With NCAA hockey taking a break for the holidays and the top prospects in the system preparing for the World Junior Championships, this week's update will be a bit brief. I will, however, be providing up to date statistics for all of the prospects in the system through the first half of the season. A few quick updates:
- Matej Stransky continues to skyrocket up the prospect charts, going on a five-game goal scoring streak in December. For the month he has five goals and eight points in seven games. He is now the leading scorer on his team with 17 goals and 36 points in 34 games. Now, he's nowhere near the top amongst scoring leaders in the WHL, but he's just 18 years old and is in his second season of hockey in North America. The way he continues to improve each week is a good sign the Stars found another late-round gem.
- Brett Ritchie, a promising second-round pick from this year's draft, is once again struggling with injury. This time it's a hip injury (I believe) and he has not played since November 26. In just 20 games on the season he has six goals and 13 points.
- Jack Campbell, just before departing to train with Team USA, played two brilliant games for the Soo Greyhounds. He's stopped 60 of his last 65 shots faced, included 46 of 48 in a big win against the Ottawa 67's a few weekends ago. Campbell is going to be the starting goaltender for Team USA for the World Juniors and heads into the tournament as the most decorated international player taking the ice.
- Austin Smith is still the leading goal-scorer in NCAA hockey with 18 goals and 26 points. Reilly Smith finished the first half of the season with just a goal and two points in the final four games, including a goal in a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State on December 20. Reilly has 12 goals and five assists on the season so far.
- Don't look now but Jyrki Jokipakka is picking up steam as prospect in Europe. While much of the focus has been on John Klingberg and Patrik Nemeth, Jokipakka has played steady and consistent hockey for Ilves Tampere of SM-liiga and is getting some high praise from European scouting reports.
- I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but keep an eye on Alex Guptill. The large winger was drafted in the second round last season and hasn't received much fanfare, but the true freshman is starting to make some noise at Michigan as the season rolls along. I really liked what I saw from him when I attended the Michigan-Miami game last month, as he's a very large guy who uses his size well and has a knack for getting the puck to the net. With all of the hype around Reilly Smith, Guptill now has just two points less than the prized forward from Miami that everyone is talking about.
Stats after the jump.
|Jack Campbell||G||Windsor (OHL)||12||729||3.13||.906||1||6-3-2|
|G||Soo Greyhounds (OHL)||13||766||2.90||.911||1||6-4-3|
|Richard Bachman||G||Texas (AHL)||15||844||3.13||.887||2||7-6-1|
|Tyler Beskorowany||G||Texas (AHL)||13||715||2.85||.898||0||4-8-0|
|Jamie Oleksiak||D||Saginaw (OHL)||29||6||4||10||-1||24|
|Brett Ritchie||RW||Sarnia (OHL)||20||6||7||13||+3||23|
|Alex Theriau||D||Medicine Hat (WHL)||35||0||6||6||+11||22|
|Matej Stransky||RW||Saskatoon (WHL)||34||17||19||36||+5||26|
|Troy Vance||D||Victoriavill (QMJHL)||33||2||14||16||+5||28|
|Patrik Nemeth||D||AIK (SEL)||27||0||1||1||-1||47|
|Emil Molin||C||Brynas (J20 -Sweden)||18||12||15||27||+8||39|
|John Klingberg||D||Jokerit - (SM-liiga)||19||1||2||3||-1||8|
|Jyrki Jokipakka||D||Ilves Tampere (SM-liiga)||25||2||3||5||-2||6|
|Mike Bergin||D||RPI (ECAC)||16||0||2||2||0||32|
|Alex Chiasson||RW||Boston U. (NCAA)||15||5||9||14||0||39|
|Alex Guptill||LW||Michigan (NCAA)||20||9||6||15||0||27|
|Curtis McKenzie||LW||Miami (NCAA)||19||4||5||9||0||44|
|Nico Sacchetti||C||Minnesota (NCAA)||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Austin Smith||RW||Colgate (NCAA)||17||18||10||28||0||8|
|Reilly Smith||RW||Miami (NCAA)||18||12||5||17||0||6|
|Scott Winkler||C||Colorado (WCHA)||14||4||12||16||0||8|
|Brenden Dillon||D||Texas Stars (AHL)||27||2||11||13||-3||32|
|Scott Glennie||RW||Texas Stars (AHL)||23||3||6||9||-1||6|
|Matt Fraser||C||Texas Stars (AHL)||27||14||7||21||-11||23|
|Ray Sawada||RW||Texas Stars (AHL)||25||6||10||16||-11||17|
|Travis Morin||LW||Texas Stars (AHL)||27||4||22||26||-10||22|
|Jordie Benn||D||Texas Stars (AHL)||27||7||7||14||-2||12|
|Maxime Fortunus||D||Texas Stars (AHL)||23||3||6||9||-7||6|
|Luke Gazdic||RW||Texas Stars (AHL)||27||6||3||9||-8||47|
|Colton Sceviour||C||Texas Stars (AHL)||27||3||7||10||-6||15|
|Jace Cole||D||Texas Stars (AHL)||12||0||0||0||-5||2|
|Ondrej Roman||D||Texas Stars (AHL)||16||1||2||3||0||0|