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Checking In With The Kids

I guess it’s a regular thing now. I mean, we’ve got nothing else to talk about. So let’s get to what we can.

It’s even more infuriating that there’s no NHL with the first update. Because normally I would see what Phillip Danault is doing in the QMJHL and I would picture him on the ice down the road with what I was seeing on the UC sheet. But I don’t have that picture, and I can’t see Danault doing any of this without some weird internet feed, and I just want to kick a cat. Because he’s didn’t stop crushing skulls this weekend.

Last Thursday at Rimouski, Danault had two goals — though he did end up a -1. He backed that up the following night in Quebec with another two goals. All of that leaves Danault as the second-leading scorer in the league behind Sabre-property Mikhail Grigorenko. Danault has 11 goals and 16 points in nine games. As we said last week, the Q is known for having some silly scoring numbers, but averaging a goal-per-game is an antihistamine amount (not to be sneezed at).

Let’s hop to the other side of the continent. Last Thursday, Mark McNeill found the scoresheet at Edmonton and finished a +1. The next night in Calgary to play The Sharp Shooters or whatever they’re called, McNeill collected an assist. He had another assist on Sunday. McNeill is the Raiders’ leading scorer at nine points in seven games.

Farther down the depth-chart, Alex Broadhurst has six points in six games for the London Knights. But doesn’t everyone average a point-per-game for London? That’s like their thing, right? Hey, do you need another Hawks prospect averaging over a point a game? Well here’s Garrett Ross in Saginaw with six points in seven games.

Back in Quebec, Dillon Fournier has only managed two games for Rouyn-Noranda, which is a really cool name to sing. Fournier had to fight off a leg injury over the summer, but he’s +1 in those two games.

Brandon Whitney had a bit of a rough time of it, giving up eight goals in two starts though seeing a fair amount of rubber tossed his way. His GAA has gone up to 2.64 and the save-percentage is down to .916. But it looks like Victoriaville isn’t all that concerned with defense and more just letting Danault score.

Meanwhile in Europe (meanwhile over in Bologna…), Teuvo Teravainen has three points in ten games with Jokerit as he struggles to play center and with adults. Whatever, no big deal here. Maxim Shalunov is averaging a point-per-game in the VHL, which is the league below the KHL and contains some of the youth teams for teams in the KHL. It gets goofy over there.

The college and AHL kids get going this weekend, as you probably know. The only prospects in college really worth worrying about are Kevin Hayes at BC and Stephen Johns at Notre Dame. Unless you’re still holding out hope for Dan Delisle, which you really shouldn’t be. Maybe Justin Holl.

Obviously, the big shots like Brandon Saad, Jeremy Morin, Dylan Olsen, are with the Piggies, and they kick off in Rosemont this weekend.

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