A busy Friday night saw 10 New York Ranger prospects in action but there was little in terms of production. Just three assists on the night from the nine skaters who played isn’t a good thing but the season is still young.
Defenseman Nico Gross had two secondary assists as his Oshawa Generals rallied for a 4-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads. Gross earned the game’s third star for his defensive play as well as the two assists.
For Gross, the assists came on the Generals second and third goals of the game as the Generals snapped a two-game losing streak. After 12 games the Swiss defenseman is 5-6-11 which is best among all North American prospects. Considering that Gross set his career-best of 3-17-20 last season in 56 games, it is safe to think that topping 20 points won’t be all that hard.
I am hoping that Nico keeps this up and forces the Rangers to sign him because he is an even better defensive defenseman than he is on the offensive side.
Offensively Hunter Skinner is right behind Gross after recording an assist to help his London Knights earn a 5-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit. Skinner had the primary assist on London’s first goal as his shot from the point hit the Saginaw goalie and teammate Connor McMichael batted the rebound in.
Got to like how Skinner can get his shot on goal from anywhere on the ice. The assist gives Skinner a 2-8-10 mark after 10 games which are second best behind Nico Gross’s 5-6-11.
Tyler Wall and his UMass-Lowell River Hawks opened Hockey East play with a 3-3 overtime tie against David Quinn’s old team Boston University. Wall stopped 33 out of 36 shots but it is hard to blame him for any of the three goals that he gave up.
In the first after his River Hawks did not score on a power play, BU caught the River Hawks napping as they scored off a breakaway for a 1-0 lead. Wall stopped eight shots in the first period. In the second, BU got one goal shorthanded and then one on a power-play to take a 3-0 lead.
Wall would make 14 saves in the second then shut down BU in the third and overtime stopping 11 shots. Wall is 3-1-2 on the season with a 1.46 goals against and a 0.945 save percentage. Both numbers are good for ninth overall among NCAA goalies.
Matthew Robertson was scoreless on three shots and a minor for interference as his Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2. Robertson is 3-3-6 with a -5 in nine games this season.
Zac Jones was held scoreless on two shots as his fifth-ranked Massachusetts defeated American International 4-1. Jones is second on the team in scoring with a 2-5-7 after five games.
Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on one shot and “even” as his Michigan Wolverines shutout in-state rival Western Michigan 4-0. Ciccolini is 0-3-3 in five games which are good for third on the team.
Tyler Nanne was scoreless on one shot as his Minnesota Golden Gophers dropped a 5-4 decision to eighth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth. Nanne was injured in last week’s game was used as the third-pair defenseman. Nanne is 1-1-2 after five games.
K’Andre Miller was scoreless on three shots with a -3 as his sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers were upset at home by 12th-ranked Clarkson. While Miller is only 2-0-2 this season, Chris Peters of ESPN.com has an excellent feature on Miller. It is a very good read so go check it out.
Simon Kjellberg was scoreless with no shots on goal as his Rensselaer Engineers opened ECAC conference play with a 3-2 road win over Union College. Kjellberg has been a good two-way contributor on defense going 2-2-4 with a +3 in five games this season.
Riley Hughes was scoreless as his 11th-ranked Northeastern Huskies defeated 14th-ranked the St. Cloud State Huskies 4-1 on the road. Hughes was used as the fourth-line right wing didn’t record any shots on goal. Hughes is 1-0-1 after five games.
Saturday if you aren’t doing anything then check out Morgan Barron and his third-ranked Cornell Big Red as they host the US Under-18 team on ESPN+. The game starts at 7 PM EST as Barron I believe when the smoke clears will have a monster season topping his 15-19 of last season. This young man looks like the Rangers power forward of the future, Barron has size, skill, and skating talent.