Most of you are probably aware I suffered a heart attack a week and a half ago and that is why there was no prospect update last week. But here I am getting better and stronger every day. And the timing is perfect because this week, hockey is back for everyone and boy is it a busy schedule coming up. More on that later.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote here that my hope was that Roman Bychkov had been a healthy scratch because he signed on late with Locomotiv of the KHL and had to get himself in shape. Well, he’s now getting into the lineup but averaging just shy of 11 minutes per game. Just 4 games into the season, it is very early to make any assumptions but Bychkov has shown a few flashes of what made him an interesting prospect as a fifth-round pick in 2019. Flashes are not good enough at this point, and we need to see those things regularly or this pick will look more like Maxim Chudinov.
Going pointless in 4 Champions League games and then notching just two helpers in his first 6 Liiga games is the norm for Matias Mantykivi who is known for having some slow starts throughout his career. I’m not sure what to attribute that too. Last season he had the same 2 helpers though his first 10 games before turning it on and I expect the same thing to happen this season. The good news is that his Ilves Tampere squad is off to a 5-1 start through Liiga games.
Reid Dyck got his first start of the WHL season Friday night as his Swift Current Broncos lost a 2-1 decision to the Calgary Hitmen. Dyck did his part in stopping 18 of 20 shots he faced but this wasn’t a goaltending battle as Dyck’s teammates could only muster 19 shots of their own. Dyck was on the bench as backup the following night as Swifter Current won the second of back-to-backs against Calgary.
By the time the weekend roles around, pretty much everyone will be in the swing of things with the lone exception of Mason Langenbrunner and the Harvard Crimson who will get the ball rolling on their season next week. It will be a mixed bag of games for NCAA teams though as some begin regular season games and some will take part in exhibition games.
All the CHL players are at Bruins camp and the first round of cuts are expected shortly. Expect those players to be returned to their junior squads this week.
Coming up this week:
|PLAYER||MON 26||TUE 27||WED 28||THU 29||FRI 30||SAT 1||SUN 2|
|CEHLARIK||Vs DAV||Vs EHC||At AMB|
|BYCHKOV||At BAR||At TOR||At SEV|
|MANTYKIVI||At KAR||Vs KAL||At HAM|
|LOCMELIS||Vs DJU||Vs DJU||Vs AIK|
|LOHREI||At MRC||At MRC|
|SPICER||Vs ASU||Vs ASU|
|OLSON||Vs ASU||Vs ASU|
|DURAN||*Vs WON||*Vs QUI|
|POITRAS||Vs HAM||At SAG|
|HARRISON||At BAR||Vs OTT||Vs KGN|
|MAST||At KIT||At WSR|
|EDWARD||Vs O S|
|BRUNET||Vs B B||Vs B B|
|SVEDEBACK||*Vs Won||*Vs QUI|
|DYCK||Vs WPG||At SAS|
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