• PROSPECT-UPDATE ARCHIVE
Picking out the daily top performances by draft-eligible players isn't so easy. What do you do with players who aren't slam-dunk 2018 picks but play just well enough that they might make the list if they were higher-profile prospects? There were two good examples of this in the OHL on Wednesday. So here's an honorable mention for Saginaw's D.J. Busdeker and Sudbury's Owen Gilhula. Busdeker had a goal and an assist as the No. 2 star of the Spirit's 5-3 win over Flint, and Gilhula scored twice in the Wolves' 5-4 OT loss at Sault Ste. Marie. It was Busdeker's first goal of the season. It was the first two-goal game of Gilhula's OHL career. If these guys can do this on a more frequent basis, they will get on this list for sure.
The three players listed below all deserve their mentions. They had great nights. One in Europe, one OHL, and one WHL:
DOMINIK BOKK -- Raised in Germany but spending his draft year in Sweden, Bokk has become a major player for the Vaxjo Lakers' Under-20 team. On Wednesday, he had a goal and an assist to lead his team to a 4-1 win at Malmo. Bokk wasted no time getting on the scoresheet with a goal just 10 seconds into the game. He later had the primary assist on a power-play goal at 2:23 of the second period for a 2-1 lead. Bokk now has a three-game goal-scoring streak and has six points over those games. He's a lock to get drafted in June. (Note: Second appearance on this list in 2017-18)
DAMIEN GIROUX -- It was the best night of the season for Saginaw's Giroux, who scored a goal and added two assists as the No. 1 star of Saginaw's 5-3 win over Flint. The entire point parade came in the game's final 12:12, starting with a third-period assist on a goal that tied it 3-3. He then assisted on the game-winner at 12:14 of the third and added an insurance goal at 18:01 to close the scoring. The red-hot Giroux has points in seven straight games, picking up four goals and five assists in the streak.
CHASE WOUTERS -- Wouters was the hero of Saskatoon's 2-1 overtime win at Lethbridge. The game's No. 3 star scored the OT goal and had the primary assist on the OT-forcing power-play goal at 8:32 of the third-period. He truly saved his best for last, scoring with 6.7 seconds left in a 3-on-3 overtime that was loaded with chances for both teams. Wouters, a C-rated prospect by NHL Central Scouting, has five points over the last five games. (Note: Second appearance on this list in 2017-18)