North American Juniors

Prospect of the Week: January 27, 2014

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for January 27, 2014 is … Dylan Blujus, D, North Bay Battalion (OHL – Canada).

Long ago the great philosopher Hugh Anthony Cregg III stated, “If this is it, please let me know.”

Perhaps you remember him by his stage name, Huey Lewis. We aren’t sure if he was ever informed if “it” was indeed love or not, but we’re going to borrow his inquisitive statement for this week’s Prospect of the Week, Dylan Blujus.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-26-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 0

C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, +1, 6 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 38 GP, 19-33-52, +1, 57 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

Erne was Second Star despite not hitting the scoresheet.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ North Bay Battalion 3

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-14-17, +3, 42 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Blujus is now plus-17 over his last eight games – a remarkable run. He’s also averaging a point per game over that time. Has he finally turned the corner?

Barrie Colts 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 9-17-26, +17, 87 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Sudbury scored three times in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win. The Wolves extended their lead over Barrie in the Central Division to nine points. North Bay is just behind Sudbury at 54 points, three ahead of Barrie.

Belleville Bulls 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 14-34-48, +14, 31 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Kingston scored six times in the second period and coasted to a 6-1 victory.

Windsor Spitfires 8 @ Sarnia Sting 7 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 12-28-40, +35, 30 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

Koekkoek (pictured) had a goal and two assists to reach 40 points for the first time in his career. Josh Ho-Sang (2014) had a hat trick and the shootout winner for the Spits. MyNHLDraft.com had the Lightning taking him on the site’s mock draft last week.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-25-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, 11/19 FO
Season totals: 28 GP, 18-47-65, +27, 32 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Drouin had just a secondary assist, but his Mooseheads still won by two. Halifax has won seven in a row and remain one point up on the Drakkar for first overall in the league.

Quebec Remparts 8 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5

C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 6 Hits, 2/5 FO
Season totals: 37 GP, 19-33-52, E, 51 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

Quebec was outshot 53-28, yet won 8-5. Erne was one of seven goal scorers for the Remparts.

Note: Barrie (Dotchin) vs North Bay (Blujus) was postponed in the OHL due to weather.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-24-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, 12/25 FO
Season totals: 28 GP, 18-47-65, +27, 32 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Drouin added three more assists to his season point total, giving him 15 points in his last five games.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2

D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 11-26-37, +35, 30 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

Windsor scored a huge road win over a powerful Greyhounds squad, 5-2.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-23-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 6 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2

C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits, 0/1 FO
Season totals: 37 GP, 19-33-52, E, 51 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

Adam Erne has moved back to wing with the return of Mikhail Grigorenko to Quebec, which is Erne’s natural position. He was even playing the point on the power play in the third period, per @EliteScouting on Twitter. Former third rounder Anthony Duclair (NYR) had a hat trick in the game to hit 40 goals for the season. The Rangers signed him earlier this season.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ North Bay Battalion 5

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-13-16, E, 40 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Blujus hasn’t been the most consistent scorer in the last two seasons, but he’s currently on a streak of seven points in eight games. He’s also plus-14 over the last seven games of that streak, which has enabled him to get back to an even rating for the season. He is due a contract this spring or he goes back into the draft.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Barrie Colts 7

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 9-17-26, +17, 87 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Dotchin was scoreless as Barrie pounded Dotchin’s former team, Owen Sound, 7-2. Tyson Fawcett (undrafted, 5’6” forward) had a hat trick and an assist for the Colts.

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