Triple Crown - February 2013
Triple Crown will now be known as the Brendan Gaunce fan club.
No, we haven’t forgotten to update this page; the same name does sits atop Triple Crown for yet another month. Three months in a row, in fact, Brendan Gaunce has found himself in the number one spot on the prestigious and award-winning CDC Triple Crown. Can you really blame us though? The first-round pick has been simply astonishing the past three months, posting 39 points in his last 32 games. This month, the Belleville Bulls captain is joined by a couple fellow prospects that find their name among the elite of the Canucks prospects for the first time this season.
Note: If you are wondering about the award Triple Crown won, we took home the prize for Best Recurring Monthly Prospect Feature on Canucks.com, as voted on by Tyson Giuriato.
1). Brendan Gaunce, Belleville Bulls, OHL
The Canucks 2012 first-round selection has been on a sweltering pace since Christmas and continued that trend in February, racking up 17 points (8-9-17) in 12 games. The Markham, Ontario, native currently rides a six-game point streak that has seen him snatch up 12 points (6-6-12). Gaunce has registered 52 points (27-25-52) in 51 games this season for the first-place Belleville Bulls. For more on Gaunce’s season, check out this CDC feature from February 2nd.
2). Kevin Connauton, Chicago Wolves, AHL
After going the entire month of January without a point, Connauton found his stride this past month, picking up 10 points (1-9-10) in 11 games. The blueliner notched two assists in game on three occasions, including back-to-back games on the 16th and 17th. Connauton also grabbed his third fighting major of the season when he took on Rockford’s Kyle Beach. The Edmonton, Alberta, native has registered 19 points (3-16-19) in 46 games this season.
3). Alex Mallet, Chicago Wolves, AHL
Mallet was nothing short of sensational for the Kalamazoo Wings in February, racking up 10 points (3-7-10) in eight games which earned him a call-up to the Wolves on February 17, which is the day the Amqui, Quebec , native earned his first AHL point with an assist. The power-forward has picked up 22 points (9-13-22) in 31 games with the K-Wings this season, while also registering one assist in 18 games with the Wolves.
Honourable Mention: Bill Sweatt, Chicago Wolves, AHL
February was far and away Sweatt’s finest month of the season to-date. Entering the month with just 12 points (6-6-12) in 31 games this season, Sweatt poured it on with eight points (5-3-8) in 11 games in the month. The Elburn, Illinois, native also notched two game-winners and now sits with 20 points (11-9-20) in 42 games on the year.
TY-BITS-Joseph Labate had a steady month with one goal and four assists in eight games for the University of Wisconsin, which were 3-2 winners over the University of Minnesota in front of 52,051 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago in the Hockey City Classic on February 17.
-After leaving Boston University to turn pro earlier in the month, Canucks prospect, Wes Myron, turned heads in Kalamazoo, picking up seven points (2-5-7) in nine games.
-Ben Hutton was derailed with a nagging shoulder injury to start the month, however, the University of Maine defenseman looked sharp when he returned to the lineup, posting five points (1-4-5) in five games.
-Jeremy Price continued his strong senior season with Colgate University, picking up four assists in eight games played. Price, who has picked up 18 points (5-13-18) in 32 games this season, played the final home game of his NCAA career on February 23.
-Frank Corrado finished the month with seven points (0-7-7) in 11 games for the Kitchener Rangers, while also posting a staggering plus-15 rating in 11 games along with picking up his first fighting major of the season. Corrado was a plus-5 in the Rangers’ 11-4 win over Erie back on February 3. The defenseman has picked up 39 points (6-33-39) in 61 games this season.
-Sticking with the Rangers, Canucks prospect Evan McEneny was steady yet again this month, grabbing six points (0-6-6) in 11 games. The two-way defenseman has posted 30 points (5-25-30) in 57 games this season.
-A big congrats to Canucks prospect Alex Friesen who bagged his first career AHL goal on February 1 against the Milwaukee Admirals!.
-Colgate defensemen, Jeremy Price grabbed four points (1-3-4) in six games in January, bringing his season total to 14 points (5-9-14) in 24 games.
-Defenseman, Yann Sauve, notched seven points (3-4-7) in 12 games this past month with the Kalamazoo Wings, while teammate and fellow Canucks prospect, Alex Grenier picked up six points (2-4-6) in 12 games.