Phillipe Dupuis and Gilbert Brule top this week’s Columbia Gas Hot Prospects Report. Dupuis, playing for Moncton of the QMJHL, has scored 2-4-6 over the last two games, helping his squad to 10-0 and 7-2 routs. Brule, meanwhile, is making the transition back from the NHL an easy one, scoring 6-1-7 in seven games with two game-winning goals since returning to Vancouver of the WHL on Jan. 17.
Jared Boll (Plymouth) – Scoreless over the last week with a -5 rating and 14 penalty minutes as Plymouth struggled, posting an 0-4-0-0 record while being outscored 13-3 over the last four games. The four-game skid has dropped the Whalers to 23-21-1-3 and into second place in the West Division. Despite the shaky week, Boll, Columbus’ fourth pick, 101st overall in the 2005 Entry Draft, has posted 14-12-26 on the season with eight power-play goals and three game-winning goals.
Trevor Hendrikx (Peterborough) – Hendrikx has been red hot of late, as the defenseman has scored 1-3-4 over the last week and 4-7-11 in 12 games overall in January. His hot play has sparked the Petes to a 3-1-0 record over their last four and a scoring surge in which they have posted 23 goals over that span. Peterborough still sits atop the entire OHL with a 35-10-1-1 record. Overall, Hendrikx has scored 7-37-44 with a +7 rating in 41 games. His 44 points ranks sixth in the OHL amongst defensemen.
Dan LaCosta (Barrie) – LaCosta has posted a 2-1-0-1 record stopping 77-of-88 (.875 pct.) shots to help his team hold onto first place in the Central Division with a 30-15-1-1 record. LaCosta, a third round selection by the Blue Jackets in the 2004 Entry Draft, played in the OHL All-Star game on Feb. 1, stopping 20-of-22 shots in 29 minutes in Team East’s 9-3 win over the Western Conference. For the season, LaCosta has posted a 23-11-1-3 record, with a 2.61 GAA and a .916 SV%.
Adam McQuaid (Sudbury) – Has scored 0-1-1 with a +3 rating over the last week to lift his scoring totals to 2-9-11 in 48 games this season. The Wolves have posted a 5-4-1-0 record over their last 10 games which has them in the middle of the pack in the Central Division, sitting in fourth place with a 24-20-1-3 record. Columbus' second round selection, 55th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, he entered the season with 6-22-28 and 123 PIM in 113 career OHL games.
Kyle Wharton (Guelph Storm) – A change of scenery has done some good for Wharton as he has posted five assists in six games with a +3 rating since being dealt from the Saulte Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where he posted 6-16-22 in 34 games. Wharton, Columbus' second round pick, 59th overall in the 2004 Entry Draft, has helped his new team to a 4-2-0-0 record, climbing into third place in a very competitive Midwest Division, with a 31-16-0-2 record.
Philippe Dupuis (Moncton) – Dupuis scored 2-4-6 over his last two games, a 10-0 whitewashing of St. John’s and a 7-2 thrashing of Rimouski, which upped his season statistics to 21-52-73, leading his team in both points and assists. His 73 points also ranks 16th best in the QMJHL, despite missing 10 games for the World Junior Championships. At 37-10-0-2, Moncton has the best record in the QMJHL, and has won 13 straight games, outscoring the opposition, 78-19 over that span.
Adam Pineault (Moncton) – Pineault, meanwhile, scored 2-1-3 over the last week and is tied for second on the Wildcats’ roster with 21 goals, along with 19 assists for 40 points on the 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 scored 1-2-3 in his only game last week, bringing his totals to 18-36-54, 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 missed eight games in late December/early January to skate with the Czech Team at the World Junior Championships. Acadie-Bathurst is second in the West Division, posting a 31-12-3-4 record, including 7-2-1-0 in their last 10 games.
Justin Vienneau (Shawinigan) – Scoreless last week, Vienneau has posted 1-9-10 in 37 games this season, just two assists shy of his career high set last year. He also ranks 22nd in the QMJHL with 110 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.
Gilbert Brule (Vancouver) – After skating in seven games at the NHL level with the Columbus Blue Jackets and scoring 2-2-4, Brule returned to the Vancouver Giants of the WHL on Jan. 17 after being activated from injured reserve, and has scored 6-1-7 in seven games with two game-winning goals. Brule has helped the club to a 4-3-0-0 record since his return, out-scoring opponents, 30-13. Brule was Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft.
Derek Reinhart (Regina) – Reinhart has posted 0-1-1 and a -12 plus/minus rating in 30 games. The defenseman was Columbus' sixth pick, 177th overall, in this summer's Entry Draft. He entered the year with 3-11-14 and 312 PIM in 123 career WHL games. Regina has posted a 27-22-0-3 record, which is third in the division.
Kris Russell (Medicine Hat) – Has been hot since his return from the World Junior Championships, scoring 2-3-5 over the last week and 3-4-7 with a +5 rating in the month of January, despite missing half the month for the WJC tournament. Columbus' third pick, 67th overall, in this summer's Entry Draft, Russell, is a Team Captain for Medicine Hat this season which sits in first place in the Central Division with a 36-10-0-6 mark, having won five straight and posting a 9-1-0-0 record in their last 10. Overall, he has scored 11-21-32, which is tops amongst defensemen on his team and 11th in the WHL amongst blueliners.