Another month gone by, and another year. We take a look at how our potential future Winnipeg Jets have fared in the Canadian Hockey League for the month of December.
2013 1st Round: LD Joshua Morrissey; 27 GP, 7G, 14A, 21 PTS, -9, 28 PIM
Josh Morrissey has found it difficult to put up the points like he did last season. However, he has kept the Raiders to a similar estimated Fenwick-Close as last year. Morrissey was traded to the Kelowna Rockets and will be looking to contend for the cup.
Morrissey spent most of December with team Canada, where he excelled. He scored a goal and four assists in seven games, which places Morrissey in a three-way tie for second highest defender in the tournament. Morrissey put up an astonishing 18 shots on goal. That's more shots than any other Canadian defender and more than any Canadian not named Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, Connor McDavid, or Sam Reinhart.
I only have data for five of the seven games, but Morrissey finished the tournament around a 60.0% Corsi percentage and a relCorsi rating of +1.08%.
2013 2nd Round: C Nicolas Petan; 26 GP, 6G, 27A, 33 PTS, +6, 11 PIM
Nic Petan is struggling to put up comparable points as last year, although he has been estimated to face the WHL's highest level in Quality of Competition (in terms of goal differentials). It is not like 1.27 points per game is anything to scoff at anyways.
Petan tied Max Reinhart and Connor McDavid in the World Junior Championship's scoring race. Petan's presence gave Team Canada three competent scoring lines, something that has been lacking for quite some while. At the current sample, Petan has a Corsi percentage of 56.8 percent.
2013 2nd Round: G Eric Comrie; 24 GP, 761 SA, SV% 0.921
Eric Comrie struggled in his first two games in December. He did perform fairly well in the World Juniors where he posted a 0.9333 save percentage over two starts. He won a gold medal even if he didn't play much... unjustly.
2013 3rd Round: RW/C Jimmy Lodge; 33 GP, 20G, 18A, 38 PTS, +11, 25 PIM
Jimmy Lodge got traded to a pretty terrible team, but he is making the best of it. The young forward has accounted for 19% of his team's goals since the trade - only four OHL skaters have accounted for a greater share than that. Lodge has yet to sign a contract with the Jets, but his play looks to warrant one. Hopefully this one doesn't fall through the cracks.
2013 4th Round: RD Jan Kostalek; 25 GP, 4G, 14A, 18 PTS, +27, 10 PIM
Jan Kostalek did not play any junior games due to play for the Czech Republic's WJC team. Kostalek likely deserves a contract but does not yet have one, much like Lodge.
The Czech's did not perform overly well, but Kostalek was one of the few bright spots. Kostalek's one goal and two assists was sixth for defenders, although four of the players above Kostalek played two more games. A Czech follower of mine on twitter told me that Kostalek was one of the best in terms of Corsi as well.
2013 UFA: RW Axel Blomqvist; 34 GP, 14G, 15A, 29 PTS, +2, 10 PIM
The Royals struggled without their captain (who played for Team Canada), and so did Blomqvist. Blomqvist has been cooling down. His scoring has cooled down quite a bit, but he is still performing quite well for an undrafted prospect that was picked up for free.
2014 1st Round: LW/RW Nikolaj Ehlers; 23 GP, 16G, 31A, 47 PTS, +8, 39 PIM
Nikolaj Ehlers is the crowning jewel of the Jets CHL crop. Ehler's has been putting up points like a madman while being the centre of attention without Jonathan Drouin on the team. He has already totaled 98 shots on goal.
Ehlers helped lead the Danes to their first WJC victory ever. Ehlers posted one goal, three assists, four points, fifteen shots, and a plethora of highlights in just five games.
2014 4th Round: LW/C Chase De Leo; 36 GP, 17G, 27A, 44 PTS, +10, 18 PIM
Chase De Leo has continued his high scoring pace for the Winterhawks. While a 2014 draft player, De Leo is eligible to play in the AHL next season due to his birthdate. He is not yet signed to a contract.
Petan's teammate played for the Americans at the World Juniors. He scored a game winning goal in the shootout.
2014 4th Round: RD Nelson Nogier; 38 GP, 2G, 8A, 10 PTS, -26, 46 PIM
Nelson Nogier's offense has picked up a bit since being moved from the tire-fire that is the Saskatoon Blades. He's already scored two points in six games for the Rebels, bringing his WHL career totals to 20 points in 134 games. It will be interesting to see if this persists now that Nogier has moved to a decently strong team.