N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/17

OHL
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 6
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 10-11-21, -23, 67 PIM
With SSM: 16 GP, 2-5-7, -10, 16 PIM

Sudbury was the only team the Soo had beaten since January 10 (1-13-0-1), a 6-4 home win on February 11.

WHL
Prince George Cougars 0 @ Tri-City Americans 4
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 1-1-2, +1, 6 PIM (hooking x 2, elbowing)
Season totals: 50 GP, 27-35-62, +19, 45 PIM
With TC: 41 GP, 25-32-57, +17, 37 PIM

Fadden has 10 goals in his last 10 games (10-9-19). Chet Pickard earned First Star while notching his sixth shutout of the year, which ties Dustin Tokarski for the team lead.

WHL Best of the West Survey

The 21st Best of the West poll of players, coaches and management in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference was recently calculated and Lightning prospects and prospects of interest include (possible draft targets in italics):

Most valuable to team

Dustin Tokarski, Spokane -- 53.2%

“He is a big reason the Chiefs have won 14 of their last 16 games. In that run, he is 10-2 with a 1.68 GAA.”

Chet Pickard, Tri-City 49.8%
Jonathon Blum, Vancouver 39%
Thomas Hickey, Seattle 30%
Dana Tyrell, Prince George 15.5%
Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Vancouver 15.1%

Best overage player

Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Vancouver -- 73.9%
Mitch Fadden, Tri-City 53.7%
Taylor Procyshen, Tri-City 30.5%
Jason Reese, Tri-City 27.2%
Craig Schira, Vancouver 16.8%
Greg Scott, Seattle 11.8%

Best stay-at-home defenseman

Tyler Myers, Kelowna -- 53.1%
Jared Cowen, Spokane 52.3%
Trevor Glass, Spokane 22.7%
Craig Schira, Vancouver 21.4%
Tysen Dowzak, Kelowna 15.5%
Taylor Ellington, Everett 14.7%

Hardest shot

Jamie Benn, Kelowna -- 46%
Drayson Bowman, Spokane 28.3%
Jared Cowen, Spokane 25.3%
Tyler Myers, Kelowna 23.5%
Thomas Hickey, Seattle 15.2%
Jonathon Blum, Vancouver 14.5%

Best goaltender

Chet Pickard, Tri-Cities -- 90.6% (won last year)
Dustin Tokarski, Spokane 86%
Tyson Sexsmith, Vancouver 36.3%
Kurtis Mucha, Portland 17.2%
Kevin Armstrong, Prince George 7.9%
Lucas Gore, Chilliwack 5.8%

Most accurate shot

Jamie Benn, Kelowna -- 70.1%
Drayson Bowman, Spokane 62.8%
Evander Kane, Everett 32.9%
Mitch Fadden, Tri-City 21.5%

Most improved player

C.J. Stretch, Kamloops -- 31.4%
Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Vancouver 27.5%
Evander Kane, Vancouver 26.2%
Brett Plouffe, Tri-City 18.6%
Tyler Shattock, Kamloops 16.3%
Tyler Myers, Kelowna 15.4%

Best pro prospect

Evander Kane, Vancouver -- 46%
Jonathon Blum, Vancouver 42.4%
Thomas Hickey, Seattle 37.8%
Jamie Benn, Kelowna 37.3%
Jared Cowan, Spokane 23.2%
Chet Pickard, Tri-City 17.6%