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Top Three Performances in OHL, WHL, QMJHL - Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 23 Sep 2013

The first weekend of action in the OHL and WHL as well as the second weekend in the QMJHL are officially in the books. With this being a slow Monday in the Canadian Hockey League, we take a look at the top three individual performances from each league that comprise the CHL.

Top Three Ontario Hockey League Performances:

1. Jared McCann, Center, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: On Saturday, McCann put on a four-goal performance, including two in a five-goal second period as the host Greyhounds skated by the visiting Sudbury Wolves in a 10-3 blowout. McCann is entering his second season after being selected fourth overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection and is a potential first round pick in next year's NHL Draft in Philadelphia.

2. Jake Paterson, Goalie, Saginaw Spirit: On Friday, Paterson stopped 52 out of 55 shots in a 4-2 loss at the "Aud" to the host Kitchener Rangers. The Detroit Red Wings' netminding prospect, who faced 41 shots through the first 40 minutes, is among the top goalies in the OHL and is a candidate to represent Canada at the upcoming World Junior Championships this December. Paterson was selected by the Red Wings in the third round, 80th overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft.

3. Michael Dal Colle, Left Wing, Oshawa Generals: Dal Colle, who scored the first goal of the season this past Thursday, added another first period goal and added two assists for a four-point night as the visiting Generals ruined the host Windsor Spitfires' home opener with a 4-3 win. Dal Colle, the league's leading scorer who was the seventh overall pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, is also a potential first round pick in next year's NHL Draft.

Top Three Western Hockey League Performances:

1. Oliver Bjorkstrand, Right Wing, Portland Winterhawks: On Friday, the second WHLer put on a five-point performance with a goal and four assists as the he led the host Winterhawks past the visiting Prince George Cougars 9-2 in their home opener. Bjorkstrand, who was the 26th overall pick in last summer's CHL Import Draft, was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round, 89th overall in this past June's NHL Draft.  

2. Julius Honka, Defense, Swift Current Broncos: The first-year blueliner finished the week by winning the WHL Player of the Week honors as he notched six points in two games, but his standout performance was a one-goal, two assist performance with a +4 rating in his debut, leading the visiting Broncos past the Regina Pats. Honka, who is from Jyvaskyla, Finland, was the 34th overall pick in this past July's CHL Import Draft and is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

3. Curtis Honey, Goalie, Brandon Wheat Kings: On Friday, Honey backstopped the host Wheat Kings to a 3-1 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors as he stopped 40 shots, including 20 in the third period, to close the door on the visitors. The workhorse netminder, who won't be 20 until April, is entering his third season in the "Dub".

Top Three Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Performances:

1. Alexis Vanier, Defense, Baie-Comeau Drakkar: This past Friday, the second-year blueliner scored two goals and assisted on three others for a five-point performance as the host Drakkar downed the visiting Quebec Ramparts 7-4. Four games into the 2013-14 season, Vanier has already equalled his point total from last year, which he played in 53 games, with eight points. Vanier is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

2. Sebastien Auger, Goaltender, Saint John Sea Dogs: On Saturday, Auger turned aside 44-of-45 shots, including all 18 in the final period, as he backstopped the host Sea Dogs past the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1. Auger is entering his third year in the Sea Dogs organization after being selected by the team in the fifth round, 74th overall in the QMJHL Entry Draft.

3. Anthony Mantha, Left Wing, Val-d'Or Foreurs: After returning from the Detroit Red Wings' training camp, Mantha lit the lamp three times for the hat trick as he led the host Foreurs past the visiting Gatineau Olympiques 5-0 this past Friday. Mantha, who was last year's only 50-goal scorer in the "Q", was the 20th overall pick by the Red Wings in the first round of this past June's NHL Draft.


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