Each week International Scouting Services (ISS), Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW), Hockey Now, and The Pipeline Show recognize the Top Draft Eligible player from each of the WHL, OHL, QMJHL, & USHL leagues for the upcoming 2009 NHL Entry Draft based on their play over the course of the week.
One of the 4 weekly winners will then appear on The Pipeline Show with Dean and I the following week. So far this year we’ve talked to John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals and Evander Kane from the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. Here now are this week’s winners:
Ontario Hockey League – Matthew Sisca, Niagara Ice Dogs
Centre Matthew Sisca had an outstanding week in the Ontario Hockey League for the Niagara Ice Dogs. The 17 year old from Woodbridge, ON registered 5 assists and was a plus-2 in two games this week versus Guelph and Kitchener. Sisca, a 5’ 9” Centre has 1 goal and 10 points in 9 games this season, and has almost already matched his 07-08 point total of 11 pts.
Western Hockey League – Evander Kane, Vancouver Giants
Evander Kane continued his stellar play this week for the Vancouver Giants. The 6’ 1” Vancouver native had 3 goals and 3 assists in two games this weekend. Kane’s excellent performance thus far in the 08-09 season has him at the top of the Western Hockey League’s scoring race as the slick skating centre has 9 goals and 10 assists in 9 games. This is the second consecutive week that Kane has been the WHL winner of this award.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Jordan Caron, Rimouski Oceanic
Jordan Caron of the Rimouski Oceanic is the QMJHL draft performer of the week. The 6’ 2” 200 lb Right Winger from Sayabec, PQ fired 17 shots and scored 5 goals in 3 wins this week versus Montreal, Cape Breton and Gatineau. Caron has 7 goals and 2 assists in 8 games this season and is known for playing hard between whistles.
United States Hockey League – Brett Chartier, Lincoln Stars
Brett Chartier had a strong showing this past week for the Lincoln Stars. The 5’ 9” forward had 3 goals and 2 assists and was a plus-1 in wins against Sioux City and Sioux Falls. Chartier, a native of Winnipeg, MAN is in his first season in the USHL after playing the 07-08 season for the Winnipeg Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Chartier has yet to commit to a NCAA program.
Olivier Roy, netminder for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, will appear on The Pipeline Show tonight.