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Triple Crown - December 2013

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
Ending 2013 on fire.

December was quite the month for Canucks prospects, especially those playing in the Ontario Hockey League where the four forward prospects all had over a point a game, combining for 45 points in 32 games. The Canucks also welcomed a new face into family last month, signing Dane Fox of the Erie Otters.

Check out December’s top performers:

1.) Bo Horvat, London Knights, OHL

Prior to heading over to Sweden with Team Canada, Horvat posted seven points (4-3-7) in four games with the Knights. The Rodney, Ontario product has been a key contributor to the Canadian junior team, posting three points (1-2-3) and going 61% in the faceoff dot. The 6-foot, 205-pounder has 44 points (16-28-44) in 28 games this season along with a plus-18 rating. Horvat has 31 points (10-21-31) in his last 17 games.

2.) Dane Fox, Erie Otters, OHL

Technically he wasn’t a Canucks prospect for much of the month, but Fox’s stellar play cannot be ignored. The Thamesville, Ontario product scored 11 goals and 15 points in 10 games this past month. The funny thing is, the 11 goals were his lowest total in a month since October. Fox also was a staggering plus-23 in December and picked up 23 penalty-minutes. Through 38 games this season, Fox has scored 42 goals and 69 points to go along with a plus-29 rating and 73 penalty-minutes.

3.) Cole Cassels, Oshawa Generals, OHL

Cassels returned from his shoulder injury with a bang, posting four assists in his first game back and followed that up with two more assists two nights later. The Columbus, Ohio product finished the month with 12 points (1-1-12) in eight games along with a plus-8 rating. Cassels, who has moved to the wing this season, has been playing alongside Scott Laughton and Michael Dal Colle on one of the OHL’s most dangerous lines. The 18-year-old has 40 points (13-27-40), a plus-10 rating alongside 55 penalty-minutes in 33 games this season.

Honourable Mention: Jordan Subban, Belleville Bulls, OHL

Despite being on the last-place Bulls, Subban has continued to do what he does best; chip in offensively from the blueline. The Rexdale, Ontario product had a great month, finishing with nine points (2-7-9) along with a plus-5 rating in nine games and also picked up his first fighting major of the season. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound defenseman has 29 points (7-22-29) in 37 games this season, and despite the Bulls giving up 169 goals in 38 games this season, Subban has a plus-4 rating.


-Brendan Gaunce posted 11 points (7-4-11) in 10 games this past month to go along with a plus-6 rating. The Markham, Ontario product has 14 points (8-6-14) and is plus-11 in 13 games since joining the Erie Otters and now has 40 points (18-22) in 35 games all together this season, along with a plus-6 rating. Gaunce has been centring the Otters’ top line with Dane Fox and Connor Brown.

-Evan McEneny is settling in with his new team, the Kingston Frontenacs, quite nicely. The blueliner had eight points (2-6-8) in 10 games in the month of December along with a plus-3 rating and 24 penalty-minutes. The 6-foot-2, 213-pounder has 17 points (5-12-17) in 30 games this season and is minus-7.

-Miles Liberati picked up one goal and was plus-1 in 10 games with the North Bay Battalion during the month of December. The 6-foot, 195-pound defenseman now has five points (2-3-5) in 36 games this season along with a plus-3 rating.

-Hunter Shinkaruk only skated in one game during the month of December, registering no points and a plus-1 rating. The Calgary, Alberta product attended the Canadian World Junior Camp and appeared in one pre-tournament game before being released. Shinkaruk is scheduled to have surgery on his hip in mid-January that will likely sideline the sniper for the rest of the season.

-Anton Cederholm snapped his 19-game pointless skid in style, scoring the overtime-winner on December 27th against the Tri-City Americans. The Helsingborn, Sweden product ended the month with two points (1-1-2), an even plus/minus with 11 penalty minutes, which included a scrap against Oilers prospect Mitch Moroz. So far this season the 6-foot-2, 215-pound blueliner has 10 points (2-8-10), a plus-14 rating along with 46 penalty minutes in 38 games with the Portland Winterhawks.

-Patrick McNally and the Harvard Crimson only played twice in December, but the Glen Head, New York product managed to pick up two points (0-2-2), five shots on goal and an even plus/minus. Through six games this season, the 6-foot-2 defenseman has five points (1-4-5) and is minus-2.

-Matthew Beattie picked up two assists and was plus-2 in two games for Yale during the month of December. The 6-foot-3 forward has four points (2-2-4) and is plus-4 through 11 games this season.

-Joseph Labate registered two goals in five games during the month of December for the Wisconsin Badgers. The 6-foot-4 forward is fifth on the Badgers with 12 points (6-6-12) in 16 games this season along with a minus-2 rating. Labate has spent most of the season playing left wing on the Badgers second line with Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes.

-Freshman defenseman Mike Williamson grabbed one assist in four games for Penn State last month along with seven shots on goal and a minus-2 rating. The Leduc, Alberta product saw time on the Nittany Lions top defensive pairing and now has three points (1-2-3) in nine games this season, along with 17 penalty-minutes and a minus-1 plus/minus.

-Ben Hutton finished off the month with three points (1-2-3) in five games for the Maine Black Bears along with 15 shots on goal and a plus-5 rating. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound blueliner has been playing the majority of the season on the Black Bears top defensive pairing alongside Brice O’Connor, where he amassed 14 points (7-7-14) in 18 games along with a plus-7 rating.
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