Ed. note – Fedor Fedin and Roman Piontkovsky of GlobalCapsFans are not at fault for the tardiness of this week’s entry. That’s all on Peter. Regardless, Russian Machine is proud to provide the bi-weekly lowdown on players somewhere beyond the Caps system (CHL, USHL, NCAA, KHL, XBOX360). Prospect Watch incoming!
Before we begin, we first must congratulate a handful of prospects on our list. Brett Flemming, a defenseman for the OHL’s Mississauga Majors, signed a three year entry level deal with the Washington Capitals last Thursday. Also, with the 2011 World Junior Championships set to begin a day after Christmas in Buffalo, countries have named their rosters for their respective WJC camps. Six Capitals Prospects were invited including Patrick Wey to Team USA, Philipp Gubauer to Team Germany, Cody Eakin to Team Canada, and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitri Orlov, and Stanislav Galiev to Team Russia. Good luck, guys!
Prospect Watch’s Three Stars
- Evgeny Kuznetsov
- Cody Eakin
- Sam Carrier
Brandon Anderson, G, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Stats: 4 GP, 124 Sv, 22 GA, 245:00 TOI
In the last two weeks he’s played in four games, and they’ve all been trouble for him. He won only one game (it went to the shootout) and averaged 5,39 GAA with a terrible 85.5 Sv%. For the first time in a long while, he has not been a star in any of his games.
Greg Burke, LW, New Hampshire University Wildcats, NCAA
The Wildcat is still out of line-up with mononucleosis. Less indiscriminate smooching in Burke’s future maybe?
Samuel Carrier, Lewiston MAINEiacs, QMJHL
Stats: 5 GP, 2 G, 3 A, +6, 5 PIM
The MAINEiacs are on fire, winning 4 of the last 5 games and fighting for a lead in the regular season with the Quebec Remparts, St. John Sea Dogs, and Montreal Juniors. And Carrier’s hockey performance has been a bright spot. First of all, he picked up two goals and three assists. Also, he scored thewinning SO goal against the Wildcats and had a tremendous +4 (season best for him). And a fighting major.
Fight vs Chicoutimi Sagueneens:
Phil DeSimone, C, New Hampshire University Wildcats, NCAA
Stats: 4 GP, 1 G, 6 A, +5, 0 PIM
DeSimone continued his good performance and added six points to his tally. At this pace, he’s going for 53 points in 34 games – much more than David Steckel’s 30 in 41 during his fourth year with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Goal vs Boston University Terriers: (2:40)
Dan Dunn, G, St. Cloud State University Huskies, NCAA
Stats: 1 GP, 22 Sv, 3 GA, 60:00 TOI
The Huskies played just two games in the last two weeks. Dunn finally recorded a win – his second of the season. In 14 games the Huskies have only five wins.
Cody Eakin, C, Swift Current Broncos, WHL
Stats: 6 GP, 1 G, 6 A, -6, 14 PIM
In a terrible game against the Blades, he ended his point streak at 9 games. But then he started a new one. Last weekend, he earned two points and both times was named a #1 star in each of two back-to-back games with the Hurricanes. Then he played in the last game of the Subway Super Series, earned an assist, but the WHL team lost.
Brett Flemming, D, Mississauga Majors, OHL
Stats: 5 GP, 0 G, 4 A, +5, 4 PIM
Flemming and the Majors are fine as earlier. They won in all five of their games and lead the OHL. Flemming was pretty valuable at the both ends of the rink, getting some points (four assists). His +25 after 25 games are the league’s best.
Stanislav Galiev, LW, St John Sea Dogs, QMJHL
Stats: 3 GP, 2 G, 2 A, +3, 6 PIM
The talented Sea Dogs continue to crash everybody they meet. In the last three games they scored 22 goals and allowed few against. Unfortunately, Stan Galiev didn’t score that much, but he still has had four solid points. These numbers look small next to the stats of Zach Phillips and Jonathan Huberdeau (both are 2011 draft eligible), who have had 9 and 8 points respectively.
Highlights vs Halifax Mooseheads:
Andrew Glass, LW, Boston University Terriers, NCAA
Stats: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
The Terriers winger is struggling and was sidelined for one game, but then he played one game on the third line.
Philipp Grubauer, G, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL
Stats: 4 GP, 121 Sv, 12 GA, 195:23 TOI
He was not bad at the start of reporting period winning two of three games becoming a #2 star twice. But Sunday’s game against the Ottawa 67′s spoiled impressions. Phil allowed four goals in 16 minutes and was changed. But even with this, he has solid 91.0 Sv% and 3.69 GAA. It looks like he allowed a lot, but don’t forget he faces more than 40 shots on average.
Highlights vs Sarnia Sting:
Caleb Herbert, С, Sioux City Musketeers, USHL
Stats: 4 GP, 2 G, 2 A, N/A, 6 PIM
Herbert and his Musketeers have had hard times. The future Capital is still the number one scorer on his team, but his team scored only 5 goals in the last 4 games as Herbert has just one and -6. Looks like the last game against the Ice is a peak of the struggling period -3 and 4 PIM for Herbert.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, RW, Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL
Stats: 5 GP, 4 G, 2 A, 4, 2 PIM
Nick Larson, C, Minnesota University Golden Gophers, NCAA
Stats: 4 GP, 1 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
The only game Larson scored in was a non-conerence one against the Wolverines. Nick Larson’s status as a Caps prospect is questioned in the latest HFBoards’ Caps prospects list. We’ll keep you posted.
Interview after the game vs Michigan:
Garrett Mitchell, RW, Regina Pats, WHL
Stats: 6 GP, 0 G, 2 A, -6, 7 PIM
Pats had difficult two weeks. They won only one of six contests and that was a SO win. The captain of the team can’t be happy with his game either. In all but one game against the Cougars, Mitch had a negative rating earning only two points in two weeks. And yeah, as always, he fought.
Fight vs Prince George Cougars:
Dmitri Orlov, D, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, KHL
Stats: 4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, -4, 0 PIM
After the break the only game Kuznya won was match against tough Western outsiders from Vityaz. Orlov’s TOI goes down from season-high 21:03 in the first game of the reporting period to 15:33 (third worst this season) in his last game where Orlov was punished by the Eastern offensive powerhouse, Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
Patrick Wey, D, Boston College Eagles, NCAA
Stats: 4 GP, 1 G, 1 A, +4, 6 PIM
The Eagles have had a tremendous performance in the last week: 3 wins in 3 games with goals total 17-6. Wey scored his second goal of this season making a final push to make the USA U-20 National Team preliminary roster, which will be announced in the early December.
Goal vs Merrimack College (@ 2:04)