Jets Prospect Update: October 7

The day feels a bit dark in Jets Nation after… let’s not open that wound.

Instead, we’ll check in on our prospects scattered across the continent. 

We’ll start in St John’s, where the AHL affiliate IceCaps split their series with the Provindence Bruins over the weekend, dropping one in OT 4-3, and coming back the next night to thump the young bears 5-1. 

Of note, Brenden Kichton has a powerplay goal and two assists already, is +1 and has 5 shots on goal through two games. Not bad for a defenceman.

Eric O’Dell has picked up where he left off last year, recording 4 goals and a whopping 13 shots so far. He scored a hat-trick in game two that was capped with an EN goal, but we’re not taking anything away from the 23 year old. Only one of his goals has come on the powerplay, and he’s +4 skating alongside AHL scorer Jerome Samson (1g, 3a) and Kael Mouillierat (0g, 3a). 

Adam Lowry and JC Lipon each had a goal in game one, but Lowry was on for three goals against as well, and seems to be playing most of his even strength minutes with Cormier and a collection of other wingers. Cormier already has 11 PIMS in two games.

Klingberg has already been a healthy scratch, and Hutchinson was sent to the ECHL – meaning Young Stars stand-out Juho Olkinuora is the team’s back-up netminder. 

As most of you likely know already, Ivan Telegin was suspended by the Jets for failing to report to St John’s. A personal matter has taken him to Russia, but he’s not playing hockey as far as know.

2013 1st rounder Josh Morrissey has arrived in Prince Albert, going 2-4-6 in his first 5 games. He’s 4th on the team in scoring despite missing two games. The Raiders are doing well at 5-2-0, but since competition has picked up with NHL hopefuls returning to rosters, the Raiders are just 3-2-0 with a -4 goal diffential in Morrissey’s 5 games. That includes a 9-1 drubbing by the Oil Kings, which puts Morrissey’s -2 in perspective. 

Everyone’s favourite Czech defenceman Jan Kostalek is already seven games into his second season with Rimouski. He went point-less through September, but has 3 assists in two October games, and has already racked up 18 shots on goal for a team that is 4-3 with him in the lineup. 

Nic Petan has also played 7 games after attending pro camp, and has already racked up 5 goals and 8 assists, good for 6th in the WHL. He’s managed two four point games against Prince George and Spokane. That’s an even better scoring pace than he set with last year’s 120 in 71 games. 

Third-round pick and Saginaw forward Jimmy Lodge is second on his club in scoring (8gp 2-4-6), but that’s good for 54th in the OHL and he’s also a -2 on team that’s -5 so far. 

Goaltender Eric Comrie is 2-4-1 for the Tri-City Americans, but is showing well individually, with a personal best .921 sv% and 2.60 GAA. 

College hockey hasn’t started yet, but Connor Hellebuyck’s UMass Lowell has been named the top-ranked NCAA team. It’s already shaping up to be an excellent season. 

  • Kevin McCartney

    And the question begs to be asked…. where the hell is Eric O’Dell (not here that’s for sure)? Should be in Winnipeg right now.He continues to impress with his scoring and solid two way play and a shooting percentage in the twenty two percentile range. Hmmm… a player with a propensity to bury the puck,don’t need any of those do we? And almost as important, it would send a strong message to the boys on the farm that results do indeed reap rewards.
    On any given team, the bottom three players on an NHL team are interchangeable with the top three on the farm. O’Dell doesn’t have an abundance of speed nor possess super soft hands but does possess a high IceQ, and boy can he shoot. And at this point, what is there to lose, except more hockey games perhaps.

  • Kevin McCartney

    It’s always an issue of where he lands, right? Traditionalists would say there’s no room in the top-6, so there’s no room for him. But I’ve never understood the logic that he’s better off playing 20 minutes a night in the AHL than 10 in the NHL for an older guy like O’Dell. He gets NHL practices, NHL coaching, NHL competition.

    For the Jets in particular, I really love the idea of replacing their fourth line with minor-league scorers. Little, Ladd, and Frolik are all penalty killers. They already have a big group physically and most of the team toughness comes outside the 4th line (though, not the fighting). There aren’t a lot of teams who could try four lines of offence and not lose major role players. The Jets are one of them. Slater takes faceoffs. He and Wright kill penalties very poorly, and Thorburn/Peluso punch and take punches.

    O’Dell, Samson, and someone like Tim Stapleton as a powerplay specialist might mean a few extra scoring chances a night. I bet Omark could be added for zilch to play that role. Jim Slater and co. were bad in the east. They don’t get better because the competition does. And for all the hand-wringing about needing defence, needing toughness, that line is a blackhole the coach dare not play. So if we want defence and
    toughness, that line has to be replaced anyway.

    I’d love to see what O’Dell does 11 minutes a night against the Mike Rupp’s and Colin Fraser’s of the west. Maybe it’s a failed experiment, but I would feel better if they at least tried an experiment.