WHL Prospect Watch (2/6/11)

Vey Stays in Lead

Los Angeles Kings prospect Linden Vey maintained his lead in points in the WHL with a four-point weekend (two goals, two assists) — giving him 87 points in 50 games this year. The Medicine Hat Tigers forward leads Spokane’s Tyler Johnson by one point for the top spot.

Vey’s two goals and one assist led the Tigers to a 6-1 victory over Swift Current on Friday. He added a helper in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors and Florida Panthers prospect Quinton Howden.

A native of Wakaw, SK, Vey has established a new career-high in goals with 36 (previously 24) and tied his career mark in assists (51) on Saturday in his forth year in Medicine Hat.

Carruth Racking up Ws

Portland Winterhawks goalie Mac Carruth backstopped two wins over the weekend, bringing his win total to 26 — good for sixth among all net minders in the WHL this season.

Last year’s seventh round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, Carruth made 30 saves in a 5-2 win over Edmonton on Friday and stopped 35 shots in an 8-2 thrashing of the Tri-City Americans on Saturday.

One of the few American born players in the league (Salt Lake City, UT), Carruth ranks 12th in goals against average (2.97) and his .916 save percentage ranks third in the league.

Rolling Along

Carruth’s Winterhawks teammate Ryan Johansen (Columbus Blue Jackets) played a major role in those two wins by contributing a goal and an assist in Friday’s tilt with Edmonton and a goal and two assists on Saturday against the Americans.

Last year’s forth-overall selection has 56 points (26-30) in 45 games this year. His plus-28 rating is good for tenth in the league. The 18-year-old center has at least a point in his last four games.

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