Dan LaCosta and Trevor Hendrikx top this week’s Columbia Gas Hot Prospects Report. LaCosta has won his last three starts, stopping 53-of-57 shots over that span, which is good for a .929 SV% and a 1.33 GAA. Hendrikx, meanwhile, scored 2-1-3 from the blueline over the last two games.
Jared Boll (Plymouth) – Boll, Columbus’ fourth pick, 101st overall in the 2005 Entry Draft, has scored 0-2-2 over the last week to raise his totals to 19-22-41 on the season with 10 power-play goals and four game-winning goals. Plymouth, 35-28-1-4 is in a dog fight for first in the West, holding a slim one-point lead over Saginaw as the regular season winds down. Boll has also accumulated 205 penalty minutes ranks seventh amongst OHL players, while his 41 points ranks 10th amongst OHL rookies.
Trevor Hendrikx (Peterborough) – Hendrikx has posted 2-1-3 over the last two games to up his totals to 9-47-56 in 60 games to help Peterborough clinch the Eastern Conference title with a 47-16-2-3 mark. His 56 points rank seventh amongst OHL blueliners.
Dan LaCosta (Barrie) – LaCosta has kept up his hot play of late, going 3-0-0 over his last three starts while stopping 53-of-57 pucks (.929 SV%) with a 1.33 GAA. The hot streak has lifted his season totals to 36-17-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a .915 SV%. His dominant play between the pipes has backstopped his club to a 43-21-1-3 mark, which is second in the Central Division just one-point back of the division leader.
Adam McQuaid (Sudbury) – McQuaid has scored 0-1-1 over the last three games, bringing Columbus' second round selection, 55th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, totals to 3-14-17, with a -3 rating and 107 PIM. The club has posted a 34-28-1-5 mark, good for seventh place and 74 points in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
Kyle Wharton (Guelph) – Wharton, Columbus' second round pick, 59th overall in the 2004 Entry Draft, has scored 0-1-1 over the last three games, bringing his season totals to 8-30-38. The Storm are firmly entrenched in the fourth spot in the Conference with a 40-24-1-3 record.
Philippe Dupuis (Moncton) – Dupuis has scored 2-2-4 over the last week, bringing his season 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. At 52-15-0-3, Moncton had the best record in the QMJHL as the playoffs begin.
Adam Pineault (Moncton) – Pineault has 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 has scored 1-0-0 over the last two games, bringing his totals to 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 clinch second place in the Eastern Conference of the QMJHL, as the playoffs begin.
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.
Gilbert Brule (Vancouver) – Brule posted 3-0-3 over the last two to lift his season totals to 23-15-38 in 27 games. Vancouver finished the season with a 47-19-0 mark and will face the Tri City Americans in the first round of the playoffs. 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 has been scoreless over the last two games of the regular season and will conclude the campaign scoring 0-5-5 with an even rating and 101 PIM this season. His play has helped the Pats to a 40-27-1-4 record, and will face the Saskatoon Blades in the first round of the playoffs. The defenseman was Columbus' sixth pick, 177th overall, in this summer's Entry Draft.
Kris Russell (Medicine Hat) – Russell has scored 2-3-5 over the last two games of the season to help the Tigers clinch top seed in the Eastern Conference and a match up with 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, has scored 14-33-47, which is tops amongst defensemen on his team and seventh in the WHL amongst blueliners.