2016 NHL Prospect Tournament: Day Three Review

Detroit Red Wings VS St. Louis Blues (2-1):

The Red Wings won 2-1 in regulation to advance to the  Championship game of the tournament against Carolina to compete for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup. The first Red Wings goal came shorthanded thanks to the work of Mathew Santos. Santos got in the way of one of the Blues players, Dan Renouf and Filip Hronek led the rush up ice, Renouf shot the puck on goal and Hronek tipped the puck in. The lone goal for St. Louis came from Ivan Barbashev off of a rebound. Tyler Bertuzzi’s goal on the power play was a one-timer off of a pass from defenseman Joe Hicketts. Evgeny Svechnikov also got an assist on this goal to add to an already impressive tournament. These goals all came in the first period of play.

Evgeny Svechnikov continues to stand out for the Red Wings, finishing with one assist and three shots on goal. Svechnikov’s improved speed appears to have allowed him to advance another level in his development. Zach Nastasiuk  continues to show off his new found speed, something that should help him keep a spot in Grand Rapids to stabilize his pro career. Joe Hicketts and Robbie Russo have continued to be solid and I fully expect them to be a pair in Grand Rapids. Tyler Bertuzzi is in a tie for the Red Wings’ leading scorer with Kyle Criscuolo. Bertuzzi should be right in the middle of the fight for a Red Wings roster spot. Dylan Sadowy despite some ups and downs has continued to show that he’s a solid two-way player and should be fun for Griffins fans to watch.

Scoring is as follows:
Period 1: Detroit Red Wings – Filip Hronek (short handed) (Dan Renouf) 2:22
Period 1: St. Louis Blues – Ivan Barbashev (Samuel Blais) 8:53
Period 1: Detroit Red Wings – Tyler Bertuzzi (power play) (Joe Hicketts, Evgeny Svechnikov) 19:25

New York Rangers VS Minnesota Wild: (2-1):

Rangers fans have to be thrilled with how the Jimmy Vesey-Boo Nieves-Pavel Buchnevich line has performed for the Rangers at this prospect camp. Jimmy Vesey has 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points in 3 games played.  He also is +2 and has 15 shots. Vesey’s 5 points lead the scoring for the tournament. Boo Nieves is a player Rangers fans should keep an eye on due to his strong play. Nieves has three points in three games for the Rangers.

Scoring is as follows: 

Period 1: Minnesota Wild – Christoph Bertschy (power play) (Gustav Bouramman) 12:37
Period 2: New York Rangers – Jimmy Vesey (Cristoval Nieves) 16:44
Period 3: New York Rangers – Jimmy Vesey (Cristoval Nieves) 19:25


Columbus Blue Jackets VS Chicago Blackhawks (3-2):

The Blue Jackets pulled out just ahead of  the Blackhawks in a penalty-filled game. The Hawks scored two goals within 37 seconds of each other in the first and were able to hold on to that two-goal lead through the first even with  four penalties being called. Eleven penalties were called in the game overall.  Pierre-Luc Dubois, third overall pick by the Blue Jackets, was the one to break the tie midway through the third to win it for Columbus.

Scoring is as follows:
Period 1: Chicago Blackhawks – Luke Johnson (short handed) (Robin Norell, Justin Lemcke) 6:07
Period 1: Chicago Blackhawks – John Dahlstrom (Radovan Bondra, Ivan Nikolishin) 6:44
Period 2: Columbus Blue Jackets – Dante Salituro (Nick Moutrey) 17:03
Period 3: Columbus Blue Jackets – Darby Llewellyn (Justin Scott, Nick Moutrey) 2:56
Period 3: Columbus Blue Jackets – Pierre-Luc Dubois (unassisted) 10:04

Carolina Hurricanes VS Dallas Stars (6-3): 

Carolina went 3-0 to become the opponent the Red Wings will face for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup. The Hurricanes will probably be without their top defenseman, Haydn Fleury, though. The Hurricanes easily handled the Stars 6-3.  Carolina’s goalie Alex Nedeljkovic made 29 saves on 32 shots. Ron Francis has done an excellent job of stocking his cabinet with many promising prospects. Valentin Zykov who was acquired in the Kris Versteeg trade from Los Angeles seemed to be all over the ice in what limited time I was able to watch the game. He finished with an assist, 2 shots and was plus 3. One notable name on that box score is Clark Bishop, former Captain of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL. Bishop had injury problems in the “Q” but always showed promise if he could just stay healthy. Bishop will be playing for the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League this coming season and hopefully will have a smooth start to his pro career.

For Dallas, 2015 first rounder Denis Gurianov found his way onto the score sheet. Forward Devin Shore had a goal for Dallas and has been tabbed as someone with a solid chance to become a solid NHLer.

Scoring is as follows:
Period 1: Carolina Hurricanes – Valentin Zykov (Noah Carroll) 7:13
Period 1: Carolina Hurricanes – Clark Bishop (Andrew Poturalski, Nicolas Roy) 7:41
Period 1: Dallas Stars – Ethan Szypula (Jordan Topping) 8:21
Period 2: Dallas Stars – Jordan Topping (Grayson Pawlenchuk, Denis Gurianov) 2:25
Period 2: Carolina Hurricanes – Roland McKeown (Sergey Tolchinsky, Lucas Wallmark) 6:19
Period 2: Carolina Hurricanes – Steven Lorentz (Hudson Elynuik, Tyler Ganly) 11:05
Period 3: Carolina Hurricanes – Mike Ferrantino (Hudson Elynuik, Tyler Ganly) 12:40
Period 3: Dallas Stars – Devin Shore (Niklas Hansson) 15:51
Period 3: Carolina Hurricanes – Sergey Tolchinsky (unassisted) 17:25

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