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Blackfish: Lucas Forsell is on fire, Josh Bloom joins the pipeline, and Elias Pettersson with a couple more SHL assists
By Faber11 months ago
With the trade deadline just a week away, the Canucks made a trade to help bolster their prospect pool and while doing so, also helped bolster these Blackfish prospect reports.
The Canucks moved Riley Stillman for Josh Bloom, and when it comes to point production, Bloom has been showing well in the OHL. He is just shy of a point-per-game this season with 58 points in 59 games. Bloom will surely get some mentions as this weekly prospect report rolls through the weeks.
We saw one Canucks prospect stay hot in the SHL, some AHL production from the youngsters, and a pair of points for D-Petey.
Let’s dive into the week that was in the world of Canucks prospects.
The new guy and the OHL update
We mentioned Josh Bloom earlier, and he will be a player who shows up quite often in these articles from this point on. Bloom is the second-highest-scoring prospect for the Canucks this season, trailing only Connor Lockhart and his 67 points in 54 OHL games.
Bloom had one goal this past week.
He used his speed and strength to gain the corner on the defenceman and make a move towards the net. It’s something we have seen a lot of since we started watching this kid’s highlights.
We were told that Bloom’s biggest strength is his ability on the penalty kill. He has a solid toolbelt and can do a lot of things at a high level but nothing really elite. He could end up being a bottom-six winger in the NHL one day and he has had a pair of strong seasons since his OHL season was cancelled in his draft year.
Cam Robinson of Elite Prospects did a great job clipping all of his goals. This is worth the watch to get a feeling for the player and how he scores goals.
Connor Lockhart had a strong offensive week in the OHL. He picked up a goal and three assists over his two games this week. His Peterborough Petes are on a four-game winning streak and starting to play well with the playoffs just down the road.
It’s always great to see the undersized Lockhart scoring goals around the net and that’s where he scored from this past week.
The 20-year-old is going to have a tough time cracking the AHL roster if he isn’t able to play up from his stature, but we’ve seen him develop a snarl in his game this season and he doesn’t look like he gets thrown around when he’s patrolling the opposition’s crease or banging in the corners.
18-year-old, left-shot defenceman Kirill Kudryavtsev is now up to 44 points in his sophomore OHL year.
He picked up a pair of assists in a 7-3 loss on Friday night against the Guelph Storm. Here’s one of his assists, as Kudryavtsev has been quarterbacking the power play unit and this bodes well for his future in the OHL as a point-producing defenceman.
Sweden always gets its own heading
The big story of the week in the world of Canucks prospects comes out of Sweden.
Shocker… I know.
Lucas Forsell found the back of the net three times this past week and has been scoring at a tremendous rate in the SHL since he was called up on Boxing Day.
The teenager now has nine goals in his last 21 games and that is noteworthy because no player in the SHL under the age of 27 has more goals over that stretch of time.
Forsell is becoming one of the top young scorers in the SHL and he has been doing it by going to the net hard and finding rewards from his hard work around the crease.
Here’s a look at all three of Forsell’s goals this past week.
The kid is hot and his team sits in third place on the SHL standings. He is primed to take off on a deep playoff run and his team is full of veterans that were there for last year’s run to an SHL playoff championship.
On the backend, Elias Pettersson (D-Petey) picked up a pair of assists over two games.
Pettersson is now up to one goal and four assists through 38 SHL games.
Odds & Ends
It was a quiet week around the other leagues.
Aidan McDonough had an assist and is still focused on his season at Northeastern.
A decision still needs to be made from his camp about signing with the Canucks or exploring free agency.
Arshdeep Bains picked up a power play goal on Saturday in the AHL.
Linus Karlsson picked up a goal and an assist this past week.
That wraps up this week’s Blakfish Prospects Report. We will be trialling a YouTube Blackfish video again, beginning next week.
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