Ed. note – Like clockwork, Fedor Fedin and Roman Piontkovsky of GlobalCapsFans descend on the Russian Machine to provide their bi-weekly scoop on players floating outside the system (CHL, USHL, NCAA, KHL, LOLCATS). Hold fast, as you’re about to enter Prospect Watch!
Prospect Watch’s Three Stars
Brandon Anderson, G, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Stats: 4 GP, 112 Sv, 11 GA, 210:26 TOI
In the last two weeks Brandon oscillated between good games with not-so-good games. He was the first star in a game against Prince George after blowing the shutout in the final second of the game! In the following match he was substituted after 26 minutes, already 4 goals deep against Kootenay. Most recently, he allowed 4 GA, losing in regulation. Interesting fact: Brandon has yet to make a save on a penalty shot (5 attempts). He lost both shutout series and allowed one goal on a penalty shot.
Greg Burke, LW, New Hampshire University Wildcats, NCAA
Stats: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
This UNH sophomore played in only one of his team’s three games due to a muscle strain. Wildcats coach Dick Umile said he’s expected to miss one-to-two weeks.
Samuel Carrier, Lewiston MAINEiacs, QMJHL
Stats: Stats: 5 GP, 1 G, 4 A, E, 6 PIM
Sam Carrier continues to deliver the points reliably. He almost had a PPG, and contributes to his team; his MAINEiacs won 4 of 5 in the last two weeks.
Phil DeSimone, C, New Hampshire University Wildcats, NCAA
Stats: 3 GP, 2 G, 3 A, E, 8 PIM
Another Caps Wildcat that gave some great performances in the last two weeks, scoring the game-tying goal against the Wolverines on 8 shots, 13 in three games overall. ‘Cats 1C also was a #3 star vs the RedHawks. DeSimone told New Hampshire Union Leader Sports before the game last weekend: “It’s always important to start the year off well and it’s almost like it’s even more important now. Like it or not, this month– no matter how you do down the road– can come back to bite you. We want to take care of this weekend and the next few weeks and go from there.”
Dan Dunn, G, St. Cloud State University Huskies, NCAA
Stats: 3 GP, 48 Sv, 5 GA, 96:40 TOI
The Huskies’ goalie has put an end to his struggling. After 20 Sv and 7 GA in 51 TOI in the first two games of the season, he posted a fantastic performance in the tie with the RedHawks: 38 saves on 39 shots helping the outshot Huskies stay in the game.
Dan talks about the last game:
Cody Eakin, C, Swift Current Broncos, WHL
Stats: 9 GP, 7 G, 3 A, -1, 8 PIM
The Broncos had a very difficult schedule with 9 games in 13 days. Cody Eakin passed this test, earning 10 points in that span. He was especially good on the powerplay, scoring 5 of 7 his goals while on the man advantage. His two other goals came on even strength, including one empty-netter. Also, Cody scored a game-winning shot in a shootout series in a scoreless game vs Kootenay Ice.
Brett Flemming, D, Mississauga Majors, OHL
Stats: 4 GP, 0 G, 2 A, +3, 6 PIM
Maybe Flemming doesn’t provide much value in offense, but he’s reliable in defense. In the last four game Majors allowed nine goals, but only one was allowed during Flemming’s shift. Pretty good result for a D playing up to 30 mins per game.
Stanislav Galiev, St John Sea Dogs, QMJHL
Stats: Stats: 5 GP, 4 G, 1 A, +3, 4 PIM
Stan reaches his best step-by-step. In the previous edition of the Prospect Watch, we mentioned his weak scoring and huge deficit in his plus/minus rating. But after that, Stan scored 4 goals in 5 games (including the GWG vs Wildcats), added an assist and improved his plus/minus. Galiev’s best game so far is one against Oceanic where he was 2nd star of the match.
Highlights vs Montreal Juniors:
Highlights vs Rimouski Oceanic:
Highlights vs Victoriaville Tigers:
Andrew Glass, LW, Boston University Terriers, NCAA
Stats: 3 GP, 0 G, 2 A, +1, 0 PIM
Andrew would probably like GMGM to watch his game against the Fighting Irish: 2 assists while playing on the BU’s 4th line, including an assist on the game-tying goal late in the second. In a game vs the Minutemen, he flipped to right wing still skating as a 4th-liner.
Philipp Grubauer, G, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL
Stats: 3 GP, 103 Sv, 14 GA, 189:44 TOI
Grubauer allowed a lot in the last two weeks (4,42 GAA), but somehow he was still able to get 2 wins and was even named the 1st star of one game. Especially hard for him was a wild shootout win against the Generals. The Frontenacs had a 5-goal advantage but allowed their opponents to tie the game, reaching the end of the regulation with a 7-7 draw. Philipp was then perfect on both Generals’ shootout attempts.
Caleb Herbert, С, Sioux City Musketeers, USHL
Stats: 4 GP, 2 G, 1 A, -1, 4 PIM.
The Musketeers are now in bad shape after a tremendous preseason, while Herbert accrues a lot of interference penalties.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, RW, Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL
Stats: 5 GP, 1 G, 1 A, -2, 12 PIM
After returning from a shoulder injury, Kuznetsov has continued to play on the fourth line, getting 7-11 mins TOI per game. His team opened the floodgates with a huge 6-1 win over Avtomobilist after a long period of struggling. Interesting note: Kuznetsov got points in 7 of 11 games this season, but has not yet had a multi-point effort.
Goal vs Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg (3:50, who said Russians can’t scream?):
Nick Larson, C, Minnesota University Golden Gophers, NCAA
Stats: 41 GP, 0 G, 1 A, -3, 0 PIM
In back-to back games vs the Minutemen, this centerman got a total of three shots and blocked two. In a game vs the Mavs, he had 4 shots. He skates with the Gophers’ 4th line now.
Garrett Mitchell, RW, Regina Pats, WHL
Stats: 5 GP, 2 G, 0 A, -4, 19 PIM
Ended his 6-game PIM streak last week, but one game later he earned the same number of penalty minutes as in the previous seven games combined. He wasn’t very good in offense either with only two points in five games.
Dmitri Orlov, D, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, KHL
Stats: 6 GP, 1 G, 1 A, -3, 0 PIM
After a good start for Kuznya, Orlov’s team went on a long losing streak and fell very, very low in the standings. Because of this, there should be no surprise that this D-man/Powerplay Quarterback who averages 17-20 minutes TOI has been a -3 over the last two weeks. He’s had only two assists during that time as well.
Patrick Wey, D, Boston College Eagles, NCAA
Stats: 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, +4, 2 PIM
The Eagles are 4-0 in the preseason, and Caps prospect Wey has had a pretty good two weeks. He’s a +4 and was alson on the ice for a powerplay empty-netter.
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