This week’s prospects include Cale Fleury (Kootenay Ice), Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67's) & Kale Howarth (Trail Smoke Eaters).
Cale Fleury, D, Kootenay Ice, WHL
Weight: 203 lbs.
Born: November 19, 1998 - Carlyle, Saskatchewan, Canada
Draft: 2013 WHL Draft – Round #4 (78th overall) by the Kootenay Ice
Cale Fleury is skating in the shadow of his older brother Haydn, who skated for Red Deer and is a former first round NHL draft pick. Cale was a late addition to participate in the CHL Top Prospects game this past January. He is a decent skater and can get up the ice and create offence from the blue line. He likes to shoot and skate down low and engage physically. In his own end, he needs to work on positioning and get tougher in front. He has not had the supporting cast around him in Kootenay to fully show what he can do but at times makes some questionable decisions with the puck in his own end. Has the potential to improve with a much better team in front of him.
DID YOU KNOW? Fleury just finished his third full WHL season and playing on some subpar Kootenay teams has his three year WHL totals at 20 goals and 76 points with a jaw dropping +/- of -109. His toughness is showing through while he has accumulated 120 penalty minutes on a team that at this point doesn't know where they will play in the next WHL season.
Noel Hoefenmayer, D, Ottawa 67’s, OHL
Weight: 190 lbs.
Born: January 6, 1999 – North York, Ontario, Canada
Draft: 2015 OHL Draft – Round #2 (35th overall) by the Ottawa 67’s
Noel Hoefenmayer has enjoyed a fine offensive season in Ottawa, posting 14 goals and 40 points. Plays a lot of minutes in all situations and plays a highly competitive game from the blue line. Put on a lot of muscle over the summer preparing for this season and it has showed as he has improved his skating and is highly mobile in the offensive zone. Plays with a physical edge but keeps his game disciplined. Has lots of work to do in his own end and he needs to cut down on his turnovers. Needs to feel confident in himself with the puck on his stick and not rush the play and make mistakes. Good at reading plays and reacting and will block shots and get himself in shooting lanes.
DID YOU KNOW? Hoefenmayer enjoyed a 10-goal and 33-point season playing for the Don Mills Flyers minor midget team during the 2014-15 season en route to an OHL Gold Cup Championship. He made a huge offensive improvement this season compared to his rookie season with the 67's last season where he scored two goals and five points in 45 games.
Kale Howarth, C , Trail Smoke Eaters, BCHL
Weight: 207 lbs.
Born: June 10, 1997 – Red Deer, Alberta Canada
NCAA Commitment: Northern Michigan University (Div 1) 2017-2018
Kale Howarth had a remarkable season for the Smoke Eaters and led them to their first playoff berth since 2011. The hulking six-foot-five centreman has quietly put himself in conversation with scouts after his effort at the CJHL Top Prospects Game, where he netted the game winning goal among his two snipes on the night. The Northern Michigan commit has displayed his physical presence all season and is a nightmare to move out of the goal mouth. He jumps on rebounds and uses his strong upper body to beat defenders in the corners and in front of the net. Has shown good hands around the net and is a coordinated skater for a kid his size.
DID YOU KNOW? Howarth joined the Smoke Eaters as a walk-on for the 2015-16 season and has emerged as one of their top-line players after netting 12 goals and 27 points in his first season with Trail as an 18-year old.
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