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Team Orr cruises to win at Top Prospects Game

Thursday, 20.01.2011 / 2:18 PM / Future Watch
By Mike Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Team Orr cruises to win at Top Prospects Game

TORONTO -- There's a reason the Saint John Sea Dogs happen to be one of the most revered teams in the Canadian Hockey League this season.
 
There's a distinct possibility, in fact, that as many as four players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise could be drafted in the opening round of 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn., on June 24. On Wednesday, three of those four skaters proved why when they scored goals to lead Team Orr to a 7-1 victory over Team Cherry during the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Air Canada Centre.
 
Zack Phillips had a goal and two assists, Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and one assist and Nathan Beaulieu connected for a goal to lead the Saint John attack for Team Orr, which broke open a 3-1 lead with four unanswered goals in the third.
 
"There might be some NHL teams that don't see a lot of us but we're working hard and, hopefully, tonight we showed the scouts that there a lot of premier players out there," Phillips said. "We don't get as much exposure as maybe the Ontario Hockey League, but when we do, we want to make the best of it."
 
That they did.
 
"It's a pretty big stretch to think four guys will go in the first round, but we made a pretty good case for ourselves (Wednesday)," Phillips said. "Hopefully, the scouts noticed."
 
The last time the QMJHL produced as many as four first-round draft picks was 2007 when forwards Jakub Voracek, Logan MacMillan, Angelo Esposito and David Perron were taken among the top 26 selections.
 
The only player from the Sea Dogs who wasn't in the scoring column was Team Cherry forward Tomas Jurco. Still, Jurco didn't leave Toronto without making his mark -- he received the top score during Tuesday's Showdown Breakaway Challenge.
 
All four Sea Dogs were ranked among the top 24 North American skaters according to NHL Central Scouting's mid-term ratings -- No. 4 was Huberdeau, No. 9 Beaulieu, No. 12 Phillips and No. 24 Jurco.
 
"It'll be something special to see all four of us go (in the first round), but it's a long ways away," Beaulieu said. "It's a process and we're not going to look that far ahead into it right now."
 
Team Orr captain and No. 3-rated North American skater Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who was named Most Valuable Player for his club, finished with two assists. Daniel Catenacci of Sault Ste. Marie, Sven Baertschi of the Portland Winterhawks, Vincent Trocheck of the Saginaw Spirit and Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs also connected for Team Orr, which held a 30-28 edge in shots. Team Cherry's lone goal came off the stick of Shane Prince (Ottawa 67's) in the second period.
 
Team Orr goalies Liam Liston and Jordan Binnington combined for 27 saves in the victory. Liston, who leads all rookie goalies in the Western Hockey League with 11 victories, stopped all 18 shots he faced until being relieved by coach Doug Gilmour at 9:30 of the second period.

Baertschi and Huberdeau connected for second-period goals when Team Orr grabbed a 3-1 advantage through 40 minutes of action. Team Cherry defenseman Ryan Murphy of Kitchener was awarded MVP for his team.
 
Team Orr opened a 2-0 lead 5:28 into the second when Baertschi snapped home a shot from the left circle off a picturesque pass from Nugent-Hopkins from the opposite wing. Phillips also notched an assist on the play. The line of Baertschi-Nugent-Hopkins-Phillips combined for 2 goals and 5 assists.
 
"I thought I had a pretty good game but that's because I had good linemates to play with," Nugent-Hopkins told NHL.com. "Sven and Zack helped me out a lot."
 
"Nugent-Hopkins is one of the premier players in the draft this year, so playing with him was a privilege," Phillips admitted. "His speed and vision on the ice definitely helped me a lot. And the same can be said for Baertschi, who I know is rated pretty high (No. 6 by Central Scouting) as well. I thought we played well."
 
Team Cherry goalies Christopher Gibson of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and David Honzik of the Victoriaville Tigres combined for 23 saves on 28 shots.

Huberdeau knocked home a shot off a rebound to give Team Orr a 3-0 lead just before Gibson was pulled in the second. Team Cherry pulled within 3-1 at 11:59 when Prince collected a drop pass from Ty Rattie (Portland) and ripped a shot past Binnington. Prince, incidentally, was a late invite to the Top Prospects Game as a replacement for injured Kitchener captain Gabriel Landeskog (high ankle sprain).
 
The best hit of the night came with 5:10 remaining in the second when Hamilton of Team Orr stood up Prince just inside his defensive zone, knocking over the shifty native of Spencerport, N.Y. With 33.6 seconds left in the second, a spirited fight between Team Cherry defender Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) and David Musil (Vancouver) ensued.
 
Siemens, upset over a collision behind his own net with Baertschi, has some few choice words for both Baertschi and Nugent-Hopkins behind his own cage. That's when Musil (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) stuck up for his teammates by providing Siemens (6-3, 197) with a suitable partner.
 
"I saw him challenging a couple of guys and he challenged the whole bench," Musil told NHL.com. "I saw him going after Nugent-Hopkins, so I thought I should just jump in. I didn't really think about it too much … it was kind of fun actually. We threw some punches and exchanged a few kind words."

Nugent-Hopkins praised his teammate for his show of courage.
 
"It was a great show of teamwork there," he said. "Baertschi was getting cross-checked in the head and I kind of just stepped in to separate the two. Musil saw that happen and he kind of just stepped in."
 
In the first, Catenacci proved his winning the fastest-skater event during Tuesday's skills competition was no fluke. The 5-10, 181-pound center sped into the offensive end on a shorthanded breakaway off a quick transition, broke in on Gibson and ripped a shot home at 11:56 to give Team Orr a 1-0 lead.
 
Defenseman Reece Scarlett (Swift Current Broncos) sprung Catenacci with a nice outlet pass from his own end. Liston stopped 13 shots in the opening 20 minutes for Team Orr, including one off Team Cherry sniper Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs) with his left blocker off a slap shot from between the circles and another off the stick of highly-touted Drummondville Voltigeurs forward Sean Couturier off a left-circle whistler.
 
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2010-11 OILERS PROSPECT STATS

Forwards
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Cameron Abney   19 34 4 5 9 +1 43 Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
mark arcobello
22 29 6 4 10 -1 16 stockton thunder (echl)
Alexander Bumagin   23 31 6 4 10 -5 18 Novokuznetsk (KHL)
Philippe Cornet   20 31 4 5 9 E 4 Oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   18 42 11 21 32 +8 50 kootenay ice (WHL)
Robby Dee   23 21 9 12 21 N/A 16 university of maine (h-east)
Jesse Gimblett   26 26 9 4 13 +1 68 stockton thunder (echl)
Alexandre Giroux   29 44 20 28 48 -3 38 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Curtis Hamilton   19 35 15 31 46 +29 6 saskatoon blades (whl)
Teemu Hartikainen   20 44 12 16 28 -4 25 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kellen Jones   20 25 5 10 15 N/A 29 quinnipiac university (ecac)
Milan Kytnar   21 39 3 7 10 -5 10 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Anton Lander   19 33 7 8 15 -2 26 timra ik (sel)
Matt Marquardt   23 32 2 6 8 -6 6 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan Martindale   18 41 26 34 60 +30 18 ottawa 67's (ohl)
Colin McDonald   26 44 20 7 27 -3 37 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Brad Moran   31 44 11 26 37 +2 22 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan O'Marra
23 29 2 16 18 +12 32 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Linus Omark  *
28 26 14 17 31 +7 32 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ben Ondrus   28 44 5 11 16 -3 52 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kristians Pelss   18 38 7 9 16 +9 19 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Tyler Pitlick   19 41 19 28 47 +3 27 medicine hat tigets (whl)
Toni Rajala   19 25 6 6 12 -6 4 ilves tampere (fnl)
Liam Reddox *
24 37 18 15 33 +14 16 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Gregory Stewart   24 39 4 5 9 -1 65 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Chris Vande Velde   23 43 7 4 11 -14 24 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Defencemen
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Shawn Belle 
25 34 3 16 19 -11 57 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jordan Bendfeld   22 15 0 0 0 -1 35 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Kyle Bigos   21 19 0 4 4 N/A 65 merrimack college (h-east)
Jeremie Blain   18 17 1 16 17 +14 16 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)
Taylor Chorney *
23 40 3 12 15 +3 18 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Brandon Davidson   19 45 5 26 31 -5 38 regina pats (whl)
Troy Hesketh   19 22 0 0 0 -12 30 sioux city musketeers (ushl)
Martin Marincin   18 40 11 32 43 +4 41 prince george cougars (whl)
Johan Motin   21 34 1 3 4 -7 30 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Richard Petiot   28 30 0 9 9 +8 30 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jeff Petry *
23 32 7 14 21 -7 18 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Alex Plante   21 41 1 8 9 +5 94 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Goalies
Name Age GP W L T SO GAA PCT Team
Tyler Bunz   18 32 21 9 2 0 2.43 .916 medicine hat tigers (whl)
Martin Gerber
36 26 14 10 2 0 2.58 .916 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Bryan Pitton   22 18 12 4 1 0 2.88 .903 stockton thunder (echl)
Olivier Roy   19 25 16 9 0 0 2.99 .902 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)
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