Two weeks ago, I brought you the plight of the Stockton Heat, who had only won a handful of games in this new year. It hasn’t gotten much better. Last week, they scored one goal in three games. Yikes.
- That one goal was scored by Austin Carroll, the least likely forward to score a goal.
- There’s kind of only one reason the Heat are doing so bad: they suck. Since the calendar flipped over, the team has been outshot all but once. Of the other nine, you could only really consider two of those shot-battle losses a result of score effects.
- All of this is PDO payback for way earlier in the season, when the goalies saved everything and everyone else was shooting 20%. It’s going to be interesting to see where the prospects find themselves at the end of the season, because a lot of the positive trends are looking false by now.
- I’m curious about Tim Harrison. His counting numbers aren’t great, but everyone else on Colgate is worse. He’s a huge chunk of the offence there, and with a lack of right handed wingers in Stockton (assuming Linden Vey and Matt Frattin move on next offseason, there’s just Carroll and Hunter Smith), he could get a shot at the end of Colgate’s season.
- The Mitchell Mattson fanclub (of which I am the founder and only member) got good news this week, as the big forward scored three goals this past week. He’s a key component of the Bloomington offence, second in total points and tied for second in goal scoring.
- Now his real test is next year at UND. Being good in the USHL at 18 isn’t a tough task, so let’s hold off the real hype until next year.
- Matt Phillips: four more points this week. Third in WHL primary points, both at all strengths and 5v5. He’s nuts.
- Ryan Culkin got brought back up to Stockton, but he is still having a tough time finding a way into the lineup.
- Stepan Falkovsky, pictured above, went off this past week, scoring four goals and adding two assists in Adirondack. He’s probably going to be forced into a middle pairing role in Stockton next year, where we’ll be able to get a better look at the big Belorussian.
- Keegan Kanzig isn’t on Adirondack’s roster, but hasn’t played for Stockton in a while. I don’t know if he’s injured or just a 7D. My bet is injury, as Culkin is up and subbed in for Kenney Morrison. Usually, that’s what Kanzig does.
- For the first time in a long time, Nick Schneider’s SV% went up. It is now 0.891.
- Tyler Parsons is now fourth in the OHL with regards to adj.GSAA. He’s been particularly strong as of late, which brings us to…
January Prospect of the Month
Tyler Parsons! He’s been incredibly consistent over the past month. Over seven January games, he’s only allowed fourteen goals. His SV% this month in .943, with the lowest being .911 in a weird 7-6 game against Niagara.
Since we are talking about the month as a whole, I feel it is a good time to bring up his incredibly strong performance against a better Canadian team that peppered shots on him during the WJC gold medal game. Kent said it way back when, but the Flames are truly looking at a blue-chipper here.