Prospect Profiles: Luke Pither

Position: Center Shoots: Left Height: 6’0″ Weight: 194 lbs Birthdate: April 26, 1989 Age: 22 Hometown: Burketon, Ontario Acquired: Signed as free agent on March 4, 2010. 2005-2006 Pither’s Major Junior Hockey career begins with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL. It was a disappointing season for the former 4th overall pick from the OHL Priority Selection Draft. He ended the year with 13 points (4 g, 9 a) in 68 games. He also registered an assist in 6 playoff games that season. 2006-2007 Kingston decided to cut their ties and traded Pither to the Guelph Storm 5 games into …

Prospect Profiles: Michael Parks

Position: Forward Shoots: Right Height: 5’10″ Weight: 184 lbs Birthdate: February 15, 1992 Age: 19 Hometown: O’Fallon, Missouri Acquired: 5th round (149 overall) of 2010 entry draft “A strong two-way hockey player .. a fairly smooth skater with a wide, long stride .. able to use his speed to beat opponents wide and drive the net .. uses his agility to protect the puck along the half boards and create plays .. makes crisp, accurate passes.”- McKeen’s Hockey 2009-2010: Parks heads to the United States Hockey League to play junior hockey before he can begin his NCAA career with the …

Prospect Profiles: Tye McGinn

Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left Height: 6’3″ Weight: 207 lbs Birthdate: July 29, 1990 Age: 21 Hometown: Fergus, Ontario Acquired: 4th round (119th overall) of 2010 entry draft 2007-2008 McGinn’s Major Junior hockey career began with the Ottawa 67′s of the Ontario Hockey League. He spent most of the season playing on the 4th line. He finished with11 points (3G, 8A) in 59 games. It was his first season of eligibility, but he went unselected in the 2008 entry draft. 2008-2009 McGinn was cut from the Ottawa 67′s after training camp when he lost his spot to some incoming rookies. …

Prospect Profiles: Jonathon Kalinski

photo courtesy of theahl.com Position: Center Shoots: Left Height: 6’1″ Weight: 180 lbs Birthdate: May 25, 1987 Age: 24 Hometown: Bonnyville, Alberta Acquired: 6th round (152nd overall) of 2007 entry draft 2005-2006 After scoring 67 points (29 g, 38 a) in 110 games over two seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, the Bonnyville, Alberta native decided to continue his development in the NCAA. Kalinski scored 4 goals and assisted on 7 in 30 games as a freshman with Minnesota State University, Mankato. 2006-2007 Kalinski’s role increased for Minnesota during his sophomore season. He got to play alongside Minnesota’s leading …

Prospect Profiles: Brandon Manning

Position: Defense Shoots: Left Height: 6’1″ Weight: 195 lbs Birthdate: June 4 , 1990 Age: 21 Hometown: Prince George, British Columbia Acquired: Signed as free agent (11-23-10). “He’s pretty good in all areas. He puts points on the board, but he’s a guy you can have out in the last minute, too. He does a lot of things pretty well.” – Chilliwack coach Marc Habscheid. 2008-2009 Manning began his first full professional season with the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League as an 18 year old rookie. He proved to be an astute pickup for the new franchise as …

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