Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report – October 1st, 2015

Canucks Army’s weekly Prospect Report is back! For the third consecutive year, we’ll be providing you with the best quad-monthly prospect report on the Internet. Maybe. For those who are newer to the site, these profiles serve to take a look at the organization’s non-AHL prospects. Check back every Thursday for the latest news and updates on your future Canucks!

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While the big club hasn’t started playing games that matter yet, hockey has been under way for nearly a month in much of the world. Many of the team’s prospects have recently headed back to the CHL and started their season while the ones playing in European men’s leagues have had plenty of ice already.

The only prospects waiting to get their seasons underway are those who opted to take the NCAA route, and those who will be playing in Utica or Kalamazoo. With all of that said, how are the ones who have started playing doing? Let’s take a look.

Canadian Hockey League

Name Pos DOB Age Team GP G A P P/G +/- PIM NHLe Sh Sh% Sh/G
Kyle Pettit C 1996-01-18 19 Erie 2 2 1 3 1.5 3 0 37 5 40.00% 2.5
Carl Neill D 1996-07-06 19 Sherbrooke 2 0 3 3 1.5 5 4 32 7 0.00% 3.5
Tate Olson D 1997-03-21 18 Prince George 2 0 2 2 1 -1 0 21 x x x
Dmitry Zhukenov C 1997-03-24 18 Chicoutimi 2 1 0 1 0.5 1 2 11 4 25.00% 2
Guillaume Brisebois D 1997-07-21 18 Acadie-Bathurst 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.00% 1.5
  • The Erie Otters have lost more than a few of their key players to better leagues this year, and as such, Kyle Petit will get an opportunity to play in a top-six role. So far, he’s made the most of it, scoring two goals in as many games while adding an assist. He’s managed this pair of goals in just five shots, but I wouldn’t rely on him being a 40.0% sharpshooter moving forward.
  • Carl Neill is off to a fantastic start with the Sherbrooke Phoenix. He leads all of the junior prospects in the organization in shots with seven in just two games, though he hasn’t been able to convert them into goals. The act of putting pucks on net is still benefitting the team, though; he’s picked up three assists in the same timeframe.
  • Tate Olson is also starting off strong, with a pair of assists in as many games. If he keeps this up, he’ll nearly triple his production from last year, so fingers crossed that this ridiculously small sample holds up!
  • Dmitry Zhukenov scored his first goal in North America, and added a few shots.
  • Guillaume Brisebois has been extremely quiet, taking a couple of shots but not finding himself on the scoresheet. This is on the opposite end of the “Tate Olson, offensive superstar” spectrum, in that we expect him to even out the tide and start producing soon.

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Depending on how the next few weeks play out, we could see the likes of Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen join these guys in future posts, but for now, they’ll continue to push for NHL roster spots.

Europe

Name Pos DOB AGE Team GP G A P P/G +/- Sh ShG/G Sh% PIM TOI
Lucas Jasek F 1997-08-28 18 Czech / Trinec 6 0 1 1 0.17 1 x x x x x
Nikita Tryamkin D 1994-08-04 21 KHL / Avtomobilist 14 1 0 1 0.07 -3 5 0.36 20.00% 4 9:17
  • Lucas Jasek doesn’t really have a huge hill to climb to set career-high numbers; he had only two points in 27 games last season (which is still solid for a seventeen-year-old in a pro men’s league). The great news is that he’s already halfway there through six games, though he’s currently on a five-game scoreless drought.
  • The KHL starts their season earlier than most, which means Nikita Tryamkin has played plenty of hockey. Unfortunately, he hasn’t done much with that time, picking just a single goal and five shots during that time. Even more worrisome is the fact that he’s playing just nine minutes per game, which is about two-thirds of his 2014/15 deployment. He’s also missed two games this year as a healthy scratch, which isn’t a good look for the 21-year-old. There’s still plenty of games left in the season, however, so he’s definitely got time to turn it around.

NCAA

College Hockey is upon us, but it hasn’t started just yet. Ivy League teams will begin playing exhibition games next weekend. In the meantime, Thatcher Demko’s Boston College leads pre-season polling for best team in the country. North Dakota (Brock Boeser’s home) ranks fourth while Yale (Matthew Beattie) takes the 12th spot.

ECHL

No ECHL updates this week; we’ll continue with those once the Utica Comets have sorted their training camp out and assign some of the organization’s prospects to Kalamazoo.



  • pheenster

    Actually, the stats above may be wrong(?).

    According to his player page on the KHL website (http://en.khl.ru/players/17594/) the 5 shots, 9:17 ice time is from the 14/15 playoffs. In the 15 games in 2015/16 season Tryamkin has 23 shots and 17:06 average ice time.

    Weirdest Tryamkin stat line: has taken 5 faceoffs.

  • pheenster

    Tryamkin’s ice-time has increased significantly in the past couple of games (20:49, 19:10, 19:23). Not sure the reason, but its a good sign. Now we just have to wait and see if this results in more production.

  • TrueBlue

    If “bi-weekly” means once every two weeks, wouldn’t “quad-monthly” mean once every four months?

    And what if there are 5 Thursdays in a month?! Gah! Chaos.

    Thankfully I love this series, so I’ll just sit around hitting “refresh” every Thursday until it’s published anyway. Welcome back!!

  • TrueBlue

    I really like this series. Hard to get a nice summary of Canucks prospects news, and a bit of chatter/opinion on them. I’m looking forward to seeing how well Brisebois and Zhukenov progress.

    Keep it up.

  • CroBear

    I’m glad to see the weekly prospect reports are back for another season, always nice to keep track of the youngsters.

    I’ll get a chance to see Avtomobilist live in 2 weeks, so I’ll try and focus a bit more on Tryamkin (and try and get to the bottom of the mystery why does he take faceoffs). And as BD pointed out, you pulled out his stats from the 14/15 postseason, so far this season he has 15 played games, 17:06 TOI/G, 23 SOG, 21 hits and 13 blocked shots (source: http://en.khl.ru/stat/players/309/all/avtomobilist/).

    Totally unrelated, but Sestito lights it up in KHL after some sweet dangling (1:25 onwards): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu5bIoUZbsU