Sunday, December 22, 2013

Can we start the holiday break already?

Anthony Duclair (Francis Vachon)
If it wasn't bad enough to suffer through the sewer line effort from the New York Rangers against the New York Islanders, after that game it was time to watch 5 prospects and their teams find ways to lose games themselves (1-2-0-2 for the night). It was like watching the Ranger season in one condensed manner.

Anthony (The Duke) Duclair (NYR 2013 3rd) might not want the first half of the season to end as Duclair has almost as many points by himself than the combined output of the other prospects. The winger for the Quebec Remparts earned the game's 2nd star with a 1-1-2 on 5 shots but his Quebec Remparts lost to the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-3 via the shootout.

Duclair's night started when he set up Brandon Shea's power play goal at 19:10 of the 1st period to give Quebec a 1-0 lead going into the 1st intermission. The assist was Duclair's 20th of the season and 14th assist on the power play. After Shawinigan tied the game at 1-1, Duclair would put his team ahead 2-1 when he scored his 28th at 3:04 of the 2nd period.

If there is one huge hole in Duclair's game then it has to be on the shootout as Duclair despite his 28-20-48 Duclair can't score one on the shootout as he missed Friday night to become 0 for 5 this season and 2 for 11 in his QMJHL career.

Jesse Graham (NYI 2012 6th) is sadly starting to play his way out of NHL contract contention this season thanks in part to the poor play as of late that has been hurting his Saginaw Spirit team. Tell me if you have heard this before? The Windsor Spirits jumped out to a 6-1 lead before 14:57 had passed in the first period of their game against the Windsor Spitfires.

The Spitfires would eventually earn a 11-6 win handing the Spirit their 3rd straight loss and Graham despite registering 3 assists (1 primary, 2 secondary) was also a -2 taking a slashing call that led to a Windsor power play goal. Graham is 0-10-10 with the Spirit and 6-21-27 overall.

Victor Crus-Rydberg (NYI 2013 5th)
had a primary assist and was a +1 but his Plymouth Whalers let the Oshawa Generals jump out to a 3-0 first period. The Whalers would fight back and force a tie eventually leading to the shootout for the only prospect team to earn a win on Friday night 4-3.

Crus-Rydberg would set up teammate Zach Lorentz's power play goal at 17:43 of the 1st period starting the Whaler comeback. Crus-Rydberg is 6-19-25 for the season.

Loic Leduc (NYI 2012 4th) was a -1 on 2 shots and 1 hit as his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles would drop a 3-2 decision to the Saint John Sea Dogs. The Sea Dogs were for the most part dominated but picked their spots very well to earn the win.

Ryan Graves (NYR 2013 4th) had a secondary assist, was a +2 on 2 shots with 3 hits but also took a slashing minor which led to a power play goal as his Charlottetown Islanders would surrender 4 third period goals and lose 6-2 to the QMJHL leading Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. For Graves the assist was his 8th on the season bringing him to 3-8-11.

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