"Hi Prospects, Whaaaat's Happening?": Winnipeg Jets' Prospects Update

Carl "Dr. Death" Klingberg here to remind Mark Dekanich that death comes to us all...

Yeah hi, it's me again...just checking to see what you prospects are up to, trying to get a hold of your AHL reports.  They were due today...yeah...well if you guys could just go ahead and play Saturday, that would be greeeaaaat.

Fridays seem like as good of a day as any to see what's happening with our boys down on the farm.  On the surface, things look pretty great for the St. John's IceCaps, who've gone 3-1 through their first 4 games.  Through 2 games for the Jets' ECHL affilitate, the Colorado Eagles, the team has a 1-1 record, so not much to derive from that.  Either way, let's have a look at 'em, along with a few of our younger guys.

I'm keeping the listed players to solely guys that are on contract with the Jets right now.  I might miss one or two, as I'm just going with the guys I see on our CapGeek or Jets.NHL.com roster.

St. John's IceCaps

Skaters

Player Age Pos GP G A Pts SOG PPG SHG Adj +/- PIM
Carl Klingberg 20 LW 4 4 0 4 9 0 1 1 4
Riley Holzapfel 23 C 4 2 1 3 7 1 0 1 2
Marco Rosa 29 C 4 1 2 3 8 0 0 0 0
John Albert 22 C 4 0 3 3 7 0 0 2 2
Mark Flood 27 D 4 1 1 2 13 0 0 2 2
Jason King 30 RW 4 1 1 2 7 0 0 0 0
Paul Postma 22 D 4 1 1 2 16 0 0 1 0
Shayne Wiebe 21 LW 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
Brett Festerling 25 D 4 0 2 2 9 0 0 -1 2
Spencer Machacek 23 RW 4 0 2 2 9 0 0 0 4
Travis Ramsey 28 D 4 0 2 2 11 0 0 1 0
Jason Jaffray 30 LW 4 1 0 1 7 0 1 0 0
Patrice Cormier 21 C 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 -1 6
Kevin Clark 23 RW 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Zach Redmond 23 D 4 0 1 1 9 0 0 1 2
Ben Chiarot 20 D 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 -1 0
Jason Gregoire 22 LW 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 -1 2
Arturs Kulda 23 D 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 6
Shawn Weller 25 LW 4 0 0 0 7 0 0 -1 0

Goaltenders

Name Age GP Min SA SVS GA SV% GAA W L SOL SO
Peter Mannino 27 2 120 45 43 2 0.956 1.00 2 0 0 1
David Aebischer 33 2 120 44 39 5 0.886 2.50 1 1 0 0

Observations:

You have to like the quick start from Klingberg, a guy who was hard to gauge coming into the season because he's so young and has jumped around to a number of different leagues.  It seems a lot of the St. John's offence is driven from the blue line, so it's a promising sight to see Postma leading the way in shots.  The goaltending situation is frustrating to me, because the obvious loser in the curious, non-sensical signing of Aebischer is promising young goalie Edward Pasquale.  Pasquale played strong hockey in the Young Stars Tournament, and was slated to test his mettle in the AHL before Aebischer was brough on-board.  Now he isn't playing at all, which is a questionable decision when you look at the ages of Mannino and Aebischer.

 

Other Leagues

Skaters

Player Age Lg Pos GP G A Pts SOG PPG SHG Adj +/- PIM
Adam Lowry 18 WHL LW 12 5 10 15 -- 4 0 6 43
Zach Yuen 18 WHL D 11 3 5 8 -- 1 1 5 6
Austen Brassard 18 OHL RW 9 3 4 7 -- 1 0 5 23
Vinny Saponari 21 NCAA RW 3 1 3 4 7 0 1 4 2
Julian Melchiori 19 OHL D 5 0 3 3 -- 0 0 2 13
Michael Forney 23 ECHL LW 2 1 1 2 -- 0 0 -1 0
Ivan Telegin 19 OHL C 4 0 2 2 -- 0 0 -1 6
Kendal McFaull 19 WHL D 9 1 0 1 -- 0 0 2 6
Cody Sol 20 OHL D 4 1 0 1 -- 0 0 0 11
Aaron Harstad 19 NCAA D 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 -1 2
Brennan Serville 18 NCAA D 4 0 1 1 3 0 0 -3 0

Goaltender

Name Age Lg GP Min SA SVS GA SV% GAA W L SOL SO
Jason Kasdorf 19 USHL 4 186 93 83 10 0.89 3 1 3 0 0

Observations:

We should be aware of the adjustments of these junior/NCAA levels to the NHL (usually around 30% of the production would translate directly, given similar usage/time).  That said, Lowry is sure looking good in the early going, as is Yuen.  Kasdorf's numbers, though unimpressive, aren't bad for a leaky team like Des Moines; his backup is sporting a save percentage around 0.820.  Both Brassard and Lowry, should they be capable of making the NHL, definitely look like they'd add a physical/truculent edge, take that for what it's worth.

Beyond these numbers, there are a lot of players that have yet to play due to injuries or depth issues.  I'll try to continue with these posts periodically to see how our system is coming along, hopefully once every other Friday.

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