The regular season has arrived at its quarter point for many leagues, so we will take a look at how our potential future Winnipeg Jets have fared in the American Hockey League and across the ocean for the month of November.
The last update included all players under NHL contracts, but this time we will mostly limit ourselves to players who were eligible for last summer's Top 25 Under 25.
The IceCaps have won a few games in November after struggling initially. This included a 7 game point streak with 6 wins. The IceCaps are still struggling to generate goals. They are one of the highest shot volume teams in the AHL, but also allowing the most shots against.
2008 2nd Round (Acquired: 2009 Trade): C Eric O`Dell; 21 GP, 7G, 6A, 13 PTS, -5, 16 PIM, 22 SOG
O'Dell's offensive numbers have taken a step back from last season. While last year O`Dell spent a good amount of time with players scoring -like Kael Mouillierat and Carl Klingberg-, this season O`Dell has mostly played beside players struggling to score like Lipon and Kosmachuk. This has severely dropped O`Dell's assist numbers, as well as put a slight dent in his shot volume.
If he's going to work his way back into the NHL, O`Dell will need to show that he can overcome these odds stacked against him.
2008 2nd Round (Acquired: 2010 Trade): C Patrice Cormier; 15 GP, 4G, 5A, 9 PTS, -5, 21 PIM, 28 SOG
After suffering from a career low shooting percentage the previous season, Cormier numbers have bounced back. In addition, Cormier has been able to increase his shot volume, allowing him to rely less on his high shooting percentage to pot some goals. While Cormier, Albert, and O`Dell's windows are closing fast, he is making strives to show offense while playing his made-for-bottom-six edgy style.
2009 2nd Round: LW Carl Klingberg; 24 GP, 6G, 8A, 14 PTS, -3, 29 PIM, 77 SOG
While Cormier suffered a low shooting percentage last season, Klingberg benefited from an inflated percentage. However, Klingberg hasn't slowed down much. He has increased his shots per game by nearly half a shot and is one of the leading players in the AHL for this statistic.
2009 4th Round: LD Ben Chiarot; 24 GP, 4G, 5A, 9 PTS, +0, 21 PIM, 64 SOG
With Kichton's lower numbers this season and a multitude of injuries to the IceCaps defensive core, Chiarot has enjoyed an increase in power play time. This has resulted in higher shot volume, shooting percentage, and point production. Chiarot's improvement has also lead to a call-up with the Jets missing Tobias Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, and Grant Clitsome.
2010 3rd Round: LD Julian Melchiori; 24 GP, 0G, 2A, 2 PTS, -6, 7 PIM, 18 SOG
While defensively Melchiori has performed very well, offensively Melchiori has struggled. Melchiori was tracking similar to Chiarot (but one year younger), but seems to have taken a step back this season. A zero percent shooting percentage is unlikely to sustain, although given Melchiori's history it may not improve much.
2010 7th Round: RW Patrick Holland; 7 GP, 0G, 0A, 0 PTS, -2, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Holland has yet to play since October, so there are no new updates.
2013: 7th Round (2010 Eligible): RD Brenden Kichton; 24 GP, 3G, 4A, 7 PTS, -8, 10 PIM, 33 SOG
A severe decrease in the IceCaps forward goal scoring has lead to a severe decrease in Kichton's point production. He is generating similar shot volume and goal scoring pace as last season, but his assist pace has plummeted. Time will tell if the IceCaps will bounce back and how that will affect Kichton.
2013 3rd Round (2011 Eligible): RW J.C. Lipon; 23 GP, 1G, 8A, 9 PTS, -7, 49 PIM, 48 SOG
Lipon is one of the players suffering from a low shooting percentage this season. While always more of a play maker and passer than a goal scorer, Lipon only scoring one goal from 48 shots is unsustainable.
2011 5th Round: RW Austen Brassard; 23 GP, 0G, 4A, 4 PTS, +0, 14 PIM, 26 SOG
Even more unsustainable pace than one goal every 48 shots is no goals every 26 shots. Brassard has made improvements in both his game and his production over last season, but has a long way to go in earning a second contract and evolving beyond a depth AHL player.
2010 3rd Round: RW Scott Kosmachuk; 23 GP, 2G, 3A, 5 PTS, -8, 35 PIM, 34 SOG
Oh look, yet another young IceCap right winger suffering from a low shooting percentage. Kosmachuk started the season off in the top six beside Eric O`Dell, a privilege not even Adam Lowry or JC Lipon enjoyed last season. However, Kosmachuk has struggled to put up the points or the shot volume expected for a young forward previously known for his goal scoring.
2010 3rd Round: G Connor Hellebuyck; 16 GP, 519 SA, 0.929 Sv%, 9W-5L-2OTL
While the IceCaps forwards and defense have mostly been a story of poor or unlucky performance, Hellebuyck has been the opposite. Hellebuyck currently holds the second highest save percentage for AHL rookies and has been almost single-handedly carrying the IceCaps.
Hellebuyck started the season splitting starts, but has earned the starter role with his strong performance. Of course, it helps that the other two goaltenders combine for a 0.887 save percentage and 0-5-3 record.
2010 6th Round: C Ryan Olsen; 24GP, 2G, 1A, 3 PTS, -13, 10 PIM, 22 SOG
While the Jets hope for a potential NHL defensive fourth line centre who pots the occasional point from Olsen, currently they only have the AHL version of that. His defensive play has been very promising for a young rookie, but his learning curve will need to continue rising.
Undrafted, 2008 Eligible (Acquired: 2013 RFA): G Juho Olkinuora; 11 GP, 333 SA, 0.919 SV%, 5-5-1
Olkinuora has performed well thus far in the ECHL. He has been splitting starts with Joe Cannata, although Cannata currently has a superior save percentage and win percentage. This is the final year of Olkinuora's two year contract and next season Eric Comrie going pro will add competition.
2010 1st Round: C Alexander Burmistrov; 34 GP, 8G, 15A, 23 PTS, +6, 32 PIM, 55 SOG, 16:13 Avg TOI, 51.0% FO%
Burmistrov has been showing that last season wasn't a fluke. The young Russian has expressed interest in returning to the NHL. The average player with Burmistrov's KHL point pace posts around 40 points in the NHL, although we'd expect a bit lower as Burmistrov would be unlikely getting much power play time on the Jets.
2010 4th Round: LW Ivan Telegin; 16 GP, 2G, 0A, 2 PTS, -1, 2 PIM, 25 SOG, 11:38 Avg TOI
2013 7th Round: RD Marcus Karlstrom; 25 GP, 0G, 2A, 2 PTS, -4, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Karlstrom continues his transition into pro-level hockey and playing against men. He's always been known as an offensive defenseman, although he hasn't done much in generating points or shots thus far.
2014 6th Round: C Pavel Kraskovsky; 24 GP, 5G, 15A, 20 PTS, +13, 16 PIM, 72 SOG
Kraskovksy spent most of November in North America, playing for Team Russia for the Subway Super Series. A strong performance on national television -including one game with two goals and a assist- turned into a coming out party for Kraskovsky.