Now that NHL pre-season games have begun, those youngsters looking to make an impact can do so on a more legitimate stage. Several prospects are already in the good graces of management and regular season play has begun in the North American Hockey League, so there’s a lot to cover.
The Hockey News has recently identified Corpus Christi IceRays goaltender Anthony Stolarz on their Hot List of potential future NHL prospects. The Hot List is a roundup of minor league, junior, college and high school players that the Hockey News is excited to one day see in the NHL. A player is eligible for The Hot List until they play in their first NHL game.
View this week's Hockey News Hot List, click here.
Stolarz hooked up with the IceRays and has paid early dividends. In his first two games, he had a 1.50 goals-against average and .939 save percentage, some of the best numbers in the North American Hockey League. He’s also listed at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, but may actually be taller now. Draft eligible in 2012.
In his first NAHL start, Stolarz surrendered just a goal in a 1-0 loss against the Michigan Warriors. In his second start, he made 26 saves in a 7-2 win against the Minot Minotauros.