Acadia Prospects Reportby Guy Flaming | March 15, 2008, 11:16 PM ET
It's been a season of highs and lows for the prospect pool of the Acadia Golden Bears as some have seen their stock rise, others drop and some who just seem to have stagnated. The Centers Kyle Brodziak - Having a solid year on the farm in Colorado. Thus far he has put up 10 goals and 22 points in 70 games while mostly playing a chekcing role. Very well could be a player who graduates to Acadia's roster next year sliding into impending UFA Stephane Yelle's 4th line spot. David Krejci - Also on the farm and playing better after a slow start. Currently has 18 points in 45 games with the Cubs but was producing more than a point per game with the AA affiliate. Could be trade bate or a major player for the Cubs next season. Rod Pelley - Could challenge Brodziak for a checking role with Acadia next season but won;t be able to offer much offence. Rich Peverley - Like Krejci, produced much better with the AA team than in Colorado with the AAA Cubs. Still, shows promise and could be a big farm contributor next year. Luca Cunti - Couldn't get through the NCAA red tape in time to join St. Cloud so the Swiss pivot is playing in the USHL for Chicago. Acquired via trade with Ottawa just a couple months ago, Cunti continues to play well earning 19 points in 25 games. Nic Drazenovic - The former Prince George Cougar standout is enjoying a good year with the Cubs having picked up 32 points in 56 games. Next year will be a telling one but rumors have Gm Flaming open to offers for the talented center. Zack Hamill - It hasn't been the year anyone expected for Hamill who has seen his production tank since former Everett teammate Peter Mueller turned pro. Hamill has still scored but has not lived up to expectatiosn this year. Chad Kolarik - A career year for Kolarik as the Michigan Wolverines continue to impress. With 46 points in 33 games, Kolarik is ready to graduate and begin his pro career. Morten Madsen - Injuries and inconsistency have hurt the former QMJHL standout so Madsen will not make his debut with the Colorado Cubs next year as originally planned. Jonathon Matsumoto - Coming over in trade with Quebec, Matsumoto has had a strong season with the Cubs but may not yet be ready to challeneg for a SICHL roster spot. Still, his 18 goals and 40 points in 60 games this season have the Bears taking notice. Peter Mueller - By far the biggest and brightest star on the rise for Acadia. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Mueller could see time on Acadia's top line next year. The rookie has lead Colorado in scoring with 21 goals and 48 points. Riley Nash - Freshman debute at Cornell was a huge success as the center picked up a handful of awards including ECAC Freshman of the Year. Rumors persist that a jump to the WHL may be in the cards if Swift Current trades his rights to either Kelowna or Edmonton. Casey Pierro-Zabotel - Has a point per game since joining the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. He has all the tools but some wonder where the toolbox is. Mark Santorelli - Thus far the 4th round pick is looking like a steal for Acadia. He is currently 2nd in WHL scoring with 96 points while playing for a below average Chilliwack squad. Dana Tyrell - Another strong season although injury has largely cut into it. 63 points in 66 games for Prince George is nothing to be disappointed about. Chris Vande Velde - Has come out of nowhere to support North Dakota after losing Jonathon Toews. Third in scoring, the sophomore has taken a hge step forward in his development this year but he's still 3-4 years away from the SICHL. The Wingers Jeff Tambellini - Dominant in the AA league but can't seem to get it going at the AAA level. A seriously talented player who just might need a change of scenery. Darren Haydar - An improbable turn of events saw Haydar pick up 8 points in 16 games with the Cubs, probably not enough to get a roster spot but it keeps him on the radar. Joffrey Lupul - An outstanding year proving that tough love sometimes works. Lupul was sent to the Cubs out of camp and has only seen a trio of games with Acadia this year. Next season he's likely on one of the Bears' top 2 lines. Robert Nilsson - Another player who appears ready for the big leagues is Nilsson. He's got fantastic passing skills and could make a player like Ladislav Nagy expendable. Justin Abdelkader One of the players drafted by Acadia in their first year, the Michigan State forward is in his final year with the Spartans and continues to play well looking to lead his squad to a second staight National Championship. Eric Nystrom - Antoehr player coming to Acadia via Quebec, Nystrom could see spot duty with the Golden Bears next season as he has played well in a checking role for the Cubs. Liam Reddox - Sometimes the best trades you make are the ones you don't complete. Last year GM Flaming couldn't give Reddox away and this year he's been turning heads with his play in Colorado. Might not ever be a SICHL regular but they aren't giving him away anymore either. Jared Boll - Headed to Acadia where his toughness should prove valuable in a support role. Claude Giroux - A surprise emergency recall of Giroux from Gatineau is just a precursor for next year where the youngster appears poised to being one of the best Cubs next year. Acadia may be in the cards for 2009-10. Spencer Machacek - Continues to play very well for the Giants in the WHL. Look for him to be a big playoff factor for vancouver. Rhett Rakshani - Another strong year with Denver although not as statistically impressive. A loss of teammates may have factored into that. T.J. Galiardi - Jumped from the NCAA to WHL last fall and has been one of the best Hitmen in Calgary this season. The Blueliners Garnet Exelby - His contract guarantees him a spot with the big club but his play will decide how much he plays. Might see playoff time with Acadia this year depending on player movement before the deadline. Jan Hejda - Realistically could go from the farm to the top defensive pairing next year should his development continue. He's play a bit with the Bears but falls victim to waiver rules and must be kept on the farm for now. Very pleased with his play in Colorado. Tom Gilbert - Very well could be Hejda's partner next season and surely will be in Acadia's top 4 on the blueline. he has 26 points with the Cubs this year including 10 goals. Kris Russell - The Bears have been high on Russell since they drafted him but aren't sure if he's ready for the SICHL just yet. He may need another year in Colorado but could see injury call up duty next season. Ladislav Smid - Will push Acadia's brass to add him to the roster next year. With Jason Smith and Mattias Ohlund headed to UFA, Smid is a good candidate to make the club full time in 2008-09. Taylor Chorney - Likely his last year at North Dakota, the first player ever drafted by Acadia is still considered a blue chipper by the team but he's probably two eyars away. Alex Goligoski - Putting up nice numbers on the farm but so far doesn;t look ready to compete for a roster jon next year. 2009-10 seems like a better bet. Jeff Petry - fantastic freshman year at Michigan State. The talented blueliner was name to the CCHA All-Star team and plays huge minutes for the Spartans. Between the Pipes Jimmy Howard - Could challenge Patrick Lalime and Jason Labarbera for time with Acadia but is likely headed for Colorado next year. Jason Labarbera - Very well could unseat Lalime as the gate opener for Acadia while playing 10 games a year behind Rick DiPietro. Leland Irving - Starter poorly but has slowly refound his game as the WHL season has gone on. Still is statistically one of the best goalies in the league although his team is a shadow of it's former self. Matt Keetley - Will be content to play next season with the Cubs but the organiation still holds out hope that 'Keets' is a diamond in the rough.