Let’s round up the kids, because we’ve got nothing else to do.
We’ll start in the Q, as is customary. Phillip Danault had a pretty busy week before getting his invite to the World Junior Training Camp for Canada next week. Four games, a goal and an assist but an unsightly -4. In fact, Danault is a -8 in his last seven games, which isn’t all that encouraging for a player that’s supposed to be a solid two-way player. It dropped him from +4 on the year to -4. Something to be watched.
His teammate Brandon Whitney had a much better week, starting all four games. Only went 1-3, but stopped 38 of 39, then 34 of 38, 28 of 31, and 36 of 39 shots in those games. That’s a .923 SV% for those four games.
Dillon Fournier was a +1 in three games for Rouyn-Noranda
OHL time. Alex Broadhurst had a goal and two assists in a game last week against Barrie, but didn’t scratch in the other two games the London Knights had this week.
Garrett Ross had three goals and three assists in three games for Saginaw. That puts him at 14-17-31-+10 for the season in 24 games.
Heading out west. Mark McNeil had a goal and three assists and was a +2 in three games for Prince Albert. He’s 12-23-35-+8 in 30 games this season.
Travis Brown had a goal and an assist and was a +1 for Moose Jaw in three games.
Mac Carruth only had one start, stopping 33 shots in a win. That leaves him with a .942 SV% and a 1.55 GAA on the year for Portland. You may have seen that Portland was hit with some serious sanctions by the WHL for some odd payments to players and their families. I won’t pretend to know or really care what the rules are and how they were violated. This won’t affect Carruth much, as this was his last year in junior anyway and looks pegged to be the starter in Winnebago County next season.
Ok, down to the college ranks. We discussed Kevin Hayes yesterday, as he had two assists in two games vs. arch-rival and total assholes BU.
Farther west of him, Braden Birch had an assist and was a +1 in wins over Clarkson and St. Lawrence for Cornell. He also managed to not jump into their gorge, which has been a challenge for lot of Cornell students. It’s either that or they end up managing Vegas hotels.
Stephen Johns had a goal and was even in two wins for Notre Dame over Lake Superior State.
Justin Holl was scratched for Minnesota this weekend. Dan DeLisle was big and dumb for Duluth.
Nick Mattson had an assist and Joe Gleason had a goal for North Dakota as they split with Colorado College.
Paul Phillips was a -2 in a loss and a tie against Wisconsin.
Over in Europe, Teuvo Teravainen was killing it after returning from injury. He’s up to 15 points in 20 games and that’s without scratching in the past three games. Maxim Shalunov has 9 points in 17 games for his VHL team, but is a -9. We’ll learn more about both of these kids at the juniors in a couple weeks, I should think.
Ok, that’s it. Let’s all batten down the hatches for this meeting that’s starting right now to go completely balls up, start the decertification process, and I can start to really plan how to switch to a Cubs gameday rag.