It's that time of the week where we'll step away from Hurricanes news to discuss what has been going on with some of their prospects. Last week, they had three prospects leading their respective OHL clubs in points and saw big performances from forwards Sergey Tolchinsky and Brock McGinn. Who stood out in the Canes prospect pool this week?
|Sergey Tolchinsky||Sault Ste. Marie||2||1||1||2|
|Tyler Ganly||Sault Ste. Marie||2||0||0||0|
There is less to speak of this week, as three of the Canes prospects didn't do much and Sault Ste. Marie had only two games, but there is plenty to talk about when it comes to Brock McGinn. The Canes second round pick from 2012 had another big performance this week and it was capped off with him recording a hat trick in Guelph's 9-3 win over Kingston on Sunday evening. McGinn also recorded a point in all three of his games and has been dominating this year. As one of the older players on his team, he was expected to have a big year but I don't think many expected him to be this good or tied for 5th in the OHL scoring race. I'm not sure if he can continue to produce at this level, but he did look very good in camp and the coaches have been utilizing him in all situations, which means he will get plenty of chances for now.
The only other prospect to find the back of the net this week was Sergey Tolchinsky, who got the opening goal in Sault Ste. Marie's 5-0 win over Windsor. He also recorded an assist in their 3-2 loss to Plymouth, which was the Soo's only other game last week. Tolchinksy is currently tied for the Greyhound's lead in goals and points with 13, so his development seems to be going along just fine. Also in action for the Hounds was Carolina's 7th round pick, Tyler Ganly, who didn't do anything noteworthy but he wasn't on ice for a goal against, which is somewhat encouraging to hear.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Trevor Carrick, who had a pretty rough week going by the stat sheet. The 2012 fourth rounder was no the ice for four even strength goals against and three more on the penalty kill. Carrick's assist gives him 10 points in as many games, but he still got dinged up in his own end quite a bit and that's a little concerning. Although, I suppose you can say the same thing about all of Mississauga's defensemen, as the Steelheads were outscored 19-8 including a 7-0 loss to Erie yesterday afternoon. Carrick plays a big role on that team, so hopefully they can turn it around.
On a more positive note, goaltender Daniel Altshuller had a very solid showing last week, allowing only two goals on 60 total shots faced. The Generals ended up taking a shootout loss in one of those games, but Altshuller certainly wasn't the one to blame for it, as he was forced to make 34 saves in that game and looked solid throughout. Altshuller currently ranks 5th among OHL goaltenders in terms of save percentage with a robust .923 mark, albeit while facing much fewer shots than some of the other goalies in the league.
So, McGinn and Tolchinksy lead the way once again for Carolina's OHL prospects, as the two still lead their respective teams in points and have managed to make an impact in every game they've played in. Hopefully we'll see more of this from them and the team's other prospects throughout the season.