With just a week to go before New York Ranger prospects head either home for their holiday break or off to the various national evaluation camps, it was a mixed bad on Sunday.
Ethan Werek (2009 2nd) is not heading to Team Canada's camp this year and while some may argue that a player who is 17-20-37, +11 with just 36 PIMs deserves a look; that is alright because Ranger prospects are used to being overlooked by Hockey Canada. Ask Michael Del Zotto about that.
Still Werek is very much on his way to having a very good second season in the OHL led his Kingston Frontenacs to a 5-3 win over the Guelph Storm. Werek with a goal and 2 assists was named the game's "First Star" on the road.
Werek's 3 point effort was his 5th such effort of the season and his 2nd back to back 3 point efforts. Werek's balanced numbers is a nice sign from a player who can be either the playmaker or the goal scorer depending on the situation.
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Tomas Kundratek (2008 3rd) might not want the holiday break as his game is starting to look like we were hoping out of him last season. The young defenseman from the Czech Republic is playing with more maturity and acceptance of being a 20 year old in the WHL.
Kundratek did not score against the Lethbridge Hurricanes as his Medicine Hat Tigers won 5-4 to go 5-0-0-1 in their last 6 games. Kundratek and his Tigers had a rough stretch earlier in the season where nobody could figure out which team would should up.
Now the WHL is finding out as the Tigers are now the 4th best team in the WHL's Eastern Conference.
Carl Hagelin (2007 6th) and his Michigan Wolverines on the other hand should be happy to reach their holiday break with a 9-9 after a 2-0 loss on the road to Notre Dame. Hagelin the Wolverine's leading scorer in both goals and points was held to just 3 shots on goal.
Hagelin enters the break 9-7-16
Chris Doyle (2008 5th) had a secondary assist on his Prince Edward Island Rocket's 7-2 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Doyle's assist was on the Rocket's 6th goal and was his 18th of the season as Doyle is 18-18-36 on the season.
Doyle though had a good game overall as he was 5-3 on faceoffs, 3 shots and a good hit to go along with the assist.
Ryan Bourque (2009 3rd) is making us really wonder if he is playing hurt. When all we are seeing out of Bourque in the last 3 games is one hit and no offense then something is very wrong.
The Rangers did not draft him to be invisible but rather to be a playmaker.
Bourque's Quebec Remparts defeated the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 7-4 but to us that is secondary.
(Werek courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
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