Prospect Watch: Russians Win WJC, Eakin Gets Traded

RMNB Prospect Watch

Ed. note – Fedor Fedin and Roman Piontkovsky of GlobalCapsFans live to dish out salacious gossip about those players orbiting just out side the Capitals’ exosphere. Here is your sorta bi-weekly edition about kids in the Caps system (CHL, USHL, NCAA, KHL, TL;DR).  It’s Prospect Watch!

Prospect Watch’s Three Stars

  1. Evgeny Kuznetsov
  2. Dmitri Orlov
  3. Cody Eakin

Brandon Anderson

Brandon Anderson, G, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL

Stats: 9 GP, 223 Sv, 26 GA, 481:08 TOI

Game-by-game:

12/15 vs Kelowna Rockets 2-3 SOL, DNP
12/17 vs Medicine Hat Tigers 1-2 L, DNP
12/18 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3-5 L, 8 Sv, 0 GA, 29:10 TOI
12/27 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2-3 L, 33 Sv, 3 GA, 59:08 TOI
12/29 vs Edmonton Oil Kings 4-5 SOL, 29 Sv, 4 GA, 65:00 TOI
12/30 @ Red Deer Rebels 0-5 L, DNP
1/1 vs Swift Current Broncos 8-2 W, 29 Sv, 2 GA, 60:00 TOI
1/7 @ Spokane Chiefs 0-6 L, 26 Sv, 6 GA, 60:00 TOI
1/8 @ Tri-City Americans 4-9 L, 12 Sv, 4 GA, 23:33 TOI
1/12 vs Calgary Hitmen 3-4 SOL, 35 Sv, 3 GA, 65:00 TOI, 1st star
1/14 vs Calgary Hitmen 4-2 W, 25 Sv, 2 GA, 60:00 TOI
1/16 @ Calgary Hitmen 1-3 L, 26 Sv, 2 GA, 59:17 TOI

In the middle of the season, Anderson lost his starting job to Dylan Tait. Anderson got a few spot starts as a back-up, and after Tait could not take advantage of his new role, Anderson regained his starting job. Lately, Brandon has shown some improvement, including being named the game’s number one star January 12th against Calgary.

Highlights vs Calgary Hitmen (12 Jan)


Greg Burke

Greg Burke, LW, New Hampshire University Wildcats, NCAA

Stats: 4 GP, 0 G, 0 A, -2, 4 PIM

Game-by-game:
1/2 vs St. Lawrence Saints 1-2 OTL, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/7 vs UMASS-Lowell River Hawks 5-2 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
1/8 @ UMASS Minutemen 3-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/7 vs Dartmouth Big Green 5-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, -2, 2 PIM

Burke has finally recovered from his bout with mononucleosis, and has been promoted to New Hampshire’s second line.


Samuel Carrier

Samuel Carrier, Lewiston MAINEiacs, QMJHL

Stats: 10 GP, 2 G, 7 A, +14, 9 PIM

Game-by-game:

12/15 vs PEI Rocket 6-5 W, 0 G, 2 A, +1, 0 PIM
12/17 @ Montreal Juniors 5-7 L, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
12/18 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 5-4 W, 0 G, 1 A, +3, 0 PIM
12/28 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, +3, 0 PIM
12/30 vs Victoriaville Tigres 1-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, +1, 0 PIM
1/4 vs Drummondville Voltigeurs 7-0 W, 1 G, 0 A, +2, 2 PIM
1/7 vs Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6-2 W, 0 G, 0 A, +1, 0 PIM
1/8 vs Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6-1 W, 1 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIM, 3rd star
1/13 vs Halifax Mooseheads 9-3 W, 0 G, 2 A, +1, 0 PIM
1/15 @ Victoriaville Tigres 5-7 L, DNP
1/16 @ Victoriaville Tigres 4-3 SOW, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 5 PIM

Carrier and his MAINEacs had a very productive stretch, winning eight out of eleven. Carrier not only racked up a bunch of points (9pts in 10 games), he also unleashed the fury on Carl-Antoine Delisle of Victoriaville.

Samuel Carrier (#55 in white) fights Carl-Antoine Delisle (Victoriaville Tigres)


Phil DeSimone

Phil DeSimone, C, New Hampshire Wildcats, NCAA

Stats: 4 GP, 1 G, 2 A, +1, 2 PIM

Game-by-game:
1/2 vs St. Lawrence Saints 1-2 OTL, 0 G, 0 A, -2, 0 PIM
1/7 vs UMASS-Lowell River Hawks 5-2 W, 0 G, 1 A, +2, 0 PIM
1/8 @ UMASS Minutemen 3-1 W, 1 G, 1 A, +2, 2 PIM, 1st star
1/7 vs Dartmouth Big Green 5-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM

DeSimone continues to lead New Hampshire to NCAA glory. Right now UNH is ranked 7th nationally in the USCHO poll. DeSimone’s third on the team in points with 5 goals and 18 assists (1.15 PPG).


Dan Dunn

Dan Dunn, G, St. Cloud State Huskies, NCAA

Stats: DNP

Game-by-game:
12/29 vs Cornell Big Red 4-3 OTW, DNP
12/30 vs Miami Redhawks 4-3 W, DNP
1/7 vs Michigan Tech Huskies 3-0 W, DNP
1/8 vs Michigan Tech Huskies 5-1 W, DNP

All Huskies games including two to win the Florida College Classic, were won by Mike Lee. Dan Dunn was the backup and did not play.


Cody Eakin

Cody Eakin, C, Kootenay Ice, WHL

Stats: CHL: DNP.
WJC: 7 GP, 1 G, 2 A, +3, 2 PIM

Game-by-game:

12/26 Canada U-20 vs Russia U-20 6-3 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
12/28 Canada U-20 vs Czech Republic U-20 7-2 W, 1 G, 0 A, +2, 0 PIM
12/29 Canada U-20 vs Norway U-20 10-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
12/31 Canada U-20 vs Sweden U-20 5-6 SOL, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/2 Canada U-20 vs Switzerland U-20 4-1 W, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIMr
1/3 Canada U-20 vs USA U-20 4-1 W, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIM
1/5 Canada U-20 vs Russia U-20 3-5 L, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM

Cody Eakin was very solid in the WJC (3pts in 7 games) and at one point was promoted to Canada’s first line alongside Marcus Foligno and Brayden Schenn. Upon his return to Swift Current, he was traded to the Cup-contending Kootenay Ice for eight assets, including five players and three draft picks. Eakin still hasn’t made his debut for the Ice because of a hand injury.

This past Friday, the Capitals did a feature on Eakin where he talked about his experience in the WJC. Check it out.


Brett Flemming

Brett Flemming, D, Mississauga Majors, OHL

Stats: 9 GP, 0 G, 4 A, +5, 8 PIM

Game-by-game:

12/17 vs Sudbury Wolves 9-4 W, 0 G, 1 A, E, 2 PIM
12/19 vs Kingston Frontenacs 5-2 W, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 2 PIM
1/1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, +1, 0 PIM
1/2 Saginaw Spirit 0-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/7 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, +1, 2 PIM
1/8 @ Sudbury Wolves 5-6 L, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
1/13 @ Brampton Battalion 4-0 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/14 vs Belleville Bulls 3-2 W, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 2 PIM
1/16 vs Ottawa 67's 6-1 W, 0 G, 1 A, +2, 0 PIM

The Majors have played well, as they’ve lost only two of their last nine games. Flemming has had 4 assists during that span, including one short-handed.


Stanislav Galiev

Stanislav Galiev, LW, St John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Stats: 10 GP, 6 G, 4 A, +8, 4 PIM

Game-by-game:

12/17 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6-2 W, 2 G, 1 A, +3, 2 PIM, 2nd star
12/18 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
12/30 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4-5 L, 1 G, 0 A, +2, 0 PIM, 2nd star
12/31 vs Moncton Wildcats 4-0 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3-2 OTW, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/4 vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4-3 SOW, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 2 PIM
1/8 @ Halifax Mooseheads 9-2 W, 0 G, 2 A, +2, 0 PIM
1/11 @ PEI Rocket 3-2 SOW, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
1/14 vs Drummondville Voltigeurs 7-4 W, 2 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/15 vs Drummondville Voltigeurs 2-3 OTL, 2 G, 0 A, +2, 0 PIM, 1st star

At the end of 2010, Galiev slumped, recording just one point in four games. He was obviously very disappointed that he was sent home from the WJC camp. But after the Russian team won the championship, Galiev’s scoring touch returned. He’s recorded 7 points in his last 5 outings.

Hignlights vs Drummondville (14 Jan):

Hignlights vs Drummondville (15 Jan):


Andrew Glass

Andrew Glass, LW, Boston Terriers, NCAA

Stats: DNP

Game-by-game:

1/1 @ Brown Bears 1-6 L, DNP
1/2 vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-3 T, DNP
1/9 @ Vermont Catamounts 4-2 W, DNP
1/15 vs Harvard Crimson 2-5 L, DNP
1/18 @ Merrimack Warriors 2-3 W, DNP

Andrew Glass is the first player on Prospect Watch to have hockey literally taken away from him. The Terrier was permanently dismissed from his team for being late and missing meetings.


Philipp Grubauer

Philipp Grubauer, G, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL

Stats: CHL: 6 GP, 215 Sv, 15 GA, 356:34 TOI.
WJC: 4 GP, 103 Sv, 13 GA, 175:49 TOI

Game-by-game:

12/26 Germany U-20 vs Switzerland U-20 3-4 L, 5 Sv, 4 GA, 17:25 TOI
12/27 Germany U-20 vs Slovakia U-20 1-2 OTL, 37 Sv, 2 GA, 63:39 TOI
12/29 Germany U-20 vs Finland U-20 1-5 L, 24 Sv, 4 GA, 35:19 TOI
12/30 Germany U-20 vs USA U-20 0-4 L, DNP
1/2 Germany U-20 vs Czech RepublicU-20 2-3 L, 37 Sv, 3 GA, 59:25 TOI
1/4 Germany U-20 vs Norway U-20 1-3 L, DNP
12/17 vs Belleville Bulls 4-0 W, 32 Sv, 0 GA, 60:00 TOI, 1st star
12/19 @ Mississauga St. Michaels Majors 2-5 L, DNP
12/29 @ Ottawa 67's 0-9 L, DNP
12/31 @ Brampton Battalion 3-5 L, DNP
1/1 vs Mississauga St. Michaels Majors 1-2 L, DNP
1/7 vs Owen Sound Attack 4-2 W, 36 Sv, 2 GA, 60:00 TOI, 2nd star
1/8 @ Erie Otters 5-3 W, 43 Sv, 3 GA, 60:00 TOI
1/9 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 2-6 L, DNP
1/13 @ Peterborough Petes 7-4 W, 33 Sv, 4 GA, 57:35 TOI
1/14 vs Oshawa Generals 5-3 W, 31 Sv, 3 GA, 60:00 TOI
1/16 vs Windsor Spitfires 1-3 L, 40 Sv, 3 GA, 58:59 TOI, 2nd star

At the WJC, Grubauer didn’t justify the hopes of coaches and fans, and played below average. He was the starting goalie in only 4 of Germany’s 6 games, and was yanked twice as the starter. Since returning to the OHL, he’s won four of his past five games and has been named the game’s second star twice.

Highlights vs Windsor Spitfires


Anton Gustafsson

Anton Gustafsson, C, SCL Tigers, Swiss NLA

Stats: 4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, -1, 0 PIM

Game-by-game:

1/4 @ Davos 4-3 W, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIM
1/8 vs EHC Biel 4-3 W, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
1/14 vs Fribourg 3-5 L, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
1/15 @ Lugano 3-4 OTL, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM

Baby Gus returns to Prospect Watch as he signed a deal in Switzerland with the SCL Tigers. The Tigers have a good chance to make the playoffs. Anton has tallied one point, an assist, in his last four games.


Caleb Herbert

Caleb Herbert, С, Sioux City Musketeers, USHL

Stats: 7 GP, 4 G, 5 A, E, 8 PIM

Game-by-game:
12/17 @ Lincoln Stars 5-1 W, DNP

12/19 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2-1 W, DNP
12/31 vs Fargo Force 1-3 L, 0 G, 1 A, E, 2 PIM
1/1 vs Waterloo Black Hawks 5-0 W, 0 G, 2 A, E, 2 PIM
1/4 vs Sioux Falls Stampede 5-4 W, 1 G, 1 A, +2, 2 PIM
1/7 @ Youngstown Phantoms 3-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
1/8 @ USA NTDP U-18 2-4 L, 1 G, 1 A, -2, 2 PIM
1/9 @ Chicago Steel 3-1 W, 1 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/14 vs Fargo Force 1-3 L, 1 G, 0 A, +1, 4 PIM

The Musketeers struggled while Herbert was shelved four games due to an injury. Herbert reclaimed the team lead in points though playing eight games less than Ryan Carpenter. He’s also second on the team in shots and shooting percentage.


Evgeny Kuznetsov

Evgeny Kuznetsov, RW, Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL

Stats: KHL: 6 GP, 1 G, 1 A, +1, 4 PIM.
WJC: 7 GP, 4 G, 7 A, +3, 4 PIM

Game-by-game:

12/26 Russia U-20 vs Canada U-20 3-6 L, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
12/28 Russia U-20 vs Sweden U-20 0-2 L, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
12/30 Russia U-20 vs Norway U-20 8-2 W, 1 G, 1 A, +3, 0 PIM
12/31 Russia U-20 vs Czech Republic U-20 8-3 W, 1 G, 2 A, +2, 0 PIM
1/2 Russia U-20 vs Finland U-20 4-3 W, 2 G, 1 A, +1, 2 PIM
1/3 Russia U-20 vs Sweden U-20 4-3 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
1/6 Russia U-20 vs Canada U-20 5-3 W, 0 G, 3 A, E, 0 PIM
12/22 vs Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg 4-5 L, DNP
12/24 vs Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 4-2 W, DNP
12/26 vs Ak Bars Kazan 2-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
1/3 @ Traktor Chelyabinsk 4-2 W, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
1/5 @ Avangard Omsk 0-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
1/7 @ Barys Astana 3-4 L, 1 G, 0 A, +1, 2 PIM
1/9 vs Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 6-5 W, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
1/13 vs Atlant Mytischi 2-3 L, 0 G, 1 A, +2, 0 PIM
1/15 vs Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 6-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM

Kuznetsov was named the best RW of the WJC and would have been named the best forward if not for Canada’s Brayden Schenn. Overall, Kuz showed his magic against the mega-talented defensemen of Sweden, Finland, and Canada. Kuznetsov scored some crucial goals in the tournament and was surely Russia’s best player. Before the Gold Medal Game I read one fan’s comment: “Only a miracle can help Russia win this one. The miracle’s name is Evgeny Kuznetsov.” Kuz did just what was needed, helping the Russians complete their third straight comeback in the WJC by recording three points in the third period of the Gold Medal Game against Canada. Evgeny was named Traktor’s best player in December and was also rumored to get traded to the KHL’s powerhouse, SKA St. Petersbourg. However, Traktor’s coach Belousov said that they’re not going to trade him even if they are almost out of the playoffs race.


Nick Larson

Nick Larson, C, Minnesota Golden Gophers, NCAA

Stats: 5 GP, 0 G, 2 A, +2, 4 PIM

Game-by-game:

12/31 vs Union Dutchmen 2-3 OTL, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
1/7 vs Ferris State Bulldogs 2-2 T, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 2 PIM
1/10 vs USA U-18 Team 9-0 W, 0 G, 1 A, +3, 0 PIM
1/14 @ North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3-2 W, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIM
1/15 @ North Dakota Fighting Sioux 1-4 T, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM

Well, Larson is likely the most improving player of the last two weeks, getting promoted to the first line (from the fourth just a month ago).


Garrett Mitchell

Garrett Mitchell, RW, Regina Pats, WHL
Stats: 11 GP, 2 G, 5 A, -6, 46 PIM

Game-by-game:
12/13 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3-5 L, 0 G, 0 A, -4, 6 PIM
12/14 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3-6 L, 0 G, 0 A, -2, 0 PIM
12/7 vs Everett Silvertips 2-3 L, 0 G, 2 A, +1, 0 PIM
12/17 vs Prince Albert Raiders 6-4 W, 0 G, 1 A, -1, 4 PIM
12/18 @ Prince Albert Raiders 4-6 L, DNP
12/28 vs Swift Current Broncos 4-3 SOW, 1 G, 1 A, +2, 4 PIM
1/1 vs Prince Albert Raiders 3-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 7 PIM
1/2 vs Calgary Hitmen 4-3 SOW, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIM
1/7 @ Red Deer Rebels 2-1 SOW, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 2 PIM
1/8 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 1-7 L, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
1/12 vs Saskatoon Blades 4-3 SOW, 1 G, 1 A, +1, 0 PIM
1/14 vs Edmonton Oil Kings 1-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 4 PIM
1/15 vs Red Deer Rebels 0-6 L, 0 G, 0 A, -2, 19 PIM

It’s a tough life for the Pats as they lose almost all of their games and their rare wins usually come via the shootout. Captain Mitchell does everything he can, picking up a lot of PIM’s for fighting and instigating, and putting as many points as he can on the board. Over Regina’s last eleven games, Mitchell picked up two goals and five assists.

Highlights vs Red Deer Rebels, Highlightnss vs Calgary Hitmen


Dmitri Orlov

Dmitri Orlov, D, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, KHL

Stats: KHL: 2 GP, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 2 PIM.
WJC: 7 GP, 1 G, 8 A, +10, 2 PIM

Game-by-game:

12/26 Russia U-20 vs Canada U-20 3-6 L, 0 G, 2 A, +1, 0 PIM
12/28 Russia U-20 vs Sweden U-20 0-2 L, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
12/30 Russia U-20 vs Norway U-20 8-2 W, 0 G, 3 A, +3, 0 PIM
12/31 Russia U-20 vs Czech Republic U-20 8-3 W, 1 G, 2 A, +2, 0 PIM
1/2 Russia U-20 vs Finland U-20 4-3 W, 0 G, 0 A, +1, 2 PIM
1/3 Russia U-20 vs Sweden U-20 4-3 W, 0 G, 1 A, 2, 2 PIM
1/6 Russia U-20 vs Canada U-20 5-3 W, 0 G, 0 A, +1, 0 PIM
12/22 vs Sibir Novosibirsk 3-5 L, DNP
12/26 vs Amur Khabarovsk 4-2 W, DNP
12/28 @ Sibir Novosibirsk 1-2 L, DNP
12/30 @ Neftskhimik Nizhnekamsk 1-3 L, DNP
1/5 @ Ak Bars Kazan 1-2 L, DNP
1/7 @ Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg 4-3 W, DNP
1/9 @ Avangard Omsk 3-4 L, DNP
1/13 vs Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 0-2 L, 0 G, 0 A, -2, 0 PIM
1/15 vs Avangard Omsk 2-3 L, 0 G, 0 A, +1, 0 PIM

Orlov was named to the WJC all-star team over many first-round defensemen, such as Calvin de Haan and Erik Gudbranson. Being the Russians’ best D, Orlov showed great attacking skills and defensive responsibility. Even though his positional play had some blunders (such as Brayden Schenn’s goal in the gold-medal game) he really looked like he cared and worked hard at both ends of the rink. Despite new management at Metallurg, the team is going to get good money to acquire good players for the next season, and Orlov will likely cross the pond this summer. Metallurg might trade him before the KHL playoffs start, as their GM Leonid Weissfeld said: “A lot of teams were interested in Orlov. Almost the whole League”.


Patrick Wey

Patrick Wey, D, Boston College Eagles, NCAA

Stats: NCAA: 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 4 PIM.
WJC: 6 GP, 0 G, 0 A, -2, 2 PIM

Game-by-game:

12/26 USA U-20 vs Finland U-20 3-2 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
12/28 USA U-20 vs Slovakia U-20 6-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
12/30 USA U-20 vs Germany U-20 4-0 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
12/31 USA U-20 vs Switzerland U-20 2-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, -1, 0 PIM
1/3 USA U-20 vs Canada U-20 1-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
1/5 USA U-20 vs Sweden U-20 4-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
12/30 @ Colgate Raiders 6-5 W, DNP
12/31 vs Mercyhurst Lakers 4-1 W, DNP
1/7 @ Providence Friars 4-1 W, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
1/8 vs Providence Friars 3-1 W, 0 G, 1 A, +1, 2 PIM
1/16 @ Maine Bears 1-4 L, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM

Patrick returned from the WJC and found his place on Boston College’s first defensive pairing. On the bronze-winning USA team, he didn’t have a lot of TOI, but was a stable PKer.

More: Patrick Wey for The Almanac

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