This was one of those rare weeks where the Hurricanes success was coupled with some good results from their prospects. The Canes OHL pool has been playing rather well this year as three of their prospects currently lead their respective teams in points and two of them are in the top 10 of the league. One of those players is Sergey Tolchinsky, who has continued to light it up for Sault Ste. Marie after going undrafted this past summer. Tolchinsky recorded seven points in three games for the Greyhounds this past week and had a huge five-point game against Peterborough. It's easy to get over-excited about gaudy junior hockey stats, but Tolchinsky could potentially be a steal for the Canes if he continues to develop well. I saw him being a few years away from being ready for the pros, mostly due to his size, but he hasn't had any issue with producing in the OHL now that he his playing a big role.
Tolchinsky is the clear-cut first star of this week's feature, but he wasn't the only Carolina OHL prospect who had a good week.
|Sergey Tolchinsky||Sault Ste. Marie||3||4||3||7||4||4||1||0|
|Tyler Ganly||Sault Ste. Marie||3||0||0||0||4||3||0||0|
Again, Tolchinsky gets the first star honors here, as he had two multi-goal games and has been producing at an incredibly high rate early in the season. Also having a good start to the year is Brock McGinn, who scored in each of Guelphs three games and currently has 10 goals on the season. It took awhile for McGinn to get his offense going last year, so it's nice to see him produce early on this year. A lot is expected from him, as he is one of the older players on the club, but he is definitely living up to expectations so far.
In limited action, defenseman Trevor Carrick also had himself a nice week, getting on the scoresheet in both of Mississauga's game and recording three-assists against Sudbury last Saturday. Carrick's offense has really taken a huge step forward these last couple of years and it is really nice to see because it can give him more opportunities at the professional level. However, the defensive side of his game appears to have been struggling, as he was on the ice for seven total goals in only two games.
The final noteworthy performance belongs to goaltender Daniel Altshuller, who stopped 43 of 46 shots in a 5-3 win over the London Knights and made 16 of 17 saves in a relief performance against Sault Ste. Marie. I'm a little skeptical of Altshuller's stats because he has played fewer minutes than some of the other goalies in the OHL, but the fact that he currently possesses the second best save percentage in the league while playing at least 500 minutes is very impressive.
As for the other two prospects, neither of them did too much. Pedersen's Kitchener Rangers played in only one game and Tyler Ganly is still searching for his first point of the season. Ganly's been playing more of a shutdown role, so I'm not expecting a lot of points from him and it's hard to get a gauge on his performance without access to game film.
Overall, a very solid week for Carolina's prospect pool that was highlighted by a monster performance by Tolchinsky. I suspect this won't be the last time that we'll be talking about him this season.