Panthers Prospect Update #12: 12/28 – 1/3

Welcome to the 12th Panthers Prospect Update where we’ll recap how some of the players in the Panthers’ system have played over the past week, beginning 12/28 and ending 1/3.

Portland Pirates

  • Record since 12/28: 2-2-0
  • Current record: 18-13-1
  • Lost 5-2 to the Hartford Wolfpack on 12/29
    • John McFarland’s 10th goal of the season and Chase Balisy’s 4th were the lone goals for the Pirates
    • The Pirates went 1/4 on the power play
    • Sam Brittain allowed 4 goals on 38 shots in his first start since December 11th
  •  Won 4-3 against the Providence Bruins on 12/31
    • Shane Harper recorded his 4th goal of the season on a wraparound in the 1st period and tallied an assist for a 2-point night
    • The Pirates got 3 consecutive power play goals in the 3rd period from Rob Flick, Rocco Grimaldi, and John McFarland
    • Mike McKenna made 31 saves on 34 shots

  • Won 4-3 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on 1/2
    • Kyle Rau scored 2 goals including the game-winner in overtime on a pass from Rocco Grimaldi
    • Rau is tied for the league lead in goals scored with 15
    • Rob Schremp and Garrett Wilson recorded the two other Portland goals
    • Mike McKenna made 29 saves on 32 shots and Portland went 0 for 1 on the power play

  • Lost 2-1 to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on 1/3
    • Shane Harper scored the lone Portland goal for his 5th of the season and leads the team with 18 assists
    • Rocco Grimaldi has an assist in the first 2 January games
    • The Pirates have killed off 28 straight penalties
    • Sam Brittain made 22 saves on 24 shots

  • Next 2 games for Portland
    • vs. St. John IceCaps, 1/8 (away)
    • vs. St. John IceCaps, 1/9 (away)

World Junior Championships

Point totals through 1/4
Player GP Goals Assists Points
Lawson Crouse (CAN) 5 2 3 5
Denis Malgin (SUI) 6 1 8 9
Juho Lammikko (FIN) 6 0 0 0

*Samuel Montembeault has not played during this tournament and is currently Canada’s 3rd goalie

With Canada losing to Finland on January 2nd, Lawson Crouse’s chance at winning a medal is over. He finished with 2 goals and 3 assist in 5 games at the tournament and ended up doing well despite a slow start. Switzerland did not make it past the preliminary round, but defeated Belarus in both games of the relegation round and will play in next year’s tournament. Denis Malgin was one of Switzerland’s best players and led the team in scoring with 9 points in 6 games. Juho Lammikko has gone pointless through 6 games although he’s been playing in the bottom-6 due to the top-6 being filled with offensively talented forwards like Jesse Puljujarvi, Patrick Laine, and Sebastian Aho. Finland will play the winner of the USA-Russia matchup in the gold medal game on Tuesday afternoon.

Other Prospects

Thomas Schemitsch

Owen Sound Attack, Defenseman

  • Scored his 5th goal of the season on 1/2
  • Also tallied an assist after his point shot was deflected into the net by a teammate
  • Has 5 goals, 9 assists in 22 games this season but has a -15 rating

Miguel Fidler

Ohio State University, Left Wing

Jayce Hawryluk

Brandon Wheat Kings, Right Wing

  • Suspended 5 games on 12/31 by the WHL after a charging incident on 12/29 left Moose Jaw forward Josh Brook who is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with injury
  • Hawryluk will be eligible to return to the Wheat Kings lineup on January 15th

Colin Stevens

Manchester Monarchs (ECHL), Goaltender

  • Made 23 saves on 25 shots on 12/31 for his 2nd win in his past 3 appearances…had a 44-save shutout on 12/27.


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