Dauphin wows scouts in Top Prospects game
HALIFAX — Laurent Dauphin of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens scored a goal and an assist as Team Orr beat Team Cherry 3-0 in the CHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday at the Metro Centre.
Dauphin, who was a late injury replacement on Monday, had two other good scoring chances — including one in which he rattled the puck off the post.
“He played really, really well,” said Kyle Woodlief, the chief scout and publisher of Red Line Report, a Lake Placid, N.Y., based scouting agency.
Chris Edwards, the senior North American scouting for Central Scouting said Dauphin was “creative and skilled.”
Players are named to the team by a poll of NHL scouting staffs and the top 24 forwards, 12 defencemen and four goalies get roster spots.
When a player declines an invitation, he’s replaced by the next highest vote-getter, which is what happened to Dauphin when Hunter Shinkaruk took a pass because he had the flu.
Plymouth Whalers forward Ryan Hartman gave notice early that the game would not resemble an all-star-style shootout. He delivered a teeth-rattling open-ice hit on Dauphin just 20 seconds into the game.
It was the only highlight of the early going for Team Cherry, which was outshot 9-1 before the midway part of the first period.
Team Orr scored the only goal of the opening frame when Dauphin shook off Hartman’s hit and made a nice rush on his next shift, passing to Portland Winter Hawks defenceman Seth Jones in the slot.
Halifax Mooseheads goalie Zachary Fucale stopped Jones’ one-timer, but Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne banged home the rebound at the 3:39 mark.
Fucale, the top-ranked North American goalie in NHL Central Scouting’s rankings, allowed three goals on 20 shots.
Team Cherry — the home favourite because of the three Halifax Mooseheads on the team — didn’t get their first good scoring chance until Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads had to make a nice pad save on Halifax’s Jonathan Drouin at the nine-minute mark of the first.
Hartman and Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires dropped the gloves for the first of two fights in the game 11:44 into the first.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenceman Darnell Nurse made a big hit on Portland Winter Hawks forward Oliver Bjorkstrand and impressed Woodlief.
“He’s done a really good job a both ends,” Woodlief said during the second intermission.
London Knights defenceman Nikita Zadorov made the first of two big hits early in the second when he crushed countryman Valentin Zykov of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Zadorov finished the second period with a bang when he slammed Val-d’Or Foreurs winger Anthony Mantha into the boards.
Woodlief said Zadorov was “caught out of position several times, so that is a little drawback.”
Dauphin’s wrist shot from the slot at 4:07 in the second made it 2-0, beating Fucale to the glove side on a soft goal.
Portland Winter Hawks forward Nicolas Petan made it 3-0 in the second when Quebec Remparts winger Anthony Duclair feathered a nice pass to the diminutive Petan, who was streaking in on net. The Western Hockey League’s leading scorer beat Fucale at 7:24 low to the stick side.
The goalies switched at 11:21 of the second, as Rimouski Oceanic netminder Philippe Desrosiers replaced Spencer Martin, who stopped all 16 shots he faced for Team Orr.
Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings took over the goalkeeping duties from Fucale for Team Cherry and earned player-of-the-game honours for his squad.
Team Cherry’s best scoring chance came early in the third period on a rare power play — just one of three in the game — but Desrosiers made a nice stop on Hartman’s point-blank one-timer.