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In the Pipeline: Best of the West

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers



JUNIORS

BEST OF THE WEST

Fresh off of his newly signed entry-level contract, Jayce Hawryluk was named the Western Hockey League’s player of the month for February and player of the week for the week ending March 6. During the week, Hawryluk recorded 16 points (10-6-16) in four games for the Brandon Wheat Kings including a career-high five-goal/six-point night on March 2 vs. Saskatoon.

Just 24 hours after the announcement of Hawryluk’s signing, the Panthers announced the signing of Moose Jaw Warriors forward Dryden Hunt. The highly sought after undrafted 20-year old has been setting the WHL on fire this season, leading the league in both goals (54) and points (110). Boasting an already impressive season, Hunt further opened the eyes of many after recording four hat tricks in five games. The Cranbrook, British Columbia native has six hat tricks on the season in total and currently has 11 points (5-6-11) over his last five games.

Check out Dryden Hunt’s four hat tricks in five games

Fun Fact: Hunt plays alongside Florida Panthers forward Quinton Howden’s younger brother Brett in Moose Jaw. Brett Howden is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft and is currently ranked No.27 in the NHL central scouting midterm rankings.

HATS OFF TO LAWSON

Lawson Crouse wrapped up a big week with five goals in two games. The 2015 first rounder recorded his first hat trick of the season and posted four points in Kingston’s 7-2 win over Flint on March 5.

The night before, Crouse potted two goals at Saginaw in Kingston’s 5-3 comeback victory. Both he and fellow Panthers prospect/linemate Juho Lammikko earned praise from Coach Paul McFarland post-game. Crouse has six goals over his last three games and has now recorded two consecutive 20-goal seasons in the OHL (22).

SHUTOUT SAM

Panthers 2015 third rounder Sam Montembeault earned his third shutout of the season on March 4 vs. Quebec. He stopped 22 of the Remparts shots to earn his third win in his last four games. Currently, Montembeault’s 2.68 goals against average this season ranks him sixth in the QMJHL and his .901 save percentage ranks him tied for sixth.

Photo Courtesy of Michael McSweeney


PORTLAND PIRATES

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(31-22-3-1, 66 points, fourth in Atlantic Division, seventh in Eastern Conference)

LAST THREE

March 4 – Portland Pirates vs. Syracuse Crunch (3-1 L)

March 5 – Portland Pirates vs. Providence Bruins (3-1 L)

March 6 – Portland Pirates at Providence Bruins (4-3 L)

Dropping their last three games, Portland will look to get back on track when they face the first place Toronto Marlies on Friday. The Pirates have gotten consistent scoring lately from Rocco Grimaldi who has notched five goals over his last five games. Grimaldi’s 15th goal of the season on March 6 at Providence, marked a new AHL career-high in goals for the 23-year old.

NEXT UP

March 11 – Portland Pirates vs. Toronto Marlies (7:00 p.m.)

March 12 – Portland Pirates at Springfield Falcons (7:00 p.m.)

March 13 – Portland Pirates vs. Hartford Wolf Pack (3:00 p.m.)

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*Matt Bodiford contributed to this report

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