It’s a whole theme today, as we look throughout the organization to see how the kids are doing.
Let’s not waste anytime. Over to crown jewel (I think) Phillip Danault, who’s been on fire since being traded to the much superior Moncton from his hometown Victoriavile Tigres. In 25 games with Moncton, Danault is 9-26-35. The assists are encouraging. If Danault is going to make the big jump next season (and it’s 50-50 whether he can or not from what I can tell), he’s going to have to be something of a playmaker on the 2nd line with Bolland returning to his checking role. Or maybe on the 4th. I don’t know. Whatever, it’s all a rich tapestry. Let’s say the Hawks would be stronger if he can.
Staying in the Q and going back to Danault’s former team, Brandon Whitney has had three starts in March, going 2-1. None of them have been all that impressive, letting in 10 goals on 84 shots. He’s at .902 SV% and 3.30 GAA for the year.
In six March games, Dillon Fournier is +2 with two assists. He’s got 23 points in 54 games and is a +4.
Hopping over to the O. Garrett Ross, who Chris Block sees as a sequel to Andrew Shaw, has not cooled off this month. He’s had three goals and seven points in five March games. Ross is at 43-45-88 for the year.
In fact, Ross’s Saginaw team are just about ready to get slaughtered by Alex Broadhurt’s London squad in the first round of the OHL playoffs. Broadhurst has closed the season well with five points in four March games. He’s a 22-39-61 in 65 games.
Heading out West. Mark McNeill was going through something of a scoring drought, with only three goals in 18 games. But two of those came in the last three. He’s at 23-41-64 for the year.
The beat goes on for Mac Carruth. His Winterhawks have won the Western Conference of the WHL at a cantor. Carruth went 2-1 in March, and wraps up the year at 30-7-0-2. He’s finishes the regular season with a 2.06 GAA and a .929 SV%, which are both a slight dip from where he was. but hey, there was only one way to go. See how he does in the playoffs with the highly favored side.
Travis Brown wrapped up his Moosejaw season at a -22. I think that says enough.
In the college ranks, just a couple notes. If Notre Dame’s season ends before the Icehogs one (it won’t) Stephen Johns will join Rockford. This is Johns’s last season at South Bend, and he wrapped up his regular season there 1 goal and 12 assists and was a +9.
Kevin Hayes got loaded and came home in a garbage back (allegedly), and has been kicked off the BC team for weeks.
In Europe, Teuvo Teravainen wrapped up his SM-Liga season for first place Jokerit with 16-16-32 in 46 games. His playoffs start soon, as Jokerit get a bye straight into the quarters while the 7th-10th teams scrap to see who joins the other six.