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.
St. John's IceCaps
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.
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.