The CHL regular season has come to an end, so lets take a look at how the Winnipeg Jets' prospects have done in the last quarter of the 2012-13 season.
2010 5th Round: RW Yasin Cisse: 9GP, 2G 3A, 5 PTS, +0, 8 PIM
The Jets' lone QMJHL prospect hasn't had the offensive production you'd hope for an overage prospect. Cisse has created a lot of chances though. The Q is the only CHL component that tracks shots on goal and Cisse had 43 in 27 games played, with only going 5 games without shots placed on net. Currently Cisse has an assist in one playoff game with the Armada winning their first series 4-1. As a large 6'3 220lbs power-forward who plays a Chevy type game, I'm sure we'll be seeing this guy on the Rock this fall with at least a tryout.
2011 1st Round: C Mark Scheifele: 15GP, 17G 13A, 30PTS, +8, 17 PIM
Scheifele has exploded offensively ever since his demotion to Barrie, placing 2 points per a game afterwards, and passing Strome for 2nd place in OHL points per game, yet Hockey's Future still separates them by about 30 places (rolls eyes hard). His explosions weren't confined to offensive production, as he earned a suspension for a (questionable) hit to the head and a (not so questionable) verbal out-lash. Scheifele has lead by example lately with great playoff production, posting 4 goals and 6 assists in Barrie's sweep over Kingston and one of each in the Colt's comeback win over Oshawa. Put this all together with a large amount of expiring UFA contracts on the Jets, fans would be safe to gamble on Scheifele making the parent squad, most likely centring the 2nd and 3rd line throughout the season.
2011 3rd Round: LW/C Adam Lowry: 21GP, 12G 6A, 18 PTS, +4, 30 PIM
Lowry's 88 points are quite the feat as it accounts for 43% of the team's points. His contributions to his team didn't go unnoticed, as Lowry was the lone unanimous selection for the WHL's Eastern Conference First All-Star Team. While his pts/gp pace mirroring Telegin's junior development may cause some to be cautious, Lowry plays a game that should translate to the professional level more efficiently. Adam finished with three goals and two assists, as the Broncos were outed in five games from the WHL playoffs. He's just recently been signed to an ATO and will get some time to adjust to the pro-game with IceCaps last few regular season games. While a long shot for making the club next season, don't count Lowry out as he could make some noise in camp if he can improve his skating.
2011 4th Round: LHD Zach Yuen: 20GP, 5G 15A, 20 PTS, +11, 20 PIM
Through the past few prospect trackers we had been harping on Yuen for lack of offensive production. While Yuen projects as a more defensive defensemen, defensive players in the NHL usually had decent production in junior as it shows an ability to push the play forward and understand the game. Well, Yuen was four points shy of doubling his combined production from the last three quarters and nearly pulled his plus/minus out of the red. He posted an assist as the Americans were denied a second round of the WHL playoffs, losing the series 4-1. As a sharp skating and highly skilled left handed defensemen, it will be interesting if the Jets' send him down for his overage season, much like they did with Melchiori and Sol. If not, the IceCaps may hold all five of Jets' top LHD prospects Melchiori, Sol, Yuen, Chiarot and O`Neill.
2011 5th Round: RW Austen Brassard: 20GP, 5G 8A, 13 PTS, +12, 29 PIM
Too bad the Bulls didn't obtain Graovac before the season begun, as he seemed to re-ignite Brassard's offensive production. Since that acquisition Brassard has posted seven goals and fifteen assists, nearly doubling his seasonal point per a game. Oddly enough Austen pulled this off while being forced to play a few games as a defensemen due to injuries that plagued the Bulls late in the season. And no, he did not produce any points in his few games as a defenseman. Brassard currently has a single goal and assist, as the Bulls move to the second round and are favourites to face the Barrie Colts in the Eastern Conference OHL finals. Brassard could be fighting fellow RW Jets' prospects Vinny Saponari and Cisse for roster spots on the IceCaps next fall, especially since all three have a similar North/South-power-game game.
2012 2nd Round: C Lukas Sutter: 21GP, 2G 3A, 5 PTS, +6, 42 PIM
It's been a tough year for Sutter. He started off on the second line and hasn't seen seen it again since the first 10 games of the season. Olsen and Sutter were the only Jet CHL prospects to not play the bulk of his season on their teams top line, and Sutter was the only one not in their top6. He was invited to the Summer Series against Russia, but never saw a tryout offer. After trading future's (ex: Jets' Ryan Olsen) to bulk up for hosting the Memorial Cup, the Blade's started the season VERY roughly. The Blade's eventually recovered making the playoffs legitimately, but were swept out of the first round, being outscored 15:4 against Medicine Hat. Two of the Blade's post-season goals came from Lukas. It's unlikely that TNSE will give up on Sutter so quickly, although his projected ceiling is falling fast. Due to his birthdate, Sutter could only return to the CHL as an overager, if TNSE does not find him fit yet for the AHL.
2012 3rd Round: RW Scott Kosmachuk: 19GP, 10G, 7A, 17 PTS, -2, 30PIM
While the fourth quarter of the season turned out to be the slowest, Kosmachuk finished strong posting his second consecutive 30+ goal season in the CHL. While not a huge jump in production, his first season is the best Jet prospect production other than Scheifele, and his second is only behind Scheifele, Lowry and Telegin. Kosmachuk was predominately held off the score sheet in the playoffs, finishing with only a single goal as the Storm loss their series 4-1. Jets' fans and TNSE will be looking for Scott to be leading the way and dominating the CHL along with Olsen as they face their senior year next season.
2012 6th Round: C Ryan Olsen: 18GP, 5G, 2A, 7 PTS, -5, 6 PIM
With the slow down of the Rocket's power play came the slow down of Olsen's offensive production. Ryan has received over 50% of his points due to the playing in front of the net on Kelowna's top PP unit. Fans shouldn't be concerned, as most of Olsen's even strength time is playing a defensive role, centring the Rocket's second line. Rockets have came back to win their first series, which was originally at three games to none for Seattle. Ryan so far has three goals, all of which has been at even strength, and an assist. One season older and wiser, Olsen will be looking to take a larger role with the Rockets next season as he sharpens his two-way game.
After the end of the season, here is the statistical breakdown for each prospect:
|Mark Scheifele||Barrie Colts, OHL||45
|Adam Lowry||Swift Current, WHL||72
|Scott Kosmachuk||Guelph Storm, OHL||68
|Ryan Olsen||Kelowna Rockets, WHL||69
|Zachary Yuen||Tri-City Americans, WHL||71
|Austen Brassard||Belleville Bulls, OHL||62
|Lukas Sutter||Saskatoon Blades, WHL||72
Questions to Ponder:
- Which prospect has impressed you this most in their 2012-13 season?
- Which prospect has disappointed you this most in their 2012-13 season?
- Which prospect do you think will follow 2012 Telegin and 2013 Lowry and be the breakout star for next season? Kosmachuk or Olsen.... or both!
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