February 22nd, 2014, 12:38 AM #1
Many Prospects Look Playoff Bound
Just an update on some box scores as well as what the prospects are looking at, playoff wise:
Bartosak with 31 saves in a 5-3 win for Red Deer. Red Deer battling for "deer" life for the 8th and final playoff spot. They are tied for the final spot, but have a game in hand. They also are two points behind the seventh spot.
Alex Roach had an assist in Calgary's 5-4 win. They've already clinched a playoff spot. He has 36 points (9g, 27a) in 46 games.
March 16th is the last day of the regular season.
Zykov was held off the scoresheet and was a -1 in Baie-Comeau's 8-4 loss. However, Zykov is second in team scoring with 56 points (20g, 36a) in only 44 games. His scoring pace is slightly better than last season's. He also leads the team in +/-. The Drakkar are the top ranked team in the Q, and have clinched a playoff spot.
March 15 is the last day of the regular season
Zac Leslie was held off the scoresheet but a +1. Ebert had a goal and was a +1. Auger extends his point scoring streak to four games with two assists, as the Guelph Storm beat Windsor 6-4. From what I've seen so far, Guelph just made the Spitfires look silly; Auger was playing on the shutdown line, while Ebert and Leslie were paired up and created a lot of scoring chances. Such a treat to watch (I have the game saved and plan to watch the rest of it after posting this).
Leslie has 45 points (13g, 32a) in 49 games. Ebert has 41 points (10g, 31a) in 56 games. He's also 4th in the league in +/- with a +43. Justin Auger has 19 points (9g, 10a) in 42 games. Seven of his points have come in the past four games, so he might finally be recovering from his mono.
Guelph is leading the entire OHL with 93 points and have clinched a playoff spot.
Kubalik was held off the scoresheet and a -2 in Kitchener's 3-1 loss to Owen Sound. Kubalik's cold drought continues, as he only has 2 goals in 13 games since being traded to the Rangers. He has 25 points (15g, 10a) in 49 games total. The Kitchener Rangers are five points out of a playoff spot.
Kurtis Macdermid only has one goal in 17 games since being traded to the Erie Otters, but he is also playoff bound as the Erie Otters are the second best team in the OHL with 88 points.
March 16 is the last day of the regular season.
Michael Mersch had two goals and an assist in Wisconsin's 5-2 win over Michigan State. He's tied for the team lead in points with 29. His 18 goals leads the team. Wisconsin is 2nd in the Big Ten division.
Hudson Fasching does not play this weekend, but he is third in team scoring with 25 points (11g, 14a) in 29 games. Not bad for a Freshman. Minnesota leads the Big Ten division.
Joel Lowry had an assist in Cornell's 2-1 win. He's one of three players on the team with six goals and 14 assists, good for second on the team. They are fourth in the ECAC.
Paul Ladue had an assist in North Dakota's 3-0 win over Minnesota-Duluth. He's third among defensemen on the team in scoring, putting up a respectable 12 points (3g, 9a) in 28 games. North Dakota has the 2nd highest win% in the NCHC.
Jonny Brodzinski had a goal and an assist, Kevin Gravel had an assist, and Nic Dowd had a goal in St. Cloud's 4-3 loss to Miami. Dowd and Brodzinski share the team lead in scoring with 31 points (Dowd has 17g, 14a, while Brodzinski has 16g, 15a). Gravel also has 16 points (4g, 12a) in 29 games. He already passed his collegiate high in points, which was previously 12.
Last day for regular season games are March 15.
Prokhorkin continues to hold a tenuous scoring lead over Alexander Radulov, with 35 points (18g, 17a) to Radulov's 34, although Radulov has played in 15 fewer games. He also leads the team in goals. CSKA has clinched a playoff spot, and is currently 7th in the Western Conference.
Last day of the regular season is March 4.
On an semi-related note, watching a lot of these prospects, I am VERY much hoping the Kings could get either Robert Fabbri or Conner Bleackley. There's also another prospect who caught my eye in a game I watched (Nikita Scherbak), but I want to watch more first.
February 22nd, 2014, 03:01 AM #2
Thanks! Hoping to see what Zykov can bring to the Kings down the line.
Originally Posted by King'sPawn
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February 22nd, 2014, 07:48 AM #3
Zykov and Fasching are both very interesting prospects who still have a LOT to offer and have a long way to go.
Originally Posted by TooCool
Both players were used in the WJC for their respective countries (albeit Zykov was used sparingly). From what I read, he got some penalty kill time, which he doesn't get much of in the Q. I don't know his coach's reasoning, even though I can guess it's because he spends most of his time staying in one spot in the defensive zone. Fasching, too, gets NO penalty kill time when playing for Minnesota, but was used on the shut down line and on the PK in the WJC. What was more amusing, is he has the same coach for both teams. So, his coach does trust him with priority minutes, but with him being so young in the NCAA, it seems like the coach just has better, older options. Defensively, he's the opposite of Zykov; he competes hard on the back check, but is often chasing the puck, instead of positioning himself well to break up the plays. Both players, as they mature and develop (and play more with the Kings) will learn this.
Anyway, back to Zykov, he's a very skilled, competitive player. I'm trying to find a player who compares well with him, and it's annoying because EVERYONE has compared him to Michael Ryder. He's more physical and intense than Ryder, while not being as good of a skater. I think a better comparison, in terms of style of play, is Joel Ward.
He is a very intriguing prospect, but I have to admit Fasching has definitely won me over and is one of my favorite prospects in the organization, between his character/story, his style of play, and his upside.
February 22nd, 2014, 07:57 AM #4
Prokhorin's numbers are pretty impressive...hope he can end up being another skilled forward for us down the road.
February 22nd, 2014, 07:58 AM #5
When is the roster limit lifted so these guys can come up for the playoffs?
February 22nd, 2014, 08:23 AM #6
I believe it's the end of the regular season? Don't quote me on that. Either way, you won't see any of the NCAA guys come up unless they sign a pro contract (which, at the end of Wisconsin's and St. Cloud's seasons, there's no reason for Mersch, Gravel, or Dowd NOT to). And then you probably won't see these guys come up anyway. You're more likely to see the players in the AHL coming up if the opportunity presents itself. These guys, once their junior season is over, would more than likely come up and play in the AHL or ECHL.
Originally Posted by jammer06
So, short answer, don't expect to see these guys show up in the playoffs this season.
February 22nd, 2014, 09:54 AM #7
I don't expect them to play, just be with the club. Forgot the junior guys can play with the AHL guys if they're on their last season (turned 20?). I thought the roster expansion was earlier but you might be correct.
Originally Posted by King'sPawn
February 22nd, 2014, 02:04 PM #8
February 22nd, 2014, 03:21 PM #9
The Wisconsin-Ohio State game came on last weekend after the Olympic coverage on NBCSN. I watched a bit of it because the announcers kept hyping "Big Michael Mersch". He's definitely a standout in the college ranks.
Originally Posted by King'sPawn
February 22nd, 2014, 05:06 PM #10
Three prospects on Guelph. Now I know what team to root for if they make it to the Memorial cup. Thanks for the information. It is nice to get prospect updates. Keep up the great work.