Gilbert Brule and Kris Russell top this week’s Columbia Gas Hot Prospects Report. Brule scored the game-winning goal vs. Spokane on Feb. 28 and has added two assists in the last three games. Russell, meanwhile, has scored 0-2-2 with a +3 rating over the last week, bringing his season totals to 11-27-38, which is ninth in the WHL amongst blueliners.
Jared Boll (Plymouth) – Boll has scored 0-2-2 in three games over the last week, helping the Whalers to a 1-2-0-0 record which puts Plymouth in first place in the West Division with a 29-25-1-4 record. Boll, Columbus’ fourth pick, 101st overall in the 2005 Entry Draft, has posted 16-16-32 on the season with eight power-play goals and four game-winning goals. His 16 goals rank third on his squad.
Trevor Hendrikx (Peterborough) – Hendrikx has posted 0-1-1 with an even rating over the last three games, helping Peterborough to an OHL-best 43-13-2-1 record, including 2-1-0 over the last three. Overall, Hendrikx has scored 7-42-49 with a +14 rating in 52 games. His 42 assists are second on his team and fifth amongst OHL blueliners while his 49 points rank tied for eighth in the OHL amongst defensemen.
Dan LaCosta (Barrie) – LaCosta struggled in the last two games in February after lighting up the OHL for most of the month. Over the last two games, he has gone 1-1-0 with a 4.00 GAA allowing eight goals on 61 shots. For the season, LaCosta is 30-14-1-3 with a 2.54 GAA and a .916 SV%, which ranks second in the OHL. His solid play has helped his team hold onto first place in the Central Division with a 37-18-1-3 record, clinching a playoff spot. LaCosta, a third round selection by the Blue Jackets in the 2004 Entry Draft, has five shutouts on the season and his team has only won seven times in games he has not started.
Adam McQuaid (Sudbury) – McQuaid was held scoreless over the last three games with a +1 rating as the squad has gone 2-0-0-1 over the last three and sits in fourth place in the Central Division with a 29-25-1-5 mark. Columbus' second round selection, 55th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, has posted 3-12-15 in 57 games this season.
Kyle Wharton (Guelph) – Wharton, Columbus' second round pick, 59th overall in the 2004 Entry Draft, has scored 0-1-1 with a -1 rating over the last three games, including a 5-0 loss against Hendrikx and Peterborough on Feb. 23. The 1-2-0 mark has dropped the Storm to a 36-20-1-3 record, which is third in the Midwest Division. For the season, Wharton has scored 7-25-32, including 1-9-10 in 18 games since being dealt to Guelph.
Philippe Dupuis (Moncton) – Dupuis has scored 0-1-1 over the last week, bringing his season totals to 27-63-90, leading his team in both points and assists. His 90 points also ranks 12th best in the QMJHL, despite missing 10 games for the World Junior Championships, while he also ranks tied for seventh in assists and 13th with a +29 rating. At 46-13-0-3, Moncton leads the Eastern Division of the QMJHL.
Adam Pineault (Moncton) – Pineault has been held scoreless over the last week and sits in fourth on the Wildcats’ roster with 23 goals, along with 25 assists for 48 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 has scored 2-1-3 over the last week, bringing his totals to 23-40-63, 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 third place in the Eastern Conference in the QMJHL, posting a 37-17-3-5 record.
Justin Vienneau (Shawinigan) –Vienneau posted one assist over the last three games, bringing his season totals to 1-15-16 in 49 games this season, setting a career high in assists. He also ranks 17th in the QMJHL with 152 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 scored 1-2-3 over the last three games, including the game-winning goal vs. Spokane on Feb. 28. Over the last 10 games, Brule has posted 10-9-19 with a +6 ranking, helping Vancouver to an 8-2-0 mark over that span. Overall since his return to the WHL, Brule has posted 18-12-30 with a +5 rating in 20 games helping the team to an OHL-best 43-16-0-6. 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 earned an assist in the last three games (2-1-0 record), bringing his totals to 0-4-4 in 40 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 32-26-0-4 record, which is third in the division.
Kris Russell (Medicine Hat) – Has scored 0-2-2 with a +3 rating over the last three games where his team has posted a 2-1-0 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 43-14-0-7 mark. Overall, he has scored 11-27-38, which is tops amongst defensemen on his team and ninth in the WHL amongst blueliners.