WHL Prospect Watch – Nov. 14

Hamilton Notches Game-Winner

Edmonton Oilers prospect Curtis Hamilton recorded a three-point night (one goal, two assists) — including the game-winning tally with less than two minutes to play in his Saskatoon Blades 4-3 victory over the Portland Winterhawks on Friday night.

Hamilton, who turns 19 next month, has 27 points (11-16) in 20 games this season and is a +18. He ranks 14th in the league in scoring and has three goals and five assists in his last five games.

The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the first place Winterhawks.

The Oilers took the left-winger with the 48th-overall pick last summer.

Connolly Lifts Cougars with SO Goal

Brett Connolly, The sixth-overall pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2010 NHL draft, buried a shootout opportunity to help the Prince George Cougars beat the Vancouver Giants 4-3 on Saturday night.

The 6-foot-2 winger has 25 points (15-10) in 21 tilts this year.

The Lightning selected the Prince George, B.C. native after seeing him in just 16 games in 2009-2010 due to a hip injury.

As a 16-year-old in 2008-2009, Connolly racked up 30 goals and 30 assists, making him the first WHL player that young to score 30 goals in more than a decade.

On Thursday, Nov. 18 Connolly will represent the WHL in the Subway CHL Super Series against a team of Russian All-Stars. The Russians compete against the top players from the WHL, OHL and QMJHL annually.

Ashton Adds to Point Streak

Fellow Tampa Bay draftee Carter Ashton had a three-goal weekend for the Regina Pats, scoring twice in a 5-4 loss to Seattle on Friday, and once on Saturday in a 6-4 defeat at the hands of Medicine Hat.

Ashton has at least one point in his last four games and seven points in five game this month.

The Lightning took the Saskatoon, SK product 29th-overall in the 2009 entry draft.


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