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Below The Show - Dec. 2008

We're keeping an eye on the feeder leagues for you... here's an update on some of the key prospects, has-beens and other notables playing in the AHL, Canadian Junior, NCAA and Europe.

Highlights so far include:

  • Hot starts in the pros for AHL rookies Tim Kennedy, Nate Gerbe, Claude Giroux and Oskar Osala.

  • Some high profile goalies are struggling in the AHL.

  • John Tavares and Taylor Hall, probably the #1 overall picks in the next two drafts, battle it out for the OHL scoring title.

  • Colin Wilson and James Van Riemsdyk are two guys that could be playing in the NHL but chose to stay in school and will team up for Team USA at the World Juniors.

  • In Europe... Florida's '08 2nd rounder, goalie Jacob Markstrom, is having a outstanding season in the Swedish Elite League and '09 lottery picks Victor Hedman and Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi are also acqutting themselves very well in the SEL.

Stats as of December 8th.

Player Pos NHL Team League Team       GP       G       A     Pts
                   
AHL                  
Zubov, Ilya F Ott AHL Binghamton   20 10 15 25
Joensuu, Jesse F NYI AHL Bridgeport   22 10 2 12
Hillen, Jack D NYI AHL Bridgeport   15 4 5 9
Sterling, Brett F Atl AHL Chicago   14 7 7 14
Leino, Ville F Det AHL Grand Rapids   22 4 16 20
Pacioretty, Max F Mtl AHL Hamilton   25 3 13 16
Anisimov, Artem F NYR AHL Hartford   24 11 12 23
Sanguinetti, Bobby D NYR AHL Hartford   24 2 13 15
Osala, Oskar F Wsh AHL Hershey   26 16 6 22
Varlamov, Simeon G Wsh AHL Hershey   12   10W 2.29 .908
Purcell, Teddy F LA AHL Manchester   22 9 10 19
Bernier, Jonathon G LA AHL Manchester   11    5W 2.63 .904
Giroux, Claude F Phi AHL Philadelphia   26 12 12 24
Kennedy, Tim F Buf AHL Portland   23 5 21 26
Gerbe, Nate F Buf AHL Portland   21 14 10 24
Mancari, Mark F Buf AHL Portland   16 11 16 27
Boychuk, Johnny D Bos AHL Providence   23 6 19 25
Rask, Tuukka G Bos AHL Providence   16   10W 2.52 .916
Matthias, Shawn F Fla AHL Rochester   19 3 1 4
Kontiola, Petri F Chi AHL Rockford   23 7 17 24
Niemi, Antti G Chi AHL Rockford   14    7W 2.20 .920
Montoya, Al G Phx AHL San Antonio   12     1W 3.93 .862
Filatov, Nikita F Clb AHL Syracuse   20 7 9 16
Pogge, Justin G Tor AHL Toronto   18     9W 2.91 .892
Pesonen, Janne F Pit AHL WB-Scranton   20 5 16 21
Lemieux, Claude F FA AHL Worcester   6 2 2 4
CHL                  
Grachev, Evgeny F NYR OHL Brampton   27 17 16 33
Hodgson, Cody F Van OHL Brampton   23 20 22 42
Beach, Kyle F Chi WHL Everett   22 7 16 23
Benn, Jamie F Dal WHL Kelowna   27 24 21 45
Boychuk, Zack F Car WHL Lethbridge   19 10 13 23
Esposito, Angelo F Atl QMJHL Montreal   20 14 10 24
Pietrangelo, Alex D StL OHL Niagara   9 5 10 15
Tavares, John F '09 OHL Oshawa   31 25 27 52
Del Zotto, Michael D NYR OHL Oshawa   26 6 22 28
Eberle, Jordan F Edm WHL Regina   33 23 19 42
Hickey, Thomas D LA WHL Seattle   25 6 10 16
Bowman, Drayson F Car WHL Spokane   27 14 18 32
Tokarski, Dustin G TB WHL Spokane   26   15W 2.05 .936
Pickard, Chet G Nsh WHL Tri-City   27   18W 2.50 .914
Blum, Jonathan D Nsh WHL Vancouver   25 14 24 38
Hall, Taylor F '10 OHL Windsor   30 23 31 54
Ellis, Ryan D '10 OHL Windsor   30 15 33 48
NCAA                  
Wilson, Colin F Nsh NCAA BU   15 7 13 20
Nash, Riley F Edm NCAA Cornell   10 3 4 7
Colborne, Joe F Bos NCAA U of Denver   17 3 12 15
Palushaj, Aaron F StL NCAA U of Mich.   18 8 17 25
Schroeder, Jordan F '09 NCAA U of Minn.   14 7 12 19
McBain, Jamie D Car NCAA U of Wisc.   18 3 16 19
Van Riemsdyk, J. F Phi NCAA UNH   15 8 13 21
Europe                  
Emery, Ray G FA KHL Atlant   20   12W 1.92 .935
Shirokov, Sergei F Van KHL CSKA   33 11 14 25
Morozov, Alexei F FA KHL Kazan   26 21 22 43
Nikulin, Ilya D Atl KHL Kazan   33 6 14 20
Jagr, Jaromir F FA KHL Omsk   34 17 21 38
Makarov, Igor F Chi KHL St.Petersburg   21 3 5 8
Radulov, Alexander F Nsh KHL Ufa   32 13 16 29
Yashin, Alexei F FA KHL Yaroslavl   33 10 13 23
Markstrom, Jacob G Fla Swe Brynas   24     NA 2.19 .926
Axelsson, Dick F Det Swe Djurgardens   18 5 7 12
Eller, Lars F StL Swe Frolunda   25 5 3 8
Hedman, Victor D '09 Swe Modo   23 2 6 8
Svensson-Paajarvi F '09 Swe Timra   29 3 7 10
Hjalmarsson, Simon F StL Swe-1 Boras   25 10 11 21
Soderberg, Carl F Bos Swe-1 Malmo   24 10 25 35
Tedenby, Mattias F NJ Swe-1 Oskarshamn   13 2 9 11
Backlund, Mikael F Cgy Swe-1 Vasteras   17 4 4 8