Dan LaCosta and Trevor Hendrikx top this week’s Columbia Gas Hot Prospects Report LaCosta returned from the OHL All-Star game on Feb. 1, playing like an All-Star, going 2-0-0 in February thus far, with a 1.46 GAA and a .949 SV% and a shutout. Hendrikx tallied assists in all three games thus far in February, having scored 4-10-14 over his last 15 games
Jared Boll (Plymouth) – Boll has scored 1-1-2 with a game-winning goal over the last week, helping the Whalers to a 2-1-0-0 record giving them a firm hold on second place in the West Division, 25-22-1-3 overall. Boll, Columbus’ fourth pick, 101st overall in the 2005 Entry Draft, scored the game winner in the third period in Plymouth’s 3-2 win over Kingston on Feb. 3. For the season, Boll has posted 15-13-28 on the season with eight power-play goals and four game-winning goals.
Trevor Hendrikx (Peterborough) – Hendrikx has started February the way he finished in January. Hendrikx tallied assists in all three games thus far in February, helping his team to a 2-0-1 record. Overall, Hendrikx has scored 4-10-14 over his last 15 games helping the Petes to a 5-2 record over their last seven games. Peterborough still sits atop the entire OHL with a 37-10-2-1 record. Overall, Hendrikx has scored 7-40-47 with a +8 rating in 44 games. His 47 points ranks sixth in the OHL amongst defensemen.
Dan LaCosta (Barrie) - LaCosta returned from the OHL All-Star game on Feb. 1, well, playing like an All-Star, going 2-0-0 in February thus far, with a 1.46 GAA and a .949 SV%. On Feb. 4, he recorded 25 saves in a 7-0 shutout of Mississauga. His solid play has helped his team hold onto first place in the Central Division with a 32-15-1-3 record. LaCosta, a third round selection by the Blue Jackets in the 2004 Entry Draft, has posted a 25-11-1-3 record, with a 2.55 GAA and a .917 SV% with four shutouts.
Adam McQuaid (Sudbury) – Has been held scoreless with a +1 rating over the last week to keep his scoring totals to 2-9-11 in 51 games this season. They are currently in fourth place with a 25-21-1-4 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) – Wharton, Columbus' second round pick, 59th overall in the 2004 Entry Draft, has been scoreless with a +2 rating over the past week. He now has 6-21-27 for the season helping his new team hold onto third place in a very competitive Midwest Division, with a 32-17-0-2 record.
Philippe Dupuis (Moncton) – Dupuis has earned two assists over the last week, bringing his season totals to 21-54-75, leading his team in both points and assists. His 75 points also ranks 14th best in the QMJHL, despite missing 10 games for the World Junior Championships. At 38-10-0-2, Moncton has the third-best record in the QMJHL.
Adam Pineault (Moncton) - Pineault, meanwhile, scored 1-1-2 over the last week and is tied for second on the Wildcats’ roster with 22 goals, along with 20 assists for 42 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 one goal this past week, bringing his totals to 19-36-55, which ranks fifth 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 fourth overall in QMJHL, posting a 33-12-3-5 record, including 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 games.
Justin Vienneau (Shawinigan) – Scoreless last week, Vienneau has posted 1-9-10 in 40 games this season, just two assists shy of his career high set last year. He also ranks 19th in the QMJHL with 118 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) – Brule has continued his hot streak since returning from an injury riddled cup of coffee in the NHL, scoring 2-2-4 with a +1 rating over the past week, helping Vancouver to a 2-1-0-0 record over that span. Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Brule has scored 8-3-11 in 10 games with Vancouver after scoring 2-2-4 with the Blue Jackets in seven games. Vancouver leads the WHL’s Western Conference with a 35-14-0-6 record.
Derek Reinhart (Regina) - Reinhart earned an assist in the only game he has played in this month, bringing his totals to 0-2-2 with a -14 rating in 31 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 28-22-0-3 record, which is third in the division.
Kris Russell (Medicine Hat) – Has been quieted over the past week, scoring 0-1-1 over the last three games where his team has posted 1-2-0 record. Columbus' third pick, 67th overall, in this summer's Entry Draft, Russell, is a Team Captain for Medicine Hat this season which owns the best record in the WHL with a 38-11-0-7 mark. Overall, he has scored 11-22-33, which is tops amongst defensemen on his team and 11th in the WHL amongst blueliners.