In this weeks Prospect Impressions, “Boo” Nieves goes coast-to-coast and scores a pretty one for the Michigan Wolverines. In the OHL, a pair of 16-year-olds shine, while Saint John Sea Dogs forward Adam Marsh goes between-the-legs in QMJHL action. Leon Draisaitl continues on his torrid scoring pace, re-energizing the Edmonton Oilers lineup on a daily basis. Lastly, a pair of goaltenders from Switzerland make it into this week’s highlights, one of them for a completely unorthodox reason.
Over the course of his first three seasons in college hockey, University of Michigan forward Cristoval “Boo” Nieves (NYR) developed a reputation as a quality playmaker. Often preferring to defer to a teammate, Nieves surprised the Wolverines by going coast-to-coast, turning a defenseman inside-out, and burying his fourth goal of the year in Michigan’s 8-3 win over Minnesota. It was an incredible show of individual skill, and something the Wolverines are hoping to see more often before Nieves graduates this spring.
— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) December 12, 2015
Wow, what a goal my Boo Nieves. Highlight stuff. He should be more cocky with the puck. Lots of game pic.twitter.com/KTEmSlOqMD
— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) December 12, 2015
Matthew Strome’s adjustment to life in the Ontario Hockey League has been a difficult one, but the youngest Strome brother is starting to show signs of why he was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. After captaining the Toronto Marlboros to an OHL Gold Cup Championship, Strome found offense difficult to come by but is starting to heat up. Just ask linemate Trent Fox what he thinks of Strome’s offensive ability, especially after this unreal pass.
Stromes assist from his knees https://t.co/oMayKL0Wjj
— Pavel Barber (@HeyBarber) December 13, 2015
— Chris Ive (@ChrisIve) December 12, 2015
While he doesn’t share Strome’s first-round draft pedigree, fellow 1999-born forward Jason Robertson is tearing it up with the Kingston Frontenacs. Generally a team that is devoid of offense, the Frontenacs have deployed Robertson often and he has responded as of late. In a recent 4-1 victory over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Robertson was named as the first star with his three-goal, one-assist effort, including a breakway goal that showed off his straight-line speed.
— Kathryn Jean (@msconduct) December 12, 2015
Great game for Jason Robertson scoring a hat trick and being named first star. He’s going to be a good one pic.twitter.com/2lK7twwafE
— Peter Harling (@pharling) December 12, 2015
Already halfway to his career-high point total of 44, Detroit Red Wings prospect Adam Marsh recently scored one of the most creative goals of the season. The Saint John Sea Dogs forward has enjoyed a strong run of play recently, picking up four goals and eight assists in his last eight games. Marsh, who was given plenty of ice time last season after being signed as a free agent out of Chicago, IL is quickly becoming the go-to guy on offense for the Sea Dogs and is a big reason why the team is surging lately.
— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) December 13, 2015
Sea Dogs lead Wildcats 2-0 after 20 minutes in Saint John. Nathan Noel & Adam Marsh with #SeaDogs goals. Shots 10-8 Dogs.
— Moncton Wildcats (@monctonwildcats) December 5, 2015
The success Leon Draisaitl is having in the NHL might be surprising to some, but for those that saw what he did in the WHL playoffs last year, it is simply business as usual. With 10 goals and 18 assists in 19 playoff games, Draisaitl was named as the WHL’s Playoff MVP as his Kelowna Rockets won the championship. Now in Edmonton, Draisaitl has found chemistry with Taylor Hall and Teddy Purcell, creating one of the most exciting lines in the league. His speed, strength, and vision have been mesmerizing, and as an example, take a look at this move and pass Draisaitl recently pulled off.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 12, 2015
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 13, 2015
Standing just 5’9″ and weighing in at 175-pounds, EHC Biel-Bienne goaltender Simon Rytz sometimes has to get creative in order to make saves. Rytz has a following in the top-tier of hockey in Switzerland as an eccentric and interesting guy off the ice, but it is his commitment to making a save no matter the situation that makes him worth watching. After watching his defenseman clobber an opponent right in front of him, Rytz had to kick out the leg while prone to make an incredible save.
Simon Rytz’ incredible scorpion save in the NLA last night… pic.twitter.com/lgJZBwRCgQ
— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) December 9, 2015
When faced with oncoming pressure, most goaltenders simply move the puck and avoid contact. Reto Berra isn’t most goaltenders. Berra, a Swiss-native himself, displayed his physical ability last week when he buried Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sergei Plotnikov behind the net. It sparked a meeting of the minds behind him, where Berra played it cool in hilarious fashion.
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 12, 2015
Plotnikov gets clotheslined by Berra behind the net and players come together in a union of kindness. #Pens getting a PP -SK
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) December 10, 2015
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