Another busy slate in the 2014 NHL preseason on Tuesday night, albeit with a pair of split squad games included in that count. But one of those split squad games, between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, may have provided fans of one team with a little hope for the future.
Canucks prospects shine in B.C.
Vancouver forward prospect Hunter Shinkaruk, ranked fourth among Canucks prospects by Hockey’s Future, notched a goal, an assist, and first star honors as his team defeated the Sharks, 4-2, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. Linden Vey, acquired from the Los Angeles Kings last season, was the game’s third star with one goal and two assists. Two more Canucks’ prospects, Bo Horvat and Jordan Subban, also netted goals in the game, with Subban netting the opening goal of the contest.
Shinkaruk scored in the second period, banging in a rebound past Sharks’ goaltender Alex Stalock to make the score 2-1.
Horvat later scored the game-winning goal, firing home a rebound from directly in front of Stalock to make the score 3-2.
Subban. Shinkaruk. Horvat. Nice little glimpse into the future, tonight #Canucks
— 5th Round Pick (@KentBaskyNM) September 24, 2014
Sekac second star in win over Bruins
Perhaps the most intriguing signing by the Montreal Canadiens in the off-season was Czech forward Jiri Sekac. A stellar 2013-14 season back in the Czech Republic made the 22-year-old a hot commodity with a few NHL teams, with the Canadiens being the ultimate winners of this free agent derby.
Sekac donned the fabled Habs jersey in an NHL game for the first time on Tuesday night vs. the Boston Bruins, a game won by the Canadiens, 3-2. Sekac netted a goal on his only shot in just over 19 minutes of action, which earned him second star honors for the game. The highlight of Sekac’s goal can be viewed below
After three minutes of watching Sekac practice a month ago, it was clear to me he was destined for the NHL this year. He’s proving that now.
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 24, 2014
Maple Leafs prospect trio contribute in shutout win
The Toronto Maple Leafs‘ top pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, William Nylander, made his debut at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Tuesday night. It would have to be called a successful night for the 18-year-old Swede as he netted his first preseason goal, registered five shots on goal in nearly 16 minutes of ice time, and earned second star honors on the night. Nylander’s goal was the last of the night in what was a 4-0 win for the Leafs over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Also contributing to the win was Leafs’ forward prospect Greg McKegg, who notched two assists in the game, and goaltending prospect Antoine Bibeau, who stopped 15 shots in splitting the shutout win with veteran Jonathan Bernier.
Nylander will be a very interesting discussion for the Leafs. Don’t know if he’s ready, but he sure carries himself like he think he is.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) September 24, 2014
Russian duo keys Lightning win
A line featuring Russian forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikita Kucherov along with Jonathan Marchessault led the way for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. Marchessault was the game’s first star on the strength of a two-goal, one-assist performance, with Namestnikov earning second star honors after tallying three assists. Kucherov netted a goal and added an assist in the win at the newly renamed Amalie Arena in Tampa.
#tblightning wins 4-2. Vasilevskiy solid, Marchessault with two goals, line with Kucherov and Namestnikov very strong.
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) September 24, 2014
Coyotes’ goaltending duo earns shutout
Arizona Coyotes goaltending prospects Louis Domingue and Marek Langhamer combined to stop all 36 shots they faced in a 4-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Domingue stopped 28 shots in two periods of action to earn first star honors while Langhamer stopped eight shots in the final stanza of the win at Honda Center in Anaheim.
— Momentum Hockey (@Momentum_Hockey) September 24, 2014
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