Hurricanes OHL Prospect Update 10/7/2013

With the OHL season being a couple weeks old and college hockey just around the corner, it's now time for our weekly review of the Hurricanes prospects. The team's prospect pool isn't as widespread as it was last year, as most of their junior players have graduated to the professional level but there is some new blood in the system and a few of them have been doing well for themselves in this young OHL season. Three Carolina prospects currently lead their respective teams in points (Segey Tolchinsky, Trevor Carrick & Brock McGinn) and a couple others have been off to good starts, as well.

After the jump, we'll take an individual look at the week that was for each of Carolina's OHL prospects.

Skaters

Prospect Team GP G A Pts GF GA PPGF PPGA
Sergey Tolchinsky Sault Ste. Marie 3 1 1 2 2 0 1 0
Brock McGinn Guelph 3 2 3 5 3 0 3 2
Trevor Carrick Mississauga 2 2 0 2 2 1 0 0
Tyler Ganly Sault Ste. Marie 3 0 0 0 4 2 0 1
Brent Pedersen Kitchener 2 0 2 2 4 0 0 0

The star of this week is Brock McGinn, who has stormed out of the gate for Guelph this year. As one of the older players on the team, big things were expected from McGinn this year and he has certainly delivered so far. He currently leads the Storm in points with nine in six games and had a big three point night in a 7-1 win over Owen Sound. Guelph dropped their other two games but McGinn had a point in all of them, so that's something for Canes fans to be happy about. He was a player that was very close to making the Charlotte Checkers but was one of the final cuts there. It sounds like he wants to make the jump to the professional rankings sooner rather than later. 

Also having a good week was defenseman Trevor Carrick, who recorded a pair of goals in Mississauga's two games this weekend. Carrick's offense has been unleashed this year,a s he already has six goals on the season and leads his team in points with nine in six games. As someone who was projected to be more of a stay-at-home defenseman, it's really nice to see this side of Carrick's game come around because that should give him more to offer as he climbs in the rankings. Hopefully he can continue to produce as the season goes on.

Sergey Tolchinsky also found his way onto the scoresheet this weekend with a goal and an assist. His goal against Belleville was his sixth of the season and his assist against Kingston gave him a tie for the team lead in points. Tolchinksy has created more buzz than anyone else in the Canes prospect system right now and he has certainly lived up to the hype thus far. He recorded a hat trick in a game against Barrie on opening weekend and always seems to find a way to get on the scoresheet. He is set to play a much bigger role for the Greyhounds this year and has really delivered with more ice time.

His teammate, Tyler Ganly, has yet to record a point this year and that isn't too much of a surprise since he plays more of a defensive role. Ganly has taken on some big responsibilities this year, though as he is an alternate captain for the Hounds and has even been used on the top pairing with stud defenseman Darnell Nurse for some games. It's hard to judge his performance because there aren't many highlights available, but his on-ice numbers are encouraging thus far, especially if he is playing a big role.

Last but certainly not least is Brent Pedersen, Carolina's 6th round pick and token Kitchener Rangers prospect. Pedersen quietly had an impressive weak with a pair of assists and not being on the ice for an opposing goal. He is also tied for the team lead in points with six in five games, so it sounds like he is performing well with more ice time. I have modest expectations for him because he didn't have great numbers in his rookie season, but he seems to have taken a step forward from last year.

All in all, it was a great week for Carolina's OHL prospect pool and hopefully there are more weeks like this to come.

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