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Prospect Need to Know: Bowen Byram lords over Vancouver

The 2019 draft prospect just set a Giants franchise record and is well on his way to becoming the first D-man taken this summer. Learn more about him and other future NHLers in our weekly wrap.

Have we all recovered from the CHL trade deadline? It was certainly a big one, with the OHL’s Guelph Storm adding three Canadian world junior players and five NHL draft picks overall. Not a lot of big names moved out in the WHL, but it’s worth noting that 2019 draft prospects Bobby Brink and Quinn Olson had their rights traded – neither plays in the ‘Dub’ and both are college commits, but now new teams will try to convince them otherwise. In Quebec, Rouyn-Noranda is looking fierce thanks to the addition of New York Islanders pick Noah Dobson.

The next big date on the calendar? The CHL Top Prospects Game, which takes place in Red Deer on Jan. 23. But before we get to that, let’s check in on which kids are making buzz right now.

Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver Giants (WHL): Byram made a huge splash on the weekend, earning WHL player of the week honors and setting a Giants franchise record with five points in a game, the best ever by a defenseman. The 2019 draft prospect has excellent offensive instincts and a sturdy frame to build on. NHL arrival: 2020-21

Ethan Phillips, RW, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL): Team West’s MVP at the USHL Top Prospects Game, Phillips is a Boston University commit who put up two points in the West’s win. Back with Sioux Falls, he’s got 22 points in 19 games after starting the season with Selects Academy in Connecticut. Phillips is small, but he goes to the net and has nice vision. NHL arrival: 2023-24

Kevin Mandolese, G, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL): The Quebec League’s player of the week, Mandolese posted a 37-save shutout against Memorial Cup-host Halifax, then gave up just one in a win over Shawinigan. The Ottawa Senators pick is quick, lanky and athletic. The rawness is starting to get refined. NHL arrival: 2022-23

Cale Makar, D, UMass Minutemen (Hockey East): The Minutemen reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the nation from St. Cloud over the weekend, so it’s time for a Makar update. The Colorado Avalanche first-rounder is up to 24 points in 20 games thanks to a four-point night against Vermont. Needless to say, Makar knows how to create from the back end. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Aaron Huglen, C, Roseau Rams (Minn. HS): You’ll remember his lacrosse goal from the Hlinka-Gretzky tourney, but the 2019 draft prospect didn’t stop there. Scouts love the incredible skill Huglen brings every night and the University of Minnesota commit has 13 goals and 34 points in 14 games with the northern high school squad. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Morgan Barron, LW, Cornell Big Red (ECAC): Undefeated in the past five games, Cornell is staking out a good position for the Frozen Four, with Barron doing a lot of damage. The big New York Rangers pick is riding a five-game point streak which has seen him tally eight points in that span. The sophomore is also playing on the top line. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Simon Jellus, C, Lulea (Swe.): Sweden’s junior circuit has reached the point in the season where the top 10 teams form their own league and Jellus is standing out early. The talented Slovakian is playing on a line with high-end 2020 prospect Noel Gunler and really making noise. Jellus, a 2019 prospect, is tied for the league lead in scoring with eight points through four games. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Pavel Dorofeyev, LW, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL): Dorofeyev has some high, high-end puck skills. It’s almost silly how good he is when he’s in control. The 2019 draft prospect has been ripping up Russia’s junior league this year, with 24 points in 15 games. His skills haven’t translated into points at the KHL level yet, but even getting minutes up there is good for him. NHL arrival: 2022-23

Max Jones, LW, San Diego Gulls (AHL): While everything goes south for the Anaheim Ducks, everything is going swimmingly for their AHL affiliate in San Diego. The Gulls have won eight of 10 and Jones is doing his part: the power forward is up to 24 points in 32 games. Jones is still finding his consistency, but he’s coming along. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Ty Dellandrea, C, Flint Firebirds (OHL): While the Dallas Stars are in a bit of turmoil, fans can at least look to 2018 first-rounder Dellandrea as a source of comfort. The two-way Firebirds center has 13 points in his past four games, helping Flint to two wins. It’s been another rough season for the squad, but Dellandrea is still giving his all. NHL arrival: 2019-20


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