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Blackfish: CanucksArmy Prospect Report – January 18th, 2018

We are back with everyone’s favourite prospect report, Blackfish.

This week, the Vaxjos Lakers have moved onto the CHL finals at the expense of Liberec and Lukas Jasek. Kole Lind continues his torrid pace and Jonah Gadjovich continues to miss games.

In the net – Thatcher Demko and Michael DiPietro continue to excel in their respective leagues.

Let’s dive in!

All the images of stats are from Elite Prospects.

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Western Hockey League

  • Three games and three points for 2017 2nd round pick, Kole Lind. He is now on a thirteen game point streak, which includes 10 goals and 13 assists. He is first on the Rockets in scoring, 23rd in the WHL, but is 7th in points per game.

  • Jakub Stukel picks up one goal and one assist in three games this past week for the Calgary Hitmen. He remains on their first line.

Ontario Hockey League

  • We have a new points leader in among the OHL Canucks prospects as Matt Brassard passes Jonah Gadjovich to claim the title. He has played almost twice a many games though. Brassard had one goal and two assists over the last seven days. He has been playing a lot of minutes for the Generals and has been playing fairly well. Good signs from a 7th round pick.

  • Jonah Gadjovich did not dress for any games this past week as he has an ‘illness’. No word on when he will return or what ails him.
  • Brett McKenzie picked up one assist in four games with Owen Sound. He is firmly in their 2nd line centre spot but if production picks up, he may start to lose ice time.
  • Second week in a row that Cole Candella had one assist in three games.
Name Pos Age League Team GP Record GAA SV% S/O
Michael DiPietro G 18 OHL Windsor 26 20-10-1 2.61 0.921% 3
  • Michael DiPietro continues to hold down the fort for the young Spitfires. He is still holding strong with his save percentage, mostly because he is facing a barrage every night.

NCAA

  • William Lockwood’s season is done due to injury

USHS

  • I believe Rathbone returned to the Dexter School lineup this past week – but it’s difficult to track.

EUROPE

Sweden

  • Elias Pettersson had one goal in SHL action this past week and scored two goals in CHL action. With the win on Tuesday, Vaxjo moves on the CHL finals against JYP. The game is single knockout on Feburary 6.

  • Rodrigo Abols is on loan to BIK Karlskoga in Allsvenskan.
  • Another week and no points for Gunnarsson.

  • Jonathan Dahlen with one goal and one assist for Timra this past week.
  • Rodrigo Abols had himself a decent week. Picking up three goals and one assist in two games, which included the OT winner on Tuesday

Finland

  • Petrus Palmu was held off the scoresheet this past week. He remains on TPS second line.
  • Olli Juolevi  ends the week with one assist in three games.

Russia

  • Nikita Tryamkin was held off the scoresheet in his one game this week. He was a participant in the KHL All Star game this past weekend.
  • Dmitry Zhukenov is back in the MHL – he is up to 16 PTS (4-12-16) in 17 games there, including an assist today.

Czech Republic

  • Lukas Jasek with zero points in two games this past week.

AHL

  • Since our last update – Marco Roy  was released from his professional tryout
  • Dylan Bjulus was released from his PTO and signed to an AHL deal.
  • Nikolay Goldobin was re-assigned to the Comets and has torn it up since.
  • Michael Chaput remains with the Canucks.
  • If you are looking for in-depth post-game reports about each Comets game – go to Cory Hergott’s author page here.

ECHL

  • MacKenze Stewart was held off the scoresheet this past week for the Kalamazoo Wings.
  • Anton Cederholm remains with the Comets
  • NeverWas

    Obviously EP’s SHL production is impressive But what his production in the championship league? I don’t know much about that format but isn’t that the best of the best over in Europe? How do his numbers stack up? What does it say about his game at the NHL level? Does it mean anything extra he’s lighting it up in those games???

    • Me

      The SHL is widely considered the third best league in the world.

      So I’d imagine it translates pretty well.

      It appears to me from watching him play, some in the SHL and some at the WJs, that he thrives on having highly-advanced teammates. He relies more on his teammates than many players, so when he’s thrown into a new environment where those teammates are immature and don’t know what to expect from him he has trouble, but when he’s with established teammates who know what to expect and have the professionalism to get themselves into positions to support him he thrives.

      • apr

        I think that its great that EP is playing center now. As much as I would like to see EP play for the Nucks next year, most likely as a winger, it would not be the end of the world for me if he stayed one more year in the SHL (or perhaps AHL) as a first line center.

      • Nuck4U

        If EP is playing more Center that would go a long way to have the following line up next season.

        Baertschi Horvat Boeser
        E. Kane Petersson Virtanen
        Eriksson Sutter Gagner
        Gaunce Gaudette Granlund

        Or if EP needs a year to adjust to NHL he can play wing at first and have the following:

        Petersson Horvat Boeser
        E. Kane Gaudette Virtanen
        Baertschi Sutter Eriksson
        Gaunce Gagner Granlund

        Basically adding two prospects and signing a young UFA to next season’s line up would be in line with pace of Canuck roster upgrades.

        • apr

          I still think the Sedins are back, and I don’t see them signing Kane given the anchor they have in Erickson and the 6-7 year contract Kane would demand, and Lind/Gadjovich/Goldobin/Gaudette on the way. Assuming Nucks get 2nd pick and Sedins play next year, I see this:

          Boeser – Bo – Baertshi
          Sedin – Sedin – Petterson
          Erickson – Sutter – Svechnikov/Saldina
          Virtanen–Gagne-Granlund
          Dowd

  • Ragnarok Ouroboros

    So, what happened to the article that was supposed to show the prospect rankings based on the Survey Monkey survey results that we fans filled in. The article said the survey results would appear next day. I thought perhaps it would be rolled into this prospect report…

  • Nuck4U

    EP on the left half wall on PP is deadly. Not only can he shoot one timer lasers but QB the play. Imagine him with BB on opposite right side. The PK couldn’t do what they do to can’t shoot Hank and crowd BB. Now only need top D on point better then Edler. Rasmus Dahlin would fit that so well. Gadjo and Bo net front left and right.

    PP2 would have Gaudette, Lind, Sven ?? Pouliot/Stecher Virtanen/Kane counter parts…?

  • Dan the Fan

    Bo Horvat scored 40 points in 82 games in his D+3 season with the Canucks. Adam Gaudette is scoring 1.59ppg in his D+3 year. Using NHL equivalent factor of 0.38, that works out to 50 points over an 82 game season. Think about that. Petterson and Gaudette could push Horvat down to the 3rd line and Sutter to the 4th. Nice problem to have.

    Yes, I know that it’s far from a sure thing, that many prospects look amazing until they start playing in best league in the world, but forgive me for being a little optimistic and excited.