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Prospect Report: WHL

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames



MAX REINHART - CENTER - KOOTENAY ICE

The Flames 2010 third-round (64th overall) draft pick has been an offensive powerhouse for the Kootenay Ice this season. The Vancouver, BC product is leading the Ice - currently ranked third in the WHL's Central Division - in scoring with 20 goals and 57 points in 43 games. That equates to 1.33 points per game -  another category he is leading his club in.

He has been counted on by the coaching staff in all scenarios and has proved he is up to the challenge. The dependable two-way forward has amassed a plus-18 rating this season, has scored five power play markers and three shorthanded goals.

Reinhart has recorded 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 10 games played this month. He's been held pointless just three times and had five multi-point outings in January.

SVEN BAERTSCHI - LEFT WING - PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS

Despite having missed quite a few games due to injury, Sven Baertschi is still racking up the points for the Winterhawks.

In 29 games, the shifty winger has potted 13 goals and 44 assists. His 57 points (1.97 points per game) has him sitting second in team scoring, second only to linemate Ty Rattie who has played in 17 more games than Baertschi.

The Flames first-round pick (13th overall) in 2011 draft has recorded multiple points in 15 games and has had three or more points in 13 of those outings.

Baertschi has suited up for four games this month, scoring three points (one goal, two helpers) in those contests.

JOEY LEACH - DEFENCE - KOOTENAY ICE

The Wadena, SK native is currently leading Ice blueliners in scoring with 28 points through 48 games played this season but hasn't forgotten about his defensive responsibilities. He has a plus-24 rating and regularly squares off against the opposition's best players.

The defenceman is already two points shy of the 30 he accrued in the 2010-11 campaign and will very likely set a new career-high this season. He has already set a career-high in goals scored with eight this year.

Leach was selected in the third round (73rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

MICHAEL FERLAND - LEFT WING - BRANDON WHEAT KINGS

The Wheat Kings have benefited greatly from Michael Ferland's development over the past three seasons with the club and he now sits second in team scoring with 25 goals and 59 points to his name.

The Flames fifth-round (133rd overall) pick in 2010 has already bested his previous career-highs in goals, assists and points. He plays an extremely physical game - his hulking 6-foot-2, 208 lbs. frame has knocked many a player to the ice in his career - and will likely set a career-high in penalty minutes as he already has picked 63 this season thanks in large part to his five fights.

Ferland has been particularly effective on the power play, scoring 11 of his goals with the man advantage.

TYLER WOTHERSPOON - DEFENCE - PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS

The Winterhawks potent offence got another weapon this year as Tyler Wotherspoon's point production has far surpassed anyone's expectations.

In the 2010-11 season, Wotherspoon put up a modest two goals and 12 points through 64 games played. Known more for his defensive game than putting up points, it was expected the Surrey, BC native would add slightly to last year's total but that hasn't been the case.

Wotherspoon has already scored six goals and 18 points in 43 games this year while maintaining his strong play in his own end. He uses his 6-foot-2 frame to clear the zone of opponents, leaving his netminder a clear view of oncoming shots, and utilizes his long reach to his advantage.

LAURENT BROSSOIT - GOALTENDER - EDMONTON OIL KINGS

The Edmonton Oil Kings sit first overall in the WHL's Eastern Conference and their dominance this year can be credited in part to the strong play of netminder Laurent Brossoit.

In 41 games, Brossoit has strung together a terrific 27-9-5 record. His GAA sits at 2.46 while his save percentage is .915. The Surrey, BC product has notched two shutouts this season, tying his career-high.

Brossoit was selected in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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