Prospect Update – CPZ/Tangradi
This week, the WHL announced its first and second team all-stars, as well as it’s regular season awards finalists.
Penguins prospect Casey Pierro-Zabotel earned the honors of first team forward all star, in addition to getting the Bobby Clarke trophy as the league’s top points getter. CPZ also shared the team MVP trophy with long-time Giant Jonathon Blum, both of whom are in their final season of WHL hockey.
Courtesy of his white hot start to the season, Pierro-Zabotel finished the season with 115 points (36+79), 52 PIM and a +62 rating in 72 games played.
CPZ’s +62 rating is the best plus/minus rating the WHL has seen since Kenton Smith posted a +65 in the 1999-2000 campaign.
CPZ will move on with the number one seeded Giants to face the Prince George Cougars starting tonight in Vancouver.
The last meeting between the Giants and Cougars resulted in 171 total minutes in penalties, with a trio of lads from each team slugging it out and earning game misconducts in the process: Mikhail Fisenko, Mike Berube, and Brendan Gallagher from the Giants squared off with Cody Hobbs, Nick Buonassisi, and Art Bidlevskii of the Cougars.
Meanwhile, in the OHL, Eric Tangradi’s Bull’s sit at a 1-1 tie with the Sudbury Wolves in a first round match-up.
Tangradi sealed the deal with an empty net goal in 3-1 game one win for the Bulls. Belleville went 0-7 on the power-play, as many of the penalties were earned for Sudbury at the hands of the always dangerous and wily Akim Aliu.
Last night, Sudbury exacted some revenge on the Bulls, earning a 2-1 victory on the road, as Belleville’s power-play was stymied again, going 0-5. Aliu found himself in the box twice, added an assist, and was the 2nd star of the game.
Keven Veilleux will begin his quest for for a President’s Trophy this weekend as Rimouski takes on Chicoutimi.
Keep an eye on Faceoff-Factor for more playoff updates from Penguins prospects this weekend.