Weekend Update: January 7th, 2018

Two weeks ago we had a slow update. This week’s Weekend Update is overdrive in comparison.

The goaltending situation in the AHL and NHL gets murkier with the addition of Montoya to the team. Brossoit has been sent down to get more playing time. Pasquale in Bakersfield puts his best foot forward this week with two shutouts, raising his SV% up a full .030 points. The defense in California also gets a little more crowded (even after the Oilers punted Fayne from the organization) with Eric Gryba being sent down. The Oilers signed Cameron Hebig to a contract and suddenly our junior hockey ranks look (maybe not are) that much better. Benson and Pakarinen are tearing it up on their own respective teams.

First off you can have a peek at how our four players chosen for their respective WJHC countries faired.


  • R Ostap Safin 7gp, 1-2-3 for Team Czech Republic
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 5gp, 0-1-1 for Team Russia
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 7gp, 2-2-4 for Team USA
  • RC Aapeli Rasanen 5gp, 4-0-4 for Team Finland


  • G Nick Ellis 17gp, 2.88 .907 (three games, stopped 76 of 80)
  • G Ed Pasquale 16gp, 2.60 .910 (four games, stopped 134 of 141)
  • G Laurent Brossoit (Assigned Sunday after trading for Al Montoya)
  • G Shane Starrett 1gp, 3.03 .936 (Returned to the ECHL)
  • LD Caleb Jones 33gp, 1-9-10 (7gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Dillon Simpson 33p, 1-7-8 (7gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • RD Ryan Mantha 31gp, 3-5-8 (7gp, 2-0-2 this week)
  • RD Ethan Bear 17gp, 2-6-8 (6gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LD Ryan Stanton 21gp, 0-2-2 (4gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Mark Fayne 6gp, 0-1-1 (Assigned to Springfield)
  • LD Ben Betker 22gp, 0-0-0 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Ziyat Paigin 7gp, 0-0-0 (no longer in organization)
  • RD Eric Gryba 2gp, 0-0-0 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week; Assigned to Bakersfield)
  • LD Keegan Lowe 24gp, 2-5-7 (7gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • R Ty Rattie 33gp, 12-11-23 (7gp, 2-2-4 this week)
  • L Ryan Hamilton 28gp, 6-12-18 (7gp, 3-2-5 this week)
  • L Joey Laleggia 33gp, 7-14-21 (7gp, 2-4-6 this week)
  • RC Josh Currie 33gp, 8-11-19 (6gp, 0-4-4 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 33gp, 6-7-13 (7gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  • LC Grayson Downing 28gp,  0-14-14 (7gp, 0-4-4 this week)
  • LC Brad Malone 26gp, 9-9-18 (7gp, 4-2-6 this week)
  • R Dave Gust 26gp, 7-5-12 (5gp, 1-3-4 this week)
  • LC Joe Gambardella 16gp, 4-2-6 (1gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • L Braden Christoffer 29gp, 3-5-8 (7gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 10gp, 1-4-5 (In the NHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 17gp, 5-3-8 (5gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Zack O’Brien 13gp, 2-4-6 (1gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • F Mitch Callahan 26gp, 2-5-7 (7gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • RC Chad Butcher 7gp, 1-1-2 (did not play this week)
  • R Brian Ferlin 7gp, 1-0-1 (did not play this week)
  • L Evan Polei 2gp, 0-1-1 (did not play this week)
  • R Greg Chase 1gp, 0-0-0 (Traded to Springfield)
  • R Anton Slepyshev 1gp, 0-0-0 (NHL this week)
  • R Iiro Pakarinen 14gp, 8-2-10 (7gp, 5-0-5 this week)


  • G Shane Starrett 12gp, 2.39 .929 (four games/three starts, stopped 103 of 111)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 9gp, 5-9-14 (AHL this week)
  • F Lane Bauer 30gp, 8-17-25 (9gp, 2-4-6 this week)
  • R Greg Chase 17gp, 7-10-17 (4gp, 0-0-0 this week; Traded to Florida)
  • R Zack O’Brien 12gp, 5-7-12 (AHL this week)
  • LC Travis Ewanyk 33gp, 11-11-22 (6gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  • RC Chad Butcher 20gp, 4-10-14 (5gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 27gp,6-7-13 (9gp, 3-3-6 this week)


  • LC Bogdan Yakimov 48gp, 7-3-10 for Neftekhimik (KHL) (5gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • RHD Filip Berglund 30gp, 0-6-6 for Djurgardens (SHL) (6gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LHD Markus Niemelainen 21gp, 0-1-1 for LeKi (Mestis) from HPK (Sm-Liiga) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)


  • R Ostap Safin 34gp, 13-19-32 for Saint-John (QMJHL) (WORLD JUNIORS; 1gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • C Cameron Hebig 39gp, 30-28-58 for Saskatoon (WHL) (Signed this week)
  • R Kirill Maksimov 36gp, 25-18-43 for Niagara (OHL) (5gp, 0-4-4 this week)
  • L Tyler Benson 29gp, 17-24-41 for Vancouver (WHL) (7gp, 4-5-9 this week)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 34gp, 6-12-18 for Guelph (OHL) (WORLD JUNIORS; 2gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 13gp, 2-10-12 for Spokane (WHL) (WORLD JUNIORS; did not play this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 31gp, 3.38 .897 for Lethbridge (WHL) (3 games, stopped 53 of 62)
  • G Dylan Wells 33gp, 3.55 .897 for Peterborough (OHL) (5 games, stopped 153 of 167)


  • RC Tyler Vesel 20gp, 6-10-16 for Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) (4gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  • L Graham McPhee 21gp, 6-7-13 for Boston College (NCAA) (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • L Aidan Muir 19gp, 2-7-9 for Western Michigan (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RC Aapeli Rasanen 18gp, 3-7-10 for Boston College (NCAA) (WORLD JUNIORS; did not play this week)
  • RHD Vincent Desharnais 20gp, 0-5-5 for Providence (NCAA) (4gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • RD Philip Kemp 11gp, 1-2-3 for Yale (NCAA) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD John Marino 14gp, 0-5-5 for Harvard (NCAA) (4gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Matt Cairns 1gp, 0-0-0 for Cornell (NCAA) (Did not play this week)
  • LC Skyler Brind’Amour 38gp, 8-13-21 for Chilliwack (BCHL) (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)

Source: Elite Prospects / HockeyDB

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