The last seven days were ugly for the IceCaps. The Caps dropped three straight games by a combines score of 16 to 7. The team isn't playing well and their roster looks weak relative to that of years past. They have also been suffering through injuries. On the plus side, Scott Kosmachuk returned to action. He picked up 1A. O'Dell returned for two games and netted 1G, 1A. Connor Hellebuyck allowed six goals in his lone appearance.
Ben Chiarot 2G
Carl Klingberg 1G
JC Lipon 1A
Brendan Kichton 1A
Julian Melchiori 1A
Will O'Neill 1G, 1A
John Albert 2G, 1A
Patrice Cormier 3A
Jan Kostalek extened his point streak to five games, then went quiet for a couple. His team struggled over that stretch too, going 0-3. Also in the QMJHL, Nik Ehlers put up some points. He played a pair of games and netted one goal and four games.
The Winnipeg Jets` lone OHL skater, Jimmy Lodge netted himself two goals in the second of his two games. He has nine goals through 13 games played this season. His assist totals are rolling lower than expected though.
In the WHL, Nelson Nogier picked up an assist in one of his three games played. De Leo kept rolling with 1G and 1A in two games played. His teammate Nic Petan nabbed a pair of apples. Eric Comrie had a forgettable week, allowing seven goals in two games played.
Josh Morrissey also played well, picking up two goals and an assist in two games played. His play over the previous week earned Morrissey earned him the WHL player of the week award. Also of note regarding Morrissey, after starting the year with a 6-9-0-0 record, Josh Morrissey's PA raiders will be elected to start with a new coach. There are also reports suggesting that Morrissey will be traded to a contender sooner rather than later.
And then there is the big Blommer. Axel Blomqvist had himself a big week posting two goals and three assists in two games played.
This isn't really a prospect bit, but Dustin Byfuglien was mic'd up for a Winnipeg Jets practice. Near the end he refers to a sauce pass as "a Petan". The kid clearly made an impression.
Big hit on Nikolaj Ehlers (he's was fine):
A few of the Winnipeg Jets college kids had themselves big weeks. The Jets two NCAA goalies in particular had strong showings as each picked up a pair of wins. Jamie Phillips stopped 54 of 57 shots and Jason Kasdorf stopped 68 of 70 shots for a .967 save percentage.
2014 draft pick CJ Franklin also had a big week, picking up one goal and three assists in his two games. Tucker Poolman scored his third goal of the season (six games played) in his lone game this week. Andrew Copp 1G. Tanner Lane, 1A. Wisconsin and Colorado did not play. Minnesota did play, but 2014 third round pick Jack Glover did not dress.
1) Jamie Phillips AND Jason Kasdorf. I couldn't separate the two. Phillips makes his second straight appearance in the AIH three stars section. Kasdorf is also a repeat winner. Phillips followed up last week's impressive effort by stopping 54 of 57 shots for a .947 save percentage. As mentioned above, Kasdorf stopped 68 of 70 shots for a .967 save percentage. Both goalies were rewarded with weekly award from their College Conferences for their efforts.
Philips was voted as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row.
Kasdorf was voted as the ECAC Goaltender of the Week.
2) Big Axel Blomqvist had himself a massive week. The banner week included a two goal effort and a trio trio of assists the following night. Blomqvist has totaled 16 points in 12 WHL games this year and is really showing his worth in the offensive end of the ice.
3) CJ Franklin broke out with four points in two games played, he also earned himself a promotion into Minnesota State's top six. Franklin was a relative unknown on draft day, but the 21 year old has started his college career with a bang. Franklin has two goals and five assists for seven points in his first 8 college games. If he can keep it up, he may be one to keep an eye on.
I guess that makes four stars, but these guys all deserved the shine this week.