Winnipeg Jets Prospect Tracker: NCAA Update

We continue our tracking of Jets prospects in the NCAA: Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Tanner Lane, Peter Stoykewych, Brennan Serville, Jason Kasdorf, Aaron Harstad, Connor Hellebuyck, Jamie Phillips, Andrew Copp, and Tucker Poolman.

The regular season is over in the NCAA, so we will take a look at how our potential future Jets have fared.

Note: playoff stats are included.

January Prospect Trackers: CHL NCAA AHL and Europe

2009 7th Round: LW Jordan Samuels-Thomas; 32GP, 13G, 16A, 29PTS, +17, 46PIM, 118 SOG

Month GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG
October 7 3 3 6 +2 10 24
November 10 5 4 9 +8 10 42
December 4 0 3 3 -2 14 17
January 7 4 4 8 +7 6 23
February 2 0 1 1 +0 4 4
March 2 1 1 2 +2 2 8

Injuries held Jordan Samuels-Thomas back to minimal games since the last tracker. His shot production has slowed down from 3-4 shots per game to about 2. While his scoring pace has faltered, Samuels-Thomas has produced a lot of shots on goal. Samuels-Thomas's shot generation is second on his team per game. Of the 50 highest shot volume shooters in the NCAA, Samuels-Thomas placed 12th overall and 10th in per game. For his team, Samuels-Thomas finished 5th in goals and 6th in points, plus he also was 3rd in goals per game and 5th in points per game.

6th ranked Quinnipiac faced 20th ranked Yale for the first round in the ECAC tournament. Quinnipiac won both games decisively (6-2 and 5-3) with Samuels-Thomas potting 1G + 1A. They will face 16th ranked Colgate for the semi-finals tonight.

Year Rel Draft Level G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
2013-14 6 NCAA 0.406 0.500 0.906
2012-13 5 NCAA 0.395 0.256 0.651
2010-11
3 NCAA 0.250 0.333 0.583
2009-10
2 NCAA 0.314 0.400 0.714
2008-09 1 USHL 0.542 0.373 0.915
2007-08
0 USHL 0.143 0.054 0.196

Note: Although Samuels-Thomas was drafted in 2009, he was eligible in 2008. Also, in 2011-12 Samuels-Thomas did not play due to NCAA transfer suspension (he changed schools).

2010 6th Round: C Tanner Lane; 34GP, 5G, 4A, 9PT, -6, 12PIM, 41 SOG

Month GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG
October 3 1 0 1 +0 0 3
November 8 2 0 2 -1 4 7
December 2 0 1 1 +0 0 4
January 7 0 1 1 -2 2 12
February 8 2 2 4 +3 4 9
March 6 0 0 0 -6 2 6

Tanner Lane has struggled to find his offensive game that once allowed him to dominate the USHS. Nine points is quite disappointing for a player who is four seasons removed from his draft year. It is still progress though as Lane did improve substantially over last season... sort of. There is also hope that next season he is thrust in a more offensive role, as four of the forwards who out-scored him are seniors and therefore won't be returning.

29th ranked Nebraska-Omaha faced 24th ranked Denver for the first round of the NCHC playoffs, losing the series 2-1.

Year Rel Draft Level G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
2013-14 4 NCAA 0.147 0.117 0.265
2012-13 3 NCAA 0.065 0.129 0.194
2011-12 2 USHL 0.217 0.467 0.683
2010-11 1 USHL 0.070 0.158 0.228
2009-10 0 USHS 1.190 1.143 2.333

2010 7th Round: LD Peter Stoykewych; 37GP, 1G, 8A, 9PTS, -18, 46PIM, 37 SOG

Month GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG
October 4 0 0 0 -1 4 3
November 9 0 1 1 -5 8 13
December 4 0 0 0 -2 6 2
January 7 0 4 4 -6 4 4
February 7 0 1 1 -3 8 5
March 6 1 2 3 -1 16 9

It was a rough season for Colorado College. The fact that their leading scorer was a freshman defenseman who only scored 5 goals and 20 assists in 32 games says a lot. That three of their top 4 scorers were freshman says even more. Peter Stoykewych was tied with fellow Jets prospect Aaron Harstad for second in defensive points. Stoykewych will be looked at as a leader next season, guiding a very young team to hopefully better results.

51st ranked Colorado College faced 13th ranked North Dakota, losing the series 2-1.

Year Rel Draft Level G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
2013-14 4 NCAA 0.027 0.216 0.243
2012-13 3 NCAA 0.048 0.214 0.262
2011-12 2 NCAA 0.000 0.115 0.115
2010-11 1 USHL 0.086 0.172 0.259
2009-10 0 MJHL 0.107 0.446 0.554

2011 3rd Round: RD Brennan Serville; 32GP, 0G, 3A, 3PTS, +2, 14PIM, 17 SOG

Month GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG
October 6 0 0 0 2 4 5
November 5 0 0 0 -1 4 3
December 3 0 0 0 +1 0 4
January 5 0 1 1 -1 2 1
February 8 0 2 2 -1 2 2
March 5 0 0 0 +2 2 2

Most of the Jets NCAA prospects are late 5-7 round picks. You don't expect much from them other than to be long term projects. Brennan Serville however is a third round pick, like Adam Lowry and Scott Kosmachuk. As a third round pick he is also the Jets highest drafted NCAA prospect. Unfortunately Serville is still struggling to find his game in his junior year. The defenseman found himself moved from third pair to top and back again. Next season will be Serville's final year in the NCAA to leave an impression.

11th ranked Michigan lost a huge upset to 52nd ranked Penn State in overtime. Big Ten tournament goes by single game elimination so Michigan's season is over.

Year Rel Draft Level G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
2013-14 3 NCAA 0.000 0.094 0.094
2012-13 2 NCAA 0.034 0.069 0.103
2011-12 1 NCAA 0.000 0.235 0.235
2010-11 0 OJHL 0.083 0.750 0.833

2011 6th Round: G Jason Kasdorf; 2 GP, 34 SA, 0.786 SV%

Jason Kasdorf is still out with injury, so there are no new updates.

While Kasdorf has been injured, junior Scott Diebold has been serviceable, posting a 0.916 save percentage and going 14-15-6. Kasdorf will have to prove himself early next season if he wants to regain his starter status from Diebold who will be in his senior year.

Year Rel Draft Level GP SA SV%
2013-14 3 NCAA 2 34 0.786
2012-13 2 NCAA 23 593 0.935
2011-12 1 USHL 33 943 0.894
2010-11 0 MJHL 34 ?
0.912

2011 7th Round: LD Aaron Harstad; 37GP, 2G, 7A, 9PTS, -12, 37PIM, 34 SOG

Month GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG
October 4 0 1 1 -4 4 3
November 9 0 1 1 -4 4 5
December 4 0 0 0 +1 2 2
January 7 0 5 5 -3 8 14

There's not much to be said for Aaron Harstad that wasn't already discussed in Stoykewych's section. Both will be seniors in their final season next year and both do not seem like interesting prospects with any sort of upside. While Stoykewych is known more as a puck mover, Harstad is more stay at home type. However, statistically the results have been the same this year. They will be leaned on heavily next season. Hopefully they can make something of it.

Year Rel Draft Level G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
2013-14 3 NCAA 0.054 0.189 0.243
2012-13 2 NCAA 0.065 0.129 0.194
2011-12 1 NCAA 0.000 0.207 0.207
2010-11 0 USHL 0.137 0.275 0.412

2012 5th Round: G Connor Hellebuyck; 25 GP, 755 SA, 0.938 SV%

Month GP SA SV%
October 4 114 0.939
November 5 171 0.959
December 2 60 0.917
January 4 107 0.916
February 6 60 0.917
March 4 113 0.920

Hellebuyck is always a breath of fresh air in the NCAA updates. The goaltender has finished #1 in NCAA for GAA and save percentage. This is Hellebuyck's second consecutive time leading the NCAA in save percentage. Goaltenders are always difficult to project, and success prior to professional level does not always translate, but two seasons of promising numbers is more assuring than just one. Over his collegiate career thus far, Hellebuyck has a 35-11-2 record and saving 0.944 of 1415 shots against.

8th ranked UMass-Lowell beat 14th ranked Vermont two games to one, with the single loss falling in OT. Hellebuyck played for all three games and posted a 0.929 sv%. They will face tonight the 7th ranked Notre Dame for the Hockey East semifinals.

Year Rel Draft Level GP SA SV%
2012-13 2 NCAA 19 583 0.940
2011-12 1 NCAA 24 661 0.952
2010-11 0 USHL 53 1823 0.930

2012 7th Round: G Jamie Philips; 13 GP, 296 SA, 0.892

Month GP SA SV%
October 2 55 0.855
November 2 42 0.905
December 0 0 -
January 6 156 0.923
February 3 43 0.814

Jamie Phillips after performing well in January has struggled in February. Phillips had one game where he won in overtime with a 0.871 sv%, and then was pulled after the first period in his follow two games. Phoenix Copley has been the undisputed number one, playing 30 games to Phillips 13 and posting a save percentage of 0.911. As both are sophomores -unless Copley decides to leave school- Phillips will likely see very little icetime over the next two seasons.

35th ranked Michigan Tech was beat in the Big 10 playoffs by 21st ranked Ohio State, although Copley was in net for the game.

Year Rel Draft Level GP SA SV%
2013-14 2 NCAA 13 296 0.892
2012-13 1 NCAA 9 140 0.907
2011-12 0 BCHL 26 609 0.921

0 OJHL 11 ? 0.917

Note: Phillips split his draft season in the BCHL and the OJHL.

2013 4th Round: C Andrew Copp; 33GP, 15G, 14A, 29PTS, +1, 26PIM, 90SOG

Month GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG
October 6 2 4 6 +2 2 11
November 6 6 1 7 +1 4 17
December 2 1 0 1 +2 2 2
January 5 1 3 4 +1 8 14
February 8 3 3 6 -3 4 30
March 6 2 3 5 -2 6 11

Andrew Copp has impressed many with a solid sophomore season. He proved that his high scoring rate late in the end of last season was not a fluke, while opening eyes at the WJCs being one of Team USA's top players. Copp finished the season averaging just over 2.5 shots per game. Copp finished first in goals and second in points. Michigan looks scary down the middle next season with Copp returning for his junior year and JT Compher for his sophomore... but they still struggle to find help in the backend with the departure of Jacob Trouba and Jon Merrill last season.

Year Rel Draft Level G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
2013-14 2 NCAA 0.455 0.424 0.879
2012-13 1 NCAA 0.289 0.263 0.553
2011-12 0 USHL 0.167 0.389 0.556

Note: Although Copp was drafted in 2013, he was eligible in 2012.

2013 5th Round: RD Tucker Poolman; 53 GP, 14G, 25A, 39 PTS, +19, 21PIM, 129 SOG (USHL)

Month GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG
September/October 10 3 3 6 +6 4 15
November 11 3 6 9 +7 4 25
December 8 2 5 7 +2 2 19
January 10 1 5 6 +1 5 29
February 8 4 3 7 +4 2 26
March 6 1 3 4 -1 4 15

Tucker Poolman finished his overage season 3rd in the USHL as 1st in defensive goals, second in shots on goal and third in points. Poolman is commited to North Dakota where we will get a much better gauge in how he is performing. Four of ND defensemen posted decent scoring stats and only one is graduating this season, so Poolman will likely have to earn his offensive minutes; Poolman's age though may help his chances.

Year Rel Draft Level G/GP A/GP Pts/GP
2013-14 3
USHL 0.264 0.472 0.736
2012-13 2
USHL 0.219 0.219 0.438
2011-12 1 NAHL 0.119 0.373 0.492
2010-11 0 USHS
0.217 0.739 0.957

Note: Although Poolman was drafted in 2013, he was eligible for the 2011 draft.

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