No. 1 Star - Cody Donaghey, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)Cody Donaghey (CP Images)
We're still less than a quarter of the way into the hockey season, but the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies have covered half of the teams' total wins from last season. Last year, the team won just 24 times and scored 3.33 goals per game. The team won its 12th game in 16 games this season on Sunday, and after putting up an 8-spot on the Rimouski Oceanic, have now scored 4.88 goals each game.
However, of the teams' 70 goals going into the game, none had been scored by Cody Donaghey, the Huskies' offensively-minded defenceman selected 14th overall in the QMJHL Draft this summer. Touted for his size (he's listed by the Huskies as 6'1" 182 despite being just 16 years old) and instincts at both ends, Donaghey had actually not scored a point this season. That changed for the 3-1 goal at 4:25 into the first period, the 73rd goal on the season, Donaghey's first as a QMJHLer.
Just minutes later, Donaghey got an assisted on a Redgie Bois tally, and scored again in garbage time during the team's 8-3 rout.
No. 2 Star - Michael Giugovaz, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Nothing quite like a goaltender in a white helmet going on a hot streak and winning games for his team. Michael Giugovaz, the rookie for the Petes, has won his team a pair of games in as many nights, stopping 80 of his last 83 shots faced, for an un-worldly .964 save percentage in two games. On the season in his nine games, his .912 hovers around league average, but he's the only rookie starting goaltender listed on the OHL's stats page, so we can't stack him up against other guys in his situation.
Draft-eligible this season, Giugovaz's weekend was something that might have had a few scouts jot down some notes in their book. He stopped 45 of 47 Oshawa Generals shots Sunday, plus two more in the shootout on Cole Cassels and Boone Jenner, and held the Gens to a 1-for-6 night on the powerplay.
No. 3 Star - Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
The Portland Winterhawks haven't been going to town on the rest of the U.S. Division like last season, but Sunday night at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, you could have fooled me into thinking that we were midway through the 2011-12 season. St. Louis Blues' 32nd overall pick from 2011 Ty Rattie, who has a four-game multi-point streak going, had four assists in the Winterhawks' 6-0 win.
Read More »from Rookies lead Huskies, Petes to wins: Sunday’s Three Stars