size, but I'm guessing that's exactly what Swift Current was expecting.
Statline: 34 GP - 0 G - 3 A - 3 P, 49 PIM
#32. Andrei Pedan (D, Guelph Storm - OHL)
A solid season so far for Pedan as he sits in 4th in defencemen scoring for the Storm and he almost earned his way onto the Russian WJC team.
Statline: 30 GP - 0 G - 7 A - 7 P, 52 PIM
#33. David Honzik (G, Victoriaville Tigres - QMJHL)
Honzik's spent the season as Victoriaville's back-up goalie, but has decent enough numbers to make you think he's not a QMJHL bust.
Statline: 17 GP - 7 W - 3.39 GAA - 0.890 SV%
#34. Dave Sutter (D, Seattle Thunderbirds - WHL)
He's grown since I wrote this, now sitting at 6'5" and 208 lbs. Not lighting up the scoresheets but, again, I'm sure that's not what he was brought in to do.
Statline: 32 GP - 0 G - 4 A - 4 P, 42 PIM
#35. Lino Martschini (RW, Peterborough Petes - OHL)
Martsch-mini made the move to Peterborough and has been a pleasant surprise in an otherwise dreadful season for the Petes. Lino's sitting 4th in team scoring but would be in 3rd if not for a near attempt at making the Swiss WJC team.
Statline: 26 GP - 7 G - 16 A - 23 P, 6 PIM
#36. Raman Hrabarenka (D, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles - QMJHL)
A solid transition to the QMJHL, but I'm doubting his play is enough to earn a draft selection.
Statline: 21 GP - 0 G - 4 A - 4 P, 29 PIM
#37. Casper Carning (LW, Vancouver Giants - WHL)
Carning did make the jump across the pond to play in Vancouver, but lasted only 6 games. He's now suiting up for Frolunda's U20 team in the SuperElit league.
Statline: 6 GP - 0 G - 2 A - 2 P, 2 PIM
#38. Egor Omelyanenko (F, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - OHL)
Omelyanenko had a pretty solid start to the year but has obviously cooled off.
Statline: 31 GP - 4 G - 2 A - 6 P, 13 PIM
#39. David Bajanik (D, Baie-Comeau Drakkar - QMJHL)
Another victim of the dreadful Drakkar, Bajanik's only suited up for less than half of his team's games this season (I think he's been out with an elbow injury).
Statline: 17 GP - 0 G - 2 A - 2 P, 8 PIM
#40. Sebastian Owuya (D, Medicine Hat Tigers - WHL)
Owuya hasn't really stepped up offensively like I thought he may be able to, but it still looks as though he's having a decent enough season in Alberta.
Statline: 31 GP - 0 G - 6 A - 6 P, 37 PIM
#41. Rickard Rakell (RW, Plymouth Whalers - OHL)
A big surprise from Sweden, Rakell has posted great numbers on a decent Plymouth team that's been scoring by committee without their star from last year. Rakell's played well enough to earn himself a role with Sweden's WJC team as a spare.
Statline: 27 GP - 13 G - 13 A - 26 P, 10 PIM
#42. Andrey Makarov (G, Lewiston MAINEacs - QMJHL)
Makarov has taken on a role as Lewiston's back-up goalie, but has no shot at taking the start role this year as his numbers are nowhere near those of current starter, Nicolas Champion.
Statline: 12 GP - 4 W - 3.59 GAA - 0.873 SV%
#43. Mark Mieritz (RW, Brandon Wheat Kings - WHL)
Decent numbers in a depth role for a relatively poor Brandon squad.
Statline: 28 GP - 1 G - 5 A - 6 P, 18 PIM
#44. Robert Farmer (LW, Ottawa 67s - OHL)
Farmer got into one 67s game but was cut, long story short, in order to help out the team's back-end. He's now back with the Coventry Blaze in Britain.
Statline: 1 GP - 0 G - 0 A - 7 PIM
#45. Mario Kurali (D, Acadie-Bathurst Titans - QMJHL)
Not performing like I thought he might be able to, for whatever that's worth.
Statline: 34 GP - 0 G - 3 A - 3 P, 10 PIM
#46. Richard Blidstrand (D, Regina Pats - WHL)
Putting up better numbers than expected, but Regina stinks.
Statline: 35 GP - 2 G - 5 A - 7 P, 12 PIM
#47. Andrei Kuchin (F, Sudbury Wolves - OHL)
Possible home-run: true. Did it pan out? False. Perhaps he can turn it around if moved at the trade deadline, but that question's been posed too many times in such a young career.
Statline: 32 GP - 2 G - 9 A - 11 P, 18 PIM
#49. Marek Kalus (F, Spokane Chiefs - WHL)
Kalus is in a depth role for the Chiefs but seems to be the odd man out on occasion.
Statline: 14 GP - 2 G - 3 A - 5 P, 4 PIM
#50. Dario Trutmann (D, Plymouth Whalers - OHL)
He hasn't been overly great so far, but in a depth role Trutmann's played well enough to be ranked second in team defenceman scoring and is playing for Switzerland at the WJC.
Statline: 32 GP - 4 G - 6 A - 10 P, 28 PIM
#51. Lars Lundin (D, Drummondville Voltigeurs - QMJHL)
Turns out Lundin has been quite a solid contributor, indeed, as he is currently second in team scoring by a defenceman.
Statline: 30 GP - 3 G - 14 A - 17 P, 23 PIM
#52. Jesse Huhtala (F, Everett Silvertips - WHL)
#53. Igor Bobkov (G, London Knights - OHL)
Michael Houser has been, by far, the better goalie in London.
Statline: 8 GP - 1 W - 4.63 GAA - 0.857 SV%
#55. Nikita Kardashev (D, Tri-City Americans - WHL)
#56. Michal Cajkovsky (D, Kingston Frontenacs - OHL)
Kingston's blueline is about as deep as can be in the OHL, but people have been shifting around due to NHL camps, WJC invites, etc. As such, Cajovsky is sitting third in defencemen scoring for the Fronts.
Statline: 33 GP - 1 G - 5 A - 6 P, 47 PIM
#57. Andrej Stastny (C, Saskatoon Blades - WHL)
Money issues. Boo.
#58. Richards Berzins (D, Owen Sound Attack - OHL)
#59. Patrik Parkkonen (D, Medicine Hat Tigers - WHL)
Some decent numbers, but no upside as a NHLer.
Statline: 26 GP - 1 G - 7 A - 8 P, 14 PIM
#60. Dmitrij Jaskin (RW, Calgary Hitmen - WHL)
#61. Matej Stransky (RW, Saskatoon Blades - WHL)
Solid numbers as a 17 year old on a strong team.
Statline: 34 GP - 7 G - 7 A - 14 P, 28 PIM
#62. Nickolas Latta (C, Sarnia Sting - OHL)
Again, solid numbers in a depth role.
Statline: 29 GP - 7 G - 3 A - 10 P, 16 PIM
#64. Gal Koren (C, Kelowna Rockets - WHL)
Statline: 9 GP - 0 G - 0 A - 0 P, 4 PIM
#65. Vojtek Butor (C, Belleville Bulls - OHL)
#67. Alexander Kuvaev (F, Lethbridge Hurricanes - WHL)
Kuvaev moved to Lethbridge to play for the Hurricanes and seems to be a great fit as he is 4th in team scoring.
Statline: 34 GP - 10 G - 9 A - 19 P, 18 PIM
#72. Artem Sergeev (D, Val-d'Or Foreurs - QMJHL)
A very good pick this deep in the draft as he is leading the team in defenceman scoring.
Statline: 33 GP - 3 G - 12 A - 15 P, 12 PIM
#74. Markus Pock (LW, Sudbury Wolves - OHL)
After 3 games with the Wolves, Pock returned to Austria.
Statline: 3 GP - 0 P - 0 A - 0 P, 0 PIM
#77. Milan Doudera (D, Niagara Ice Dogs - OHL)
Statline: 7 GP - 0 P - 0 A - 0 P, 0 PIM
#83. Dennis Saikkonen (G, Brampton Battalion - OHL)
Saikkonen had the looks of a potential sleeper pick but did not prove any worth to the Battalion, who released Dennis after 13 games played.
Statline: 13 GP - 4 W - 4.13 GAA - 0.850 SV%
#91. Juraj Roznik (RW, Swift Current Broncos - WHL)
Roznik had a decent start with Swift Current but was moved to Regina and has since slowed down.
Statline: 23 GP - 1 G - 4 A - 5 P, 8 PIM
#92. Matej Machovsky (G, Guelph Storm - OHL)
A beneficiary of the Saikkonen release, Machovsky has taken over the reigns as Brampton's back-up goalie; however, based on the numbers alone, I would not be surprised to see him overtake the starting role in a messy Battalion crease.
Statline: 3 GP - 2 W - 1.95 GAA - 0.919 SV% (Brampton); 5 GP - 2 W - 4.10 GAA - 0.910 SV% (Guelph)
#99. Alexander Nikulnikov (LW, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - QMJHL)
#120. Juraj Holly (G, Calgary Hitmen - WHL)
For once it's been a rough year for the Hitmen, and Holly's done nothing to really ease the pain as the team's back-up goalie.
Statline: 11 GP - 1 W - 3.93 GAA - 0.869 SV%