NHL Prospects Roundup: Blue Jackets’ Dano, Wennberg star in win

By Ken McKenna
Michal Jordan - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Despite a two-point performance on Wednesday night, Carolina Hurricanes’ defensive prospect Michal Jordan (R) was sent down to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers on Thursday (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)


A lighter preseason slate on Wednesday night meant fewer NHL prospects in action, but there were a few noteworthy prospects from those games nonetheless. An offensive outburst in the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes provided the most noteworthy prospect moments, with a couple more sprinkled in from the remaining games.

Dano contributes to Blue Jackets offense in 6-3 win

One of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first round picks from the 2013 NHL Draft, Marko Dano, was the top prospect performance on Wednesday night. The Slovak forward netted two goals in his team’s 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, but also contributed three hits and was +2 in 15:05 of action. Dano’s first goal, a one-timer off a feed from fellow 2013 first round pick Alexander Wennberg, broke a 2-2 deadlock early in the third period.

Dano was named the second star of the game for his efforts, while Wennberg was named the third star for his two-assist performance. Another prospect that showed well in this game, albeit in a losing effort, was Hurricanes’ defenseman Michal Jordan. The Czech Republic native scored a goal and added an assist in almost 19 minutes of action. Jordan’s goal gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Hurricanes’ 2011 second round pick Victor Rask also turned in a solid performance, netting two goals and adding an assist as he continues to make a case for being a part of the NHL club’s lineup come opening day. Rask’s second goal came on the power play and included an assist from Jordan.

Reinhart nets first of the preseason in win

The second overall selection at the 2014 NHL Draft, Sam Reinhart, potted his first goal of the preseason in the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 win over the Washington Capitals. The goal came late in the third period when it mattered little, but was a relief nonetheless for the young center.

Beaulieu solid in Canadiens’ victory

Montreal Canadiens defensive prospect Nathan Beaulieu made a further case for making the final roster after a two-point performance in his team’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.  Beaulieu assisted on the game’s first goal, scored by Rene Bourque, then netted the game’s second goal a little over a minute later.

Oilers’ Draisaitl earns a star in win

While his stat line did not look overly impressive, the Edmonton Oilers‘ top pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, Leon Draisaitl, did enough of the little things in his team’s 3-2 win to earn second star honors on the evening. Draisaitl put three shots on goal in 17:20 of ice time. Oilers defensive prospect Darnell Nurse and Martin Marincin each registered an assist in the win.


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