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.