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. Players are nominated and the selected by graduates of the SMWW Hockey GM & Scouting with each of the winners receiving a gift acknowledging their selection.
Ontario Hockey League – Edward Pasquale, Saginaw Spirit
Goaltender Edward Pasquale had a stand out week for Saginaw, picking up 3 wins in 3 starts with a 2.00 GAA on the road in Owen Sound, Barrie and Sudbury. On the season the Toronto, ON native has 15 wins and a .918 save percentage. Pasquale communicates well with his defensemen and moves the puck up ice nicely.
Western Hockey League – Carter Ashton, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Carter Ashton (pictured with Team Canada west at the U-17 last year) was exceptional this week in his play for the Hurricanes, recording 2 goals and 3 assists in 2 games. This performance coming on the heels of a hat trick he notched to close out the previous week. Ashton has 12 goals and 19 points in 25 games this season and is known for having good hands for a player his size. He was ranked 36th overall by ISS in November.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Jessyko Bernard, Halifax Mooseheads
Bernard is the draft performer of the week after he scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in games against Cape Breton and Saint John. Bernard, a 6’ 2” Right Winger has 9 goals and 9 assists to go along with 20 PIM this season. The Dalhousie NB native is known for playing hard at both ends of the ice and his ability to deliver heavy hits.
United States Hockey League – Shane Berschbach, Indiana Ice
Shane Berschbach had a great week for the Ice, scoring 3 goals and adding 1 assist in two wins against Des Moines and Sioux City. Berschbach, has 6 goals and 15 points while posting a plus- 7 rating in 16 games. The 5’ 8” native of Clawson, MI plays with intensity and has good speed and passing ability. Berschbach has committed to the Miami Redhawks of the CCHA.