The St. John's IceCaps played three games this week and like the Jets they struggled to score for a chunk of it. The Caps scored a total of two goals in back to back losses (one in OT) versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They followed up the losses with a wide open, 6-5 win over the Binghamton Senators. Scott Kosmachuk, JC Lipon scored the lone goals in the first two games, many players got into the action last night.
Connor Hellebuyck only played one game this week and it was the 6-5 win. He surely won't be happy with this game.
Nikolaj Ehlers played two games this week and he broke out with the kind of production that Jets fans expect. Ehlers scored two goals and two assists in his two games played. Also in the QMJHL, Jan Kostalek stayed hot. The underrated defensive prospect recorded a goal and two assist in four games played. Kostalek has seven points in ten games this month.
Jimmy Lodge is also on a bit of a roll. Lodge has himself on a four game point streak, including four points (2G, 2A) in three games this week.
Josh Morrissey appears to be picking up steam. The Raider's Captain picked up a goal and two assists in his three games played. Eric Comrie picked up two wins in two games played. He was dominant in one effort and just good enough in the others. Still, a win is a win. Axel Blomqvist is also getting rolling, he has four goals in his last four game played - including three goals in three games since the last update. Blomqvist is primarily a playmaker, so this goal streak is a refreshing surprise.
Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Winterhawks are stacking some numbers. The Portland Winterhawks are a shadow of the team that won a championship two years ago. They have three wins on the season - two of which came this week - to go with eight losses and they've allowed a league worst 60 goals against in those games. Still, our heros keep trucking along. Chase De Leo scored three goals and added two assist in the Winterhawk's three games played. Nic Petan returned to the lineup healthy and hot despite the devastating hit that removed him from a game last week. He recorded six assists in three games played.
Also of notes: Eric Comrie, Josh Morrissey and Nic Petan were all named to the WHL team for the Canada vs Russia Subway Super Series. They will face off against fellow Winnipeg Jets prospect Pavel Kraskovsky as he has been named to the Russian team.
Nice hands in tight spaces with Jimmy Lodge:
This was a relatively quiet week for the Winnipeg Jets college prospects. 2012 draft pick Tucker Poolman did score his first college goal on Saturday night, but he remains in a time share for third pairing ice. Beyond that, scorers were few and far between. Jason Kasdorf played two games in net for RPI and like Comrie he had one strong showing and once shaky start. Unlike Comrie, he wasn't able to pull out a win in either game. RPI scored a grand total of one goal across the two games.
Tanner Lane is leading the way among Winnipeg Jets college prospects. He scored a goal this week and added two assists in two games played. Lane is a player that was largely off the radar as a Jets prospect, but he is rolling to star the year. Lane has one goal and four assists for five points in four games played. This comes after scoring a career high of just nine points in all of last season. Lane is 22 years old. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 (Alexander Burmistrov) draft. Is this a breakout year for Lane? Only time will tell, but he will need much more of this.
1) Nic Petan the Winnipeg Jets pocket sized assist machine looked no worse for wear despite getting destroyed by a highly questionable hit. The offender got seven games off, Petan potted six assist in three games played. Nic Petan is a monster. Can't wait to see him in the NHL, permanently.
2) Chase De Leo isn't riding on the coat tails of his fellow Winnipeg Jets prospect. He is stacking points and doing much of it on his own. De Leo currently leads an offensively talented Winterhawks team in scoring and is making a strong case for an entry level NHL deal this winter.
3) This one was tough, as there are a number of kids who put up points, but Jan Kostalek gets the nod. His goal and two assists in four games is solid production for a two way defender like Jan. Kostalek is currently the top point getter among defensmen in Rimouski and he facing tough opposition. A smart player, with high end skating and underrated hitting ability, Jan Kostalek will be one to watch this year.