Ed. note – The sole duty of Fedor Fedin and Roman Piontkovsky of GlobalCapsFans is to serve you tasty morsels of news about your favorite not-yet-but-maybe-one-day Caps. Russian Machine gears up once more to give you your bi-weekly offering of players in the far reaches of the Caps system (CHL, USHL, NCAA, KHL, DADT). Prospect Watch incoming!
Prospect Watch’s Three Stars
- Cody Eakin
- Garrett Mitchell
- Stanislav Galiev
Brandon Anderson, G, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Stats: 4 GP, 102 Sv, 15 GA, 204:08 TOI
There was a little progress in Anderson’s stats compared to the previous report. Though his stats are still not great (0.872 Sv%, 4.41 GAA, and no wins), he played some good games. He had a terrible outing against the Raiders, where he allowed three goals on nine shots and was substituted in the first.
Greg Burke, LW, New Hampshire University Wildcats, NCAA
Burke continues his recovery from mononucleosis. Thermos of chicken noodle soup from mom, and a DVD of How I Met Your Mother.
Samuel Carrier, Lewiston MAINEiacs, QMJHL
Stats: 6 GP, 0 G, 4 A, +1, 4 PIM
The MAINEacs didn’t continue their pace from late November and won only two of the last six games. Sam Carrier added four more assists to his stats, including one shorthandeder.
Phil DeSimone, C, New Hampshire University Wildcats, NCAA
Stats: 3 GP, 0 G, 3 A, +1, 2 PIM
12/2 @ UMASS Lowell 3-0 W 0 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIM
DeSimone’s still hot though he didn’t score a goal in the last two weeks. He recorded at least a point in 7 of his last 9 games, as his ‘Cats won 7 of 11 conference games this year.
Dan Dunn, G, St. Cloud State University Huskies, NCAA
Stats: 2 GP, 17 Sv, 6 GA, 39:28 TOI
12/3 @ North Dakota University Huskies 1-3 L DNP
The Huskies’ first game against the Fighting Sioux was broadcast nationwide (USA) on the NHL Network. Dunn started twice and was pulled twice (though he returned to a game against Fighting Sioux late in the third). His weird performance in the last game was smoothed over a little bit by an assist. The Huskies won only one of their last nine outings.
Cody Eakin, C, Swift Current Broncos, WHL
Stats: 6 GP, 6 G, 6 A, +3, 4 PIM
Cody shined in the last week. Right before Canadian WJC Team Selection Camp got started, he posted his best performance of the season with 6 goals and 3 assists, twice was first star of the game and named star of the week in both the WHL and the whole CHL. This news reached Cody in the WJC camp, where he played in a couple of scrimmages between Red and White teams and recorded two points in one of them. Eakin survived after cuts made by Canada WJC team and made the final roster.
Brett Flemming, D, Mississauga Majors, OHL
Stats: 6 GP, 0 G, 5 A, +2, 4 PIM
Majors lost a couple of games in the first half of December. They have fallen to second place in the CHL rankings. Flemming continues to produce a lot of assists; he’s the best D-man on his team in assists and third among all skaters. But his plus-minus didn’t improve much, and he lost the OHL lead in this stat.
Stanislav Galiev, LW, St John Sea Dogs, QMJHL
Stats: 7 GP, 2 G, 4 A, +4, 0 PIM
Galiev is still not a leader for the Sea Dogs in scoring, and it looks like he’s saving his passion and goals for the WJC. He did shine in the game against the Olimpiques, where he recorded three points and was second star of the game. Anyway, we can say that Stan picked up his goal scoring: in the first half of 10-11 season he scored one goal fewer than in the whole 09-10 season.
Highlights vs Gatineau Olympiques
Andrew Glass, LW, Boston University Terriers, NCAA
Stats: 4 GP, 1 G, 1 A, E, 0 PIM
The Terriers’ LW found a spot on the third line, scoring his first goal in more than a month against their rivals from BC Eagles.
Goal vs Boston College Eagles (@ 5:25)
Philipp Grubauer, G, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL
Stats: 4 GP, 142 Sv, 19 GA, 248:31 TOI
He started December with an amazing game against the Generals, saving on 44 of 47 Oshawa’s shots and being named the first star of the game despite an OT loss. But in the next game, he spoiled his stats a bit. He faced Red Wings prospect Petr Mrazek in a game against the 67’s. Both Grubi and Mrazek are known for their amazing shootout saves, and when it came to the shootout Grubi was better– saving on both Ottawa’s shots. He now has 4 SOWs (no SOLs), saving on 10 of 11 attempts.
Caleb Herbert, С, Sioux City Musketeers, USHL
Stats: 2 GP, 0 G, 2 A, -2, 0 PIM
Herbert was sidelined for two games because of shoulder problems, and one more was postponed due to a blizzard warning. After returning from the national team, Herbert has slowed down a bit.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, RW, Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL
Stats: 6 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 1, 4 PIM
Kuznetsov eased off his sensational pace in November, then he left his team to participate in the WJC Team Russia Camp. Check out Kuznetsov’s interview translated by RMNB.
Nick Larson, C, Minnesota University Golden Gophers, NCAA
Stats: 4 GP, 2 G, 0 A, +1, 0 PIM
Larson scored twice – he seems to be in a good shape after long recovery from injury, though his Gophers aren’t doing well of late.
Garrett Mitchell, RW, Regina Pats, WHL
Stats: 5 GP, 3 G, 2 A, +2, 2 PIM
In the five last games the Pats picked up five points – not so bad, but they’re still dead last in their division. One good thing for the Pats was the play of their captain, Garrett Mitchell. He earned points in every game but one. Another surprise is what he didn’t pick up: a single fighting major in the last two weeks.
Dmitri Orlov, D, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, KHL
Stats: 6 GP, 0 G, 1 A, -2, 0 PIM
Orlov recorded an impressive performance in the last game against Traktor, posting season-high 22:15 TOI. Overall, his two weeks were pretty bad, as he seems to have lost the scoring touch he had early in the season. Metallurg is now 19 points out of the playoffs. They’ve also lost their best goalie, Alexander Vyuhin. Their top forward, Kings prospect Maxim Kitsyn is ready to head to OHL’s Mississauga, and violations in the club’s financial policy have been revealed. It won’t be a big surprise for me if Metallurg leaves the KHL next summer.
Patrick Wey, D, Boston College Eagles, NCAA
Stats: 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A, +2, 2 PIM
Two more good wins for the Eagles. They defeated their rivals from BU twice but those games weren’t very good for the Eagles’ D. Even though they scored 14 goals, 7 allowed is way too much. The Eagles won 4 of the last five contests.