Friday, December 2, 2011

The Other Guys

As December begins it is now a key time in the season for the lesser known prospects to start drawing some attention to themselves if they want a contract from either the New York Rangers or New York Islanders.

Mitchell Theoret (NYI 2011 7th) has had his struggles going 12 games without a point after a 3-4-7 start for his Niagara IceDogs.  A 1-1-2 November did not help Theoret's cause for a contract but new month means new hope.

Theoret scored 2 goals (his 5th and 6th) as part of Niagara's 7-2 win over the Erie Otters. Theoret scored the IceDogs 4th and 7th goals in the game as really the IceDogs had little trouble with the Otters.

Theoret improved to 6-5-11 on the season. 

Teammate Ryan Strome (NYI 2011 1st) had a 2 assist evening; a primary assist on the IceDog's first goal and a secondary on Theoret's first goal. Pretty nice when your best player can have a quiet evening and you still have an easy win.

Strome improves to 14-13-27 on the season good for second among Islander prospects.

Sometimes a loss is not as bad of a loss as one might think as was in the case with the Peterborough Pete's 5-4 loss to the Sarnia Sting. For starters it was a shootout loss and the Sting happen to have the 2nd best record in the OHL.

The Petes actually took the game to the Sting and outshooting them 52-29.  For us what is more impressive is that the Petes played this game without their best defenseman Slater Koekkoek who missed the game due to injury.

For us we wanted to see if Peter Ceresnak (NYR 2011 6th) would step up to the challenge of playing against a top team. It was a learning experience for the young Slovakian and we saw some promise as well as room for improvement.

Teammate Andrew Yogan (NYR 2010 3rd) did not score in this game for the Petes but we bet he wishes he could do over his shootout attempt. Yogan was the last shooter for the Petes with a chance to keep the game going but missed.

Still not going to knock Yogan as he has been playing well of late with points in 9 out of his last 12 games.

If Mike Pelino is reaching Yogan then Rangers will have themselves a power forward who can also be a playmaker. 10-11-21 in 25 games after basically missing all of last year are not bad numbers to have as it is not the talent we worry about with Yogan it is his head.

Out west Michael St. Croix (NYR 2011 4th) extended his scoring streak to 6 games with a secondary assist as his Edmonton Oil Kings rolled to their 5th straight win 6-1 over the Calgary Hitmen. St. Croix saw his goal scoring streak end at 4 games (7 goals) and can't complain as St. Croix had his chances.

St. Croix leads all Ranger prospects with a 14-23-37 as his Oil Kings have the 3rd best record in the WHL's Eastern Conference (Dylan McIlrath and Moose Jaw is 4th).  Edmonton is now off until Sunday when they host the Saskatoon Blades with the winner taking sole possession of 1st place in the WHL's East Division.

Speaking of big games, Chris Kreider (NYR 2009 1st) and his 3rd ranked Boston College Eagles will be looking for revenge when they host 13th ranked Boston University Terriers on Friday night. A national cable broadcast (CBS Sports Network 7:30 PM/4:30 PM), Boston College will be looking to avenge a 5-0 whipping they received from Boston University.

The 2 bitter rivals will face off in a home and home with just Friday's game being televised..

(Theoret- Terry Wilson of OHL Images)

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