Monday, June 08, 2009

2009-10: Forwards

I couldn't find a cool picture to add so I figured I would just get to it.

Now time for the forwards....

I really don’t know how to evaluate the offence from this past year. There were some ups and many downs. Eberle had a tremendous season with 35 goals in just 61 games after spending time with Canada at the World Juniors. Weal had a great rookie season posting 70 points. Streuby and Leffler both had career years but after that in my humble opinion the offence stunk. I don’t know if it was Derkatch’s style (I call it the “jail break” offence) which worked for the first 25-ish games but the rest of the time it looked sad. Cerveny really disappointed with only 6 goals, Mitchell (I can’t say he disappointed) didn’t have the breakout season many were expecting. Favreau, Mulder and Hood had good games but hardly ever played (except Hood who did get some more ice time as the season went on but needs to improve on his wheels). Czibere is a checker playing a top six role and I don’t think it worked very well.

Rudolf Cerveny (LW)
6’0”, 180 lbs.
August 6, 1989
Budejovice, Czech Republic
Acquired: 37th overall in 2007 Import Draft

-In most people’s minds Rudy had a really sub-par (if you could call it that) after having a decent rookie campaign for the Pats. Being a 2 spotter pretty much ended his Pats career and I recall reading somewhere that he signed to play in the Czech Republic.

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL55
6
15
21
45

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Mitch Czibere (LW)
5’11”, 185 lbs.
February 15, 1989
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Acquired: trade with Vancouver

-Didn’t light the world on fire with either his offence or defence. Mitch is a decent grinder but seemed out of place playing for the Pats (remember this is a fans perspective). 11 goals is good for a grinding 3rd line forward…. But when he was playing top 6 minutes you gotta have more. I see him being the odd man out in the overage battle.

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL53
11
18
29
21

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Jordan Eberle (C/RW)
5’10”, 184 lbs.
May 15, 1990
Regina, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 7th round, 126th overall in 2005

-The Pats best offensive player the last 2 years. This guy is amazing, can stickhandle with the best of them, has a bullet of a wrist shot and can even set up his line mates with some pretty amazing passes. Now if they can find him another line mate to go with Weal they could easily be a top line in the WHL. Now for the bad news…. With the new Oiler coaching staff anything is possible for the 09-10 season. I think that he is too young and not mature (physically) enough to make the Oilers but weirder things have happened.

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpgaptspim
Regina PatsWHL61
35
39
74
20
Springfield FalconsAHL9
3
6
9
4

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Dominick Favreau (C)
5’10”, 170 lbs.
January 15, 1992
Martensville, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 1st round, 13th overall in 2007

-I don’t know what kinds of expectations were placed on Favreau last season coming into the league as a 16 year old. I have to say I like his style of play but for many games he may have played 4 or 5 shifts. He should do fine this year and definitely increase on his point totals.

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL55
1
4
5
43

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Graham Hood (LW)
6’2”, 198 lbs.
January 27, 1992
Martensville, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 2nd round, 23rd overall in 2007

-Very similar to Favreau as the expectations were not very high. Made the team as a 16 year old and did improve pretty much every game. He did score 6 goals but with more playing time he will become a force…. As long as he gains an extra gear and gets faster.

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL60
6
7
13
35

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Tomas Hricina (LW)
6’2”, 198 lbs.
May 31, 1990
Kosice, Slovakia
Acquired: 27th overall in 2008 Import Draft

-Very creative with the puck. Had a decent rookie campaign with the club but needs to get a role. It seemed like he was in limbo as to what was expected of him. One game he was playing with grinders and the next he was playing with the top end guys. With an opportunity to play with the 2 Jordan’s I would expect him to fit in great giving the line another dimension (that just a thought tho).

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL67
12
10
22
50

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Brett Leffler (RW)
6’1”, 189 lbs.
May 19, 1989
Wynyard, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 1st round, 5th overall in 2004

-Had an amazing year his true breakout year but it wasn’t good enough for the Capitals as they didn’t sign him to a contract and is now eligible for the Entry Draft for a 2nd time. I do think some team will take a flyer on him (either draft or free agent). He scored lots of goals and even seemed to will the Pats to a few wins. In my opinion he should have been the Pats’ captain last year and if we are lucky enough to get him back as an overage he should be team captain.

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL64
33
24
57
119

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Garrett Mitchell (RW)
5’11”, 181 lbs.
September 2, 1991
Regina, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 2nd round, 33rd overall in 2006

-Can’t say I was only expecting 10 goals from Garrett I predicted him to be at or near 25 last year. I really don’t think that I’m too off base with that prediction this year. I think he was another player that never had a defined role with the club but now that Hunt is back in control I do think he will be capable of putting up some really decent numbers.

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL71
10
5
15
140

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Kyle Mulder (C/RW)
6’1”, 175 lbs.
June 13, 1991
East St. Paul, Manitoba
Acquired: 8th round, 161st overall in 2006

-I’m disappointed that Kyle didn’t get more playing time last year as I thought he was one of the many underused players. He has decent size, grit, and does have a scoring touch. I hope that the Pats give him a bit more time to shine as I think he could very well be a surprise in 09-10.

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL47
2
0
2
17

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Matt Strueby (C)
6’1”, 186 lbs.
September 20, 1989
Regina, Saskatchewan
Acquired: listed player

-Had a great start to the season but his numbers regressed as the team took a free-fall. Is a decent centre man and can score in close (but it seems as though he needs a rebound to get a good scoring chance). I think he is a lock as a home grown 20 year old. He will put up good numbers and help propel the Pats back in the right direction.

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL71
25
25
50
70

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Jordan Weal (C)
5’9”, 160 lbs.
April 15, 1992
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Acquired: 4th round, 79th overall in 2007

-Had an amazing 16 year old season. Being on a line with Eberle only cemented his status as the next one as he is getting instruction from one of the best in the league. Weal will only continue to get better as the seasons go by. For someone of his stature he doesn’t appear to be afraid to play along the walls, he can take a hit and keep on clicking, has really good speed. Look for him to lead the Pats in scoring this year (or be very close to the lead depends on what happens with Eberle).

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina PatsWHL65
16
54
70
26


A New Face:
Jason Gardiner (C/LW)
6’1”, 193 lbs.
October 10, 1991
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Acquired: Trade with Tri-City

-Acquired in a trade for Neal Prokop. From all that I have heard I am interested in this acquisition. I’ve been told that he is quick, has tons of grit and has some really good hockey sense. What that means I hope he turns out to be a better pick-up than that of Prokop. Hopefully he has recovered from his leg injury fully and can compete for a job.

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpgaptspim
Tri-City AmericansWHL11
1
2
3
21
Selkirk Steelers
MJHL15
4
9
13
13

A Familiar Face:
Brayden Metz (C)
6’, 185 lbs.
April 28, 1990
Regina, Saskatchewan
Acquired: re-listed; originally 2nd round, 21st overall in 2005

-Re-listed by the Pats during the season. I hope the expectations aren’t too high with Metz coming back after a harsh 08-09 season leaving him in the SJHL. From what I have seen of him…. He’s a very good face-off guy and has some good wheels and could easily fill the checking line centre (or maybe be better now that he is returning home).

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpgaptspim
Chilliwack BruinsWHL3
0
0
0
2
Moose Jaw Warriors
WHL13
2
0
2
13
Melville MillionairesSJHL18
4
11
15
42

The Prospects:
Tayler Balog (LW)
6’1”, 170 lbs.
April 21, 1994
Kipling, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 2nd round, 28th overall in 2009

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpgaptspim
Weyburn Wings
SSMHL
26
44
32
76
43
Moose Jaw Warriors
SMAAAHL
2
0
1
1
2

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Ryan Baskerville (RW)
6’0”, 160 lbs.
March 10, 1993
Edmonton, Alberta
Acquired: 8th round, 168th overall in 2008

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Edmonton K of C Pats
AMHL
22
1
5
6
28

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Clarke Breitkreuz (LW)
6’0”, 166 lbs.
November 11, 1991
Springside, Saskatchewan
Acquired: listed player

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpgaptspim
Regina Pats
WHL
20
0
2
2
2
Yorkton Terriers
SJHL
31
8
16
24
36

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Aidan Crowther (LW)
6’0”, 165 lbs.
September 2, 1993
Calgary, Alberta
Acquired: 9th round, 193rd overall in 2008

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpgaptspim
Calgary Blazers
AMMHL
33
21
33
54
42
Calgary Northstars
AMHL
6
1
2
3
6

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Jordan Daniels [Michel] (RW/D)
6’4”, 185 lbs
March 20, 2992
Leask, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 10th round, 211th overall in 2007

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Martensville Marauders
SMHA AA Midget
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

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Lucas Froese (C)
5’10”, 165 lbs.
November 26, 1992
Grunthal Manitoba
Acquired: 11th round, 233rd overall in 2007

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Notre Dame Hounds
SMAAAHL
44
14
12
26
32

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Drew George (RW)
6’, 155 lbs.
April 3, 1991
Regina, Saskatchewan
Acquired: listed player; committed to play for Vernon of the BCHL for 09-10

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Notre Dame Hounds
SMAAAHL
43
27
46
73
64

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Matthew Hildebrandt (C)
5’8”, 150 lbs.
November 4, 1993
Rosthern, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 7th round, 149th overall in 2008

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Beardy's Blackhawks
SMAAAHL
43
8
11
19
4

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Garrett Lockeridge (RW)
5’10”, 175 lbs.
April 30, 1994
Regina, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 9th round, 182nd overall in 2009

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Regina Canucks
SSMHL
22
20
11
31
45

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Shawn Ostrow (C)
5’11”, 175 lbs.
March 17, 1990
Calgary, Alberta
Acquired: listed player; is headed to Denver University in 2009-10

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Camrose Kodiaks
AJHL
1
1
0
1
0
Missed all but one game of the 08-09 season due to a leg injury.

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Dayton Reinboldt (C)
5’10”, 160 lbs.
April 23, 1993
Fox Valley, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 10th round, 215th overall in 2008

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Swift Current Legionnaires
SMAAAHL
44
10
8
18
18

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Andrew Rieder (C)
5’11, 155 lbs.
August 7, 1992
Regina, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 7th round, 134th overall in 2007

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpgaptspim
Regina Pat Canadians
SMAAAHL
34
17
12
29
108
Regina Pats
WHL
7
1
1
2
6

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Jack Rodewald (LW)
6’, 160 lbs.
February 14, 1994
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Acquired: 8th round, 160th overall in 2009

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Winnipeg Monarchs
MB Bantam AAA
29
16
9
25
21

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Michael Sagen (LW)
5’10”, 155 lbs.
March 13, 1993
Kenaston, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 8th round, 171st overall in 2008

2008-09 Stats:

teamleaguegpg aptspim
Clavet Cougars
SMHA Midget AA
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

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Chandler Stephenson (C)
5’9”, 155 lbs
April 22, 1994
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 1st round, 5th overall 2009

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpgaptspim
Saskatoon Generals
SMHA Bantam AA
46
49
61
110
72
Saskatoon Blazers
SMAAAHL
9
2
1
3
2

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Dyson Stevenson (C)
5’11, 145 lbs.
July 15, 1993
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
Acquired: 5th round, 105th overall in 2008

2008-09 Stats:
teamleaguegpgaptspim
Moose Jaw WarriorsSMAAAHL3616153152

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