2017-2018 Prospects Thread...

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Kyle Morrison's picture

I have already booked my pass for the Vitaly Abramov hype train 

bluejacketsfanwpsl's picture

Who is Carter Camper?  He looked like the Monsters C with the most points, but also did not appear to be a CBJ prospect, just a AAA filler guy.

Thanks for the 411, Doggy!

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Kyle Morrison's picture

He's an AHL guy, not a prospect (played three NHL games six years ago), but he's a Cleveland native and a cool story.

Technically, the Jackets don't even own his rights (he signed an AHL-only deal) so don't expect to see him in Columbus unless things get catastrophically bad. Still, I'm sure he's showing the young guys what it means to be a pro. That's what his biggest impact will be. 

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This is the complaint I had about Milano last year.  Everyone kept touting how he was the #1 scorer on the Monsters and so he should have been ready to make the jump to the NHL this past training camp.  Being the best of crap doesn't prove you are anything better than good crap (in Milano's case he is simply mediocre and still not NHL ready...and may never be).

This year's Monsters team is offensively no better than last year's team...minus TJ Tynan and a part time Milano and Hannikainen.  And the goaltending is worse.  Seriously...not sure there is a single player on that roster that is better than a 4th line or 3rd pairing NHLer.  So don't get excited about who is offensively at the top of their stats.  Carter Camper is tied for 92nd in scoring and Vigneault (our #2 scorer) is tied for #221 in a 30 team league.  Statistically that's one high end second line forward and one lower level third line forward.  Ugh...that stinks!

We really need to re-build our prospect pipeline!

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bluejacketsfanwpsl's picture

Ah, I had no idea about the home grown angle.  Thanks. 

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Q's picture

Great rundown Doggie...much appreciated! I supposed it is only natural that talent development runs in waves like this. There are no prospects in Cleveland because they are all good young players making a contribution at the NHL level. The next generation covered in this thread hasn't quite matured to the AHL level yet, but it looks like they may be ready to be considered for a role here when some of our roster spots are ready to turn over.  

Q

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Doggy's picture

Poor Gatineau...they traded Vitalii to Victoriaville earlier on this season and now have to face him in the first round pf the playoffs.  VA has ben an absolute monster again this year.  His 45 Goals and 104 Points were both good for 2nd in The Q (so he has finished 4th, 1st and now 2nd in the league in scoring his three seasons).

I say poor Gatineau because they drew Victoriaville in the first round of The Q playoffs and have to watch what could have been for the next few games.  VA started things off with 2 Goals and 4 Points in Game 1.

We know VA is going to get a good look in training camp but wonder if he starts the season in Cleveland.

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Doggy's picture

Maxime Fortier off to a hot start to his playoffs too with 3 Gs and 4 Points in two games.  My expectations for Fortier in the NHL are pretty low but interested to see how he adapts to Cleveland next season.

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Spencer Naas...signed an ATO with the Monsters when his UConn career ended last week.  He has 2 Goals a 3 Points in 3 Games.  Two more AHL games from which to impress.  I am sure he has already shown enough that Cleveland might want him back next year.  I wonder if he (can) shop around in the off-season.  Do the CBJ take a closer look at him?

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Doggy's picture

Vitalii finished the first round with 6 Goals and 11 Points in just five games.  Dude's on fire.  On to Round 2.

Kole Sherwood has 7 Goals and 9 Points in five games as well.  His first round isn't over yet as his Kitchener squad has a 3-2 lead.

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bluejacketsfanwpsl's picture

I haven't seen much of VA at all, but I imagine he's a lot like Panarin.

Yes?

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Doggy's picture

Anyone paying attention to what Elvis is doing in the Mens World Championships.  Obviously not all the NHL stars are there because of the playoffs but there are plenty of top six players including guys like Bread and Cam, McDavid, Pasternak, Patrick Kane, Draisaitl, Gaudreau, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, etc.

IOW, Elvis is proving his worth once again on a big stage against big boys!  Playing with one of the weaker supporting casts (no disrespect but Latvia is not exactly a huge pool of talent and depth).  Elvis has kept his team in contention for a playoff spot beyond the round-robin while posting a .939 Save Percentage and 1.49 GAA (both 4th best).

His numbers are even more impressive when you consider he doesn't get to pad his stats vs Latvia (his team) while the Finnish, US and Canadian goalies (the three ahead of him) don't have to face their own teams).  Finland, US and Canada have averaged 5.5 Goals per game while Latvia has averaged less than 3.0.

Its a shame he won't be in North America next year but at least on paper the CBJ have to be excited about him as a prospect.  Canada plays Latvia tomorrow and the US is off so maybe the NHL Network will broadcast the game.  Cannot wait until Elvis in in the building :)

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Doggy's picture

Another Elvis shutout and the Latvians get a playoff date with Sweden. 

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bluejacketsfanwpsl's picture

Has Elvis come over for Dev Camp or anything?

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Doggy's picture

So Elvis has publicly stated on multiple occasions that his ultimate goal is to play in the NHL.

I did a Google search for "elvis merzlikins blue jackets development camp".  Search results suggest he has absolutely come over for team activities and development camp.

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Man I want to see what this kid can do in Cleveland!

The Latvians went down to Sweden 3-2 but it was a gritty performance by a wayyyyyyy-outmanned team.  Sweden's roster is a "who's who" of NHL players and the Latvian roster is a whole lot of "who"?  20 NHLers vs 4 AHLers (and some KHL and lesser league players).

Here's a nice writeup by the IIHF:

https://www.new-iihf.com/en/events/2018/wm/news/3182/sweden-edges-past-b...

Some snippets:

  • When Sweden did get into a shooting position, it had to solve the challenge of beating Merzlikins
  • Merzlikins finished with 31 saves and Zibanejad was impressed with the opposing goalie's performance throughout the tournament. "He’s been great," said the Swedish forward. "He’s been one of the reasons why they’re here, and probably the biggest reason why they’re here.
  • Merzlikins needed to be proactive to get a stick on Zibanejad’s attempted pass for the on-rushing Mattias Janmark, then he did the splits to deny Gustav Nyquist.
  • Latvia nominated goalie Merzlikins, defenceman Kristaps Sotnieks and forward Andris Dzerins as its three best players of the tournament.

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Doggy's picture

Anyone read Brian Hedger's write up on Vitalii?  I thought it was a good read and offered some insight I did not know.  Got me extra excited to see how much he has developed in the past year this coming training camp.

https://www.nhl.com/bluejackets/news/columbus-blue-jackets-devcamp18-abr...

Played Center the second half of last season and thrived on the score sheet (33 Goals and 78 Points in 40 Games) and in the face-off dot (57.5% winning percentage).  Sounds like the door might be open for him to make this roster with this added versatility.  Also gave him the opportunity to work on is defensive game and think the game from a different perspective/role.  Says he also added some bulk to his frame which should be a good thing too.

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