Prospect Update: Lehkonen Lights the Lamp (Mar. 23-29)

Photo: Per Friske, Bildbyrån.

Photo: Per Friske, Bildbyrån.

Artturi Lehkonen led the way this past week, contributing a hat trick and an assist in Frolunda’s playoff run. Michael McCarron was a close second, providing three points in two games. Sven Andrighetto and Charles Hudon both had solid weeks, while Mike Condon regained form. Daniel Audette posted solid totals and Brett Lernout scored his first WHL playoff goal. However, Zach Fucale was the back up for both of Quebec’s playoff games, and Josiah Didier and Colin Sullivan saw their seasons come to an end.

 

Notable Performances:

Artturi Lehkonen – LW – Frolunda HC
Drafted 55th overall, 2nd round, 2013

It has been a season marred by inconsistency for Artturi Lehkonen–a 19-year-old SHL player. This past week, he contributed a key assist in Frolunda’s game seven win over Luleå HF. In game one versus Växjö Lakers HC, Lehkonen opened the scoring by sneaking behind the defence and tapping in the puck. Late in the third period, he would score once again, this time by picking up a loose puck at the goal line, spinning to his forehand, and burying the puck into the open cage. Lehkonen was rewarded with a crucial shift with seconds remaining in the game, where he completed his second SHL hat trick by burying the empty-netter.

A bout with mono, disappointing performance at the WJC, and a goalscoring drought measured by months have all tainted this season for Lehkonen. However, since the beginning of February, Lehkonen’s play has picked up. His ice time has increased, as have his shots/game, and his point totals have subsequently improved. Lehkonen provides a strong two-way game mature beyond his years that always makes him valuable as a player; however, sometimes he just doesn’t show enough on the offensive side. Lately, that hasn’t been a problem, and hopefully he keeps it up.

 

Michael McCarron – C/RW – Oshawa Generals
Drafted 25th overall, 1st round, 2013
 

Last season, McCarron took his game to a new level in the postseason. For the second straight year, he has done that once again (although it’s early on). In game one versus Peterborough, McCarron set up Tobias Lindberg for an easy goal after a dominant effort along the boards. Late in the first, McCarron missed an open-ice check and crashed into the goaltender, forcing him to drop the gloves. McCarron made quick work of his challenger, and once he returned to the ice he continued to impress. Following a great effort by Michael Dal Colle, McCarron picked up the puck and fired an off-balance, yet heavy shot, picking the top corner and ending a 14-game goalscoring drought. In game two, McCarron got off to a slow start, but took the third period over, culminating with the eventual game-winner–a wicked shot in the high slot.

Statistically, it has been a tale of two seasons for McCarron, play-wise, it has a tale of one–excellent play. McCarron is the one of the OHL’s top defensive forwards and arguably the league’s top powerforward. However, in Oshawa he just hasn’t managed to produce at the insane rate that he was London. In the weeks leading up to the playoffs, McCarron was continually creating chances, but simply wasn’t able to find twine. Thankfully, Oshawa’s depth scoring helped make up for the lack of McCarron’s finish. If this season is anything to go by, McCarron possesses a highly inconsistent level of finish. But once he gets on a roll, he’s hard to stop, and hopefully, this gets the ball rolling.

 

AHL

Sven Andrighetto – RW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 86th overall, 3rd round, 2013

-Pointless against Adirondack (Mar. 25).
-Recorded an assist with a pass from the point against Rochester (Mar. 27).
-Contributed two points–a goal and an assist–with cannons from the point against Toronto (Mar. 28).
-All three of Andrighetto’s points this week came from the same region–hopefully he continues to have success manning the point on the powerplay.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week (AHL)30002
Total (AHL)5714274142
Total (NHL)122140

Mac Bennett – D – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 79th overall, 3rd round, 2009

-Three quiet and insignificant performances.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week20000
Total56471110

Daniel Carr – LW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent (April 21st, 2014)

-Went pointless, but contributed with solid two-way play and was involved in multiple goals.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week31010
Total7323123521

Mike Condon – G – Hamilton Bulldogs
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent (May 8th, 2013)

-Started all three games.
-Stopped 29 of 30 shots against Adirondack, earning his 20th victory of the season.
-Had a rough outing versus Rochester, allowing three goals on 24 shots and picking up an overtime loss.
-Bounced back against Toronto, stopping 30 of 31 and making numerous excellent saves.

GPWLSV%GAA
This Week3120.9023.71
Total4622240.9232.39

Connor Crisp – LW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 71st overall, 3rd round, 2013

-Played in just one game, and wasn’t particularly noticeable.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week20110
Total36134102

Darren Dietz – D – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 138th overall, 5th round, 2011

-Quiet week for Dietz, who has just one point in his last 16 games.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week30002
Total684131757

Morgan Ellis – D – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 117th overall, 4th round, 2010

-Solid performance versus Adirondack, but was nondescript the following two games.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week (AHL)30002
Total (AHL)2425713
Total (ECHL)3913132622

Stefan Fournier – RW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent (July 6th, 2013)

-Played against Rochester and Toronto, and was invisible in both games.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week (AHL)10000
Total (AHL)1301114
Total (ECHL)1205522

Charles Hudon – C/LW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Drafted 122nd overall, 5th round, 2012

-Solid week, scoring a fantastic goal against Rochester.
-Grabbed an assist against Toronto and had a strong game overall.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week30002
Total7317385564

Christian Thomas – LW/RW – Hamilton Bulldogs
Acquired via trade with NY Rangers (July 2nd, 2013)

-Average in all three games.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week (AHL)30112
Total (AHL)4910102018
Total (NHL)181017

 

 

ECHL

Dalton Thrower – D – Brampton Beast
Drafted 51st overall, 2nd round, 2012

-Went pointless in all three games versus Rapid City this week.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week300021
Total37336107

 

OHL

Michael McCarron – C/RW – Oshawa Generals
Drafted 25th overall, 1st round, 2013

 

GPGAPPIMS
This Week22134
Total (Playoffs)742615
Regular Season56284068128
 

 

 

QMJHL

Daniel Audette – C – Sherbrooke Phoenix 
Drafted 147th overall, 5th round, 2014

-Poor series opener versus Charlottetown (Mar. 27).
-Bounced back with an excellent three-point performance, including two quality finishes in game two (Mar. 28).

GPGAPPIMS
This Week10220
Total (Playoffs)62460
Regular Season6029447364

Jeremy Grégoire – RW – Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Drafted 176th overall, 6th round, 2013

-Recorded an assist in the series opener, but went pointless in game two.
-Baie-Comeau leads the series 2-0.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week24372
Total (Playoffs)7781510
Regular Season3220214159

 

WHL

Tim Bozon – LW – Kootenay Ice
Drafted 64th overall, 3rd round, 2012

-Pointless in both games.
-The series is split one a piece between Calgary and Kootenay.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week43696
Playoffs636960
Regular Season5735286319

Brett Lernout – D – Swift Current Broncos
Drafted 73rd overall, 3rd round, 2014

-Scored first ever WHL playoff goal by leading the rush then taking a pass and burying it while falling to the ice (Mar. 28).
-However, Swift Current is down 2-0 in the series versus Regina.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week (AHL)30000
Total (AHL)30000
Regular Season (WHL)7214284268
Total (Playoffs)41014

Nikita Scherbak – RW – Everett Silvertips
Drafted 26th overall, 1st round, 2014

-Despite regular season success against Spokane, Scherbak recorded just one assist in two playoff games.
-The series is split 1-1.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week32002
Total (Playoffs)83256
Regular Season6527558260

 

 

USHL

Nikolas Koberstein – D – Bloomington Thunder
Drafted 125th overall, 5th round, 2014

-Pointless in both games this week.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week200010
Total614913138

 

NCAA

Josiah Didier – D – University of Denver Pioneers
Drafted 97th overall, 4th round, 2011

-Lost to Providence in the NCAA tournament, ending his NCAA career.
-Montreal will lose his rights on August 15, 2015 if they choose not to sign him.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week30005
Total (AHL)50005
Total (NCAA)40381158

Colin Sullivan – D – Miami University Redhawks
Drafted 198th overall, 7th round, 2011

-Played in just one game, converting to centre versus Providence.
-Despite a great effort by Miami, they would fall 7-5, ending their season.

GPGAPPIMS
This Week10002
Total90114

 

EUROPE

Artturi Lehkonen – LW – Frolunda HC
Drafted 55th overall, 2nd round, 2013

GPGAPPIMS
This Week (SHL)30000
Total (Playoffs)113250
Regular Season47881612
Total (CHL)122574
Total (SHL + CHL Combined)5910132316

Martin Reway – LW – HC Sparta Praha
Drafted 116th overall, 4th round, 2013

-Ran into penalty trouble in both games vs Trinec.
-Recorded an assist in the second game (Mar. 29).

GPGAPPIMS
This Week (CZE)20000
Total (Playoffs)816720
Regular Season349283754
Total (CHL)82682
Total (CZE + CHL Combined)4211344556

NOT IN ACTION

AHL

Magnus Nygren (concussion — out since November 29)

Jarred Tinordi (upper-body injury — out since March 15)

 

QMJHL

Zach Fucale (backed up Callum Booth in both games)

 

USHL

Hayden Hawkey (torn MCL and ACL — out for remainder of the season)

 

NCAA 

Jake Evans (season is over)

Mark MacMillan (lower-body injury — out since February 28 [out indefinitely])

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