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Prospect Watch - Jan. 7

Monday, 01.07.2013 / 12:16 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Prospect Watch - Jan. 7

Blake Pietila (5th round, 2011) and Team USA captured gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday, dethroning defending champion Sweden, 3-1. Pietila appeared in all seven games for the U.S., recording two assists and 11 shots on goal, and finishing a plus-5. The versatile forward also went 20-for-32 (63%) on faceoffs.

The Milford, Mich., native returns to Michigan Tech (CCHA) to finish his sophomore campaign. He has 10 goals and two assists in 17 games with the Huskies this season.

Merrill has returned to the Michigan (CCHA) lineup.

D Jon Merrill (2nd round, 2010) returned to action for Michigan (CCHA) on Friday for the first time since Oct. 9, when he suffered a fractured vertebrae in a preseason game. Merrill was held off the scoresheet in his first game back but saw power play time in the Wolverines' loss to the U.S. National Development Team.

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Reid Boucher (4th round, 2011) scored twice for Sarnia (OHL) on Saturday to take over league lead in goals (30) and stretch his points streak to eight games (9g-9a). Boucher, whose streak ended Sunday, ranks third on the Sting with 52 points (30g-22a) in 40 games.

D Damon Severson (2nd round, 2012) continues to put up points for Kelowna (WHL). He added a helper Saturday to extend his assists streak to six games (7a) as the Rockets routed Prince George. Severson’s 29 points (5g-24a) are tops among Kelowna defensemen and eighth among WHL blueliners.

G Maxime Clermont (6th round, 2010) won his fourth in a row for Elmira (ECHL) Friday with a 31-save performance against Reading. The Royals returned the favor Saturday, topping the Jackals to end Clermont’s win streak, but the young netminder is 5-2 in his last seven starts.

F Artur Gavrus (6th round, 2012) was set to return to Owen Sound (OHL) on Monday. He spent the first half of the season skating for Neman Grodno in his native Belarus, tallying five goals and seven assists in 12 games. He posted 15 goals and 22 assists in 45 games with Owen Sound last season.

LW Ben Thomson (4th round, 2012) notched a goal and an assist for Kitchener (OHL) on Friday, giving him three points (1g-2a) in three January games. His season totals stand at eight goals, eight assists for the season.

LW Ben Johnson’s (3rd round, 2012) two-goal game for Windsor (OHL) on Friday was his first multi-goal effort of the season and extended his points streak to three games (3g-1a). He has nine goals, eight assists for the Spitfires this season.

D Reece Scarlett (6th round, 2011) had two assists for Swift Current (WHL) in their win over Lethbridge on Saturday, giving him three helpers in three games this month.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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