Prospect Ramblings – Junior standouts and AHL assignments

Hayden Soboleski


 Jumping around the Canadian Junior leagues in this Sunday Ramblings…



OHL, QMJHL, and WHL seasons are underway, with players now having up to 13 games played for us to start drooling over their scoring with a reasonable sample size. Lots of notes ahead so let's get to it!



Points-per-game leaders:

  1. Max Jones (ANH) – 5G, 10A in 6GP – Leads this list in the fewest games played and relatively few powerplay points. The future multi-category keeper has also racked up 16PIM.

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       2. Taylor Raddysh (TBL) – 9G, 15A in 10GP – The current league points leader is also a plus-17. Lake Erie is just really good at scoring.

       3. Jeremy Bracco (TOR) – 7G, 12A in 8GP – Will continue to be assists-focused unless he starts putting more pucks on net.

       4. Alex Debrincat (CHI) – 10G, 9A in 9GP – Has only 3 points on the man-advantage, imagine his production if this changes…

       5. Adam Mascherin (FLA) – 5G, 16A in 10GP – Expect more goals going forward as Mascherin is shooting at a very high volume. Half of these points have come on the powerplay.


Gabriel Vilardi (2016) is the highest-scoring  A-rated prospect on the NHL Central Scouting list with 5 goals and 6 assists in 7 games after returning to action from a knee injury.



Points-per-game leaders:

  1. Samuel Girard (NSH) – 3G, 14A in 7GP – This is from a DEFENCEMAN and no I've not made a numerical typo. This incredible output comes with less than 2 SOG/game so dont expect the goals to keep coming, and points are currently a bit boosted by his 9 powerplay assists in 7 games which wont be sustained.
  2. Tyler Boland (undrafted) – 11G, 10A in 11GP – Another top producer being boosted by 10 points with the extra man. Rimouskie is on fire and has 4 players if the top 8 in points-per-game.

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       3. Filip Chlapik (OTT) – 12G, 7A in 10GP – The top goal-scorer on this list is doing so by shooting nearly 7 SHOTS PER GAME! Has 25 PIM to compliment these crazy totals.

       4. Dylan Montcalm (undrafted) – 5G, 15A in 11GP – Red flag: huge powerplay numbers but lowest plus-minus of those on this list (even).

       5. Martins Dzierkals (TOR) – 6G, 9A in 9GP – Conversely, Dzierkals has the highest rating (plus-11) on this list, and the lowest man-advantage points (5). Only 22 SOG however.


Of the player on the NHL CS list, B-rated Samuel Bucek leads the way with 5G, 9A in 12GP. The rookie is finding his way but needs to shoot more and pass less.



Point-per-game leaders:

  1. Kale Clague (LAK) – 1G, 5A in 2GP – Yes, only two games so far after suffering a leg injury in Kings training camp. The d-man will slow down but lets see what he can do.
  2. Sam Steel (ANH) – 9G, 11A in 10GP – 4(!) shorthanded points are included in this total. He thrives in every situation.
  3. Mason Shaw (2017) – 4G, 19A in  12GP – Given only a C grade from NHLCS, the playmaking machine must have a chip on his shoulder.

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       4. Adam Brooks (TOR) – 4G, 6A in 6GP – Impressively in this top-five with only one powerplay point in his totals. Highest plus-minus of the group with a plus-10.

       5. Brayden Burke (undrafted) – 3G, 13A in 10GP – Undrafted twice now, lets see if he can somehow top his 109-point season that could't convince scouts last year.



AHL Notes:

  • Anaheim recalled Shea Theodore. It was only a matter of time, now the patient owners will get to see the powerplay time they've been waiting for.
  • Anaheim reassigned Nick Sorensen. He did well to make the team, and now likely has preferential standing for future call-ups.
  • Anaheim reassigned Jakub Larsson. Another spot initially earned by strong play, but the Ducks are just too deep at D to justify rushing the promising rearguard.
  • Minnisota recalled Joel Ericksson Ek. He scored in his first NHL game last night. Promising production for a team short on offensive prospects.
  • LA recalled Jack Campbell. The injury train keeps rolling in the LA crease and Campbell, acquired this off-season for very little, will now see NHL time.
  • Arizona reassigned Jared Tinordi. This bodes well for the odds of Jakub Chychryn to survive his 10-game tryout.



As always, thank you for reading and good luck in your leagues (unless I'm in them as well!)

Hayden Soboleski






Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Jérémy Davies 4.0 7.0
Brandon Biro 6.5 7.0
Maxime Lajoie 4.5 8.0
Mac Hollowell 5.5 7.0
Benoit-Olivier Groulx 4.5 8.5
Carson Meyer 5.0 3.5
Jiri Patera 6.0 7.0
Ben Jones 6.5 7.0
Joseph Cecconi 4.5 6.0
Adam Raska 5.0 5.0