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Young Preds booming in junior leagues

A couple of Predators prospects are doing extremely well in their respective junior hockey league. The team counts scoring leaders in the QMJHL, the OHL, the WHL and the USHL.


In the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi is leading a lackluster Guelph Storm squad with 41 goals and 48 assists in 63 games. He leads the scoring on his team by 23 points on the 2nd best scorer. 

Another that is shining is Andrew Mangiapane. His points total have been accumulating quickly since he was moved about 20 games ago to play with Joe Blandisi and Kevin Labanc. He currently sits with 40 goals and 59 assists in 63 games.

In the QMJHL, Adam Erne is doing extremely well playing a power forward game. He has 38 goals and 41 assists for 79 points in just 55 games. He is Quebec Remparts point per game and goal scoring leader.

In the WHL, much like Bertuzzi, Cole Ully is leading a struggling Kamloops Blazers team with 32 goals and 52 assists for 84 points in 63 games. He has 15 more points than the 2nd best scorer on his team and 44 more points than the third best.

Another leading his team in the west is Nikita Scherbak with 27 goals and 51 assists for 78 points in 60 games. Unlike the Blazers, Scherbak's Silvertips are poised to make the playoffs due to one of the best defense in the WHL.

Lastly in the west, there is Dryden Hunt who is making some noise first with the Regina Pats and now the Medicine Hat Tigers. He has 30 goals and 47 assists for 77 points through 64 games.

In the USHL, Maxim Letunov is third in overall scoring with 23 goals and 34 assists for 57 points in 49 games. He plays for the Youngstown Phantoms, one of the best teams in the league and should go to college next year.


Back to the OHL, Evan McEneny is in the top dman scoring with 8 goals and 33 assists for 41 points in 61 games for the Kingston Frontenacs. Despite playing defense, McEneny is just 1 point shy of leading the team in scoring. 

Playing with Hunt, Tyler Lewington is leading the Medicine Hat Tigers defense in scoring with 8 goals and 30 assists for 38 points in 63 games. While not a top team in the west, the Tigers are leading the central division and could make some noise come playoffs time.