Hurricanes Prospect Update 1/29 – 2/2

Prospects sometimes become a bit of an afterthought when the NHL season gets rolling, but don't think we have forgot about them, as there is still a lot to report on regarding those in Carolina's system. This week wasn't as eventful as the last, but there were a couple big standouts. The most notable one was clearly Phil Di Giuseppe who had five points in two games with the Michigan Wolverines this weekend. We'll talk about him more along with the other NCAA kids but first, let's take a look at what the Hurricanes CHL prospects did this past week.

CHL Skaters

Prospect Team GP G A Pts PIM GF GA PPGF PPGA
Ryan Murphy Kitchener 2   2 2   3 3 1 2
Brock McGinn Guelph 2 1 1 2 2 3 1    
Trevor Carrick Mississauga 2     0         1
Keegan Lowe Edmonton 3     0 7 5 1    
Tyler Stahl Victoria 0 0 0 0 0
Austin Levi Plymouth 2   1 1   1 1   4
Victor Rask Calgary 4 1 1 2 4 2 2    

McGinn scored his 19th goal of the year, as his two-point game helped Guelph pick up a 6-3 win over Windsor this Sunday to give the Storm a split of that series. Also on Sunday, Ryan Murphy's Kitchener Rangers took on the Erie Otters and put up 11 goals against them. Murphy only had a pair of assists in that game but the final score of 11-4 alone is worth pointing out. You only see that happen maybe a handful of times per year. Victor Rask also got his name onto the scoresheet yet again but his point-per-game pace was broken after failing to record a point in Calgary's final two games. He wasn't the only one on the team who was struggling, though since the Hitmen were shutout in both of those games.

Keegan Lowe also had a very good week at the office despite not recording a point in any of the Oil Kings five games. He was on-ice for only one even strength goal against while being on ice for five of Edmonton's. The fact that Edmonton shutout their opponents in two of the three games also helped those matters. Revor Carrick also did a nice job defensively for the Steelheads this week by not being on-ice for an even strength goal against. Unfortunately, Mississauga lost both of their games.

If you're wondering why Tyler Stahl didn't play in any games this week, it's because he has been suspended eight games for an illegal check to the head. Not the first time he has been disciplined this year.

CHL Goaltenders

Goalie Team Sv% SV SA GA
Matt Mahalak Plymouth 0.857 12 14 2
Daniel Altshuller Oshawa 0.957 44 46 2

Altshuller recorded a 20-save shutout against Mississauga and then followed it up by allowing only two goals on 26 shots against Belleville in his next start. His last few starts before this were rough so it's good to see him rebound. Meanwhile, Mahalak played only one period for the Plymouth Whalers this week and wasn't active for their next game. I'm assuming it's due to injury purposes.

NCAA Skaters

Prospect Team GP G A Pts SOG PIM
Phil DiGiuseppe Michigan 2 0 5 5 10 0
Danny Biega Harvard 1 0 0 0 1 0
Brendan Woods Wisconsin 2 0 0 0 3 4

Big weekend for Phil Di Giuseppa, who had multiple assists in both of Michigan's games against rival Michigan State this weekend. He also had nine shots on goal in the second game and I'm still not sure if it's legitimate or an error on Joe Louis Arena's part, but either way it sounds like he had a nice game. A big reason why the Wolverines were able to get back in the win column this weekend after struggling for the last couple of months. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Danny Biega's Harvard Crimson who were shutout by RPI this weekend. Brendan Woods' Wisconsin Badgers also went winless on the weekend with two losses to North Dakota. Woods had a good outing in the second game with three shots on goal but he couldn't get on the scoresheet otherwise. 

Then there's Collin Olson, who did not get a chance to start in any of Ohio State's games this weekend and probably won't for the rest of the year. Again, it's mostly because Brady Hjelle has been fantastic as the starter and less to do with Olson's performance.

 

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