Shane Wright lines up for a faceoff. Photo courtesy of Sportsnet
The kids are alright! There have been a number of rookies across the CHL who have lit up the scoreboard across the country. From Shane Wright leading the nation in rookie scoring in his age-15 season to a couple of Czech imports making their mark out west, this year’s CHL rookie has been outstanding, to say the least. Let’s take a look at the top-three scorer’s in each of the three leagues.
Michal Teplý, RW, Winnipeg ICE
6-2 192lbs May 27, 2001 Czech Republic 28G-32A-60P 41.6% PP Point %
Michal Teplý has been a wonderful addition to the Winnipeg ICE lineup this season. The Chicago Blackhawks fourth-round pick last year has come over to North America and shown a lot of the skill and talent that made some believe that he could challenge for a first-round pick prior to his draft-eligible season. He has a strong frame and plays strong on his edges. His shot is NHL-calibre and takes pride in scoring goals. He has been extremely consistent this season, rarely going more than one game without finding the scoresheet.
The young Czech forward makes his presence known on the powerplay, where he generates a great deal of his scoring. He is tied with Cole Sillinger of the Medicine Hat Tigers for rookie powerplay scoring with 25 points but leads all first-year players in powerplay goals with 11. While a great deal of powerplay production isn’t a major red flag, it should come with some tempered expectations as his even-strength play isn’t as impactful. Teplý is a decent skater but he will need to get quicker in his first few steps. His length and size help him close the gap in puck r