Prospect Update for a couple of Hockey East players:
Patrick Wey: dman, BC junior: Good news – His injury (severed tendon in right foot) happened during 10/22 game, he had surgery on 10/24 and original reports were approx. 6-8 weeks, so it was the right time for an update if all was going well and the good news is that there is an update. Sounds like it’s possible he could return by holiday tournament time.
Was nice to find the reports that he has been skating for about a week:
According to bchockeyblog1 (twitter account, also a blog):
"Pat Wey practiced today in a medical jersey for the first time in a month but is doubtful for tomorrow." (Dec 8) (sounds to me like this was practicing with the team)
And according to Melissa Wade @HockeyPhotos
"…Saw Patrick Wey & he started skating this week. Not back anytime soon, but good step forward." (twitter on Dec 3)
Greg Burke, junior at UNH, had a slow start to the season, but now has 3 goals in his last 4 games and points in 6 of his last 8 games. He has been playing center and left wing.
Looking at the game sheets, RPI dman Pat Koudys didn't play in today's 5-2 loss to Union.
UMD's Caleb Herbert continued his freshman scoring campaign last night, scoring the tying goal in a 3-3 tie with Wisconsin. He has points in 7 of his last 8 games and has at least a point in 12 of his 17 games for a total of 7g/9a.
In the WHL, goalie Brandon Anderson should see more playing time since Boes is out with a broken hand. Had a good game last night making 40 saves with some info. here.
As to Soberg, same info. as Langway; only other thing to note is that he was listed on a prelim. roster in November for the tourney, but even at that time, it didn't sound like he was expected to be with the team.
Last edited by sk84fun_dc: 12-15-2011 at 04:06 PM.
Agreed. I had some hope for Soberg, but not playing hockey this year seems to have made that dream rather far fetched at this point. Anderson has done little to show he'll even be a quality performer in the minor leagues, but then again, Grubauer struggled a lot last year as well.
Curious to when Grubauer is going to get a shot in the AHL. Guess that really depends on when someone higher on the depth chart gets hurt. Don't see the organization sending Grubauer to Hershey only to have him be the back-up. Holtby would either have to get hurt or be recalled to Washington for it to happen.
Grubauer had some stinkers for Kingston last year and some good play and then had some struggles right before being shutdown due to mono, but I wouldn't compare his play overall last season to Anderson's struggles this season from what I know of the two situations.
As to a start in the AHL, I was disappointed that he didn't get a start with Hershey when he was up early in the season, although I wasn't surprised. Now, I think if one of the 4 goalies in front of him was injured, he'd not only get a recall but get a start.
OT: there's an article on Kolzig in the Charleston paper today by Andrew Miller and includes a small bit about Kolzig on Gruabuer and in general about playing in the ECHL. link
Originally Posted by Langway
Hard to see an NHL future for either at this point. Organizational depth at best.
Agree, although both are young and obviously Prior and the Caps saw something in each of them, hard to see that trajectory right now. Anderson's play in the WHL since he signed with the Caps has not been anything special and he has struggled this year and at times last year, leading to the trade and as noted, has not played well since the trade. Hopefully the starts, while Boes hand heals, will help him. Obviously, the Caps have invested in him and it makes sense with the Caps in Manitoba for Prior to make a visit.
Not Braden Holtby, who has been a bit of a disappointment with a .900 save percentage for the Hershey Bears. Call up Philipp Grubauer, who at 20 years old is playing the best hockey – right now – of any goaltender in the system.
Yes, it's at the ECHL level for the South Carolina Stingrays, but Grubauer's 1.82 goals-against average and .935 save percentage are out of this world.
“I think he's progressing ahead of the curve. He's in a situation where he doesn't belong in the East Coast League, but because of the depth Washington has and the amount of talented goalies they have, they needed a place for him to play,” associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig told me recently. “To his credit, he went down with a fantastic attitude. He's a very goal-driven individual. He knows what he wants, he goes about it very professionally, he's mature beyond his years.
It's no promise of future success. Far from it. But Grubauer's ECHL numbers tower over those put up by Neuvirth and Holtby during their time with South Carolina. Neuvirth had a .918 save percentage and 2.28 GAA there, while Holtby had a .911 and 2.95.
Mikhail Grigorenko, C: While Yakupov is considered by most as the likely No. 1 pick, there are several people within the industry who are starting to lean Grigorenko's way. One NHL Head Scout said on the matter, "I consider both of their upsides equal, but Grigorenko plays center and that could be the tie-breaker." A Russian scout added, "I've seen Grigorenko and Yakupov play many times, and I have Grigorenko clearly ahead."
For the record I too have Grigorenko ahead of Yakupov. Yakupov is the frontrunner as of now, but Grigorenko does have what it takes to pass him according to many in the industry. He's a high, high-end possession weapon, which is the selling point to me in a time where we see how puck possession is what wins hockey games. His puck skills and hockey sense are great, he's an above-average skater with a big body, but his one major knock is his on-ice work ethic.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Washington Capitals: Kuznetsov has been playing very well over in the KHL during his 19-year-old season and has ended up logging the most ice time among forwards on a first place team. His raw skill set is as good as anybody in the prospect world as he is plus skater, puck-handler, passer and shooter who at any given moment can dazzle and flash NHL star potential. Kuznetsov gets plagued sometimes with inconsistency and he isn't exactly a defensive stalwart, but he is going to be leaned on for his offensive gifts and is a legit candidate for Tournament MVP.
Nail Yakupov, RW: Yakupov in considered the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft after leading the OHL in scoring in his pre-draft year -- albeit as a player whose draft year was pushed back due to a late birth date. He's a well above-average skater with a technique that is nearly flawless and he couples it with high-end puck skills, shooting ability and vision that is steadily beginning to reach that same high level. He's a small guy too, but also plays a pretty high-energy, physical game as well.
Is Patrick Wey any good? Or is he gonna be just organizational depth?
BTW, first post on here, so don't kill me
Pat is targeted as a third defensive pairing at the top level.
He has shown glimpses of achieving that plus more in the WJC's last year where he performed well against the best in the world at his age level.
Nasty foot injury this year has set him back but he is scheduled to return this Thursday night in the Great Lakes Tournament in Michigan at the Joe Louis Arena...will be interesting to monitor his progress through the balance of the year.
High end comparable would be Rob Scuderi, Boston College Graduate in 2000, that spent a couple of years in AHL but has proved to be a strong stay at home defensemen at the NHL level since 2003 beginning in Pittsburgh and currently with LA Kings. Solid PK, shot blocker, dependable shutdown type.
Last edited by Caps Crazy: 12-27-2011 at 12:41 PM.
Any update on where Soberg is playing this year since he decided to return to Europe? Will he represent Norway at the WJC?
Swift Current has finaly released his transfer card so Steffen Søberg played for Manglerud Star in the Norwegian Elite League today. In his first game since the U-18 WC in April he came in after 1 period. He faced 30 shots and made 28 saves in a 4-0 loss for his team against one of the top teams in the league. Imo he looked really good and was the main reason this did not turn into a blowout.
Even tough it is not an ideal situation, at least now he will get to play games. And because he is playing for Manglerud he will be facing a lot of shots every night in a mens league.