Prospect Park: Good, Bad, And Ugly

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

If you watched the Baby Rangers 4-2 win over the Baby Wild then you saw some good, some bad and some ugly. Thankfully there was more good than bad or ugly and we must remind you to not have high expectations. Remember just two of the 2018 draft class is on this roster, no Shestyorkin or the college goalies so imagine if they had their best prospects here.

The Good

Filip Chytil (New York Rangers)

A much better performance from game one to game two which is a good sign that these prospects are coachable. Including Saturday, these players have only three practices together as a team. The penalty kill goes from giving up five goals on five power plays to one in seven. There is so much unselfish play by these kids that it is hard not to get excited.

Filip Chytil’s no-look pass to Ville Meskanen sets up one goal while Michael Lundqvist taking a hit and drawing a defender to him sets up the clincher. To watch these kids putting the team first instead of making themselves look good says a lot.

Filip Chytil is playing with so much maturity and discipline. Chytil is setting the tone with his play, not trying to force the action and demanding the same of his teammates. If there isn’t a play then Chytil regroups and organizes the players on the ice like a chess master. Wonder how good he is going to be when he gets some experience?

Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Brett Howden is going to make it hard on the coaching staff if he keeps playing like this. Already knew he was a strong two-way center from his play in the WHL, Howden is going be a team leader sooner than later.

Of the 14 prospects who have played in both games, 13 have registered at least one point. In the win over the Wild, nine prospects registered a point (should be ten as they missed Chytil’s assist).

Jakub Stukel is very much making me a fan of his with his play. Keep this up and you can see him signing a contract by the end of training camp.

The Bad

The team went to sleep during parts of the second and third period allowing the Wild to make this a closer than what it should have been. Lias Andersson was pretty invisible which is going to give his critics fuel about his consistency.

The Ugly

Libor Hajek (Regina Pats)

OK, it is one thing to have low expectations but cmon no excuse for giving the Wild seven power plays. Six stick minors is a sign about reaction time or poor reaction times. The Wild were not a fast team but they played a smarter game and the Rangers were lucky to win.

Libor Hajek needs to stop reading the social media and he isn’t as undisciplined as he has played. Ryan Lindgren is wearing a letter and he knows better than to lack discipline coming from Minnesota.

Other Notes

Kudos to the Minnesota Wild who sent their announcers to do play-by-play. What a major difference in how the game came across from a production standpoint. The same camera angles but having someone describe the action made it easier to follow along.

Hello Riley

Riley Hughes (Victoria Grizzlies)

Riley Hughes 2018 seventh-round selection made his BCHL regular season debut with the Victoria Grizzlie,s as they took on the Powell River Kings. His night was good, bad, and ugly as his Grizzlies let a 3-0 lead slip away for a 5-3 loss.

Good: Hughes scored a power-play goal for his first point and had eight shots on goal in game’s first 30 minutes.

Bad: Offense dried up in the second half and Hughes was pretty much invisible.

Ugly: Hughes and his linemates were on the ice for the last three goals against. Their defensive effort wasn’t there and they are supposed to be Victoria’s top line. It may only be one game but hopefully it was a wakeup call after a very easy preseason.