Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 15 GP, 14-7-21, +2, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
Defenseman Matthew Thorpe scored his first QMJHL goal in the final half-minute to give Gatineau a 4-3 upset win over the CHL’s second-ranked team. The Olympiques are second-last on the Q table.
This week’s “Yevgeni Artyukhin Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The No. 76
· Second chances
· Point is on point
· Leave Hedman alone
· Crunch updates
· Interview with Yanni Gourde
· New prospect rankings
· Prospect of the Week
Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 10-22-32, +22, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had secondary assists at even strength and on the power play in SKA's 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow. He played 14:05 in the win. Linemate Vadim Shipachyov had assists in triplicate in the match. Of SKA's 28 matches so far this season, they have only lost in regulation once. Once!
Granted, we're about a month into the Lightning's NHL campaign. But, like a fine wine, we decided to let our 2016-2017 Bolt Prospects Preliminary Rankings age a bit before presenting them to you. Overall, the first month of the year has been very kind to the Lightning prospect pipeline. The Lightning have three Bolt Prospects currently in Tampa this year who look on track for graduation this year while an improved Syracuse team is studded with young players who will get an opportunity to play on what could potentially be one of the better teams in the AHL. Meanwhile, in junior and the NCAA, the fruits of the 2015 and 2016 drafts, in particular, are off to a roaring start that leave us optimistic that the Lightning prospect depth chart is returning to a level of quality we haven't seen for the past couple of years.
Before we begin, a reminder of the eligibility rules for the Rankings. Only players under 24 years of age on the opening night of the Lightning season are eligible to be ranked. As a consequence, talented players like Nikita Gusev and Kristers Gudlevskis are no longer counted in the top twenty-five. These "overage prospects" are not to be ignored, though, and add yet another level of depth to the team's pipeline. Skaters with 41 or more NHL games in a single season or 82 or more career NHL games are considered graduated and no longer eligible to be ranked. Goaltenders with 30 or more NHL decisions in a single NHL season or 41 or more NHL career decisions are also considered graduated from prospect status and no longer eligible to be ranked. For those wondering, yes, a certain Russian goaltending prospect is very, very close to graduation as of this posting. Lastly, NCAA prospects are eligible to remain on the rankings for the duration of their college careers, even if they are over 24 years of age.
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With that out of the way, let's begin...
Ontario Hockey League
Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3
W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 10-4-14, -7, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM
W Jonne Tammela, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM
Jonne Tammela (pictured) made his long-awaited OHL debut and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Matt Spencer was named third star for his efforts.
Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Erie Otters 5
W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 17-25-42, +29, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM
Raddysh extended his point streak to 16 games and his streak of having at least three points in a game to four games. He has 14 points in that span.
Yanni Gourde’s move to the middle has provided a spark for the Syracuse Crunch’s offense.
Used primarily a winger over the course of his pro career, Gourde was asked to center a line with Mike Halmo and Cory Conacher last weekend. The forward registered the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Rochester on Friday, and had the primary assist on Halmo’s go-ahead goal in a 2-1 win over Utica on Saturday.
Although there are still some aspects of center he’s looking to improve, Gourde feels comfortable in the middle.
“It is a little bit tougher, especially taking draws, but I’m working on it and I’m trying to get better,” Gourde said. “But once the puck is dropped, hockey is hockey. I know what you have to do and I do it.”
Inexplicable mistakes rob Lightning of fruits of a decent effort.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the loss. Played very well in a goaltending duel, but lost on an inexcusable mistake by his best d-man.
3:10 FLA Marchessault (7), (Yandle, Barkov)(PP)
1:15 TB Palat (2), (unassisted)
15:32 FLA Smith (3), (unassisted)
19:24 FLA MacKenzie (1), (Yandle)(EN)
Bishop was the game's third star.
The Lightning played better than the scoreboard indicated tonight, as they really matched and exceeded the Panthers' intensity level and had one of their better forechecking nights of the year from about midway through the First Period on. Luongo held serve for the Panthers long enough for Victor Hedman to make the inexplicable mistake of allowing his pocket to be picked at the Lightning blueline allowing the winning goal to be scored against. It squanders an effort that, in my opinion, showed marked improvement from players like Palat and Johnson who have struggled to find their form early in this campaign.
Brayden Point had 2 shots and 1 hit in 15:15.
Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:11 as his minutes suffered with the return of Nesterov in the 7 d-man lineup.
Kalamazoo Wings 0 at Wheeling Nailers 3
W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG
G Nic Riopel, KAL, L, 59:25 MIN, 25/26
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0-0, 2.51 GAA, 0.918 SV%, 1 SO
Nic Riopel saved 25 of 26 shots Sunday night on the road in Wheeling, allowing just a single power play goal just past the midway point of the 2nd period. The Nailers added two empty net goals in the last minute and a half to make the victory look a bit more lopsided than it actually was. Just last weekend, Riopel allowed 8 Wheeling goals, so if you were looking for a response game, I'd say Riopel delivered. Kalamzoo returns home for a 3-game stand with Toledo rolling in Wednesday night followed by Cincinnati and Quad Cities on Friday and Saturday night.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2 (OT)
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 17 GP, 6-5-11, -3, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 17 GP, 15-9-24, +7, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
Joseph and Imama both scored for the third straight game, but the Dogs fell to Charlottetown. Imama, who was sent back to juniors in part because he would be able to play more minutes and a more traditional top-9 role, is within one goal of matching last year’s goal total for the entire season. Filip Chlapik (Senators) scored two goals Sunday for Charlottetown, giving him 16 for the year – one head of Mathieu Joseph for second in the league. Chlapik tied for the league lead in points with 29.
Ontario Hockey League
Ottawa 67’s 0 @ Oshawa Generals 6
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/22 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 10-13-23, +13, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM
Cirelli was in on two of Oshawa’s four second period goals as the Gens beat the 67’s, 6-0. Jeremy Brodeur (undrafted) stopped 19 shots for the shutout.
Czech Republic 0 vs. Russia 3
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength helper in Russia's 3-0 shutout win over Czech Republic to clinch the Karjala Tournament with a 3-0-0 record. Gusev finished tied for 3rd in tournament scoring with 2 goals and 4 points. Goaltender Ilya Sorokin, an Islanders draft pick, stopped all 32 shots he faced for the shutout.