Nikolaj Ehlers did something that you may not have seen before, while Ryan Hartman’s first NHL shift started with a bang. One WHL defenseman settles into a new home, while a former QMJHL captain leads the way for his new club. Not to be outdone, Andrei Vasilevskiy needed every inch of his 6’3″ frame to rob Mike Ribiero.
For fans of the Winnipeg Jets, it has been an uplifting week of activity. After trading the former face of the franchise in Evander Kane, Halifax Mooseheads forward Nikolaj Ehlers has fans salivating over the future. Ehlers recently extended his point streak to a staggering 29 games, tying Nathan MacKinnon’s franchise record. While his point totals are impressive, Ehlers recently pulled off a set of must-see ambidextrous moves.
— HockeyRumors&Trades (@HockeyRandT) February 14, 2015
— Rick Ralph (@RickRalphTSN) February 15, 2015
— Jets Stats Guy (@JetsStatsGuy) February 15, 2015
The Chicago Blackhawks injected a bit of energy into their lineup after recalling former first round pick Ryan Hartman. He has totaled eight goals and 10 assists for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, adding 81 penalty minutes in 47 games. A native of Illinois, Hartman debuted for his hometown team and immediately displayed some tenacity on his first shift.
Ryan Hartman lays out Dainius Zubrus on his first NHL shift. https://t.co/QcZFarKyYn
— Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell) February 14, 2015
Ryan Hartman is 5’11 and he plays like he’s 6’3. He’s going to be real solid.
— Adam Herman (@AdamHerman_BSB) February 14, 2015
In the QMJHL, former Moncton Wildcats’ captain Christophe Lalonde has enjoyed a nice run with a surging Shawinigan Cataractes club. In his overage season, Lalonde was traded to Shawinigan in early December and has notched nine multi-point games since arriving. Lalonde potted his 30th goal of the season in a 6-5 win over Halifax, extending the team’s current winning streak to three games.
— Max Marko (@MarkoFznFutures) February 14, 2015
Christophe Lalonde gives the Cataractes a 2 goal cushion with his 30th goal of the season. 2-0 Shawinigan lead.
— John Moore (@rinkrant) February 14, 2015
One player who had an interesting journey around the WHL trade deadline is Buffalo Sabres prospect Brycen Martin. Originally traded to Kamloops from Swift Current, that deal was voided because the player he was traded for refused to report. Instead, the Saskatoon Blades entered the fray and acquired Martin, where he has gone on a nice run. Martin has recorded a point in all 10 games since being picked up, including this goal where he displayed his offensive touch in a 6-3 loss to Spokane.
— Max Marko (@MarkoFznFutures) February 11, 2015
— Les Lazaruk (@Bladesvoice) February 16, 2015
After impressing with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, Andrei Vasilevskiy was recently recalled and given the backup role in Tampa behind Ben Bishop. Vasilevskiy gained a start against Nashville this week, falling just short in a 3-2 overtime loss. During the game, he stopped Mike Ribiero point blank with one of the best saves of the season.
— Bolt Prospects (@BoltProspects) February 11, 2015
Tampa Bay’s top goalie prospect Andrei Vasilevski has 0.919 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average this season in the AHL.
— NHLnumbers (@NHLnumbers) February 1, 2015
More Prospect Impressions coming your way next Monday!
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