• PROSPECT-UPDATE ARCHIVE
Not much action on Thursday, as the prospect world got set for another busy weekend. This is a great time for the scouts, because the U.S. high school players' seasons are now under way. Minnesota schools have already opened their seasons, and there are a number of very intriguing prospects to watch.
As far as the high school kids go, expect to see some huge statistics. The best of the Minnesota players are essentially men among boys, and if you're a legitimate high draft prospect playing against younger kids, you can expect to dominate. The first Minnesota layer to make this top-performances list is a good example.
Here's a bit of good news on top of the high school hockey. Russian import -- and possible No. 1 overall pick -- Andrei Svechnikov is almost ready to return to the Barrie Colts lineup after missing several weeks with a broken hand. Also, fellow Russian Alexander Khovanov should be over hepatitis soon, and could be joining the Moncton Wildcats before Christmas. As we wait on those two, check out Thursday's top three:
MATHEW MacDOUGALL -- McDougall, a left wing, erupted for two goals and an assist in Windsor's 5-2 win over North Bay on Thursday to earn No. 2 star honors. His first goal, at 19:18 of the first period, made it 3-1 and stood up as the game-winner. In the second period, he had the primary assist on a goal at 7:24 for a 4-1 lead. He added an empty-netter at 18:27 of the third. MacDougall, a rookie, posted his first career OHL three-point game and his first multi-goal game since opening night. His success in major-junior is a tough break for the UMass-Amherst hockey program, which lost his commitment when he chose to join Windsor. He likely would have been a great college player.
JACK PERBIX -- Perbix, a center, is one of the Minnesota high school superstars for 2017-18, and he got his season off to a great start with two goals and three assists in Elk River's 8-0 rout at Coon Rapids. He needed only 3:02 to score the eventual game-winner for a 1-0 lead. He later scored shorthanded to make it 6-0 at 8:11 of the second. The assists, all of the primary variety, came at 15:02 of the first to go up 3-0, 4:16 of the second for a 4-0 lead, and 12:52 of the second to make it 7-0. It's all great news for Notre Dame fans, since Perbix is committed to spend his college years in South Bend.
RYAN ROTH -- Roth, an American rookie right wing from the St. Louis area, kept rolling on Thursday with two power-play goals in the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' 7-5 win at Peterborough. The game's No. 3 star opened the scoring at 5:18 of the first period and later made it 5-3 at 18:14 of the second. Roth, an outside candidate for OHL Rookie of the Year, has scored goals in three straight games and has five goals in the past four. In the season's first 22 OHL games, he had a total of two goals, so the improvement is obvious. (Note: Fourth appearance on this list in 2017-18)