Triple Crown - November 2013
Bo likes November.
It was a wild month of November for Vancouver Canucks prospects in the junior and NCAA ranks. Bo Horvat went on a point-producing rampage, Cole Cassels had a four-goal game, three prospects found new homes and Patrick McNally made his return to Harvard.
Take a look at the top performers of November:
1). Bo Horvat, London Knights, OHL
Horvat took his game to a whole new level in the month of November posting 24 points (6-18-24) and a plus-15 rating in just 13 games. The 6-foot, 205-pounder picked up at least one point in 12-of-13 games, which included a 10-game point streak to start the month that saw him accumulate 19 points (5-14-19). The Rodney, Ontario product has netted 37 points (12-25-37) through 25 games this season, good enough to earn him an invite to the Canadian World Junior Evaluation Camp later this month.
2). Ben Hutton, University of Maine, NCAA
Drafted in the fifth round, 147th overall, in 2012, Hutton is looking more and more like a late-round steal for the Canucks. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenseman registered eight points (5-3-8) in eight games during the month of November, bringing his season totals up to 11 points (6-5-11) in 13 games, just four points off the 15 points (4-11-15) in 34 games he put up as a freshman during the 2012.13 season. The Prescott, Ontario product is currently riding a four-game point streak that has seen him pick up six points (3-3-6). His 11 points this season lead all sophomore defensemen in the NCAA.
3). Brendan Gaunce, Erie Otters, OHL
Being traded from the last-place Belleville Bulls to the first place Erie Otters will only boost Gaunce's offensive numbers from here on out. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder netted 12 points (3-9-12) in 11 games during the month of November, including three points (1-2-3) and a plus-5 rating in three games with the Otters. The Markham, Ontario product is currently on a six-game point streak that has seen him register seven points (1-6-7). Gaunce has picked up 29 points (11-18-29) in 25 games so far this season and has been centering the Otters' top line, featuring Connor Brown and Dane Fox, the top two scorers in the OHL.
Honourable Mention: Joseph Labate, University of Wisconsin, NCAA
Labate picked up five points (3-2-5) in six games during November, bringing his season total up to seven points (4-3-7) in 10 games. The hot start is encouraging as it took the Eagan, Minnesota product 17 games to get to seven points last season after starting with only one point in his first 10 contests. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder has been playing on the Badgers second line alongside Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes.
TY-BITS- Hunter Shinkaruk had six points (1-5-6) in 10 games this past month and also earned an invitation to the Canadian World Junior Evaluation Camp. The Medicine Hat Tigers captain now has 16 points (5-11-16) in 18 games.
- Jordan Subban put in a solid month with eight points (4-4-8) in 11 games. The Belleville Bulls defenseman has 19 points (5-14-19) in 27 games. Subban also scored a couple beauty goals in November: against Kitchener and against London.
- Cole Cassels had nine points (6-4-10) in 10 games, including a four-goal game against Ottawa, before a lower-body injury sidelined him for the remainder of the month. Cassels now has 28 points (12-16-28) in 24 games this season, which has earned him a contract with the Canucks.
- Miles Liberati was traded from the London Knights to the North Bay Battalion earlier in the month. The defenseman picked up one assist in 11 games in November, giving him a total of four points (1-3-4) in 26 games.
- Evan McEneny was traded from the Kitchener Rangers to the Kingston Frontenacs earlier in the month. The blue-liner had four points (1-3-4) in nine games during the month of November and now has eight points (2-6-8) in 20 games this season.
- Anton Cederholm is on a bit of a dry spell as of late, as the Portland Winterhawks blue-liner didn't pick up a point during the month of November. Cederholm is still playing on the Winterhawks top pairing with Derrick Pouliot.
- Patrick McNally returned to action this past month for the first time in almost a year. The Harvard defenseman picked up three points (1-2-3) in four games.
- Matthew Beattie scored once in seven games during the month of November. The Yale University forward now has two goals through nine games this season.
- Mike Williamson had one goal in two games this past month. The Penn State University blue-liner has two points (1-1-2) in five games so far this season.