Gilbert Brule and Philippe Dupuis top this week’s Columbia Gas Hot Prospects Report. Brule scored 4-3-7 in three games in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Dupuis has scored 7-10-17 in a five-game series as Moncton posted a 4-1 first round victory in the QMJHL Playoffs
Jared Boll (Plymouth) – Boll, Columbus’ fourth pick, 101st overall in the 2005 Entry Draft, posted 1-3-4 in a seven-game first round series victory over Windsor. He finished the regular season scoring 19-22-41 in 65 games. He also accumulated 205 penalty minutes, which ranks seventh amongst OHL players, while his 41 points ranks 10th amongst OHL rookies. Plymouth will match up with fellow CBJ prospect, Kyle Wharton and the Guelph Storm in the second round.
Trevor Hendrikx (Peterborough) – Hendrikx scored 2-6-8 with a game-winning goal in the Pete’s six-game victory over Ottawa in the first round of the playoffs. Finished the season scoring 9-47-56, while his 56 points ranked seventh amongst OHL blueliners.
Dan LaCosta (Barrie) – Lacosta has seen action in only one playoff game this season, stopping 26-of-29 to earn the team’s first win of a four-game sweep of Toronto in the first round. LaCosta had an outstanding regular season, going 36-17-1-3 with six shutouts, with a 2.55 GAA and a .915 SV%.
Adam McQuaid (Sudbury) – McQuaid has scored 0-1-1 during his team’s six-game first round victory over Kingston. Columbus' second round selection, 55th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, tallied 3-14-17, with a -3 rating and 107 PIM.
Kyle Wharton (Guelph) – Wharton, Columbus' second round pick, 59th overall in the 2004 Entry Draft, scored 1-2-3 in his club’s four-game sweep of Saginaw. Wharton finished the season with 8-30-38 in 58 games.
Philippe Dupuis (Moncton) – Dupuis has scored 7-10-17 in five games as Moncton posted a 4-1 first round victory in the QMJHL Playoffs. Dupuis totals to 32-76-108, leading his team in both points and assists. His 108 points also ranks ninth best in the QMJHL, despite missing 10 games for the World Junior Championships, while he also ranks tied for fourth in assists and 12th with a +39 rating.
Adam Pineault (Moncton) – Pineault posted 29-30-59 in 55 games this season. A second round pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2004 Entry Draft, he ranked among the QMJHL rookie leaders in most major statistical categories last season with 26-20-46 and +12 rating in 61 games.
Petr Pohl (Acadie-Bathurst) – Pohl finished the season with 27-43-70, which ranks fourth on his squad. Pohl, who was selected by the Blue Jackets in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft with the club's fifth pick, 133rd overall, has helped Acadie-Bathurst to advance to the second round of the QMJHL Playoffs.
Justin Vienneau (Shawinigan) –Vienneau has posted 1-14-15 in 54 games this season, setting a career high in assists. He also ranks 17th in the QMJHL with 164 penalty minutes. A 2004 Entry Draft selection by the Blue Jackets, he entered the season with 4-18-22 and 275 PIM in 113 career QMJHL games. His squad advanced to the second round of the playoffs after a 4-1 first round win.
Gilbert Brule (Vancouver) – Brule earned WHL Player of the Week honors by scoring four goals and seven points in three games of the WHL KalTire Western Conference Quarter-Final best-of-seven series against the Prince George Cougars. The Giants won the series four games to one. Brule posted 23-15-38 in 27 games with Vancouver this season. Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, scored 2-2-4 with the Blue Jackets in seven games.
Derek Reinhart (Regina) – Reinhart went scoreless in one playoff game with Regina concluding the campaign scoring 0-5-5 with an even rating and 101 PIM this season. The defenseman was Columbus' sixth pick, 177th overall, in this summer's Entry Draft.
Kris Russell (Medicine Hat) – Russell scored 0-2-2 in a four-game sweep of the Swift Current Broncos in the first round. Columbus' third pick, 67th overall, in this summer's Entry Draft, Russell, is a Team Captain for Medicine Hat this season, scored 14-33-47 during the regular season, which is tops amongst defensemen on his team and seventh in the WHL amongst blueliners.