Friday, October 19, 2012

J.C. Lipon, CHL Scoring Leader on a tear

J.C. Lipon is on a fair bit of a roll. Back-to-back player of the week awards in the Western Hockey League will attest to that. In the month of October, Lipon has ripped off 11 goals and 11 assists in only 7 games for the undefeated Kamloops Blazers.

Overall Lipon has 27 points in 11 games, 4 points ahead of his linemate Colin Smith. Pretty heady stuff for a guy who went undrafted in the WHL Bantam Draft and was passed over in the last two NHL drafts. Who could really blame the scouts? In each of his first two WHL seasons, Lipon scored only 3 goals before breaking out for 19 last season. The smallish (6ft, 181lbs) Lipon also had 65 points in 69 last year, but who saw this year's outburst coming?

Perhaps the Colorado Avalanche saw this coming. Prior to the lockout, Lipon was invited to the Av's training camp along with Smith who was drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 draft. Of course the lockout put an end to that. If he continues at anything close to his current pace it would assume that J.C.Lipon will be receiving much more attention from professional squads.

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