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Final Regular Season N.A. Juniors Stat Update

CHL, BCHL, and USHL stats for Lightning prospects as of March 16, 2008.

Key (Skaters): Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes.
Key (Goalies): Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts.

Final Regular Season Stats

W Justin Courtnall, Victoria, BCHL: 60 GP, 19-32-51, 88 PIM

Courtnall finished second on the Grizzlies in scoring by just one point. He was among four players that finished tied for the lead in assists. Last year he had just 5-9-14 for Burnaby of the BCHL. He had 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points in 11 playoff games this year for Victoria, who was eliminated in the second round by second seeded Langley.

What’s Next: Courtnall’s future involves collegiate hockey at a school to be determined.

D Dane Crowley, Everett, WHL: 66 GP, 10-19-29, +1, 131 PIM

Despite scoring in double digits in goals, Crowley went the final 32 games of Everett’s season without hitting the twine. His last goal came in late December. Over his last 12 games, he had 4 assists. A character defenseman, Crowley did finish plus-4 in those final 12 games, getting him above the Even mark for the year. Statistically, Crowley was disappointing this year considering he had 17 points in 29 games with Everett after the trade deadline last year. At least one member of the Everett media said Crowley had the potential to reach 50 points this year. In total, Crowley was 8-28-36 with 124 PIM last season with Swift Current and Everett.

W Luca Cunti, Chicago, USHL: 26 GP, 8-12-20, +11, 33 PIM

Cunti, who has 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 11 games, is 3-4-7 on the power play for the year. There are 9 games left in Chicago’s regular season.

C Mitch Fadden, Lethbridge, WHL: 72 GP, 34-55-89, +23, 72 PIM

Fadden finished the year with 8 goals and 13 assists in his last 16 games. He also had 35 PIM during that time. Fadden, who just missed matching last year’s goal total (36) and set career highs in assists and points, won the team scoring title by 17 points over likely 2008 first rounder Zach Boychuk (Fadden +9 games played but a better points-per-game average). He led the Hurricanes goals (tie-34), assists, power play goals (tie-12), and shorthanded goals (3). Fadden finished tied for 5th in the WHL points race and tied for 4th in assists and 11th in goals. Last season he had 36-48-84 in 71 games with Lethbridge.

G Riku Helenius, Seattle, WHL: 22-12-5-1, 2.42 GAA, .915 sv%, 3 S.O.

Thought to be the clear No.1 to start the year in Seattle, Helenius had a roller coaster regular season that ended with him appearing in just 7 more games than his partner, Jacob DeSerres. Both goaltenders had 20 or more wins and DeSerres (20 wins) had the better GAA (2.28) and save percentage (.922) stats and tied Helenius in shutouts (3). Helenius finished 9th in the league in GAA and 7th in save percentage. DeSerres was 7th and 2nd, respectively. Seattle coach Rob Sumner said Sunday the team has not decided on a No.1 for the playoffs.

G Torrie Jung, Kelowna, WHL: 13-12-0-5, 2.80 GAA, .891 sv%, 0 S.O.

Jung spent the year battling with WHL veteran Kristofer Westblom for the No.1 job in Kelowna. He finished the year appearing in 10 fewer games than Westblom, but had a better GAA and save percentage. Westblom led in wins (25) and shutouts (2). It will be interesting to see who Kelowna uses in goal during the playoffs considering Jung got the late season work and Westblom has Memorial Cup experience (relief duty). Jung’s 2006-2007 numbers: 8-15-4-3, 3.46, .896, 1 S.O.

C/W Dana Tyrell, Prince George, WHL: 68 GP, 25-40-65, -26, 47 PIM

Like Fadden, Tyrell ran away with his team’s scoring title, winning by 12 points over team captain and club MVP Greg Gardner. In his last 15 games, Tyrell had 3 goals and 9 assists, a minus-6 rating and 6 PIM. In addition to setting career highs in assists and points, he also led the Cougars goals (25), assists (40), and power play goals (13). Last season on a Cougars team stocked with NHL draft choices and elite prospects, Tyrell was 30-26-56 with a +4 rating and 51 PIM in 72 games. Prince George did not qualify for the playoffs.

What’s Next: Tyrell will be invited to Tampa Bay’s training camp next fall and some added weight and a good showing could earn him an extended audition. If Tyrell does not make the Bolts next year, he will return to Prince George as captain—-potentially with an NHL contract in his back pocket.

D Michael Ward, Lewiston, QMJHL: 70 GP, 4-16-20, +3, 91 PIM

After being on a hot streak to start 2008, Ward cooled off offensively, registering just 2 assists in his last 14 games. Last season he had 0 goals, 7 assists, and 72 PIM in 48 games.

Of Note: Colton Yellow Horn of the Tri-City Americans, who played with the Lightning in the Traverse City, Michigan prospects tournament and was a tryout player for the Norfolk Admirals last fall, finished first in the WHL in goals with 48 in 67 games. He also led the league in power play goals (20) and shorthanded goals (8). The overager finished third in the league in points at 97, 4 behind leader Mark Santorelli of Chilliwack (Nashville - 2007 4th round). At the NHL All-Star break, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster said there was still a possibility of Yellow Horn playing professionally in the Lightning organization.