Prospect Impressions: Ambidextrous Ehlers, Hartman’s smashing debut, more plays of the week

By David Hahn
Nikolaj Ehlers - Team Denmark - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers starred for a surprising Denmark squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

More Prospect Impressions coming your way next Monday!

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