Acadia Prospects Making News

The Golden Bears have already signed a handful or their prospects for the 2012-13 season while several others are in the news.
by Marcel Cormier | November 30, 2011, 4:07 AM ET

 

The 2011-12 season is barely two weeks old but the Acadia Golden Bears are already making plans for next season. GM Guy Flaming met with local media after the team announced the signings of four young players including their top pick in the most recent SICHL entry draft.

Sean Couturier, the center taken 4th overall by the Bears, will reportedly begin his 3-year SICHL entry level contract next year. The big middleman has always been a point producer but Flaming suggests that the other side of the game has become important to Couturier too. 

"We're excited to get things sorted out quickly with Sean," said Flaming, "He's become quite compentent at both ends of the rink which is rare for a player his age. He reminds me a bit of Ryan O'Reilly who has become our top penalty killer and yet I think Couturier has more offensive upside."

Defenceman Jake Gardiner was inked a short time ago and the feeling is that he could contribute to the big club as early as next year.

"I made the point when we allowed Laddy Smid to leave for Stockholm, we knew Jake was developing at the rate where he could possibly step right onto our roster next year," confirmed Flaming, "You could say that only our current depth would maybe prevent that. He's ready."

Gardiner was Acadia's third choice, 29th overall, during the 2008 SICHL Entry Draft.

Matt Frattin was expected to play on Acadia's farm team, the Colorado Cubs, but has chosen to exercise a loophole that will allow him to remain an amateur for one more year. The 2011 Hobey Baker finalist is developing well and should be an impact forward for the Bears moving forward.

Lastly, netminder Allen York has agreed to his first pro contract and will be in the mix next season. The Bears late round pick, 151st overall in 2007, played 3 years at RPI after two seasons in the AJHL with Camrose. The goalie was considered a longshot but time has served him well proving that patience, especially with goaltenders, is a virtue.

"I've been a big fan of Yorkie's for a long time and had my fingers crossed that one day we'd be able to say that our last pick in 2007 was well worth the gamble," said Flaming.

2012 WJC News

Hockey Canada announced their 41-man roster of invitees to their WJC camp and Acadia is represented among the players. Forward Mark Stone, a 7th round pick in 2010, stands an excellent chance of making the final 2012 WJC roster. Also in the mix is Stone's WHL linemate Michael Ferland, winger Brad Ross, defenceman Joe Morrow and netminder Louis Domingue.

USA Hockey hasn't formally annonced their December camp but indications are that a quartet of Golden Bears prospects may be in the running including forwards Shane McColgan, J.T. Miller, Rocco Grimaldi and defenceman Scott Mayfield.

On the international stage, Marcel Noebels and Tobi Rider will be locks for the German team should they be asked to play in the DIV I WJC. Norway's Sondre Olden would be in that same boat. Germany and Norway were relegated to the DIV I pool after the 2011 WJC in Buffalo.

- Goalie Samu Perhonen could dress for Finland's entry to the event.

Other Prospect News

- Earlier this fall at the World Junior A Challenge held in Langley BC, Sean Kuraly led Team USA and the entire tournament in scoring with 6 points in 5 games.

- Goaltender Jason Kasdorf, Acadia's final 2011 draft selection, has been named USHL goaltender of the week. 

- Tobias Rieder is currently 12th in OHL scoring, T.J. Miller is 16th. 

- OHL based goalies Scott Stacjer and Brandon Maxwell rank high in league sv% (3rd and 7th) and GAA (4th and 5th).

- Louis Domingue is the top netminder in the QMJHL while Nathan Lieuwen has assumed the same position in the WHL.

- Five Acadia forwards can be found in the top 20 of WHL scoring: Mark Stone (1st), Michael Ferland (6th), Brad Ross (13th), Josh Nicholls and Adam Lowry (tied-17th). 

- Joe Morrow, Reece Scarlett and Brandon Davidson are 3-4-5th in WHL defensive scoring.

- Miami RedHawks recruit Sean Kuraly is 10th in USHL scoring with 17 points but has only played 13 games because of the 2011 WJAC.

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