Prospect Ramblings: Who’s naughty, who’s nice on ice?

Mark Allan


One of several outstanding blueline prospects for the Anaheim Ducks, Brandon Montour is posting impressive numbers in the AHL.


Santa Claus has checked his list twice and was kind enough to share it with Dobber Prospects so we can tell you which top-10 prospects for each NHL team have been naughty or nice.

Anaheim Ducks

Naughty: After seven As in nine AHL games earned him a promotion, star blueline prospect Shea Theodore has regressed in 19 NHL games from the 19 games he played in last season. He’s down two Gs from his 2015-16 pace and his +/- has plunged from plus-7 to minus-9.

Nice: Brandon Montour is living up to his reputation as an offensive blueliner with five Gs and 11 As in 23 games for the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. With 22 PIMs, he’s also involved physically.

Arizona Coyotes

Naughty: The good news is that Lawson Crouse has played in 30 NHL games. The bad news is that he’s been on the fourth line with just two Gs and one A with a disappointing minus-11 rating.

Nice: Although he hurt a knee, Clayton Keller has 15 points in 10 Boston U games.

Boston Bruins

Naughty: His two NHL appearances so far have been disastrous and G Malcolm Subban is carrying sub-par 3.27 and .894 stats in the AHL.

Nice: Czech defender Jakub Zboril has 18 points and is plus-12 in 20 games for the QMJHL’s St. John Sea Dogs.

Buffalo Sabres

Naughty: Pressed into service by the injury-depleted Sabres, LW William Carrier has just two points in 22 games as an NHL rookie.

Nice: After only four points in 15 games with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders, D Brendan Guhle racked up six Gs and two As in nine games for the Prince George Cougars. Due to a spate of injuries to Buffalo defenders, he even got into three NHL contests and was plus-1.

Calgary Flames

Naughty: Calgary’s future starting goalie, Jon Gillies has nonetheless regressed from last season with Stockton of the AHL. He’s been inconsistent with the Heat, undoubtedly a fallout from missing most of last season after hip surgery.

Nice: LW Matthew Tkachuk has fit right into the Calgary lineup as an NHL rookie with seven Gs, 12 As, plus-6 and 62 PIMs.


Playing like his dad Keith did, Matthew Tkachuk is often in Beast Mode:



Carolina Hurricanes

Naughty: G Alex Nedelijkovic is struggling in his rookie pro season with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. Carolina’s top goaltending prospect has unsightly stats of 3.44 and .876.

Nice: A 2015 second-rounder, Sebastian Aho is holding his own as a rookie with the rebuilding Hurricanes, posting 17 points in 33 games and a respectable minus-1.

Chicago Blackhawks

Naughty: D Ville Pokka is well behind the AHL pace he established last season. Back with the Rockford Icehogs, the Finn has 11 points in 28 games and is minus-6.

Nice: While his NHL rookie stats are a modest four Gs and three As in 29 games, Tyler Motte is plus-4 and has been getting invaluable experience playing a top-six role, mostly alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

Colorado Avalanche

Naughty: D Chris Bigras has just one G in six games and is minus-4 in his second season with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

Nice: In his rookie NCAA season, forward Tyson Jost has seven Gs and 11 As in 17 games as well as being plus-11.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Naughty: In 10 AHL games, G Joonas Korpisalo is significantly behind the stats he posted last season with the Lake Erie Monsters. 

Nice: Playing like a veteran in