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2012-05-02

Mid afternoon updates at the major junior level….

 

London Knights’ goaltender Michael Houser (undrafted) was named the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player receiving the Red Tilson Award.  Houser has been passed over twice at the NHL Entry Draft and he will hopefully get nabbed in his third try.  Houser suited up for an astonishing 62 games of a 68 game regular season and tied a league record of 46 wins en route to leading the Knights to the top of the OHL Standings. 

 

Ice Dogs’ defenseman Dougie Hamilton (Bruins) received the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s Top Defenseman after recording 72 points to lead all OHL rearguards.

 

Recently signed overage standout Brendan Shinnimin (Coyotes) was crowned the WHL’s Player of the Year as he led all WHL players as well as the entire CHL in scoring with his 134 points.

 

2014 draft eligible forward Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice was deemed the WHL’s Top Rookie with him notching 62 points in his freshman season.  Sam is the younger brother of Flames’ prospect Max Reinhart and 2012 draft-eligible Griffin Reinhart.  We will be hearing a lot more from the youngest Reinhart as the family name continues to become a staple in hockey.

 

Senators’ prospect Mark Stone was named the WHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player.

 

Oilers’ netminder Tyler Bunz was name the WHL’s Top Goaltender after winning 39 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers posting an impressive 2.57 GAA and .921 save percentage.  Bunz was the Oilers’ fifth round selection of the 2010 draft.

 

The Florida Panthers continue to select well at the NHL drafts as their 2010 second round selection Alex Petrovic was named WHL Defenseman of the Year as he racked up 12 goals, 48 points and 141 penalty minutes playing for the Red Deer Rebels.  Petrovic is currently competing in the AHL playoffs for the San Antonio Rampage where he has registered an impressive four points through five games.

 

 

 

To get you started this morning, our European connection Miika Arponen has put together a list of non-NHL players to keep an eye on for the 2012 World Hockey Championships scheduled to tale place in Finland later this week.

 

Canada
– D Ryan Murray (draft eligible 2012)

It looks like the most-hyped defenseman in 2012 draft will make the Canadian team. He played well
in two exhibition games against Switzerland and will probably start the tournament as a 7th D-man.

 

Denmark
– G Frederik Andersen (Carolina)

Andersen played his first season in the Elitserien this year and had both the best GAA and top save percentage in the entire league. Denmark is a dark horse in this tournament and the gigantic Andersen (6’4″ / 247 lbs) is a big reason why.

 

Finland
– D Joonas Järvinen (undrafted)
– F Mikael Granlund (Minnesota)

Everybody knows Granlund but the other name on my list is probably a lot less known. Järvinen is a really good two-way D-man with a large frame and lots of strength.

 

France
– F Charles Bertrand (undrafted)

Bertrand is a 21-year-old winger who made his breakthrough in SM-liiga this season displaying his quick speed.

 

Russia
– F Evgeni Kuznetsov (Washington)
– F Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis)

These two guys probably don’t need introductions but both will showcase their talents for Team Russia.

  

Sweden
– G Viktor Fasth (undrafted)

– D Jonas Brodin (Minnesota)
– C Calle Järnkrok (Detroit)
– F Jakob Silfverberg (Ottawa)

Fasth was already Sweden’s number one goalie in last year’s tournament and will play most of the games this year again. He has been rumoured to have a contract with the Ducks. The other three players inmy list are well-known bluechip prospects of their respective teams.

 

Switzerland
– F Damien Brunner (undrafted)
 
Brunner, although already 26 years old, will likely sign an NHL contract somewhere next season. He won the NLA’s scoring title by a wide margin and is one of Switzerland’s big guns in the tournament.
 

Norway
– G Lars Volden (Boston)

Volden, a 6th round pick of the Bruins last summer, will be Norway’s go-to goalie in the tournament.

 

USA
– F Ryan Lasch (undrafted)