Regular season's have ended so let's take a look at how our prospects have done.
Note: Point production has been reduced to pro-level only, but October's edition includes junior and college as well.
2004 7th Round (Washington, Acquired as 2013 UFA): RW Andrew Gordon; 76 GP, 23G, 34A, 57 PTS, +3, 43 PIM, 183 SOG
Andrew Gordon played an important role for the IceCaps. The forward was second on the team for both points and shot volume, all while being a mainstay on the IceCaps veteran / tough-minutes line. Gordon put up 0.75 points per game, which was fifth for regular players on the team.
Gordon's 0.75 points per game and 2.41 shots per game is around his AHL career average of 0.76 and 2.50. Gordon will be looked to continue his steady and consistent play for the IceCaps in the post-season. As a UFA this summer, He will be playing to for next year's contract.
Undrafted, 2005 Eligible (Acquired: 2013 UFA): RW Jerome Samson; 68GP, 27G, 29A, 56 PTS, +6, 49 PIM, 214 SOG
Like Andrew Gordon, Jarome Samson was brought in as a veteran AHL player to add some scoring to the IceCaps. Samson was second on the team in goals scored and third on the team for points, points per game. The dynamic right winger also produced a huge amount of shot volume, leading in goals.
Samson's 0.82 points per game was above his AHL career average of 0.79, although his shots 3.15 shots per game fell below his normal 3.73. He was also named AHL player of the week and will hopefully carry his hot streak into the playoffs. Like Gordon, Samson is an UFA this summer and will be trying to make his case for next season.
2007 6th Round: C John Albert; 63GP, 28G, 17A, 45 PTS, +6, 20 PIM, 145 SOG
John Albert has had a pretty nice season. He was moved from the 4th line straight to the top line and even suited up for 9 NHL games. Albert also finished the season leading the IceCaps in goals. However, there are a good number of red flags as well... Scoring 22 goals in a 25 game period with a shooting percentage well over 20% is a pretty big red flag for unsustainable scoring rates. Then add in only 4 assists during that time. This isn't to discredit the hard-working, fast and feisty player. Albert scored many of his goals in the penalty kill where he used his speed to pressure the opposition at the point, often being rewarded with a breakaway.
In addition, both of Albert's 0.71 points per game and 2.3 shots per game were career highs for him. Albert finished his first pro-NHL contract and will be trying to earn a second this summer as a Jet RFA.
2008 7th Round (2007 Eligible): RD Zach Redmond; 40GP, 6G, 19A, 25 PTS, +18, 26 PIM, 122 SOG
Zach Redmond was in and out of the line up due to injuries and call-ups but performed admirably when he was there. Redmond's shot volume per game was second only to Jarome Samson, which is pretty impressive for a defenseman. Redmond also was one point off from team high point per game for defensemen, despite suffering from a career low in shooting percentage. The right shot blue-liner shot production has followed a solid development arc, from 1.0, 1.8, 2.7 and 3.1 shots per game.
Redmond posted career highs with 0.63 points per game and 3.1 shots per game. He will be looked to carry heavy minutes for the IceCaps. Hopefully Redmond will win some points as he will be a UFA this summer and waiver eligible next season as well.
2008 2nd Round (Anaheim, Acquired: 2009 Trade): C Eric O`Dell; 42GP, 17G, 25A, 42 PTS, +9, 35 PIM, 124 SOG
Eric O`Dell for the second season in a row led the IceCaps in points per game. O`Dell was also second for forwards in shot production per game. Both shot and point productions were career highs for O`Dell. From his solid play O`Dell earned the chance to play 30 games for the main team (even if they incorrectly called up Albert previously in the season). During O`Dell's time in the big leagues, the 23 year old scored 3 goals and 4 assists, while posting a 51.2% Corsi under sheltered minutes.
O`Dell was another player who posted career highs in points and shots per game, with 1.0 and 3.0 respectively. Next season O`Dell we be susceptible to waivers, so this post-season will be his chance to shine and earn some extra points for management.
2008 2nd Round (New Jersey, Acquired: 2010 Trade): C Patrice Cormier; 61GP, 9G, 17A, 26 PTS, +2, 98 PIM, 106 SOG
Patrice Cormier was hoping to bounce back after an injury filled 2012-13 season where his shot and point production severely dropped. He was successful in improving although a career low shooting percentage held him back. Cormier surpassed his 2011-12 shots on goals yet scored half as many goals. While he did play some spotted top6 minutes when O`Dell and Albert were called-up, Cormier predominately played in the team's bottom 6.
Cormier will likely be situated on the 4th line for the playoffs, although with Lowry out with severe flu-symptoms he may get spotted duty on the 3rd line.
2008 3rd Round (Boston, Acquired: 2013 RFA): G Michael Hutchinson; AHL: 24GP, 687 SA, 0.923 SV%, 17-5-1; ECHL: 28 GP, 737 SA, 0.921 SV%, 22-4-1
Michael Hutchinson's climb in the Jets goalie charts wasn't a surprise to all, although it is a pleasure. Hutchinson placed over a 0.920 save percentage in 3 different levels of professional hockey this season, which is quite impressive.
The IceCaps will ride their starter as much as possible in the post-season. If he performs well, it could influence the Jets' decisions on goaltending over the summer. Performance in one year's playoffs can severely affect goaltender's career path; for better or for worse.
2009 2nd Round: LW Carl Klingberg; 65GP, 22G, 20A, 42 PTS, +15, 42 PIM, 178 SOG
Carl Klingberg is another player who saw his stock rise. The speedy winger was the 7th highest scorer on the team despite playing a good portion of the season in the bottom 6 and very little power play icetime. Klingberg was third in IceCaps' forwards in shots per game, only Samson and O`Dell did better.
Klingberg will start the post season on the second line with O`Dell and Mouillierat. It will be interesting to see if he decides on another year in North America next season, or take a larger contract in Europe.
2009 4th Round: G Eddie Pasquale; 31 GP, 938 SA, 0.920 SV%. 17-13-2
Eddie Pasquale opted to shut down the season and go for surgery, which was apparently against club wishes.
There is a lot of risk in this, as the netminder has seen Hutchinson take his job and excel, with both goaltenders are RFA next season.
2009 4th Round: LD Ben Chiarot; 65GP, 6G, 14A, 20 PTS, +29, 96 PIM, 93 SOG
There has been a bit of a trend this season, where most of the IceCaps players have been either new pleasant surprises or have severely improved. Ben Chiarot is the latter. One year after not even making Arctic Ice Hockey's top 25 under 25, Chiarot took a heavy workload for the IceCaps and ran with it. Chiarot was fourth for IceCaps defensive points per game and logged heavy minutes with rookie Brenden Kichton. While some of it is due to increase of TOI per game and power play time, Chiarot's progression from 0.8, 1.1 and 1.4 shots per game is promising that he is pushing the play forward.
Chiarot's 0.3 points per game and 1.4 shots per game is a career high for the young left shooting defensemen. He will be start the playoffs on the IceCaps second pair with Kichton.
2010 3rd Round: LD Julian Melchiori; 50GP, 1G, 10A, 11PTS, +19, 32 PIM, 54 SOG
Julian Melchiori struggled with staying healthy this season. The IceCaps rookie of the year last season also found himself in a new role when healthy. With the IceCaps only RHD being Kichton and Redmond, Melchiori was often placed on his offhand side, usually with Will O`Neill.
Melchiori's shot per game and point per game production increased this season over last. He is listed as day-to-day and is expected to miss the IceCaps first game.
2013: 7th Round (2010 Eligible): RD Brenden Kichton; 76GP, 10G, 38A, 48PTS, +8, 14 PIM, 113 SOG
Brenden Kichton had a wonderful rookie season. He was named to the All-Star team and also won the IceCaps rookie of the year award. The right hand shot led the team for defensive points and points per game. Kichton also led the league in rookie points for a defensemen and ranked 6th against all defensemen.
Kichton finished his rookie year with 1.5 shots per game and 0.6 points per game. He will seeing lots of minutes in the IceCaps top 4 and will be looked at to led defensive scoring with Zach Redmond.
2013 3rd Round (2011 Eligible): RW J.C. Lipon; 72GP, 9G, 32A, 41 PTS, +0, 136 PIM, 112 SOG
JC Lipon had a pretty quick and smooth transition to pro-level hockey. He started around half a point a game and trended around there for most of the season. The scrappy winger led the team in penalty minutes. His tendency to fear no one earned him the nick name of "Honey Badger" in some small Jets' fan circles. While more of a playmaker, Lipon's shot production was not that far off of Cormier or Lowry.
Lipon will be playing on the third line for the IceCaps with Samson and -once healthy- Lowry.
2011 3rd Round: C Adam Lowry; 64GP, 17G, 16A, 33 PTS, -1, 49 PIM, 108 SOG
Adam Lowry had a bit of a rough month in November while recovering from injury, but he picked it up by the end. The tall centre played a solid defensive game while being physical. He was a mainstay on the third line and was given time on both power play and penalty kill by about half way through the season.
Lowry has suffered a bad flu bug and is expected to miss a game or two in the post-season. He will likely need another season before he plays in the big league, but he shows a lot of potential for a future 3rd or 4th line centre.
2011 5th Round: RW Austen Brassard; 29GP, 3G, 2A, 5 PTS, +0, 26 PIM, 24 SOG
Not all was sunshine and roses. Austen Brassard struggled to stay in the IceCaps lineup and seldom was a difference maker when he did play. Brassards shots per game production was lower than any other Icecap player besides Ryan Schnell. It is early, but it appears that Brassard's contract may have been better to be given to another player such as Zach Yuen or Jordan Samuels-Thomas.
Undrafted, 2008 Eligible (Acquired: 2013 RFA): G Juho Olkinuora; ECHL: 27 GP, 700 SA, 0.887 SV%, 14-11-1; AHL: 10 GP, 280 SA, 0.893 SV%, 5-3-1
Juho Olkinuora has struggled this year. After putting two seasons of back-to-back 0.920+ in the NCAA, Olkinuora has struggled to get above 0.900 in any level of pro-hockey. The Reign were swept out of the playoffs, as the Reign haven't had solid goaltending from any of their netminders (not just Olkinuora) since Hutchinson has left.
Olkinuora is a well known "battler" and has one more season in the Jets organization to make a good impression.
2009 5th Round: LD Cody Sol; 65GP, 6G, 10A, 16 PTS, +4, 121 PIM, 129 SOG
Cody Sol was one of the top 4 defensemen for the Ontario Reign. There is not much to be said. This was Sol's third season where he was cut from the AHL season and his final year of ELC. His shot generation actually went down as did his goal scoring, although this is mostly due to less power play time.
It is unlikely that we see Cody Sol extended by the Winnipeg Jets.
2010 5th Round: RW Yasin Cisse; 10GP, 2 G, 0 A, 2PTS, +0, 17 PIM, 12 SOG
Yasin Cisse spent most of the season injured, so there is not much to add. He did return from injuries and played 2 games in the post season, with an assist and 3 shots.
Cisse's rights as Jets property ends June 1st. The Jets will have to decide if they want to sign him or not. The answer is most likely not.
Additional Notes: Jason Jaffray (76GP, 18G, 41A), Kael Mouillierat (60GP, 20G, 33A) and Will O`Neill (68 GP, 9G, 26A) have been playing well for the IceCaps. These players are all NHL UFAs and are not under Winnipeg Jets protection.
2006 7th Round: LD Arturs Kulda; 43GP, 1G, 9A, 10PTS, +4, 42 PIM, 51 SOG, 20:47 Avg TOI
Arturs Kulda is in his first of two years for his current KHL contract. Kulda led his team in shifts per game and was second in TOI per game.
Salavat Yulaev was eliminated in the conference finals. Kulda led his team in TOI per game for the playoffs, with the next closest player a full 3 minutes less.
2010 4th Round: LW Ivan Telegin; 0GP (Loaned to CSKA Moskva)
Ivan Telegin's suspension has been lifted and has been loaned to CSKA Moskva. Look to see Telegin play there in the KHL the next season.
2010 1st Round: C Alexander Burmistrov; 54GP, 10G, 27A, 37PTS, +11, 32 PIM, 116 SOG, 17:36 Avg TOI, 53.3% FO%
Alexander Burmistrov led the Ak Barz Kazan in points. There is rumours that he would like to play in the NHL next season although nothing has been confirmed other than: Kevin Cheveldayoff said he would like to talk to him and Burmistrov said he's glad to not be forgotten.
Burmistrov will be playing for team Russia in the WHC.
2013 7th Round: RD Marcus Karlstrom; 44 GP, 10G, 17A, 27 PTS, 38 PIM
Marcus Karlstrom led his team in defensive points and goals.
He was recently called up to play on AIK's SHL team. It is very likely he'll be playing pro next season. AIK has been relegated to the Allsvenskan (tier 2) level, although lower competition might be good for the young defenseman.