Jaynen Rissling chases down Erik Benoit. (Photo credit: Kevin Hiscock/Calgary Hitmen)
As the CHL regular season winds down, a few Caps prospects are heating up. Three of four are playing on powerhouse teams and will be looking to make a splash come playoff time.
Recently, Caps prospects Jaynen Rissling (a seventh round pick in the 2012 draft) of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and Tom Wilson (first-round selection in 2012) of the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers, each posted big performances.
Jaynen Rissling, a punishing defenseman from Edmonton, has been hovering near the half-point-per-game mark all year. Last night Rissling set new WHL career-highs with three points and plus-6 rating in Calgary’s 9-5 win over the Saskatoon Blades.
Jaynen’s goal is at 1:20 mark. Video: Calgary Hitmen
Rissling is 39th among WHL d-men with 28 points in 60 games. He’s also 19th in WHL in plus-minus (plus-34) and 16th in penalty minutes (122). The Whalers are third in their conference with five games to go.
Tom Wilson has been impressive on a line with gritty playmaker Ryan Hartman and OHL’s second best goal-scorer, Vince Trocheck. Wilson had two points in Plymouth’s 4-1 rout of geographical rival Saginaw Spirit. The Whalers haven’t lost consecutive games since December.
Wilson’s assist (along with another Caps draft pick, Connor Carrick) is at the beginning of the video. Carrick’s fight is at 0:39 mark. Wilson’s nice goal is at 1:40. Video: Plymouth Whalers.
Despite missing part of the season due to injury, Wilson is 40th in point scoring (58) and 13th in penalty minutes (104). His plus-36 ranks 3rd in OHL. His teammate Carrick is 9th in OHL defenseman scoring with 43 points.