Ed. note – Right on schedule, our own Fedor Fedin and Roman Piontkovsky of GlobalCapsFans swoop in to the Russian Machine roost to provide the bi-weekly skinny on players somewhere beyond the Caps system (CHL, USHL, NCAA, KHL, KMFDM). Hide your kids, hide your wife, here comes Prospect Watch!
Prospect Watch’s Three Stars
Brandon Anderson, G, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Stats: 3 GP, 104 Sv, 7 GA, 195:00 TOI
Anderson was on top of his game over the last two weeks. He had more than 30 saves in each of first three games, and was able to get a shootout victory for his team October 20th against Regina and October 23rd against Prince Albert. If he had trouble in earlier shootouts, he’s much improved– saving 8 of 10 shots. Thanks to these tremendous games, Brandon was twice named first star and second star once. He has since caught a cold and missed the last two Hurricanes’ games.
Greg Burke, LW, New Hampshire University Wildcats, NCAA
Stats: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
The ’08 draftee returned to the line-up after an injury and did nothing in his only game back except earn a minor penalty for hooking in the 2nd period (which the Big Red did noy convert on). He also played on the fourth line.
Samuel Carrier, Lewiston MAINEiacs, QMJHL
Stats: Stats: 5 GP, 0 G, 1 A, -3, 6 PIM
Carrier had unusually bad stats over the past two weeks. He had only one assist and was unable to get a positive plus-minus rating. It might be easier for him to rack up the points now that Lewiston has acquired the talented and notorious Russian forward, Kirill Kabanov, the New York Islanders 2010 third round pick (65th overall).
Phil DeSimone, C, New Hampshire University Wildcats, NCAA
Stats: 3 GP, 2 G, 3 A, E, 8 PIM
DeSimone is in a totally different situation than fellow Caps Prospect and Wildcats Teammate Greg Burke: he’s an important player, a #1 centerman, and a great passer. He’s currently the leading scorer of his team (and NCAA top-10) with 2 G and 3 A this year (tied with Mike Borisenok).
Dan Dunn, G, St. Cloud State University Huskies, NCAA
Stats: 2 GP, 54 Sv, 4 GA, 118:49 TOI
The Huskies’ goalie grows more consistent but is still fighting with Mike Lee for the starting goalie spot. Lee has a worse Sv%/GAA but his 2-2-0 record is better than Dunn’s 1-2-1. Neither netminder has a shutout yet.
Cody Eakin, C, Swift Current Broncos, WHL
Stats: 3 GP, 2 G, 1 A, +1, 4 PIM
The Broncos’ schedule didn’t have a lot of games: only four in two weeks. Captain Cody Eakin played in only three of those games because of a knee injury sustained October 23rd against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Fortunately, it wasn’t serious, and after missing the game against the Pats- Cody returned to play against the Raiders and did very well, tallying his 9th goal of the season in an OT win October 23rd.
Brett Flemming, D, Mississauga Majors, OHL
Stats: 5 GP, 0 G, 1 A, +2, 6 PIM
While the Majors have built a solid lead in their division, Brett Flemming continues to play well despite being quiet statistically. He was terrible in his first game of this reporting period, as he was on ice for all three goals Saginaw scored. In the most recent game against the Sudbury Wolves, he broke a five-game pointless streak with a shorthanded assist.
Stanislav Galiev, LW, St John Sea Dogs, QMJHL
Stats: Stats: 6 GP, 5 G, 3 A, +2, 2 PIM
Stan continues to delight his fans. His Sea Dogs have won five of six games on their recent road trip. Stas scored five goals, added three assists, and was named first star of the game October 29th against Val-d’Or Foreurs. He’s now averaging just below one point-per-game (14 in 15), and has restored his plus-minus to even.
Andrew Glass, LW, Boston University Terriers, NCAA
Stats: 4 GP, 1 G, 0 A, E, 2 PIM
The Terriers won all four of their games over the last two weeks, and are unbeaten this season (including exhibition and non-conference games): 7 wins, 1 tie. According to our reports, Glass is locked-in as the fourth line left wing after some shifts at RW during the non-conference games.
Highlights vs UMASS (Glass’s goal @ 2:22)
Philipp Grubauer, G, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL
Stats: 4 GP, 148 Sv, 15 GA, 245:08 TOI
Like usual, Grubauer had a couple of great games– winning 2nd star and 1st star titles on October 24th and October 30th respectively. His most recent win was the hardest. He faced Owen Sound Attack, one of the best offensive teams in the OHL. During the game, Attack players put 57 shots on net, with Grubauer saving 53. Regulation ended in a 4-4 tie and neither team was able to get a goal in Overtime. In the shootout, Grubauer was the difference-maker, making saves on all three opponents’ attempts. Alan Quine scored and won it all for the Frontenacs.
Caleb Herbert, С, Sioux City Musketeers, USHL
Stats: 4 GP, 3 G, 2 A, +2, 6 PIM.
Even with two pointless games, Herbert was able to tie Max McCormick for the team lead in scoring with a total of 10 points. Also, Herbert is one of five players who are tied for third place in the USHL scoring race. Herbert’s minor penalties included two slashes and one trip.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, RW, Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL
Stats: 6 GP, 2 G, 0 A, 1, 0 PIM
Kuznetsov finally got some big minutes, playing 17:15 after his two-goal game against Spartak. He also scored his first career OTGWG in the KHL. Our friends from RussianProspects.com provide a nice translation in which he lists his faves (Actor: Steven Seagal) and his achievements.
Highlights vs Spartak Moscow (Great move, no goal @ 3:20, oh no, wait, goal and GWG @ 6:40):
Nick Larson, C, Minnesota University Golden Gophers, NCAA
Stats: 0 GP, 0 G, 0 A, E, 0 PIM
Nick Larson has not been playing because of a foot injury. Larson has never played a full season for a NCAA or USHL team.
Garrett Mitchell, RW, Regina Pats, WHL
Stats: 5 GP, 2 G, 1 A, -3, 9 PIM
Mitchell had a goal in a game against the Swift Current Broncos, who played without their leader Cody Eakin. He then earned first star for the first time after a two-pont (1 G, 1 A) game against the Blades. Mitchell now has 8 points (5 G, 3 A). Also, Garrett had a fight against the Chiefs. It looks like he was trying to jumpstart his team, who were losing 4-0 at the time. Sadly, it didn’t help. They were destroyed by the Spokane Chiefs, 11-1.
Dmitri Orlov, D, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, KHL
Stats: 5 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 1, 6 PIM
Orlov’s playing time dipped this reporting period as he averaged only 15-18 mins TOI. However, in the 10/30 game against Atlant, he played over 20 minutes. Also worth mentioning– in the game against Barys– he scored a goal and assisted on the OTGWG. Due to the team’s poor record, his team’s coach was recently fired.
Highlights vs Barys Astana:
Patrick Wey, D, Boston College Eagles, NCAA
Stats: 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, -1, 2 PIM
The #2 rated NCAA team lost two of three over the last two weeks, and Wey was put on the third defensive pairing twice. The Eagles Defenseman continues his race for a spot on the USA Junior National Team.
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