Prospect Ramblings: QMJHL blanks Russia, Werenski stays hot, and Aho’s new linemates

Kevin LeBlanc


QMJHL Takes Game Five of Canada-Russia Series

Quite a night for the Carolina Hurricanes prospects playing in the fifth game of the CHL's Canada-Russia series with Team QMJHL winning 4-0. Val-d'Or forward Julien Gauthier was named player of the game, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Fellow Canes prospect Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi) and Thomas Chabot (Saint John) added the other goals. Who was in net for the shutout? Thats right, another Canes prospect Callum Booth (Quebec) who had a pretty routine appearance with 16 saves in the win. 

Quick note on Gauthier, who was pigeonholed a bit last season at draft time as only a goalscorer, The hulking winger has 17 points in 15 games in the QMJHL this season, 11 of which are assists. Of those 11 assists, eight are of the primary variety. He finished the season with 16 assists last season, a number he may surpass in just primary assists this year. But enough about helpers. This is what Gauthier does best….



Last Nights NHL Action

Zach Werenski continues his spectacular rookie campaign scoring the game-tying goal in the Blue Jackets 2-1 overtime win against Washington. He now has 13 points in 14 games, leading all rookie defensemen and is one point off the league lead. For my money, his performance has been the most impressive of this young season from a rookie perspective. 

Here's his goal that got Columbus level. Perfect shot, head up the whole way. 



Sebastian Aho seems to have found a niche in Carolina alongside Jordan Staal and Teuvo Teravainen. The trio set the tone of last nights 1-0 victory with insane 2:13 shift spent entirely in the Sharks zone. With Staal's cycle ability and Aho and Teravainen's propensity to consistently find eachother in open space, this line could do some damage. Since they were put together two games ago, the trio has produced 10 scoring points and an insane 21 shots. 

Side note from the game, Aaron Dell looked solid. He was the games third star and the reason the game wasn't 3 or 4-0, making 32 saves in a night off for Sharks starter Marvin Jones.


Speaking of shutouts, Connor Hellebuyck posted a 27 save blanking of the Chicago Blackhawks helping Winnipeg to a 4-0 victory. He has taken the reigns as the Jets number one with seven wins in 11 starts, and is currently sporting a 2.45 goals against average and a .916% save percentage.

Three prospects scored for the Jets last night, who have been getting huge contributions from their youth. Goal number 12 from