NA Juniors Game Night: 12-5-13
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Victoriaville Tigres 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit, 15/25 FO, *First Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 17-33-50, +19, 22 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
One game after his 14-game point streak ended, Drouin had two goals – one shorthanded – and an assist to lead the Mooseheads to a win over the Tigres.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 5 @ North Bay Battalion 3
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-6-7, -14, 18 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Blujus (pictured) had one assist in his last 10 games before getting two on Thursday night. He was left off Team USA’s selection camp roster after being an invitee this past summer. North Bay had 44 shots on Thursday, including 19 in the third period.
Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 6-17-23, +29, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Slater Koekkoek took over the OHL plus/minus lead as Windsor won their first game after making two big trades this week, one of which was rumored to include Koekkoek. The 2012 10th overall pick was reported to be on the move to Guelph, but Windsor quickly denied it and a trade was later finalized with another defenseman instead. If Windsor keeps winning, Koekkoek will likely stay with the Spits, but they are in re-build mode and collecting assets for next year. Koekkoek, whom the Lightning already signed, will be in pro hockey next year (likely the AHL), and Windsor GM Warren Rychel – who traded his son to Guelph this week – will likely deal Koekkoek for additional assets. Erie and London are the most likely destinations for Koekkoek, though some reports said he had a no trade clause he could utilize. Koekkoek is eligible to join AHL Syracuse when his junior season is over. London is the 2014 Memorial Cup host, so if he’s a Knight he’ll be playing late into May.