With his best week yet, Connor Crisp picks up first star honours as he posted four points in two games. Jérémy Grégoire was held goalless, but he added six assists to his point total, earning him second star of the week. Charles Hudon rounds out the three stars, with five points in four games. Dalton Thrower and Tim Bozon went head to head in a thrilling game, while Mark MacMillan’s hot start continued. Nathan Beaulieu and Steve Quailer played their first games’ of the season and Artturi Lehkonen, Michael McCarron, and Brady Vail struggled to put up points this past week.
Off the heels of a terrific performance in his second career AHL game, Sven Andrighetto came into the week looking to improve upon his production. This past week was an interesting one for the young winger. In the Bulldogs’ first game of the week, against the Lake Erie Monsters, Andrighetto had a fairly quiet game. With the team’s captain, Martin St. Pierre, not playing Andrighetto was playing on a new line with Gabriel Dumont and Patrick Holland. The line as whole struggled in their first and Andrighetto was held pointless. The following game, Ben Buffy took Dumont’s place. The line took a while to click, but once they did, Andrighetto created a ton of chances with his speed and skill. Unfortunately he was unable to finish on any of them. Andrighetto currently has one goal and one assist in four games with the Bulldogs.
Nathan Beaulieu was sent down to Hamilton on the 19th, one day before the Bulldogs big game against the Marlies. Beaulieu was reunited with partner Greg Pateryn for the game. Beaulieu had a very good game, apart from one turnover on the powerplay, as he rushed the puck out of the zone with ease and made numerous good defensive plays. Beaulieu was held pointless, but finished the game with three shots and +1.
In his debut week in the AHL, Darren Dietz played a quite, steady game. This past week Dietz struggled at times, as expected from a young defenceman. Against the Monsters, Dietz and defensive partner Nathan McIver both had tough games. Dietz got burned a few times due to his puck control. The next game, against the Marlies, McIver was scratched in favour of Nathan Beaulieu, who just returned from the Canadiens. Dietz played on a pairing with Joel Chouinard and it did not go well. Dietz struggled with puck control which led to scoring chances coming the other way. He also took a boarding penalty. Darren Dietz currently has no points in four games to begin his professional career.
After struggling last update, Gabriel Dumont finally found his groove this past week. The gritty forward started the week on a skill line with Sven Andrighetto and Patrick Holland. Against the Monsters, Dumont took a bad penalty, but eventually picked up an assist on Nick Tarnasky’s goal which started a comeback. Against the Marlies, Dumont played his best game of the week on a line with Mike Blunden and Nick Tarnasky. He had serious jump in his step and made the Marlies pay with his physical presence. Eventually, it got him into penalty trouble as he took two minor penalties, but continued to play his intense game. Dumont currently has just one assist in four games.
Following a point in the first two games of the season, Patrick Holland would be held pointless this week. By no means was Holland’s week a bad one though, as he stood out for other reasons. In his first game of the week, Holland was on a line with Sven Andrighetto and Gabriel Dumont. He was held to a single shot, but his defensive game was impressive. Against the Marlies, Holland created the Bulldogs’ only goal with his hard work, which forced T.J. Brennan to turn the puck over. He also was used on the penalty kill, where he blocked multiple shots and cleared the zone. Holland sits with one goal and one assist in four games with the Bulldogs.
Last update, Louis Leblanc generally looked disinterested; however this week was a different story for the former first round pick. Leblanc, against the Monsters, had a terrific game on a line with Maxime Macenauer and Nick Tarnasky. Leblanc took a penalty early on, but that would be the end of his struggles in the game. He created chances and moved well, but more importantly he looked interested in playing. Against the Marlies, the lines were shuffled and Leblanc ended up with Justin Courtnall and Joonas Nättinen. Leblanc was intense, but the puck just didn’t come to him and nothing seemed to go his way. Leblanc currently has no points in four games.
Just like last update, Robert Mayer got the second start of the week as Dustin Tokarski got the first. Mayer, yet again, had another very good showing in his only game against the Marlies. While he picked up the loss, he made numerous big saves, bailing out the Bulldogs on multiple occasions, including on a penalty shot and three breakaways. Mayer currently has a 0.928 SV% and a 2.43 GAA in two appearances this season.
Joonas Nättinen remained on the fourth line this week, but unlike last week he didn’t play well. Nättinen saw little ice time against the Monsters, and rightfully so, as he struggled to do anything productive. In his second game of the week against the Marlies, Nättinen played a bit better. He saw ice time on the penalty kill, where he played fairly well. Nättinen also picked up his only shot of the week and won the majority of his puck battles. Nättinen currently has just one assist in four games this season.
Offensive defenceman, Magnus Nygren carried his momentum from last week into his first game against the Monsters. Nygren spent the week on a pairing with Drew Schiestel, who compliments his style quite well. Registering three shots on goal, Nygren was unable to score, but he picked up a primary assist on Nick Tarnasky’s game-tying goal. However, against the Marlies Nygren didn’t play nearly as good. He slashed Carter Ashton on the hand, which drew a penalty shot. Nygren, however, made a few nice passes, but was unable to register a shot on net. Nygren is looking for his first AHL goal, but has two assists in four games.
Following a solid debut in the AHL, Erik Nyström ran into a rough patch this week. The skilled winger had a fairly quiet game against the Monsters, but he did register two shots. Just like last update, he showed his speed and skill, but didn’t do anything with it. Against the Marlies, Nyström played on a line with Akim Aliu and Maxime Macenauer. Nyström was essentially invisible the entire game. He took a lazy tripping penalty, but did draw one of his own later in the game. Nyström currently has no points in four games.
Off to a terrific start to the season is Greg Pateryn. Paired with Joel Chouinard to begin the week, it was evident that Pateryn was expected to carry the pairing. Pateryn thrived in that role as he played a great game against the Monsters. He provided a calming presence on the backend and the moved the puck well. In the third, Pateryn picked up an assist on Nick Tarnasky’s game-tying goal. Against the Marlies, Pateryn was reunited with Nathan Beaulieu and both players had solid games. Pateryn was held pointless and finished with just one shot on net. Pateryn missed a chance to tie the game up with just seconds remaining, but sent his shot over the net. The Bulldogs’ number one defenceman currently has two goals and two assists in four games.
After being a scratch for the first two games of the season, Steve Quailer finally drew into the lineup this past week. Against the Monsters, Quailer was virtually invisible. He only registered a single shot on goal during the game. However, Quailer was scratched for the second game of the week as Mike Blunden took his place in the lineup.
Dustin Tokarski got the first start of the week as the Bulldogs took on the Monsters. Tokarski stopped 24 of 26 shots, but was scored on three times in four shots in the shootout. He picked up the shootout loss, but he did play a solid game. Tokarski made multiple big stops and had no problem playing the puck. He currently has a 0.934 SV% and a 1.92 GAA in two games.
Connor Crisp has played well since the puck dropped this season, and this past week was his best yet. Crisp faced off against the Whalers in the first of two games this past week. Crisp picked up a roughing penalty early, but just a shift after getting out of the box, he grabbed an assist on Matthew Campagna’s goal. With the game over, Crisp engaged in a scrap with Mitch Jones. The following night, Crisp played his best game of the week. Crisp and the Wolves took on the Steelheads in a thrilling game. Crisp tied the game up at four on the powerplay after driving hard to the net. Just two minutes later, Crisp would give the Wolves the lead with a nice shot. In overtime, Crisp would set up Corbett, who would score, winning the game. Crisp has gotten off to a great start this season, with six goals and seven assists in 11 games.
After struggling to produce last update, Michael McCarron found it even harder to put up points this past week. The Knights headed to Kitchener to take on the Rangers to begin the week. McCarron played on the third line again, where he played a pretty good game. He showed good hands and creativity with the puck and also threw his weight around more often than he previously did. However, his physical game picked him up a double minor for roughing, which began the penalty troubles for London. The Rangers would capitalize on the power plays and win 3-2. McCarron’s second game of the week was played against the Generals. He had a pretty good game, but ran into penalty trouble. The Knights closed out the week against the rival Spitfires in a great game; however, it wasn’t a very good game for McCarron as he struggled to create offensive chances. McCarron currently has just one goal and four assists in nine games.
After a torrential start to the season, Brady Vail continues to struggle as he was held pointless in both of his games this week. Vail’s lowest point of the young season came against the Storm, where he was on the ice for all three Storm goals. To make matters worse, he was rendered ineffective in the offensive zone and the Spitfires would go on to lose 3-2. Vail’s final came of the week came against Michael McCarron and the rival London Knights. Despite being held pointless, Vail was on the ice for half of his team’s goals and was instrumental in shutting down the Bo Horvat line. Vail, while he has been held pointless in four straight games, still is producing at a point-per-game pace, with 12 points in 11 games.
Zachary Fucale started two of the Mooseheads’ three games this week. Fucale faced off against the Screaming Eagles, the team that handed Fucale his first loss of the season. Fucale would face 43 shots and allow only three goals en route to the win. Fucale’s second and final game of the week came against the Foreurs. The netminder would allow two goals on just 22 shots, but the Mooseheads still managed to get him the win. The Mooseheads backup goaltender, Kevin Darveux, got the final start of this past week, against the Huskies. The Mooseheads’ three game win would be snapped. Fucale currently has an 8-4-0 record, with 2.55 GAA and a 0.903 SV%.
While Jérémy Grégoire had his goal scoring streak snapped, Grégoire managed to maintain another streak. Grégoire began a back-to-back-to-back road trip this past week on the 18th against the Phoenix. While Grégoire picked up seven shots on goal, he was unable to score a goal, ending his streak at five games. However, he picked up a pair of assists and first star honours for his memorable performance. The next night, Grégoire would add three more assists to his total, and bring his assist streak to three games. He was named the second star in the Drakkar’s 7-0 win over the Tigers. The final game of the week was played against the Cataractes, where Grégoire picked up an assist to extend his point streak to eight games, in which he has amassed seven goals and seven assists.
The busiest of all CHL prospects this past week was Charles Hudon as he played in four games. To begin the week, Hudon and the Saguenéens headed to Rimouski to face off against the Oceanic. Hudon finished the game with a powerplay goal and a powerplay assist. Two nights later, the Saguenéens took on the Titans, where Hudon managed to pick up a pair of assists. The assists extended his point streak to three games; however, the following night against the Islanders Hudon would be held pointless for the fourth time of the season. In a spirited tilt, Saguenéens took the SeaDogs to close out the week. Hudon picked up an assist his QMJHL-leading ninth powerplay assist. Hudon currently has five goals and 11 assists in 14 games; however, Hudon has just five even-strength points on the year.
This week saw a new look for the Olympiques’ lines as Martin Reway spent most of the week as a centre. Just 59 seconds into his first game as a centre, he deflected a pass out of mid-air and scored a goal. The Olympiques would go on to beat the Voltigeurs 4-3. The following night, Reway remained at centre, where he had another solid game. He was unable to pick up a point, but he distributed the puck quite well. To close out the week, the Olympiques took on the Voltigeurs for the second time in three nights. Reway was just as successful as he was the first time around, as he scored a goal with a terrific slapshot and picked up an assist. Martin Reway currently has three goals and five assists in 10 games.
This week was an interesting one for Tim Bozon as the Swiss sniper got off to a great start this past week, but cooled off as the week wore on. Bozon picked up a pair of powerplay assists in his first game–a 7-1 win over the Hurricanes. Two nights later, Bozon picked up his second and third goals of the season. He showed some great jump in the game, something that was missing in previous games. The next game, Bozon faced off against the against Dalton Thrower’s Vancouver Giants. While Bozon was held pointless, he was very active in shooting the puck and attempting to create scoring chances. His frustration boiled over and he dropped the gloves with Blake Orban. The Blazers played their final game of the week against the Silvertips and Bozon ran into similar troubles that he did just two nights before. Bozon was unable to score, despite creating tons of chances and the Blazers were shutout 1-0. Bozon currently has three goals and four assists in 13 games.
While Bozon played four games this week, Dalton Thrower got lots of rest as he only played a single game. That one game was against Bozon and the Blazers. Dalton Thrower, with defence partner Brett Kulak, shutdown Bozon’s line. Thrower was incredibly solid in his own zone and eventually picked up a goal on a point shot blast. Thrower was very poised with and without the puck. Thrower currently has four goals and three assists in seven games.
Last update, the Wolverines and Mac Bennett walked all over their competition, outscoring the opposition 10-5 in just two games. This past week, the Wolverines were looking to have a similar level of success in a two game series against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. Bennett finished game one, a 1-1 tie, with no points and just a single shot on goal. The next game, overtime would actually solve something as Tyler Motte scored to win the game for the Wolverines 3-2. Bennett again was held pointless, but did have two shots on goal. Bennett, after getting off a great start last year, is still looking for his first point of the season. The offensive defenceman is being entrusted with top minutes for the Wolverines, so he must begin to produce.
Similar to Bennett and his team, Josiah Didier and the Pioneers outscored their opponents 5-0 last update. The Pioneers headed to Alaska where they took on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks. The favoured Pioneers would go onto lose 3-2 in overtime, but Didier had quite the perfomance. The defensive defenceman blocked a game-high five shots and finished +1, however he did pick up a penalty for a check to the head. The following night, the Pioneers took on the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, which ended the exact same way–3-2 loss in overtime for the Pioneers. Didier finished even in the game and with no penalties for the first time this season. Didier has been held pointless in his four games of the season.
Last update, Mark MacMillan had a good first game, but struggled the second and this past week was no different. The University of North Dakota headed to Ohio where they faced the Miami University Redhawks. MacMillan, currently the team’s first line centre, picked up an assist on the game’s opening goal. With two minutes left in the first, he grabbed his second goal of the season. North Dakota would go on to win the game 4-2. After going 3 for 14 in the draw in his first game of the week, MacMillan went 8 for 15 in his second. However, despite that change, MacMillan was unable to add any points and finished -2 in the 6-2 loss. MacMillan currently has two goals and two assists in four games.
Sebastian Collberg appeared to be getting his game on track; however, he was relegated to the fourth line yet again to begin the week. The sniper played on a line with Evan McGrath and Erik Karlsson. When Collberg saw ice time with the team’s leading scorer, he grabbed an assist on the eventual game-winning goal. The next game, Collberg was (unsurprisingly) moved around in the line up again. This time he was on the second line with Joel Lundqvist and Alexander Wennberg, a line that combined for just four shots. Collberg had just a single shot in the 3-1 victory over Skellefteå AIK. Collberg remained on the same line for the next game, against Orebro HK. Yet again the line combined for just four shots with Collberg having one of them. Collberg currently has no goals and three assists in 10 SHL games this season.
Swedish forward Jacob de la Rose only played two games this week, but he made the most of it. De la Rose played both of his games this week in Leksands’ top six. In his first game of the week, de la Rose’s line only fired two shots on goal and de la Rose was unable to pick up any points. Leksands lost the game 3-2 in a shootout. The second and final game of the week saw de la Rose score his second goal of the season after one-timing a loose puck. De la Rose’s line picked up five shots on goal and added four points between the three of them. While his production–two goals and five assists in 14 games–might not stand out, de la Rose has been seeing regular ice time in Leksands top nine throughout the season, which can only be good for his development.
Artturi Lehkonen struggled to put points on the board for the second straight week this past week. Lehkonen spent the week on KalPa’s top line with Luke Pither and Ossi Saarinen. In his first game of the week, against Ilves Tampere, Lehkonen picked up an assist for the second straight game in 3-2 loss. The following game, against Lukko Rauma, Lehkonen was held pointless. Lehkonen currently leads his team in scoring with three goals and seven assists in 14 games. KalPa has currently dropped six in a row and Lehkonen has been held pointless in four of those games. Being the team’s most important offensive contributor, Lehkonen must step up.