February 18 2016

Paul Zwambag


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A couple of top prospects are tearing up the NHL, proving they belong in the NHL…


Artemi Panarin (CHI) recorded a hat-trick last night against Henrik Lundqvist, one of the best goaltenders in the league. Panarin leads the league in rookie scoring with 57 points (22g-35a). Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) is also all over the scoresheet, 13 game point streak (4g-12a-16p) puts him into the top five in rookie scoring in the NHL. Sam Reinhart (BUF) has turned his offense up, in the past seven games, he has five goals, one assist for six points putting him in the top 10 in rookie scoring. Jack Eichel (BUF) is currently second on that rookie scoring list with 39 points, in the past 13 games Eichel has four goals and eight assists for 12 points.

A couple of guys who had short stints in the NHL in the past week, but made the most of their chance; Laurent Brossoit (EDM) was only called up for a week and started one game for the Oilers. Brossoit took the loss in overtime, but had a .970 SV% and 0.92 GAA, he has been re-assigned to Bakersfield. Brendan Leipsic (TOR) was recalled on an emergency basis to the Maple Leafs. Leipsic played one game and registered his first NHL goal, which was also the game winner, but has since been re-assigned to the Marlies.


Tomas McCollum (DET) set a franchise record with the Grand Rapids Griffins playing his 211th game last week. McCollum has been with the Detroit organization since being drafted in 2008. McCollum was a first round pick (30th overall) but has not been able to land an NHL roster spot. McCollum’s bounced around from the AHL to the ECHL and three short NHL stints over the past eight years (AHL – 211gp, ECHL – 43gp, NHL – 3gp). With the emergence of Petr Mrazek, it isn’t very likely McCollum will ever get a regular roster spot in the NHL, but not many goalies stick with an organization as long as McCollum has. He is a very longshot to ever become a regular NHL goaltender, but that’s better than never.

There were seven games in total on Wednesday night in the AHL. Patrice Cormier (WPG) scored a hat trick to help the Manitoba Moose to a 5-2 victory over the Rockford IceHogs. Cormier is having a pretty good February, in seven games played he has scored three goals, five assists for eight points. Only being held of the scoresheet in two of those seven games.

Anthony Mantha (DET) had a four point night (1g-1a) in Grand Rapids 4-1 win against the Milwaukee Admirals. Mantha has 33 points (15g-18a) in 44 games played this year. He has the same amount as points as last year’s campaign, but that was in 62 games played. He will definitely have a career high in points this year.

Zachary Fucale (MTL) recorded a 3-2 shootout victory over the Syracuse Crunch. Fucale was also named CCM/AHL Player of the Week last week. In his last four games Fucale has stopped 134 of 140 shots, with four wins and a shutout in one of those games.

Alexandre Grenier (VAN) had a three point night (1g-2a) in Utica’s 5-2 victory over the Portland Pirates. Grenier extended his scoring streak to five games. (2g-6a-8p)

Texas Stars’ Brett Ritchie (DAL) had a four point night in a 6-3 win over the San Diego Gulls. Ritchie missed the first two months of the season underg