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Weekend Update: January 14th, 2018

Trade business in the WHL picked up this week. Newest Oilers prospect Cameron Hebig found himself in Regina with the Pats and Stuart Skinner has a new home in Swift Current. Skinner took no time at all getting used to a team in front of him that can play a more complete game, finishing the week with a shutout and a shiny new 0.050 GAA. Yamamoto returned this week from the injury he suffered in the final minutes of Team USA’s loss to Sweden with a solid 4 point effort for Spokane. Finally in Bakersfield, Laurent Brossoit is fitting in in his old stomping grounds well with three games under his belt and a .910 SV%.


  • G Nick Ellis 17gp, 2.88 .907 (did not play this week)
  • G Ed Pasquale 16gp, 2.60 .910 (did not play this week)
  • G Laurent Brossoit 3gp, 2.44 .915 (three games, stopped 92 of 98)
  • G Shane Starrett 1gp, 3.03 .936 (In the ECHL)
  • LD Caleb Jones 36gp, 1-10-11 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Dillon Simpson 33p, 1-7-8 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Ryan Mantha 34gp, 3-6-9 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Ethan Bear 20gp, 2-8-10 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LD Ryan Stanton 22gp, 0-2-2 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Mark Fayne 6gp, 0-1-1 (Assigned to Springfield)
  • LD Ben Betker 22gp, 0-0-0 (did not play this week)
  • LD Ziyat Paigin 7gp, 0-0-0 (no longer in organization)
  • RD Eric Gryba 4gp, 0-0-0 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Keegan Lowe 27gp, 2-5-7 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Ty Rattie 36gp, 16-12-28 (3gp, 4-1-5 this week)
  • L Ryan Hamilton 31gp, 6-12-18 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Joey Laleggia 36gp, 7-16-23 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • RC Josh Currie 36gp, 9-12-21 (3gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 35gp, 6-7-13 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LC Grayson Downing 31gp, 1-16-17 (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • LC Brad Malone 28gp, 9-9-18 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Dave Gust 29gp, 7-5-12 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LC Joe Gambardella 19gp, 4-3-7 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • L Braden Christoffer 31gp, 4-5-9 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 10gp, 1-4-5 (In the NHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 22gp, 5-3-8 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Zack O’Brien 15gp, 2-4-6 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • F Mitch Callahan 36gp, 2-6-8 (3gp, 0-1-1 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 17gp, 9-4-13 (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)


  • G Shane Starrett 21gp, 2.69 .921 (, stopped 134 of 147)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 9gp, 5-9-14 (AHL this week)
  • F Lane Bauer 34gp, 8-19-27 (4gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • R Greg Chase 17gp, 7-10-17 (Traded to Florida)
  • R Zack O’Brien 12gp, 5-7-12 (AHL this week)
  • LC Travis Ewanyk 33gp, 11-13-24 (4gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • RC Chad Butcher 24gp, 4-10-14 (4gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 31gp,8-8-16 (4gp, 2-1-0 this week)


  • LC Bogdan Yakimov 50gp, 8-3-11 for Neftekhimik (KHL) (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • RHD Filip Berglund 28gp, 2-6-6 for Djurgardens (SHL) (2gp, 2-0-2 this week)
  • LHD Markus Niemelainen 24gp, 1-2-3 for LeKi (Mestis) from HPK (Sm-Liiga) (3gp, 1-1-2 this week)


  • R Ostap Safin 36gp, 14-19-33 for Saint-John (QMJHL) (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • C Cameron Hebig 42gp, 31-28-59 for Regina from Saskatoon (WHL) (3gp, 1-0-1; Traded to Regina this week)
  • R Kirill Maksimov 36gp, 25-18-43 for Niagara (OHL) (Did not play this week)
  • L Tyler Benson 32gp, 17-24-41 for Vancouver (WHL) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 37gp, 7-12-19 for Guelph (OHL) (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 15gp, 3-13-16 for Spokane (WHL) (2gp, 1-3-4 this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 33gp, 3.38 .897 for Swift Current from Lethbridge (WHL) (2 games, stopped 49 of 50; Traded to Swift Current)
  • G Dylan Wells 35gp, 3.46 .901 for Peterborough (OHL) (Four games, stopped 130 of 140)


  • RC Tyler Vesel 22gp, 8-11-19 for Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) (2gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  • L Graham McPhee 22gp, 6-7-13 for Boston College (NCAA) (1gp, 0-0-0 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) (did not play this week)
  • RHD Vincent Desharnais 22gp, 0-8-8 for Providence (NCAA) (2gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  • RD Philip Kemp 13gp, 1-3-4 for Yale (NCAA) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD John Marino 17gp, 0-6-6 for Harvard (NCAA) (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Matt Cairns 1gp, 0-0-0 for Cornell (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • LC Skyler Brind’Amour 41gp, 8-13-21 for Chilliwack (BCHL) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)


  • 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

Source: Elite Prospects / HockeyDB

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  • RJ

    I don’t know how hard it is, but could we find out the NHLE for these prospects?

    I am not sure if Bear is performing well, or he needs another season or two in the AHL before he’s given an opportunity.

    • OriginalPouzar

      Bear is performing well but he is also a rookie pro and has only played 20 pro games coming off a fairly serious injury.

      He will almost definitely need at least another year in the AHL. He is developing well but is not a lock to have an NHL career. He is in the proper league. Here is hoping he has a good camp in the fall and, with the influx of talent to Bakersfield next season (Benson, Hebig and maybe Yamamoto), he should get off to a strong start and potentially see some time as an injury call-up.

      No need to rush any of these defence prospects.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Graham McPhee had 2 goals for Boston College yesterday.

    Speaking of BC, Rasanen is nursing a lower body injury – expected by on the 23rd. I really liked how he played in Buffalo at the WJHC.

    Miles to go and a long-shot to have an NHL career but he seems like and all-situations center. Responsible, smart, some puck skills and a nose for the net (he really liked to go to the front of the net).

    I’ve got dreams of him being the 3C of the future. At least 3 years away or so.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Benson has cooled off a bit (first 3 game pointless streak of the year) but Yamamoto is starting to produce in the 2nd half.

    A couple more games for Maksimov on his 4 game suspension. It really is too bad he got suspended – he was hot as hell and scoring at a goal a game pace (5th in the OHL in goals with 3 less games played than 4 of the guys ahead of him – 2 of which were 2nd round picks and one an over-ager).

    Kril is killing it.

    Samorukov is having an offensive spike the last month and has a ton of confidence coming off a strong WJHC.

    I’ve got big plans for Dimitri in the future.