Prospect Impressions: Two record-setting efforts, individual skill on display, more NHL prospect highlights

By David Hahn
Christian Fischer - U.S. NTDP

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Christian Fischer (#21) has produced 20 goals and 20 assists in 48 games for the USA’s U18 National squad (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)


In this week’s Prospect Impressions, take a look as a Notre Dame goaltender breaks an all-time NCAA hockey record. In addition, a future Fighting Irish recruit snagged a record of his own in the USHL. Also, a trio of players rewarded their teams with tremendous individuals efforts. Finally, a look at one WHL veteran who has become more than just a fighter.

UMass and Notre Dame decided to play some extra hockey in game one of their best-of-three Hockey East playoff series. Notre Dame freshman goaltender Cal Petersen was beaten by Shane Walsh 11:42 into the fifth overtime, giving UMass a 4-3 win. Petersen, a 2013 draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, made 87 saves to set a new NCAA single-game record during the longest game in college hockey history. Through 30 games, Petersen sports a 12-14-3 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

Transitioning from one Notre Dame player to a 2015-16 recruit, Christian Fischer is enjoying a quality season with the U.S. NTDP squad in the USHL. Fischer has seven goals and 10 assists in 16 games, while displaying his tenacity and willingness to drive the net. In a game last week against the Omaha Lancers, Fischer needed just six seconds to score, setting a new record for the fastest goal in USHL history. Fischer’s goal was made even more noteworthy considering it was scored shorthanded, as Team USA took an unsportsmanlike penalty in warmups. Fischer added two assists to this remarkable goal in the NTDP’s 7-2 win. Fischer is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, and was ranked 40th in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings.

Perhaps the saving grace of the San Jose Sharks, Melker Karlsson has been a nice story. After being a major contributor in Skelleftea’s back-to-back SHL championships, Karlsson signed a one-year deal with San Jose this summer. He has carved a role out for himself displaying his instincts and reflexes in front of the net. Those skills were on display against the Vancouver Canucks, as Karlsson scored this unbelieveable goal from his stomach. The Canucks got the last laugh, however, as a third period power play goal from Radim Vrbata capped off a 3-2 Canucks victory. So far this season, Karlsson has tallied 11 goals and seven assists in 37 games with the Sharks.

He may not be the most recognizable name on the Peterborough Petes, but Jonathan Ang is coming on strong trying to change that. The ninth overall pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection has all the tools to become a key contributor for the Petes. Hanging on to the final playoff spot in the OHL‘s Eastern Conference, the Petes turned to Ang against a high-powered London Knights squad last Thursday. The Petes came away with a hard fought 4-1 victory, thanks in part to this spectacular individual effort from Ang. Through 53 games, Ang has 10 goals and 10 assists, and will be eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.

One player to keep an eye on for the 2016 NHL Draft is Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman, Luke Green. Saint John may be in their infancy in the QMJHL history books, but Green already is running away with rookie defenseman scoring records in the organization’s 10th season. Green now has six goals and 27 assists in 56 games, good for second in QMJHL scoring by a rookie defenseman. He has been a key cog in the Sea Dogs offense, in part thanks to his transition play and confidence in rushing the puck. The former first overall selection in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft showed off his supreme rushing ability in Saint John’s 2-1 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

It’s safe to say that Tyrell Goulbourne had a pretty good week. Early in the week, Goulbourne was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to an entry-level contract after the team selected him in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Known as a tough guy, Goulbourne has continued to improve offensively in his fifth and final season for the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL. Then on Friday, he celebrated by posting first-star honors after scoring a hat trick and one assist in a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Giants. One of those goals was a set play that showed off his improved offensive skill set. He has improved his offensive output in each season with Kelowna, and currently has 21 goals and 22 assists in 58 games to go along with 74 penalty minutes.

More Prospect Impressions coming your way next Monday!

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