Canucks Army Prospect Report – March 4th, 2015

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Courtesy of Sarah Hobday

We are back with another edition
of the Canucks Weekly Prospect Report where I dig into all the latest stats,
rumours, gossip, news, achievements, and even made up stories from around the
different junior hockey leagues. We look into the play of all (non-AHL) Canucks prospects from the CHL, NCAA, Europe, and
even the ECHL.

Without further ado, continue
past the jump to see what went down!

Canadian Hockey League

Name Pos DOB Age Team GP G A P PPG +/- PIM NHLe
Cole Cassels C 1995-05-04 19 Oshawa 48 26 47 73 1.52 31 94 37
Jared McCann C 1996-05-31 18 Sault Ste. Marie 52 32 43 75 1.44 24 25 35
Jake Virtanen LW 1996-08-17 18 Calgary 42 19 29 48 1.14 18 66 24
Jordan Subban D 1995-03-15 19 Belleville 57 24 23 47 0.82 -5 60 20
Evan McEneny D 1994-05-22 20 Kingston 57 6 32 38 0.67 -5 65 16
Miles Liberati D 1995-06-21 19 North Bay 59 11 24 35 0.59 18 41 15
Kyle Pettit C 1996-01-18 19 Erie 55 16 10 26 0.47 -4 8 12
Anton Cederholm D 1995-02-21 20 Portland 59 6 9 15 0.25 15 70 5
MacKenze Stewart D 1995-08-10 19 Prince Albert 57 4 6 10 0.18 -5 101 4
  • Cole Cassels skated in 3 games this week scoring 1 goal and 2 assists to earn a +4, he is currently 16th in OHL scoring and earning some scouting love and is building for the future.  His murdering skills rival that of Showtime.
  • Jared McCann continues to dominate in the OHL with the Soo Greyhounds.  This week he played in 2 games and scored 2 goals and 1 assist, and earned a +4 – McCann is now 14th in OHL scoring.
  • Showtime Virtanen played in 4 games this week scoring 2 goals and 3 assists, earning 8 PIMs.
  • Jordan Subban saw his points/game increase as he scored 2 goals and 2 assists in 3 games as he remains first in Belleville scoring (by a 10 point margin) and 8th in OHL Defencemen scoring.  While Canucks.com’s prospect coverage wishes it was as good as ours, they try and cover some of the success of Jordan Subban this year.
  • Evan McEneny had 1 assist, a -1 and 6 PIMs in 3 games this week.
  • Miles Liberati seems to have found a new gear in his scoring, this week he had 2 goals, 1 assist and a +6 in 3 games.
  • Kyle Pettit had went -1 and +1 in 2 of his 3 games this week.
  • Anton Cederholm scored 2 assists and a +1 in 2 games this week.
  • MacKenze Stewart … scored… a goal… this week.  He also went -3.

NCAA

Name Pos DOB AGE School GP G A P PPG +/- S S/G Sh% NHLe
Patrick McNally D 1991-12-04 23 ECAC / Harvard 15 4 12 16 1.07 14 40 2.67 10.00% 36
Joseph LaBate F 1993-04-16 21 Big 10 / Wisconsin 30 6 10 16 0.53 -16 79 2.63 7.59% 18
Ben Hutton D 1993-04-20 21 Hockey East / Maine 36 8 11 19 0.53 -14 110 3.06 7.27% 18
Matthew Beattie F 1992-12-14 22 ECAC / Yale 16 0 3 3 0.19 5 18 1.13 0.00% 6
Mike Williamson D 1993-09-05 21 Big 10 / Penn State 12 1 1 2 0.17 0 15 1.25 6.67% 6
  • Patrick McNally has not yet returned to play at Harvard.  McNally has not yet ruled out a return to play this season.
  • Joseph LaBate is still second in scoring on Wisconsin.  This week in 2 games scored 1 assist on 6 shots, 2 PIMs and a -1.
  • Ben Hutton played in 2 games, scoring 1 goal on 6 shots, earning 2 PIMs and a -6.
  • Matthew Beattie was back in action scoring 1 assist while playing in 1 of the 2 Yale games.  He fired one shot on goal and a +1.
  • Mike Williamson was also back playing on the ice.  He had 1 goal on one shot in 1 games earning a +1.
Name Pos DOB Age School GP Assists Mins GA GAA Record Svs Sv%
Thatcher Demko G 1995-12-08 19 H-East / Boston College 31 2 1870 68 2.18 18-10-3 851 92.60%

Europe

Name Pos DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG SOG/G Sh% PIM TOI NHLe
Nikita Tryamkin D 1994-08-04 20 KHL / Avtomobilist 58 1 5 6 0.10 3 60 1.03 1.67% 35 14:15 7
  • Tryamkin has finished the regular season and his numbers have not been very impressive, even for a 21 year old.  Avtomobilist is now in the playoffs and in 3 playoff games Tryamkin is a +1 with 2 shots on goal and 10 minutes of ice time average.

ECHL

ECHL Pos DOB AGE Team GP G A P PPG +/- SOG S/G Sh% PIM
Curtis Valk C 1993-02-08 22 Kalamzoo Wings 31 11 19 30 0.97 8 78 2.52 14.10% 12
Ludwig Blomstrand LW 1993-03-08 21 Kalamzoo Wings 37 19 10 29 0.78 -7 111 3.00 17.12% 18
Dane Fox F 1993-10-13 21 Kalamzoo Wings 51 21 11 32 0.63 -5 97 1.90 21.65% 71
Jeremie Blain D 1992-03-19 22 Kalamzoo Wings 32 4 13 17 0.53 2 64 2.00 6.25% 32
  • Ludwig Blomstrand played in 3 games scoring 3 goals and 11 shots.
  • Dane Fox had 2 goals in 4 games with a -2 and 11 shots on goal.
  • From our Kwings Insiderrr Sarah Hobday we have another scouting report:
  • First time seeing a K-Wings game in 2 months and I can see a noticeable improvement in Fox’s effort and speed.
  • Blomstrand was a medical scratch on Friday the 27th. Fox scored a beautiful breakaway goal on Friday. Fox showed off that improved speed in his goal on Sat.
  • I continue to see improvement in Blomstrand’s game as he has become a much more well rounded/balanced player. He is not afraid to jump back on defense when needed and looks very strong and comfortable there. Blomstrand really showed off his speed when skating past 2 defencemen to score a gorgeous goal on Sat.
  • Fox and Blomstrand are on the top line and on the first power play unit. Again showing great chemistry together since being reunited on the same line.
  • Kane Lafranchise arrived in Toledo late Saturday. He played about 28 minutes in the game Sunday. Very strong game and posted 2 assists. Coach called him “silky smooth” in the post-game comments. No goals for Fox or Blomstrand on Sunday but they had some great scoring chances.

      Further Reading:

      • andyg

        I feel like we aren’t getting excited enough about Subban. He’s on a team that doesn’t score all that much, which has to make it tough to rack up assists. Obviously he has more control over how many goals he scores himself and oh look he’s leading the league in goals by a defenceman. I really wonder what kind of point totals he’d be putting up on a better team.

        Maybe I’m exaggerating how much better his stats would be on a better team. Maybe the advantage of better teammates would be offset by him having less ice time or something. Anyone know of any stats articles out there that might help estimate the effect of team quality on point totals?

      • andyg

        I wonder if there is a way to pry Trymakin away from the KHL and continue his professional development in North America next year. It makes me nervous to leave players in the KHL. Sometimes they decide to stay. Russians who complete their professional development in NA have a much better track record.

      • andyg

        Whenever I read these posts, I’m always curious as to the chances that any of the ECHL players will make any sort of impact (even as a 4th liner) in the NHL.

        If these players can’t even crack the top 100 in scoring in the ECHL, is their chance of ever making the NHL pretty much slim-to-none?

        • andyg

          Slim for sure.

          As for none, Canuck fans will be trotting out the example of Alex Burrows for years. As a 21 year old in the ECHL he scored 32 pts in 66 games for 2 teams, 0.48 ppg, lower than any of the 4 ECHL players listed in this report.

          • andyg

            I agree. There have been other NHL regulars that were technically ECHL players but when you look at their stats, they played only a few games before being transferred to an AHL or NHL team. Jon Quick, Rich Peverley, Dan Girardi, and Tim Thomas have ECHL games in their career stats but Quick played 38 games in the ECHL before joining LA’s AHL and NHL teams, all in the same season and Girardi played only 7 games before joining the AHL farm team. At least Burrows played a few seasons in the ECHL before getting a chance to move up.

            It would probably be safe to say that if you’ve spent more than one season in the ECHL, you’re not good enough to make it to the NHL and at best an AHL career player. Most college or junior hockey players would either go directly to the AHL/NHL or go bust.