The prospect reports are going to be presented differently from here on out. Instead of going through each player individually, we're going to go by leagues and note some of the standout performances. The reason for this is because there have often been a lot of cases where there wasn't much to report on for some players because they were either injured, suspended or didn't do much in the previous week. I haven't posted an update on Carolina's NCAA prospects in awhile for exactly that reason. So going through every single prospect every week was getting rather daunting and I thought it would be easier to present everyone's stats and talk about some individual standouts.
There is plenty to talk about on this first installment as Brock McGinn and Ryan Murphy both had tremendous weeks for their respective clubs. We'll talk about them in detail after the jump.
CHL Prospects: Skaters
Brock McGinn has been on quite a roll lately and he added another three goals to his totals this past week. Two of them came in a win over Owen Sound and one of them was an absolute beauty where he got a step on the opposing defenseman and scored from his knees. It's really encouraging to see McGinn continue to light up the scoresheet after his slow start to the year as he now has 18 goals in 48 games. On pace to shatter his boxcar numbers from last year.
The same can be said for Carolina's first round pick from 2011, Ryan Murphy, who had a big week with two goals and three assists. Murphy seems to be registering a point in every game now after being very quiet for the first couple of months. He played a big role in Kitchener's win over Guelph, as he scored the game-winning goal and made a great pass to set up another one. I'm still not sure how well his skills will translate to the NHL but it's hard not to like his offensive instincts.
Also impressing this week was Victor Rask, Carolina's second round pick from 2011 as he tallied a goal and an assist in the Calgary Hitmen's two games. Although it's worth noting that he ended up being a -3 in the game where he scored a goal and while I don't put too much weight into +/- to judge an individual's play, that is a little strange to see. Still, he has been scoring at a point-per-game rate since returning to Calgary.
Trevor Carrick also made an impact upon his return to the Mississauga Steelheads lineup by scoring a powerplay goal in the third period to give his team the lead. That was his seventh goal of the season and it's really nice to see his offensive instincts continue to develop. Same goes for Keegan Lowe, who added another two points to his totals.
The only player who had a down week is Tyler Stahl, as he found himself out of the Victoria Royals' lineup after receiving a game misconduct for a hit to the head in one of their games this past week. Again, bad penalties and suspensions have been a big problem for Stahl this year and they appear to have reared their ugly head again.
CHL Prospects: Goalies
Both goaltenders started in all of their team's games this week with Mahalak performing much better than Altshuller. Mahalak got a lot of goal support and didn't record over 30 saves in one game but he didn't have any bad starts at the very least. Altshuller, on the other hand, gave up five goals in two games this past week and was chased against Sault Ste. Marie.
NCAA Prospects: Skaters
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Phil Di Giuseppe recorded his fourth goal of the season on Friday night against Western Michigan, a game which the Wolverines ended up losing unfortunately as their skid continues. They would also go onto lose the next game against WMU 5-1 and still have only five wins in conference play. Michigan was ranked at the beginning of the year, so their fall from grace this season has been odd to see. The same goes for Danny Biega's Harvard Crimson who dropped games to Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend. Biega failed to get on the scoresheet in both games but he recorded five shots on goal in the 4-3 loss to St. Lawrence. I expected this to be a very big year for Biega after how well his junior season went but he along with most of the team have been disappointing.
One bright spot is that Brendan Woods' Wisconsin Badgers have been on quite a roll as of late. They've won nine of their last ten games and have only one loss since the beginning of December. Unfortunately, Woods failed to get on the scoresheet or do much offensively in their weekend sweep over Anchorage-Alaska but he has been pretty great at faceoffs this year, as evidenced by College Hockey Inc's new awesome stat website.
This part would normally be where Collin Olson's review would go but he didn't play any games for Ohio State this week and it doesn't look like he will get many starts the rest of the way. The reason for that isn't related to his play but more of the fact that senior goaltender Brady Hjelle has been phenomenal with a save percentage of .945 this season.