There wasn’t much action around the CHL on Wednesday night, but enough action to garner another three stars in the rare mid-week games.
First Star: Petrus Palmu, Owen Sound – Quiet on the offensive side through the first two games of the 2016-17 OHL campaign for Owen Sound (no goals, one assist), Palmu broke out in the Attack’s third game of the season on Wednesday night with a goal and three assists in Owen Sound’s 7-5 win over Hamilton. He was on the ice for five of the seven goals Owen Sound scored while being on the ice for none of the five it allowed. A left-shot winger with strong hockey sense and plus-speed, Palmu would likely be property of a NHL club had it not been for his lack of side (5-foot-6, 165 pounds). He has 46 goals and 96 points in 117 games over two-plus seasons for Owen Sound. He played on Finland’s silver-medal winning squad at the 2015 U18 championships, a lineup that included NHL prospects Sebastian Aho, Patrik Laine, Markus Niemelainen, and Jesse Puljujarvi.
Second Star: Jared Bethune, Prince George – Consider this partly an acknowledgment of his efforts on Tuesday, when he notched a hat trick for the Cougars in a 7-6 win over Vancouver. He followed up that performance on Wednesday with a goal and assist in a 2-1 win over Kelowna. He opened the scoring with a goal 56 seconds into the game before assisting on what turned out to be the game-winner in the second period. A left-shot power forward, Bethune has nine points through four games in his third WHL season. At one point an NHL Draft prospect who received a ‘B’ rating from the Central Scouting Bureau, his stock dropped following early struggles in his junior career. However, it looks like he’s beginning to finally catch his stride in the league.
Third Star: Ty Edmonds, Prince George – Tuesday’s win for the Cougars was far from a bright spot for the team’s goaltending corps, allowing six goals in Prince George’s 7-6 win. Edmonds recovered Wednesday night with a 32-save effort in the 2-1 win over Kelowna, shutting the door in the third period by stopping all 15 shots he faced when the Rockets outshot he Cougars, 15-5.