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In this week’s Blackfish report, Tyler Madden is going for the Cy Young award, first impressions of Jack Malone, a couple of Finnish prospects get on the board, and Nils Hoglander makes his return. Plus, some insight on a certain AHL defender from CanucksArmy’s Cory Hergott. Let’s do that prospect coverage!

CHL

  • Jett Woo had a 2 assist performance against his former team, the Moose Jaw Warriors. His first assist which came on the power-play was a nice seam pass with good deception.

  • Carson Focht continues to lead the Hitmen in points and goals. In 2 games he had 1 empty net goal and 1 assist.
  • Ethan Keppen had 1 goal in 2 games this week for the Flint Firebirds.

  • Arturs Silovs got back in the win column for the Barrie Colts. He had a 40 save performance Thursday night against Owen Sound and has improved to 5 and 2 on the season with a .902 save%.

NCAA

  • Will Lockwood found the back of the net on a shot from the identical spot on the ice as his first goal of the year. He seems to like to shoot from the top of the left circle and square himself up to the net at the last second. That’s a sneaky release.

  • All Tyler Madden does is score goals! He had a great back-to-back against St. Cloud scoring 3 goals bringing him up to 5 on the year in 6 games. Northeastern continues to rely on Madden for the brunt of their offence as he has scored 5 of their 14 goals.

  • Jack Malone made his NCAA debut with Cornell and had 1 assist against the USNTDP U-18’s. I was able to catch parts of his game and from what I could tell, he was given bottom-six minutes and second-unit power-play time. His assist came on Cornell’s third goal and was a little ‘greasy’. He lost the puck attempting to break into the offensive zone but his teammate was the first to the puck and wristed a laser past the goaltender. I was not overly impressed with what I saw from Malone in my first viewing of him. His speed looked average, he was forcing passes, and I didn’t love his positioning. However, this was only his first game at the college level and I did see a nice give-and-go.

Russia

  • In 3 VHL games this week Vasili Podkolzin had a 1 goal and 2 assists. He got the call-up to the main SKA club and was dressed as the 13th forward and did not set foot on the ice.

  • Nikita Tryamkin scored his first goal of the season. I’ve seen better defending in my intramural hockey league.

Sweden

  • Nils Hoglander returned from his 5-game suspension suiting up in 2 games for Rogle. He was a +1 while playing on the third line.
  • Arvid Costmar is currently out with an injury.

Czech

  • Quiet week for Karel Plasek after scoring his first goal of the season last week.

Finland

  • Petrus Palmu likes to score in bunches. He has only scored in 4 of his 8 games but they have all been multi-point games. His 1.33 points-per-game leads the Finnish Liiga.

  • Toni Utunen made his Liiga debut after recovering from an injury. In 2 games he had a secondary assist while playing on the third pairing.

AHL

  • The Utica Comets are the only undefeated team left in the AHL and received more NHL calibre help with the demotion of Adam Gaudette. On a line with Sven Baertschi and Kole Lind, Adam scored the Comet’s lone goal in a 2-1 shootout victory over Hershey. Dominating the AHL is exactly what Adam needs after sitting for an extended period and that pull into body release tells me he will.

  • Last week there was a question from Jaybird43 about Olli Juolevi and why he is one of the few minus players on the team. To answer this question, I reached out to Comets guru Cory Hergot for his insight. The main takeaway I had from talking with Cory was how Juolevi was recovering from his knee injury. For those that need the refresher, the young defenceman underwent surgery last December for a meniscus tear in his knee, ending his season. This is his first taste of real game action in over 9 months and Cory expects that the second half of the season will be when Juolevi will be up to speed and playing his game. He spoke to Trent Cull about the injury and Cull explained that it is similar to Evan McEneny and his 2017-18 season. Suffering a similar injury, it wasn’t until the second half of the year that McEneny’s knee really allowed him to play his game and Cull expects Juolevi’s timeline to be no different.
  • Patience is required of Juolevi as he gets back to form. The fact that he has 17 points in 25 career AHL games is a reason to be optimistic about the 21 year-old. Check out this shift package from my friend Daniel if you want to see how he looks.

  • Michael DiPietro stood on his head against Hershey stopping 38 of 39 shots en-route to his third win of the season. His save% is up to .940 on the season.

  • Francis Perron had a 3-assist night against Binghamton bringing him to 6 points in 5 games. The line of Perron, Carter Bancks, and Vincent Arseneau has been a dependable checking line for Trent Cull with scoring touch. The Comet’s depth is absurd right now with 4 lines that can all produce offence.
  • Jonah Gadjovich is still out with an upper-body injury.


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