WHL Prospect Watch (2/27/2011)

Giant Performance

Vancouver Giants forwards Brendan Gallagher and Spencer Bennett racked up six and three points, respectively as they split a home-and home series with the Chilliwack Bruins and Ryan Howse–who had three points–on Saturday and Sunday.

Gallagher, a 2010 fifth round selection of the Montreal Canadiens, moved into sixth place in the WHL in points (83) with his three points (one goal, two assists) on Friday and three more (2-1) on Saturday. The 18-year-old right wing sits in third in the league with 41 goals.

Calgary Flames prospect Spencer Bennett has fit in well with the Giants since his trade from Portland. The White Rock, BC native has 18 goals and 20 assists in 24 games since the trade.

Howse, meanwhile, secured the top spot in the league in goals (46) with two on Friday. The multi-goal game marked his 11th this season. He was held pointless on Saturday for the first time since Jan. 29th.

Simpson up to Task

Chicago Blackhawks’ 49th-overall selection from 2010, Kent Simpson, stopped 45 shots en route to his second shutout of the season on Friday night. The Everett Silvertips netminder made 29 saves in a 3-1 defeat on Saturday.

Simpson’s 2.77 goals against average ranks sixth in the WHL and he has 21 wins on the year. Simpson is the reigning Wagner’s Jewelers Gem of the Month. The award goes to the player named to the most “three stars of the game” each game. He also won the award in November.

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