Ontario Hockey League
Brampton Battalion 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
This was a 2-0 game until two minutes left in the third period when Sudbury scored into an empty net while shorthanded. That gave Blujus his minus-1 for the night. The Battalion ended up scoring about 20 seconds later on the power play, then gave up another empty netter. Nathan Pancel, who finished fourth in OHL rookie scoring last year but went undrafted in June, had two goals for Sudbury.
London Knights 8 @ Guelph Storm 2
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (hooking, roughing)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
The London machine came into Guelph and put up an early autumn snowman. Former Lightning camper and 2012 Boston draft pick Seth Griffith (pictured) had two goals to give him five in the first two games of the season. Lightning prospect Tanner Richard roughed it up with Griffith in the second period and both were sent to the box for two minutes. Leafs pick Ryan Rupert had four helpers for the Knights.
Lightning junior prospects are off until Thursday.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits
A 31-goal scorer last year, Paquette had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Armada to a 5-3 road win. The Armada was down 2-1 entering the third period. Paquette’s goal turned out to be the game winner. An alternate captain for the team, Paquette was 17 of 28 on faceoffs and centered the Armada’s top line.
Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 (SO)
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Sergeev’s first goal of the year came on the power play and gave Val-d’Or a brief 3-1 lead. He did not participate in the shootout, won by the Foreurs 1-0. Look for a breakout year from Sergeev (pictured) this season.
Note: Nikita Kucherov (Quebec) remains out with a shoulder injury.
Ontario Hockey League
Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Brampton Battalion 1 (SO)
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Blujus earned his first point of the season when he had an assist on Brampton’s only goal, scored on a 5-on-3 power play. He had spent the first half of the double man advantage as the triggerman for the Battalion. Blujus did not participate in the shootout. Listening to the radio broadcast, Blujus seemed to never leave the ice.
Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Guelph Storm 4 (OT)
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Richard had an assist on Andrey Pedan’s (Islanders) power play goal in overtime as Guelph came back from a 3-1 deficit to win their season opener. Leafs second rounder and Guelph captain Matt Finn had three assists for the Storm.
Entered his 4th and final season in the Rapperswil system in his native Switzerland. Spent the bulk of the year dominating the U20 ranks, scoring 11 goals and 43 points in 28 games. Appeared for Switzerland at the U18 World Junior Championships, scoring 4 goals and 5 points in 6 games. Ranked the #65 European skater by NHL Central Scouting Service but went undrafted. Later selected in the 1st round, 28th overall by the Guelph Storm of the OHL in the 2011 CHL Import Draft.
Moved to North America and scored 13 goals and 48 points in 43 games for Guelph despite being hampered by nagging injuries for most of the season. Had 2 goals and 4 points for Switzerland in the U20 World Junior Championships. Ranked the #41 North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Service and was selected in the 3rd round, 71st overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"Versatile and highly underrate forward is both Swiss and a second year draft eligible - so that's two strikes against him. Has been quietly excellent all season when in the line-up, but nagging injuries limited him to 45 games. Tall, lean frame to go along with a powerful stride and good acceleration. Gets up to full speed in two strides. Has really soft hands and quick stick with good puckhandling skills. Beats defenders 1-on-1 off the rush with slick moves. Terrifically creative playmaker is unselfish - makes linemates better. Sees the ice very well and threads touch passes through traffic. Has a wicked snap shot that he should use more often, but prefers to pass. Competes both hard and intelligently in the defensive end, breaking up plays and stealing passes often, then transition to the attack in a heartbeat. Aggressive physically, but needs to add some muscle to be more effective.
Projection: Versatile top 9 forward who chips in on offense.
Style compares to: Valtteri Filppula" (Red Line Report)
Good skater with great acceleration. Soft hands and a great puckhandler and playmaker. Competes hard at both ends of the rink and surprisingly willing to play the physical game, despite his slight frame.
Nagging injuries limited him to 45 games, and those injuries may be attributed to his lack of strength and size. Second year eligible so a little less time to develop than others in this class.
Versatile Top 9 forward
|2007-2008||Rapperswil U15||Top Mini||23||34||34||68||104||||
|Rapperswil U17||Elite Novizen||1||0||0||0||12||||
|Rapperswil II U17||Novizen B||2||4||3||7||2||||
|2008-2009||Rapperswil U17||Elite Novizen||19||20||16||36||68|||||Playoffs||3||1||1||2||41|
|Rapperswil U20||Elite Jr. A||4||1||0||1||0|||||Relegation||2||0||0||0||0|
|2009-2010||Rapperswil U17||Elite Novizen||15||12||30||42||63|||||Relegation||6||4||8||12||10|
|Rapperswil U20||Elite Jr. A||12||3||6||9||4||||
|Switzerland U17 (all)||International-Jr||3||0||1||1||0||||
|2010-2011||Rapperswil U20||Elite Jr. A||28||11||32||43||72|||||Playoffs||10||2||11||13||34|
|Switzerland U18 (all)||International-Jr||20||6||2||8||10||||
|Switzerland U20 (all)||International-Jr||13||6||3||9||14||||
|Switzerland U20 (all)||International-Jr||13||2||12||14||48||||
|2016-2017||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||3||0||0||0||2||||
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