This week’s prospects include Evan Sarthou of the Tri-City Americans, Nathan Bastian of the Mississauga Steelheads & Maxime Fortier of the Halifax Mooseheads.
Evan Sarthou – Tri-City Americans (WHL)
Born: September 24, 1997 – Black Diamond, Washington, USA
Weight: 185 lbs.
Sarthou's been given time to shine between the pipes as the top goaltender with the Americans with Eric Comrie moving on. He has the tools to carry the team on his back and come up with the big save and shift the momentum. Has good lateral footwork in the crease and covers up the net pretty well by standing tall. Will come out and play the puck but needs to trust his defenceman more than he currently does. Quick glove and has seen a ton of rubber this season.
Grade: One thing he has to work on is his consistency. He had 11 wins last season but seven of those were shutouts. This season, 24 wins to date with just two shutouts. B
Nathan Bastian – Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Born: December 6, 1997 – Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Weight: 195 lbs.
Another draft-eligible forward emerging out of Mississauga this season. He plays the role of defensive forward and is a pass-first center who always goes hard to the net and is ready to cash in any rebounds. Good stickhandler who can control the pace of the game from his own end. Will clean up a mess in his own end, then create a scoring opportunity at the other end. A reliable two-way player averaging a point per game.
Grade: Bastian is the type pf player you hardly notice until he does something good – which is a sign of a player doing his job. A
Maxime Fortier – Halifax
Position: Right W
Born: December 15, 1997 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Weight: 180 lbs.
Lightning quick speedster is always playing at top speed and it’s difficult to slow him down. Shoots the puck a lot and is finding success following his shots up and going to the net. Not a very tall kid, has a good balance on his skates and can turn on a dime and leave defenders in the dust. Has a good release and skates the puck down the wing real well. Would like to see him play better away from the puck as he does get caught standing still too often.
Grade: A real offensive threat but really needs to figure out his defensive coverage and not get caught sleeping away from the puck. B-
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