As the leader in goals and points in the Western Hockey League, it's no surprise Kamloops Blazers forward JC Lipon was named Husky WHL Player of the Month on Thursday.
In 17 games in September and October, Lipon has 16 goals and 40 points. His plus-17 also is the league's best total, and his 24 assists are second. He ended the month with a 14-game point-scoring streak, second-longest in the league this season.
"This kid has just exploded out of the gate," NHL Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan told NHL.com. "Here's a kid that in his [initial] draft year wasn't drafted, and guys that were drafted in the first two rounds [last year], he's better now at this point than the kids that were drafted."
Not bad for a 5-foot-11.5, 180-pound forward who was passed over in last year's draft and at one point was considering a career as a professional wakeboarder.
Thanks in part to Lipon's outstanding start, the Blazers entered Thursday's game with a 14-game win streak, and they're unbeaten in regulation to start the season (16-0-1). Kamloops also leads the league with 81 goals -- no other team in the WHL has reached 70 -- and they've allowed 38 goals, second-fewest in the league.
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