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Meet the Prospects, Vol. 1

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Over the next 15 days, Newyorkislanders.com will take a look at the top 30 prospects for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, as ranked by NHL Central Scouting. We will look at the top 15 North American skaters and the top 15 European skaters, in alphabetical order.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Some of the "What They're Saying" quotes are from Hockey's Future.

CARTER ASHTON

Pos: Right Wing        Shoots: Left
Height: 6’3’’               Weight: 205
Born: April 1, 1991 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Current Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #12 North American Skater

Carter Ashton
THE SKINNY
Ashton has skated in 112 career WHL games, recording 35 goals and 24 assists for 59 points in three seasons with Lethbridge. He has also played in 30 playoff games with the Hurricanes, earning four points (1-3-4) and 27 penalty minutes.

After missing most of 2007-08 due to injury, Ashton had a renaissance year with the Hurricanes this season, leading the team in goals (30) and power-play goals (10). He also finished fifth on the team with 50 points (30-20-50) and 93 penalty minutes in 70 games.

Ashton represented his home country for the first time at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, scoring the gold-medal winning goal for Canada. He also earned three assists to help Team West win a bronze medal against Team Pacific at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Carter is the son of Brent Ashton, a former NHL forward who was selected 26th overall by Vancouver in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Brent played 998 NHL games for nine different teams, recording 629 career points (284-345-629).

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“He is a power forward, for a big guy he skates well, he’s strong, he’s got a pretty good skill set, he shoots the puck pretty well and he goes to the net hard. I think that is essentially why he’s had success this year.”
-Lethbridge Hurricanes Head Coach Michael Dyck

“I’m very proud of Carter. You know, he’s just a real good kid. He’s doing something now that he really wants to do. He doesn’t have to be told to do things. These kids know it’s up to them now. Carter enjoys it and he understands. It’s nice to see him improving every year. The injury last season set him back, but he really bounced back and had a good playoff run. He’s getting more ice time this season and seems more confident.”
-Ashton’s father and former NHL player Brent Ashton, as quoted in Hockey's Future


JARED COWEN

Pos: Defenseman        Shoots: Left
Height: 6’5’’                  Weight: 220
Born: January 25, 1991 in Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Current Team: Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Final NHL Central Scouting Ranking: #9 North American Skater

Jared Cowen
THE SKINNY
Cowen has competed in 122 career WHL games, scoring 11 goals and adding 30 assists for 41 points in three seasons with Spokane. He has also played in 27 playoff games with the Chiefs, totaling five points (1-4-5) and 23 penalty minutes. Cowen’s empty-net goal against Kitchener on May 25, 2008 clinched the Chiefs Memorial Cup Championship.

Cowen recorded 21 points (7-14-21) and had a +15 rating before his 2008-09 season was cut short due to injury after 48 games. He was selected to participate in the CHL Top Prospects game, during which he earned two assists.

During his rookie campaign in 2007-08, Cowen led all freshmen blueliners with a +28 rating. He was named Spokane’s Rookie of the Year and also earned WHL Western Conference Scholastic Player of the Year honors.

Cowen served as an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2008 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He competed at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, recording seven assists in six games to help Team West win a bronze medal. Cowen was named Player of the Game three times during that tournament.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Jared Cowen made his name last year as a Memorial Cup winning member of the Spokane Chiefs and the comparisons that were thrown around at that time were that of Zdeno Chara. Physically he looks big, strong and rangy. Offensively he has that kind of contribution and if he, despite the pressure that we are putting on him, blossoms into half the player that Chara is, he is going to be a solid NHL player for years to come.”
-Director of NHL Central Scouting E.J. McGuire

“He's going to be a top defenseman in the National Hockey League. It might take him a couple years to get used to the quicker speeds, but I think he's going to be a big, reliable guy back there for a couple years. We saw him turn his game up a couple notches last year in the Memorial Cup run and I think that was a pretty good indicator of what he's going to be like.”
-NHL Central Scouting’s Blair MacDonald


Coming Thursday, May 28th: Simon Despres and Matt Duchene

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