CHL Prospect Report, Overseas Roundup and The Week Ahead 12/17-12/23

Texas Stars

This past week couldn't have gotten much better for the Texas Stars. They had two back-to-back games on the road against the Abbotsford Heat (the top team in the AHL at the time) and came away with three out of four points. They've gotten 10 out of 14 points since the beginning of December and have been on roll since mid-November.

The Stars outplayed the Heat in both games and probably would have won the second game if not for the goaltending of Barry Brust (he stopped 39 of 40 shots). He was able to hold on to beat Jack Campbell and the Stars in the shootout.

Campbell and Cristopher Nilstorp split the two games and both guys did well. Nilstorp saved 20 of 21 shots in the Stars 3-1 win while Campbell saved 25 of 26 shots. It's one of Campbell's best games of the year sothat was really good to see as he had been struggling for the past month.

It was another week and another goal for Reilly Smith as he continues to play very well in December. He now has four goals in December and his six points this month has doubled his yearly total.

Cody Eakin had a goal and two assists last week and he now has a three games point streak. He has a point in five of the last six games and continues to lead the team in points with 18 (which really isn't all that much). No Stars player is in the top-60 in the AHL in scoring so it's good to see this team succeeding as a team.

Dec. 19 – San Antonio Rampage @ Texas Stars

Dec. 21 – Texas Stars @ OKC Barons

Dec. 22 – Texas Stars @ OKC Barons


The Overseas Pros


Note: Just about all European leagues had last week off so there's not much to write here.


Jamie Benn – Hamburg Freezers

The DEL was the one league in Europe that didn't go on a holiday but as luck would have it, the Freezers somehow had no games scheduled last week. Benn returned to North America during that time and should be back in Germany this week as the NHL lockout is still in full effect.

There were some rumblings that he might stick around here until after New Year's so who knows. Hamburg has three games this week so it'll be interesting to see if he suits up.

Season totals: 19 games, 7 goals, 13 assists, 30 PIM, +8 rating

Dec. 18 – ERC Ingolstadt @ Hamburg Freezers

Dec. 21 – Ausburger Panther @ Hamburg Freezers

Dec. 23 – Hamburg Freezers @ Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers


Jaromir Jagr – HC Kladno

A week of rest should only make Jagr more unstoppable as he spends the week soaking in the fountain of youth. He enters this week with eight goals and nine assists in his last 11 games.

Season totals: 24 games, 18 goals, 25 assists, 24 PIM, +15 rating 

Dec. 19 – Kladno vs Pardubice

Dec. 21 – Kladno vs Chomutov

Dec. 23 – Kladno vs Ceske Budejovice


Loui Eriksson – HC Davos

Loui has only had a short debut week of hockey so far this year so it's good to see him back on the ice. He certainly didn't need the rest last week and has to be itching to go again.

Season totals: 2 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 0 PIM, +1 rating

Dec. 18 – Davos vs Servette

Dec. 21 – Davos vs Kloten

Dec. 22 – Davos vs Zug


Tom Wandell – Severstal Cherepovets

Expect more of the same from Wandell this week. Lot's of ice time and not too much on the scoresheet.

Season totals: 21 games, 1 goal, 7 assists, 12 PIM, -3 rating

Dec. 20 – Severstal Cherepovets vs Vityaz Chekhov

Dec. 22 – Severstal Cherepovets vs Dinamo Minsk


Philip Larsen – Rauman Lukko

Just one game for Larsen this week. Larsen and his team have much of next week off as well for Christmas so this will be the only game played from Dec. 9 till Dec. 27.

Season totals: 21 games, 5 goals, 7 assists, 22 PIM, +9 rating

Dec. 18 – Lukko vs Jokerit


Stephane Robidas – HIFK Helsinki

Robidas' contract ran out with Helsinki and the team chose not to bring him back. Thus, the Stephane Robidas overseas experiment is over and done with. 

Final season totals: 15 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 22 PIM, -11 rating

CHL Prospects – Just about all Canadian leagues have this week off.


Radek Faksa – Kitchener Rangers

Faksa was training with the Czech World Junior Championship's team this past week so he wasn't around for the Rangers three games this past week.

Season totals: 29 games, 7 goals, 18 assists, 22 PIM, +1 rating


Brett Ritchie – Niagara IceDogs

Like Faksa, Ritchie was at a WJC training camp (only he was with Canada) and missed all three of the IceDogs games. It looks like he'll be on a line with Ryan Strome so that'll be fun to watch.

Season totals: 32 games, 27 goals, 23 assists, 25 PIM, +28 rating


Gemel Smith – Owen Sound Attack

The Attack had two games last week but Smith was held scoreless against both London and Brampton. He's struggled a bit in December as he only has four points in seven games this month.

Season totals: 34 games, 14 goals, 20 assists, 30 PIM, +15 rating


Matej Stransky – Saskatoon Blades

Stransky again took advantage of an easy schedule as he had five goals and three assists in four games last week. He and his team went up against poor defensive teams and that really showed on the scoreboard as they won all four games by a 21-12 margin.

He now has a seven game point and goals streak and has started off December in insane form. He has 10 goals and six assists in just eight games this month and has just carried his team. Luckily the Blades have a game this week so he can stay in form.

Season totals: 34 games, 21 goals, 22 assists, 37 PIM, +7 rating

Dec. 18  – Saskatoon Blades @ Swift Current Broncos


Mike Winther – Prince Albert Raiders

It was a bit of a disappointing week for Winther and the Raiders. They took on three of the four worst teams in the WHL and lost two of the three games. Winther only managed one goal and one assist (both against the Kootenay Ice),

Winther has been pretty inconsistent but when he does get points, they come in pairs. His multi-point game against the Ice was his 11th such effort of the year.

Season totals: 32 games, 14 goals, 18 assists, 37 PIM, +24 rating


Branden Troock – Seattle Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds had three games last week and Troock is still out due to injury. He's only played in three games since Oct. 16. There's really no timetable for his return.

Season totals: 7 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 4 PIM, -3 rating

Dec. 18 – Tri-City Americans @ Seattle Thunderbirds


Troy Vance – Victoriaville Tigers

It wasn't a bad week for Vance as he had a couple of assists in four games last week (though his team lost three of four). The Tigers actually have a pretty busy week as they play two games heading into the weekend.

Season totals: 33 games, 3 goals, 12 assists, 32 PIM, -3 rating

Dec. 20 – Quebec Remparts @ Victoriaville Tigers

Dec. 21 – Shawinigan Cataractes @ Victoriaville Tigers


Maxime Lagace – Prince Edward Island Rocket

Lagace had found himself between the pipes in two of the three games for the Rocket last week. He stepped in midway through a game against the Halifax Mooseheads after their starting goalie had allowed three goals midway through the second period. He closed out the game and stopped all nine of the shots he faced.

Lagace then started the Rocket's second game last week and stopped 19 of 21 shots en route to a 5-2 victory. He's been a bit better in the past month (though he's still allowing about three goals a game in that stretch) and has been able to put up some wins.

Season totals: 20 games, 9-6-1, 68 goals allowed, 3.93 GAA, .870 SV%, 1 shutout

Dec. 19 – PEI Rocket @ Moncton Wildcats

Dec. 21 – PEI Rocket @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan