Columbia Gas Blue Jackets Hot Prospect Report (Oct. 26)
Jared Boll (Plymouth) - Boll has opened his OHL career with 4-3-7 -- including three power-play goals -- and 34 penalty minutes in 11 games. Columbus' fourth pick, 101st overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Boll spent the past two seasons with Lincoln of the USHL, where he registered 29-32-61 and 470 PIM in 116 games.
Trevor Hendrikx (Peterborough) - Hendrikx has recorded 1-7-8 with a +3 rating and 16 penalty minutes in seven games played this season. He ranks tied for 25th in OHL in points by a defenseman. Hendrikx entered the season with 25-68-93 in 232 career OHL games, coming off of a career-year with 15-33-48 in 68 games during the '04-05 campaign.
Dan LaCosta (Barrie) - LaCosta has opened the season with a 7-3-0 mark, 2.67 Goals Against Average, .921 Save Percentage, and one shutout. He ranks second in the OHL in Wins, GAA, and SV%. A third round selection by the Blue Jackets in the 2004 Entry Draft, LaCosta was 25-11-4 with a 2.86 GAA and .902 SV%, and one shutout, ranking tied for second in the OHL in Wins.
Adam McQuaid (Sudbury) - McQuaid has recorded 2-0-2 with 32 PIM and two power-play goals in 12 games played. Columbus' second round selection, 55th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, he entered the season with 6-22-28 and 123 PIM in 113 career OHL games.
Kyle Wharton (Sault Ste. Marie) - Wharton has recorded 3-5-8 with 34 PIM in 13 games, just two goals shy of his career-best set last season. He ranks tied for 25th in the OHL in points by a defenseman. Columbus' second round pick, 59th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Wharton has recorded 12-39-51 with 109 PIM in 139 career OHL games.
Philippe Dupuis (Moncton) - Dupuis has scored 3-5-8 with a +3 rating in five games this season. Dupuis ranked among the QMJHL scoring leaders last year with 34-50-84 in 62 games for Rouyn-Noranda. He was traded from Rouyn-Noranda to Moncton during the offseason.
Adam Pineault (Moncton) - Pineault has scored 2-3-5 with 12 PIM in four games this year. A second round pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2004 Entry Draft, he ranked among the QMJHL rookie leaders in most major statistical categories last season with 26-20-46 and +12 rating in 61 games. He missed two weeks during the 2003-04 season while playing with Team USA at World Junior Championships and is a candidate to skate for Team USA at this years World Juniors.
Petr Pohl (Gatineau) - Pohl has opened the 2005-06 season with 9-18-27 in 15 games. He also had a +6 rating, four power-play goals and two game-winning scores and ranks among the QMJHL leaders in Goals (T-10th), Assists (6th), and Points (6th). A 2004 Entry Draft selection by the Blue Jackets, Pohl entered the year with 50-59-109 in 132 career QMJHL games.
Justin Vienneau (Shawinigan) - Vienneau has recorded 0-6-6 with 54 PIM in 16 games this season, just five assists shy of his career high set last year. He ranks tied for eighth in the league in PIM. A 2004 Entry Draft selection by the Blue Jackets, he entered the season with 4-18-22 and 275 PIM in 113 career QMJHL games.
Derek Reinhart (Regina) - Reinhart has posted 0-0-0 with a +3 rating and 28 PIM in nine games this season, helping Regina to the top record in the WHL's Eastern Conference. The defenseman was Columbus' sixth pick, 177th overall, in this summer's Entry Draft. He entered the year with 3-11-14 and 312 PIM in 123 career WHL games.
Kris Russell (Medicine Hat) - Russell has recorded 3-6-9 with two power-play goals and a +2 rating in 11 games this season. He ranks tied for seventh in the WHL in points by a defenseman, while his six assists are tied for the Medicine Hat team lead.