Prospect Ramblings: WJHC Semis, Zadina Makes his Move and Pettersson Snipes Again

Cam Robinson

2018-01-04

                                                       

A hearty belated Happy New Years to you and yours. Hopefully the holidays were a restful period that brought you peace and contentment to begin anew in 2018.

 

With the big news in the prospect-world clearly being the ongoing World Junior Championships and semi-final matchups that concluded Thursday evening, we’ll take a moment to do some news and notes from around the non-U20 best-on-best tournament before diving in.

 

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As a teaser, my third installment of the 2018 NHL Draft Rankings will be published early next week.

 

You can find the most recent edition from the end of October here.

 

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Jack Roslovic had done everything he could to earn a call-up to the Winnipeg Jets. The 20-year-old, second year pro had paced his AHL squad and sat at or near the top of the league leaderboard for points while improving his two-way game.

 

What he hadn’t done was force an injury to one of the big club’s top six forwards.

 

That all changed now that Mark Scheifele has hit the shelf for six to eight weeks, and Roslovic finally got the call. He found himself in the press box however as Marko Dano slid into the first contest without the team’s top line pivot. Dano had been a mainstay in the healthy scratch zone so the team clearly wanted to give him some ice, but the Jets surely don’t want their top prospect watching for too long and Roslovic should find a way to work him into the lineup soon.

 

What happens next will be up to him.

 

If Roslovic can find a way to be productive from a bottom six role, he could become a true candidate to join the ranks of tantalizing Jets’ youngsters to own. If not, it’s back to Manitoba to keep working at it.

 

He's a player with very nice skill and one to watch in keeper formats. 

 

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With the shoddy goaltending a major talking point in Vancouver these days, it’s natural for people to speculate on the Canucks’ plans for top goaltending prospect, Thatcher Demko.

 

The recently-turned 22-year-old has been marinating exactly as hoped. He’s taken over the full-time starter's role in Utica this year in his second full season in the AHL and has been more than steady, sitting fifth in the league with a 0.924 save percentage while seeing a ton of rubber – his 707 shots against are the third most.

 

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thatcher Demko is off to the AHL All Star game. The 22-year-old