The Carolina Hurricanes have done a good job of stockpiling a handful of talented prospects playing in juniors up in Canada and arguably their top prospects are playing in the OHL. Here’s how their seasons are going so far:
The youngest McGinn brother has fallen to 20th in the OHL in scoring, but not because of a lack of scoring. The winger dealt with an injury that has held him to only 33 games this season. However, he’s still scoring at a torrid pace with 52 points in 33 games.
Had McGinn played all 43 of the Guelph Storm’s games, he could be near the top of the rankings in points.
The Storm are playing strong, sitting in second in the Midwest Division and McGinn will likely have a shot at the OHL Championship. After playoffs, expect him to join the Charlotte Checkers on a late-season run.
The other OHL scoring beast, Tolchinsky is still scoring at a high rate this season with 65 points in 44 games. The 18-year-old is fifth in the league in scoring with an impressive 43 assists to go along with it.
Tolchinsky was surprisingly left off Team Russia’s roster at the World Junior Championships and therefore did not miss any junior league games.
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are having an impressive season with a 29-10-1 record. If both the Storm and Greyhounds make the playoffs, McGinn and Tolchinsky could meet each other in the postseason.
Since the Russian is signed to a contract, he may also join the Checkers at the end of the season.
Altshuller has busted on the scene in Raleigh this season and for good reason; the netminder is having a terrific season with the Oshawa Generals.
In 37 games played, Altshuller has a 23-9-3 record,a 2.50 GAA and a 91.8 percent save percentage. The 2012 draft pick was signed to an entry-level contract by the Hurricanes in December.
Altshuller has a chance to make it to the Memorial Cup playoffs as his team is one of the best in the league and with him in net, the Generals have a chance at winning every night.
As for his future, Altshuller should have the chance to earn the starting position in Charlotte next season.
Another Greyhound, Ganly is known more for his defensive game, and he’s helped the Greyhounds to the top of the Western Conference this season.
His scoring is down a tad this season with nine assists in 44 games. Last year, he had 17 in 66. But like I said earlier, scoring won’t be Ganly’s main asset down the road.
Ganly has not been signed to an entry-level contract yet.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at three other OHL prospects from the Carolina Hurricanes.