Steven Stamkos and John Tavares remain enshrined in the Hot List Hall of Fame, but look for some pub on Stammer’s teammate this week.
1. David Toews, C – Shattuck-St. Mary’s (prep): David Toews doesn’t exactly have a lot of time in his schedule. If he’s not in class, on the ice for practice or working out, he might be on a plane somewhere, traveling with the vaunted Shattuck-St. Mary’s private school team.
Between SSM and playing internationally for Canada’s under-18 team in the summer, Toews has already been to Switzerland, the Czech Republic (on two separate occasions) and crisscrossed North America. So naturally when SSM held ‘International Day,’ Toews was in the mix.
“There’s kids here from 20 different countries,” he noted. “I was there for Canada.”
Indeed, Toews is a native of Winnipeg, just like his older brother, Jonathan, of the Chicago Blackhawks. Following in his sibling’s scholastic and sporting footsteps, David is obliterating the competition this year – he already has 36 goals and 85 points in just 46 games, but he’s planning on being a total player just like his bro.
“I pride myself on my plus-minus game,” he said. “And I like to work in the corners.”
He’s also committed to Jonathan’s old school, the University of North Dakota.
“I’ve always liked the program there,” David said. “And watching the improvements (Jonathan) made there, once the offer was made it was an easy choice for me.”
For now, David is honing his game in the tight-knit Shattuck system.
“I’ve had the same roommate – Tom Duggan – for two years and we’re always together, in the room, in the rink, in the gym,” Toews said. “There are so many things you learn here. My teammates are my family; we have a real tight bond.”
Draft eligible in 2008.
2. Greg Nemisz, RW – Windsor Spitfires (OHL): As Nemisz keeps growing, so too does his draft buzz. Now 6-foot-4 and 202 pounds, he’s putting up points and turning his plus-minus completely around since last season. Draft eligible in 2008.
3. Kyle Turris, C – Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA): With 29 points in 26 games, Turris is doing what he’s supposed to in Madison – too bad he doesn’t have much help. Either way, as Ken Campbell reported on this website, Phoenix wants him in the desert this year. Drafted 3rd overall by Phoenix in 2007. (http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/13335-THNcom-Blog-Third-overall-pick-Kyle-Turris-likely-to-join-Coyotes-this-season.html)
4. Mathieu Perreault, C – Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL): Perreault isn’t the biggest guy on the ice (5-foot-9, 166 pounds), but he is one of the most dangerous. The Capitals pick is destroying the Q this year with 81 points in 49 games and he’s tallying more than an assist per game. Drafted 177th overall by Washington in 2006.
5. John Curry, G – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL): As if Pittsburgh didn’t have enough of a puzzle in net, now first-year pro John Curry is making noise. The former Boston Terrier is sporting a nifty 2.06 goals-against average and .915 save percentage, both good for second in the league. Signed as free agent by Pittsburgh in 2007.
6. Billy Sauer, G – Michigan Wolverines (CCHA): Michigan took three of four points on the road against Miami, the team it is battling for CCHA supremacy, so Sauer gets the nod over the RedHawks’ Jeff Zatkoff this week. A 1.85 goals-against average can do that for a guy. Drafted 201st overall by Colorado in 2006.
7. Luca Sbisa, D – Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL): The Swiss national is doing big things in the Dub, posting solid offensive numbers (28 points in 46 games) and a good plus-minus (plus-12) from the blueline. Draft eligible in 2008.
8. Victor Hedman, D – Modo (Swe): Just less than two months removed from his 17th birthday, Hedman is playing in the Elite League and holding his own. Never mind some of his teammates are literally twice his age. Draft eligible in 2009.
9. Tomas Kubalik, C – HC Plzen (Cze): There’s an embarrassment of riches coming out of Plzen right now and the 6-foot-2 Kubalik is the highest-rated among NHL prospects. The pivot is already playing with the big club after demolishing the junior ranks in previous years. Draft eligible in 2008.
10. Jordan Knackstedt, RW – Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL): The big winger is having a breakout season in Saskatchewan, notching 69 points in 56 games; he’s already shattered his career-best for points in a season. Drafted 189th overall by Boston in 2007.
11. Jamie Arniel, C – Sarnia Sting (OHL): Stamkos gets all the attention, but Arniel is also on the draft radar this season and definitely makes an impact whenever he’s on the ice. The nephew of former NHLer Scott Arniel, Jamie has been on fire since a trade from Guelph. Draft eligible in 2008.
12. Tomas Knotek, C – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL): Still a point-per-game player, Knotek has some size and he’s definitely got some skill. Should be interesting to see which NHL teams want a crack at him. Draft eligible in 2008.
13. Colton Yellow Horn, LW – Tri-City Americans (WHL): At 5-foot-8, he was ignored by NHL scouts, but with 77 points in 52 games and speed to burn, the 20-year-old will have more than a few suitors this summer. Eligible for free agency.
14. Chris Carrozzi, G – Mississauga St. Mike’s Majors (OHL): Playing on a middling Majors squad, Carrozzi is putting up solid numbers, but it’s his size (he’s just under 6-foot-3) that has scouts excited. Draft eligible in 2008.
15. Andreas Nodl, RW – St. Cloud State Huskies (WCHA): Austria’s latest export has joined teammates Ryan Lasch and Garrett Roe at the top of the conference scoring table, garnering 34 points in 28 games. Drafted 39th overall by Philadelphia in 2006.
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