Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Look Into The Future

It's been a while since I've taken a close look at the season our current Future 'Cats are having so let's have a look!

Topping the list of University of New Hampshire Men's Hockey recruits is Ryan Bourque. Playing for the US National Development Team Program Under-18's Bourque has eight goals and twelve assists in twenty-eight games. Among his eight goals, two have come on the powerplay, one on the shorthand and two of which were game-winners.

Ryan was recently ranked as the sixty-first North American prospect for this year's NHL Entry Draft by Central Scouting shortly after his eighteenth birthday. Hey, Happy Birthday, Ryan!

Fellow recruit and teammate on the USNDTP U-18's John Henrion was also ranked by NHL Central Scouting for the 2009 Entry Draft, coming in at one hundred and fifty-one. Henrion has netted six goals and helped on five in thirty games for the Red, White and Blue where the majority of his goals are even-strength with just one powerplay marker.

John's birthday is couple days away - Happy Birthday, John!

The third and final Future 'Cat to attract the attention of Central Scouting for the Midterm Ranking is South Kent School's, Jeff Silengo. While not ranked Silengo was one of just three North American skaters selected for 'limited viewing' as a potential pick in this year's draft. I don't currently have access to Jeff's stats as it seems the NEPSAC schedule is just getting underway and he is not expected to matriculate until 2010.

As for Bourque and Henrion's classmates, the class of 2013, we have (in no particular order) Greg Burke, Connor Hardowa, Matt White, Brett Kostolansky and Cam Reid.

Bourque and Henrion will likely join Burke, a Washington Capitals draftee, forming a trio of drafted classmen for the first time in some years. Burke himself continues to be sidelined this season by a shoulder injury which is especially unfortunate after his great pre-season with the USHL's Cedar Rapid RoughRiders. Since then he has played in just eight games scoring two goals. Get well soon, Greg.

Matt White, a former teammate of Bourque's while at Cushing Academy, has stayed healthy this season playing in all thirty-two games for the Omaha Lancers, scoring nine goals and seventeen assists.

Connor Hardowa is a Spruce Grove Saints' defenseman in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He has fourteen goals and thirty-seven assists in forty-six games.

Brett Kostolansky, the other half of this class' defensive pairing, makes up the final piece of the recruiting puzzle to come from the USHL. Kostalansky was explosive offensively from mid-October through mid-November for the the Chicago Steel, racking up the majority of his thirteen points and his lone goal during that span. But regardless of his reduced offensive production he has played solidly and owns a plus-eight rating.

In another case of "it's been a while", Cam Reid makes for a two man contingent coming from north of the border and quite a way west. Currently a Westside Warrior with three assists in three games, Reid began the season, his second, with the Victoria Grizzlies and has a total of six goals and twenty assists in forty-four games in the BCHL.

An impressive group. I give you the Class of 2013!

Go 'Cats!


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