NHL Prospects Roundup: Laughton stars in Flyers victory

By Ken McKenna
Filip Forsberg - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators top prospect Filip Forsberg skated on the club’s top line in the Predators 1-0 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

 

Another busy night in the 2014 NHL preseason with 16 teams taking the ice minus any split squad games. The prospect herd is beginning to thin a bit as NHL teams have begun cutting down their rosters, primarily by returning players to the junior ranks.

Despite the lessened prospect presence, there were still notable performances from a few NHL prospects in Thursday night’s games. Two-point performances were had by a handful of prospects, along with a trio of first star honors.

Laughton impresses in Flyers shutout win

Philadelphia Flyers prospect Scott Laughton at the least gave a glimpse of what the future could hold once he secures an NHL roster spot. The former Oshawa Generals star picked up a goal and assist, registered four shots, and was named the game’s first star in the Flyers’ 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Laughton’s goal came off a rush with Jakub Voracek, with Laughton directing Voracek’s pass into the net past Devils’ goaltender, Cory Schneider.

Another prospect getting on the board in this game was defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who drilled home a power play goal off a pass from Jason Akeson. The other assist on the goal went to Laughton. Gostisbehere was named the game’s third star.

Nestrasil, Nosek power Red Wings victory

A pair of overlooked Detroit Red Wings‘ prospects made some noise in the team’s 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Andrej Nestrasil and Tomas Nosek each picked up a goal and assist and were +2 on the evening, with Nestrasil being named the game’s first star and Nosek being the runner-up.  The two were linemates along with veteran Justin Abdelkader in the contest, with each assisting on one another’s goal.

Forsberg pots lone goal in Predators shutout win

Filip Forsberg scored the only goal the Nashville Predators needed in their 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Forsberg, who played on the top line with Mike Ribeiro and James Neal, was named the game’s first star after registering his goal and two shots in 16:22 of ice time. Despite the loss, Lightning goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis was named the game’s third star after stopping 31 of 32 shots.

Dano picks up first points of the preseason in Blue Jackets win

Forward Marko Dano, the Columbus Blue Jackets fourth-ranked prospect according to Hockey’s Future, picked up his first two points of the 2014 preseason. Dano assisted on power play goals by Jared Boll and Ryan Craig in a game where the Blue Jackets held on for a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Shinkaruk, Bennett impress for their teams in Canucks win

Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk is among the scoring leaders in the NHL preseason, with the 2013 first round pick adding to his total Thursday in the Canucks’ 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames. Shinkaruk scored a goal and added an assist, giving him four points (2G, 2A) in two games. His goal vs. the Flames is featured below.

Although his team took the loss, Flames’ forward and 2014 top pick Sam Bennett earned first star honors in the game after picking up an assist and putting seven shots on goal in just under 16 minutes of play. Bennett’s assist came on a power play goal by Sean Monahan.

 

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