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Predators Prospect Report (Nov. 28)

by Kevin Wilson / Nashville Predators
News, notes and stats for some standout Predators prospects across the globe…


2007 first-round pick Jonathon Blum continues to tear it up on the Vancouver Giants blue line, captaining his club to the top of the Western Hockey League. He entered this weekend’s play with 11 points and six goals in his last five games, including a hat trick on Nov. 19 and a two-goal performance last Saturday. The Giants have suffered just regulation defeat in their first 24 games. Also in the WHL, Chet Pickard, the second of two 2008 first-round picks, has been a workhorse for the Tri-City Americans, playing in 23 of the club’s first 26 games.

In the college ranks, 2008 first rounder Colin Wilson is pacing his Boston University Terriers in both points and assists. He most recently notched a goal and an assist in BU’s 3-2 victory over Holy Cross on Tuesday. In the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, 2007 draftees Ryan Thang and Ben Ryan have lifted Notre Dame to the No. 2 ranking in college hockey. The duo has recently been seen on the same line for the Irish, who entered this weekend’s series vs. Western Michigan with a 7-0-1 record in their last eight outings.

In the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Ryan Flynn continues provide grit and a touch of offense in the top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers’ lineup, while fellow 2006 draftee Blake Geoffrion has helped Wisconsin recover from a slow start. The Badgers entered this weekend’s play with a 5-1-1 mark in their last seven. Minnesota and Wisconsin are hosting Michigan and Michigan State this weekend as part of the annual College Hockey Showcase.

One prospect in Europe who is catching eyes is 2008 second-round pick Roman Josi, who does not look out of place despite being an 18-year-old playing among men with SC Bern of the Swiss League. He ranks among the league leaders in points by a blueliner, helping his squad to third place in the league standings. He has recently been joined in the Bern lineup by former Predator Martin Gelinas, who notched three points in his first four Swiss League games since suiting up for Lugano and Morges in 2004-05.

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
POS
NAME
CLUB (LEAGUE)
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
+/-
D
Vancouver Giants (WHL)
20
11
19
30
8
24
 
GOALTENDERS
CLUB (LEAGUE)
GP
W
L
OT
GAA
SV%
 
Tri-City Americans (WHL)
22
13
7
2
2.79
0.903
 
Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
13
3
7
2
4.7
0.880
 
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
POS
NAME
CLUB (LEAGUE)
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
+/-
RW
U. of Minnesota (WCHA)
12
3
4
7
32
2
D
Jeff Foss
R.P.I. (ECAC)
11
0
0
0
6
2
C
Blake Geoffrion
U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
14
7
3
10
33
-3
C
U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
12
2
2
4
10
-2
LW
Taylor Stefishen
Ohio State Unversity (CCHA)
2
1
0
1
0
2
LW
U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
13
4
5
9
16
3
C
Boston University (Hockey East)
12
6
13
19
10
6
 
EUROPE
POS
NAME
CLUB (LEAGUE)
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
+/-
D
Bern (Switzerland)
23
6
6
12
6
0

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