Accolades for Young Acadiansby Guy Flaming | March 19, 2008, 1:43 PM ET
The Acadia Golden Bears are pleased to announce that several of their prospective players have captured awards this year in the various leagues that they played in. Center Mark Santorelli captured the WHL scoring championship on the last day of the regular season and ended the campaign with 101 points for the Chilliwack Bruins. Suprisingly, Santorelli was a 4th round pickup by Acadia at the last draft. It's the second consecutive year that an Acadia prospect has lead the league in scoring, Zach Hamill won the crown in 2006-07. Also from the WHL, Regina Pats netminder Linden Rowat was selected as a 1st team-All Star in the Eastern Conference. Rowat was a 6th round pick in 2007 by Acadia and boasted a 2.68 GAA and .904 sv% with 33 wins, third most in the league. Netminder Bryan Pitton was an OHL All-Star earlier this season and leads a strong Brampton Battalion club into the OHL postseason as the Eastern Conference's #2 seed. A 6th round pick by Acadia in 2006, Pitton has continued to improve steadily but is still considered to be a few years away. Jimmy Howard was named the AHL's Goaltender of the Month in January and contiues to impress with his play since then. Originally drafted into the SICHL by Brandon in 2003, Howard was acquired earlier this year by Acadia in a package that also included Mike Van Ryn and Peter Schaeffer but cost them Petr Sykora. Michigan State freshman Jeff Petry was named to the CCHA Conference All-Freshman team as his debut with the Spartans has turned heads. With 22 points under his belt, Petry has given the Golden Bears reason to believe that he could one day play on their top blueline pairing. Drafted by the New York Empire, Acadia dealt promising prospect Theo Peckham for Petry in a one-for-one deal last year. Another freshman collecting a lot of hardware is Riley Nash, center for the Big Red of Cornell. Nash led all ECAC conference freshmen in scoring and was named conference Freshman of the Year as well as a conference All-Star. Originally considered a bt of a reach pick by Acadia as the first player chosen in the 2nd round in 2007, Nash appears to have been an astute pick up thus far. Winger Spencer Machacek was named WHL Player of the Month for February and will help a powerful Vancouver Giants team as they hope to defend their Memorial Cup crown this year. Machacek was a 3rd round pick in 2007 by Acadia. Claude Giroux did not win the QMJHL scoring race but finished 2nd overall with 106 points in 55 games, 8 points behind the leader but with 10 fewer games to his credit. Giroux, a suprise selection by Acaida in 2006 with the 12th overall pick, has risen to be considered one of the premier prospects outside of the SICHL. "We're very proud of the way these guys have performed this year for their club teams and look forward to seeing them in our off-season prospects camp," said GM Guy Flaming, "We know that we have a bright future adn the awards these guys have collected this year just reinfornces that belief for us. What's even better to note is that some of our blue-chip guys are not among the group that have garnered hardware and yet we know they are still premier talents. We're pretty excited with what we've got."