The Journey: Prospects of the Month: February 2016

Kevin LeBlanc

2016-03-12

The Journey takes a closer look at which prospects shined brightest in the month of February within the junior and college ranks.

 

Ontario Hockey League

 

Kyle Wood – North Bay Battalion –  NR in Dobber’s Top 50 Prospect Defensemen

 

Despite not playing until mid-November after rehabbing from summer wrist surgery, Wood ranks in the top 20 scorers among defensemen in the OHL. His .86 points per game rate is third at his position in the league with 37 points in 43 games. In February, Wood posted 11 points (2G, 9A) in 12 games, adding 34 shots on goal. The former Avalanche third round pick was included in Colorado’s deadline trade for Mikkel Boedker, and is now a member of the Arizona Coyotes organization.

 

Travis Konecny – Sarnia Sting – 26th in Dobber’s Top 200 Prospect Forwards

 

Konecny has been a major boost to Sarnia since coming over in a mid-season trade with Ottawa. In February he scored in 12 of 13 games, compiling 23 points over that span with eight multi-point games. His shot rate ballooned to 4.7 shots per game in the month of February, up from his 3.91 average on the season. A terrific creator and distributor, Konecny’s 64 assists are top five in the OHL.

 

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

 

Anthony Beauvillier – Shawinigan Cataractes – NR in Dobber’s Top 200 Prospect Forwards

 

Despite only playing in 44 games this season in the QMJHL, Beauvillier ranks among the top 20 scorers in the league with an incredibly balanced 37 goals and 37 assists. The 2015 first round pick of the Islanders has led Shawinigan to an East division title this season. In February, Beauvillier had five multi-point games and recorded a point in ten of the teams 12 contests, finishing with 16 points in the month, including five powerplay goals. The lanky center has high level ability, and a motor that never stops. He signed an entry-level contract with the Islanders in October.

 

Evgeny Svechnikov – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – NR in Dobber’s Top 200 Prospect Forwards

 

The Red Wings went for another European forward in the 2015 first round, and Svechnikov appears to be a player who will help their forward group in the future. Cape Breton clinched a playoff berth aided by the young Russian forwards play since the turn to 2016. An incredibily gifted player offensively, Svechnikov has a sandpaper element to his game as well. His month of February included eight goals and seven assists in in ten games, while adding 21 penalty minutes. On the season he ranks in the top 20 in points, and in the top 25 in penalty minutes. Svechnikov’s shot is a huge asset, and although he doesn’t rip it an overwhelming amount (163 shots in 47 games), he scores at an extremely high rate (19.6%).

 

Western Hockey League

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