Thursday saw Zach Yuen score his first point -- a power play assist -- in Tri-City's first win. Media darling Mark Scheifele also had a solid game, registering a goal at even strength as well as a secondary assist on a tying goal with merely 30 seconds left to play in regulation.
Barrie went on to win the game in a shootout and Scheifele earned third star nomination for his efforts. My opinion of Mark Scheifele after watching just over 2/3 of the Barrie game is that he seemed like the best player on the ice. His skating has improved but he needs to continue strengthening his lower-body to improve the balance and stability required at the pro-level. Scheifele plays a strong two-way, possession game, displaying great vision and more edge than ever before.
After our second week of play, here is the statistical breakdown for each prospect:
|Mark Scheifele||Barrie Cotls, OHL||5||3||5||8||+3||9||0.60||1.00||1.60||2||1|
|Adam Lowry||Swift Current Broncos, WHL||5||3||1||4||+1||10||0.60||0.20||0.80||1||1|
|Scott Kosmachuk||Guelph Storm, OHL||4||2||1||3||+1||8||0.50||0.25||0.75||0||0|
|Austen Brassard||Belleville Bulls, OHL||4||2||0||2||-4||2||0.50||0.00||0.50||1||0|
|Lukas Sutter||Saskatoon Blades, WHL||4||1||1||2||+0||9||0.25||0.25||0.50||0||0|
|Ryan Olsen||Kelowna Rockets, WHL||4||1||1||2||+0||10||0.25||0.25||0.50||1||1|
|Zachary Yuen||Tri-City Americans, WHL||4||0||1||1||-2||4||0.00||0.25||0.25||0||1|
Questions to Ponder
- Will Austen Brassard be the surprise in Truck's and Garret's pre-season point predictions?
- Will Ryan Olsen and Lukas Sutter remain comparable statistically?
- Does Scott Kosmachuk's drought and subsequent benching draw parallels to Blake Wheeler?
- Will Mark Scheifele continue to own the OHL?
What are your thoughts on the early CHL season? Let us know in the comments below!