Prospect Impressions: Domingue gets first NHL win, Gersich nets a hat trick, and more

By David Hahn
Shane Gersich - Omaha Lancers

Photo: Omaha Lancers forward and Washington Capitals prospect Shane Gersich is tied for third in goals in the USHL with 22 so far this season (courtesy of the Omaha Lancers)


Louis Domingue, the unlikely hero in Montreal in front of friends and family. One current USHL star showing why he is regarded for his goal scoring, while another former star improving in the NCAA. One night, two individual skills competition victories, and an AHL record for a Manchester Monarchs defenseman along with an impressive, one-handed effort from the KHL in this weeks Prospect Impressions feature.

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Louis Domingue made 18 saves in his first NHL start to pick up his first NHL win. Domingue, a fifth round selection of the Coyotes in 2010, has played for the Portland Pirates of the AHL and Gwinnett Gladiators in the ECHL before his recall. As most hockey parents know, the road to the NHL can be an arduous one, watch as his parents and members of his family react in Montreal.

Another goaltender enjoying a solid season so far is Calgary Flames prospect Mason McDonald. With the Charlottetown Islanders, McDonald has twice been named among the three stars of the week, and recently held Jeremy Gregoire‘s Baie-Comeau Drakkar to only one goal on 28 shots. McDonald currently sits fifth in goals-against average, third in save percentage, and fifth in wins in the QMJHL. Take a look at some of the key saves McDonald has made so far this season.

The 2014 USHL Defenseman of the Year and Player of the Year, Brandon Montour, recently showcased his offensive potential by scoring his second collegiate goal for UMass Amherst this week. Montour, a second round selection of the Anaheim Ducks, has bolstered the Minutemen’s defense, injecting his blend of playmaking and skating ability.

The Omaha Lancers made Shane Gersich the first overall selection of the 2012 USHL Futures Draft, and they would get a small glimpse of his potential that season. Before committing full time in Omaha, though, Gersich spent last season as a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program’s Under-18 team. The Washington Capitals rewarded Gersich by selecting him in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft before a return to Omaha this year. A nephew of Minnesota North Stars great Neil Broten, Gersich recently scored a hat trick, boosting him into third in USHL goal scoring. Gersich has committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2015-16 season.

Colin Miller recently entered the AHL’s all-time record book, blasting a 105.5 mile per hour shot in the hardest shot competition. Miller, who also won the fastest skater event, is a defensive prospect of the Los Angeles Kings. A former captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL, Miller is plying his trade with the Manchester Monarchs. He currently sits fifth in the AHL in scoring by a defenseman, and is hoping to earn his first NHL action soon.

Linus Videll, a former Colorado Avalanche draft pick, only needed one hand to complete one of the most creative goals of the season in the KHL. Not known for his goal scoring prowess, Videll took a pass from Riga teammate Roberts Burkarts, a former Latvian World Junior standout. Also appearing in this video is Slovakian goaltender Denis Godla, who was adopted by fans as a favorite in Slovakia‘s bronze medal effort at this winter’s World Junior Championship.

More Prospect Impressions coming your way next Monday!

Follow Dave Hahn on Twitter via @DHahnHockey