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Toronto Maple Leafs prospect report Sept. 25-Oct. 1st: Eemeli Räsänen shines for the Frontenacs

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The Penticten Vees open the season on a winning streak, and the WHL kids stay off the ice.

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It was a good weekend for really tall defense men. Eemeli Räsänen showed off his offensive skills with a six point weekend, including four points in one game that you can check out here.

There isn’t a lot to report with Keaton Middleton and Ian Scott out injured, Vladimir Bobylyov still at Marlies camp and the NCAA kids working out in exhibition games.

Penticten Vees are undefeated so far this season, they’re off to a great start.

Ontario Hockey League

Eemeli Räsänen (D) - 2G, 4A, +3
Kingston Frontenacs

Sept. 29th: @ London Knights
W 5-0 - 2G, 2A, +3
Sept. 30th: @ Sarnia Sting
L 6-2 - 0G, 0A, -1
Oct. 1st: @ Hamilton Bulldogs
W 4-3 SO - 0G, 2A, +1

Räsänen is off to a great start this season, and is already one third of the way to tieing his goal totals from last season.

Keaton Middleton (D)
Saginaw Spirit

Sept. 29th: vs Ottawa 67’s
W 4-0 - Did Not Play
Sept. 30th: vs Guelph Storm
L 6-3 - Did Not Play

Keaton Middleton is not playing at the moment after being injured at rookie camp.

Fedor Gordeev (D) / Nicolas Mattinen (D)
1G, 0A, +2 / 0G, 1A, -1
Flint Firebirds

Sept. 30th: vs Ottawa 67’s
W 5-4 OT - 1G, 0A, +2 / 0G, 1A, -1

The Firebirds are giving the dedicated fans in Flint a season to cheer for this year. The players who have been around since day one deserve it.

Ryan McGregor (F) 1G, 1A, +1
Sarnia Sting

Sept. 30th: vs Kingston Frontenacs
W 6-2 - No Points
Oct. 1st: vs Ottawa 67’s
W 7-2 - 1G, 1A, +1

Sarnia is also doing well to start this year, could those long suffering fans get a year to remember this year?


Western Hockey League

Vladimir Bobylyov (F)
Victoria Royals

Sept. 30th: vs Kamloops Blazers
W 4-3 - Did Not Play
Oct. 1st: vs Kamloops Blazers
W 6-3 - Did Not Play

Bobylyov was up at Marlies camp last week, but the Royals did well on their own.

Ian Scott (G)
Prince Albert Raiders

Sept. 29th: vs Calgary Hitmen
W 6-5 OT - Did Not Play
Sept. 30th: vs Medicine Hat Tigers
W 4-2 - Did Not Play

Scott is still out after being injured last week.


Junior A

Ryan O'Connell (D)
Penticten Vees, BCHL

Sept. 29th: vs West Kelowna Warriors
W 2-1 - No Points

The Kid who no one had heard of before the draft is doing okay in the BCHL, but the Vees are unbeatable.


NCAA

Nolan Vesey (F)
Maine Black Bears

Oct. 1st vs Acadia (exhibition)
W 3-1 - No Points.

Regular season starts next weekend.

JD Greenway (D)
Wisconsin Badgers

Oct. 1st vs Michigan Tech
W 3-2 - Did Not Play

Badgers coach Tony Granato said that Greenway is out of the line up ‘day-to-day’ with personal issues.

Joseph Woll (G)
Boston College Eagles

Sept. 30th: vs New Brunswick (exhibition)
W 4-2 - Woll played the first period only. No box score was available.

Regular season starts next weekend.

Dakota Joshua (F) - 0G, 0A, -1
Ohio State Buckeyes

Sept. 30th: vs Ryerson (exhibition)
L 7-4 - 0G, 0A, -1

Regular season starts next weekend.


Does anyone want to see the NHLe chart back this year? It’s not a super predictor but it’s kind of fun. Or I could just put a regular points tracker. Let me know and I’ll get to work.

Sorry there weren’t any really good highlights this week.