Not even the cold November rain could cool a trio of Vancouver’s prospects last month.
After slow starts to the season, Jordan Schroeder, Evan McEneny and Anton Rodin emerged with Novembers to remembers (?!?), while Chris Tanev – a prospect that isn’t actually a prospect – wasn’t far off the mark.
1). Jordan Schroeder, Chicago Wolves, AHL
After a slow start to the season that had him only post three points (2-1-3) in the month of October, Jordan Schroeder kicked it up a gear in the month of November racking up nine points (5-4-9) in 11 games for the Chicago Wolves, bringing his season total to 12 points (7-5-12) in 19 games. Schroeder scored the goal of the season so far for the Wolves, a back-handed spin-o-rama against the Milwaukee Admirals on November 20th. At this time last season the Canucks 2009 first-round selection had only seven points (4-3-7) before turning it on in December and finishing the season with 44 points (21-23-44).
2). Evan McEneny, Kitchener Rangers, OHL
When you suffer a season-ending injury in just the second game of the year, there is sure to be some rust come the following season. That may have been the case for the newest Canucks prospect Evan McEneny. The 6-foot-2 defenseman had a slow start the season with only three points (0-3-3) in his first 11 games, but once that calendar turned to November, McEneny flourished, picking up eight points (3-5-8) in 13 games. He may have been flying under the radar since signing with the Canucks in September, but the way McEneny is playing, he will be talked about more and more as the season goes on.
3). Anton Rodin, Chicago Wolves, AHL
Yet another slow-starter this season, in fact Anton Rodin didn’t even register a point in seven games in the month of October, but November was a different story – eight games, eight points (1-7-8). Rodin’s big night came on November 20th against the Milwaukee Admirals, when the 6-foot-1 forward picked up three assists and was named second star of the game. In his sophomore season with the Wolves, Rodin is on track to build upon his 27 points (10-17-27) rookie campaign.
Honourable Mention: Chris Tanev, Chicago Wolves, AHL
Chris Tanev has not been known for his offense in the past, in fact there hasn’t really been any offense to talk about. Entering the month of November, Tanev hadn’t scored a goal since November 13th, 2010, almost two full years. This past month was good to the 22-year-old defenseman, who scored two goals and picked up seven points (2-5-7) in 11 games. Tanev also played his usual mistake-free defensive game on top of seeing time on the power play.
-Zack Attack: Zack Kassian had a productive month with seven points (2-5-7) in 10 games along with 31 shots on goal and 27 penalty minutes.
-Back in the mix: Darren Archibald’s stellar play with the Canucks ECHL affiliate, the Kalamazoo Wings, earned the 6-foot-3 forward a call-up to the Chicago Wolves in late November when he recorded one goal, one fight and six shots on goal in two games. Archibald also tallied seven points (3-4-7) in 11 games with the K-Wings last month.
-Captain Gaunce: After missing nearly a month with a shoulder-injury, Brendan Gaunce returned to the lineup for the Belleville Bulls midway through November and picked up four points (3-1-4) in eight games.
-All-Star Frankie: After a dominate month of October (12 points) that saw him named OHL Defenseman of the Month, Frankie Corrado continued his strong play in November for the Sudbury Wolves with five points (2-3-5) and an invitation to play for the OHL All-Star team against the Russian Selects in the CHL Subway Series. Corrado did not disappoint against the Russian’s as he scored the game-winning goal for Team OHL in a nationally-televised game. Corrado’s strong play has even earned him an invite to participate in Team Canada’s National Junior Selection camp.
-The Price is Right: Defenseman Jeremy Price picked up three points (2-1-3) in seven games in the month of November. The senior captain of Colgate University also notched one game-winning goal for the Raiders. Price now has eight points (3-5-8) in 15 games on the season.
-Freshman Standout: Defenseman Ben Hutton is enjoying some success in his freshman-season with the University of Maine Black Bears. Hutton picked up three points (1-2-3) in six games in November, bringing his season total to five points (1-4-5) in 13 games, which is good for second on the team in points and first among defenseman.
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