Three (future) Star Selection
by, 12-09-2012 at 20:54 (3107 Views)
By Tony Carr
Welcome to the Three (future) Star Selection where we will take a look at one team of the 60 currently playing in the CHL and examine three players from their roster, including an overager, a future star and a superstar. Weíll start by taking a look at the number one team in the CHL, the Halifax Mooseheads.
Third Star: Konrad Abeltshauser (20) - Halifax Mooseheads - defenseman
At 6í5Ē and 225lbs, Abeltshauser has the size NHL teams covet and with 27 points in 23 games ( leading all QMJHL defensemen in scoring at the time of his injury), his offensive game is progressing nicely. The future is bright for the San Jose 6th rounder.
Second Star: Martin Frk (18) - Halifax Mooseheads - winger
When a former NHL superstar is quoted as saying, Ē There arenít many guys in Canada who shoot the puck like he does.", itís time to pay attention. Frkís former head coach Bobby Smith had those kind words and plenty more when the Mooseheads made Frk the 3rd overall pick in the CHL import draft. With 36 points in 28 games so far this season, the Detroit second round pick is proving all the hype was warranted.
First Star so letís break format right off the bat. With three potential first round picks from the same team in the 2013 NHL entry draft, and since that has only happened once in the previous eight drafts, we need to take a look at all three. Letís start in net.
Zachary Fucale- (17) Halifax Mooseheads - goal
When you are the number one goaltender on the number one ranked team, tied for the most wins in the CHL, suffice to say you have huge fantasy upside. The fact Fucale has done all this before being drafted into the NHL makes it even more impressive. With 51 wins in 81 games including 19 in 23 this year, Fucaleís stats are incomparable to anyone else at his age in recent years.
Jonathan Drouin- (17) Halifax Mooseheads - winger
On any other team, at any other time, Drouin would take all the headlines. As it is, he sits seventh overall in QMJHL scoring, averaging better than two points per game (23 games, 47 points). Listed as a potential top five pick, Drouin proved he was ready to perform on a bigger stage with a four point performance in his only game of the Subway Super Series versus the Russian junior team.
Nathan MacKinnon- (17) Halifax Mooseheads - center
The number one draft prospect in the world (ISS), MacKinnon just gets it. Second in QMJHL points with 52 in 29 games, he also sits 7th in faceoff wins with 362 for a 54% success rate and is no stranger to his end of the rink. A gold medal winner at this yearís Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, MacKinnon is a complete hockey player and should be the first overall pick in most fantasy keeper drafts.
Thanks for taking the time to read Three (future) Star Selection. Next week we will feature the reigning WHL champions, the Edmonton Oil Kings. See ya then.