PGH Major Junior Player Update
Monday, 02.13.2012 / 12:14 PM ET / Pittsburgh Youth Hockey Network
By Kylie Penticost
The former Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender is currently playing in his rookie season, as #35, for the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club (OHL). In June 2011, he was invited to the NHL Entry Draft where he was drafted in the 2nd round (39th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks.
Despite the few injuries Gibson has acquired this season, and a trip to the 2012 IIHF World U20 Championships with Team USA, Gibson has played in 25 games and won 17 of them. As of the end of January 2012, he has made 872 saves, making him #6 in the OHL Top Goalie category.
Gibson is currently out of the line-up for the Kitchener Rangers as he had surgery in Pennsylvania on Wednesday February 8, 2012 to remove his adenoids and tonsils.
As an alumnus of the Pittsburgh Hornets, Houser is well into his third season with the London Knights Hockey Club (OHL), as #29. He is currently in his NHL Draft year and ranked 22 overall in the North American Midterm Ranking - produced by NHL Central Scouting - as of January 11, 2012.
As the starting goalie for the Knights, he has played in 48 games and won 37 of them, stopping some of the Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) top scorers.
He has helped bring his team to the playoffs every year since becoming a Knight in 2009. This season is no different. The team is currently ranked #1 in the CHL’s Bank of Montreal standings with a 38-11-0-1 record.
Before being drafted to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Miller was a valuable asset to the Pittsburgh Hornets. Now in his rookie year for the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club (OHL) as #12, he has the opportunity to progress his hockey skills at a more mature level. Most recently, he represented his country at the 2012 IIHF World U20 Championships with Team USA.
Along with other Hornets alumni and former teammates, Saad, Gibson and Trocheck, Miller made the trip to Minnesota for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft; he was selected in the first round, 15th overall, to the New York Rangers Hockey Club. Not only was being drafted to an NHL team enough of a thrill, he became the highest selected player in Western Pennsylvania’s history.
Miller currently sits with 19 goals and 31 assists, a total of 50 points, with the Whalers as of February 10, 2012, putting him at #3 overall for team points.
For Saad, the last eight months have been a whirlwind of amazing opportunities. The former Pittsburgh Hornets left-winger is in his second season with the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club (OHL), as #22. However, in June, he attended the 2011 NHL Entry Draft where he was selected in the 2nd round (43rd overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Club (NHL).
He signed with the Blackhawks and played in two of their regular season games. He registered total of 3 shots on net and 40 shifts in two games. After returning to the Spirit, he has gathered 48 points – 19 goals and 29 assists with 27 games played.
Most recently, he travelled to Alberta, Canada to compete in the annual IIHF World U20 Championships with Team USA. This was his second appearance at this tournament and will hopefully be a part of the Team USA for his final year of eligibility at the 2013 tournament.
Trocheck is currently playing in his third season with the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club (OHL) as #89. He ranks #9 in the OHL Top Scorers to date, with 25 goals and 40 assists, for a combined total of 65 points. For the last two seasons with the Spirit, he has made the playoffs. In 2010, he played six games, but doubled that with a total of 12 games in 2011, scoring 6 goals and 5 assists.
Having gained valuable hockey experience from his former team, the Pittsburgh Hornets, and now the Spirit, he sparked NHL interest at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft; the Florida Panthers Hockey Club (NHL) selected Trocheck in the third round at 64th overall.