Ducks Mid-Season Review Part 1

By Kevin Forbes

In part one of this two-part look at the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim prospects, we will look at the progess of the prospects playing in the Canadian major juniors, the American college leagues and the European pro leagues. Part two will cover the AHL and the NHL prospects.

Joffrey Lupul
Lupul has had an interesting year to say the least. He missed most of the Mighty Ducks training camp because of a back injury, able to play in only a few exhibition games before being returned to the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. Lupul was suspended from the Tigers briefly before the World Juniors Team Canada camp, for a breach of team rules (staying out past curfew). Lupul’s scoring is on pace to end up about the same level as he was last year. Lupul had a mediocore World Juniors. He scored twice in one game, had an assist in another and that was basically the extent of his offensive impact. Lupul was used more in a grinding role for the team, and ended up with a silver medal.

Igor Pohanka
The fast winger acquired in the big deal with New Jersey over the summer was a bit of a surprise. He was leading his team in scoring until he left to play for Slovakia in the World Juniors. Pohanka enjoyed a moderately sucessful World Juniors, tied for second in team scoring with 3 goals and 1 assist. Slovakia ended up 5th in the tournament.

Joel Stepp
Steep re-injured his broken wrist in Ducks training camp. The wrist was orginally broken a year ago playing for the Red Deer Rebels. He has missed all of Red Deer’s games so far this season because of this injury, but hopes to be back within the month.

Tim Brent
Brent is experiencing a breakout offensive season of sorts. He is second on his team in scoring and enjoyed a 5 point night back in October. He is the captain of the St. Micheal’s Majors, taking over from last year’s captain, Anaheim prospect Mark Popovic.

Brian Lee
Lee is enduring a trying year with the Erie Otters. He is -11 with just 5 assists in 33 games.

Vladimir Korsunov
Korsunov suffered a back injury that prevented him from playing in the World Juniors for Team Russia, although he was one of the original selections. He is playing strongly for Spartek Moscow, and will have to bring his hard-hitting ways across the ocean soon.

Joonas Vihko
Playing off and on with Tuomo Ruutu and Ducks prospect Timo Parssinen. Is playing solid, scoring well, but will probably break into the NHL as a checker or a pest.

Mikael Holmsqvist
Came over to North America for the Ducks rookie camp, which was important for his development. Needs to grow accustomed to the physical game. Possesses plenty of skill, on pace to blow away his career highs in points.

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
Parenteau improved his stock immensely through a strong performance at the World Juniors (4g, 3a, second in team scoring, 12th in tournament scoring). He also proved that he could score without his cousin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the QMJHL. Parenteau was traded from Chicoutimi to Sherbrooke while he was at the World Juniors.

A-J Niemi
Niemi is one of the top defensemen in the Finnish Elite League with Jokerit. Hopefully, he can be drawn back to North America after this season.

Timo Parssinen
Parssinen is among the Finnish Elite League leaders in scoring. He’s playing with IFK Helsinki along with Joonas Vihko.

Francois Caron
Caron is playing well with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. He has 3 goals and 8 assists in 40 games and is +3.

Bill Cass
Cass has 1 assist in 13 games with Boston College, his stock is dropping.

George Davis
Davis was just traded to the Halifax Mooseheads in a multi-player deal. Davis had 5 goals and 7 assists in 39 games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles so far this year. He also had 164 penalty minutes.

Luke Fritshaw
Fritshaw plays with the same team as Igor Pohanka, and so far this season, he has scored twice and added 6 assists in 34 games. He is working hard to round out his game and is -9 in plus/minus.

Joel Perreault
Perreault currently is second in QMJHL scoring. He is enjoying a breakout season and has turned that into a three-year entry-level contract with the Mighty Ducks.

Chris Petrow
Petrow is +12 on a strong Oshawa team, and has 4 assists to go along with his excellent defensive play.

Brandon Rogers
In 20 games with the University of Michigan, Rogers has 3 goals and 3 assists with a +2 rating.

Maxim Rybin
Rybin has played just 3 games with Severstal of the Russian League, recording one assist.

Jan Sandstrom
Sandstrom is playing a solid stay-at-home game with Lulea of the Swedish Elite League.

Viktor Wallin
Wallin has dropped to SEL2 playing with AIK. He has 2 goals, 9 assists in 26 games.