The Prince George Cougars are having a tremendous season on the ice so far, but the future of the club also looks quite bright with a number of players taking part in the upcoming Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament in Calgary, Alberta. The Cats have ten prospects playing in the tourney this year starting with Goaltender Niklas Hoem from the Greater Vancouver Canadiens. On the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs, Liam Ryan has himself 19 points in 20 games in the BCMML this year. Max Kryshki is the lone Okanagan Rockey with a phenomenal 37 points this season, tied for third in BCMML scoring so far. On to the Cariboo Cougars starting with Zach Wickson, he’s been unreal with a league best 1.18 goals against average and an incredible 12 wins. The veteran Joel Patsey joins him. Jonas Harkins and Reid Perepeluk also in attendance. A pair of Saskatoon Contacts in Cole Beamin and Jack Mitchell and rounding up with Goaltender Taylor Gauthier from the Calgary Bisons.
Speaking of Gauthier, he’s been the talk of the Prince George Cougars prospects this year after he was drafted ninth overall by the Cats in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. Checking in at 5’11” and weighing 157lbs, the 15 year old – yes only 15 years old – is the fourth highest goaltender ever selected in a WHL Bantam Draft. So far, this season, the Calgary native has registered a 2.01 goals against average and a .928 save percentage in 12 games with the Calgary Buffaloes. He’s eligible to get reps in with Prince George once he’s 16 and eligible to be drafted in the NHL come 2019.