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A two week recap, since the holiday threw me off schedule.

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It’s not quite a mugshot, but it’ll do.
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Hello fans of Toronto Maple Leafs prospects! The Thanksgiving holiday threw me off my schedule and backed me up for two weeks on the prospect watching. I missed probably the most surprising thing that could happen with a Maple Leafs prospect on Friday night:

Semyon Der-Arguchintsev was suspended for fighting.

Really. Watch this:

Yes, our seventh grade looking prospect got into it with a member of the Bertuzzi clan; Todd’s son Tag. It’s not much of a fight, but since the two were wrestling around and punches were thrown after there was already a fight in progress, they were both suspended for two games for participating in a secondary fight.

When you have to wait a month into the season to have your home opener, you need to give the fans a show.

Ontario Hockey League


#19 - Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (C) / #16 - Nicholas Robertson (C/LW)
0G, 5A, +3 / 4G, 3A, +3
Peterborough Petes - 9-3-0-0

Oct. 9th: @ Saginaw Spirit
W 4-0 - 0G, 0A, +1 / 1G, 1A, +1
Oct. 11th: @ Sarnia Sting
W 6-3 - 0G, 3A, +4 / 2G, 0A, +3
Oct. 12th: @ Flint Firebirds
L 6-2 - 0G, 1A, -2 / 0G, 1A, -2
Oct. 17th: vs Hamilton Bulldogs
W 4-3 - 0G, 1A / 1G, 0A
Oct. 18th: @ Ottawa 67’s
W 3-1 - Did Not Play / 0G, 1A, +1
Oct. 20th: @ Oshawa Generals
W 2-1 - Did Not Play / No Points

Mr. Der-Arguchintsev sat the last two games of the week after being suspended, and his line didn’t do well without him. Coming up this week the Petes get to enjoy a weekend at home now that the PMC is open.

#25 - Kalle Loponen (D) - 2G, 2A, +2
Sudbury Wolves - 8-5-0-0

Oct. 11th: vs Oshawa Generals
L 5-4 - 2G, 0A, +2
Oct. 13th: @ Mississauga Steelheads
W 4-2 - 0G, 0A, +1
Oct. 14th: @ Kitchener Rangers
L 7-3 - 0G, 1A, +1
Oct. 18th: vs Barrie Colts
W 4-2 - No Points
Oct. 19th: @ Owen Sound Attack
L 4-1 - 0G, 1A, -2
Oct. 20th: @ Guelph Storm
W 4-2 - No Points

The Wolves stockpiled a good amount of wins to start the year, so going .500 over the past two weeks didn’t hurt too much as they stay in second place in the Eastern Conference. The Wolves are out west this weekend, playing in Flint, Saginaw, and Windsor if you’re out that way.


Western Hockey League

#18 - Riley Stotts (C) - 2G, 2A
Calgary Hitmen - 6-2-1-0

Oct. 12th: @ Edmonton Oil Kings
L 6-4 - 0G, 0A, -1
Oct. 14th: vs Saskatoon Blades
L 9-3 - 0G, 1A, -1
Oct. 18th: vs Moose Jaw Warriors
W 7-3 - 0G, 1A
Oct. 20th: vs Medicine Hat Tigers
W 6-3 - 2G, 0A, +2

#18 - Filip Kral (D) - 1G, 4A
Spokane Chiefs - 5-4-1-0

Oct. 11th: vs Prince George Cougars
L 3-1 - 0G, 1A, -2
Oct. 12th: vs Victoria Royals
W 6-1 - 1G, 2A, +2
Oct. 18th: @ Prince George Cougars
L 2-1 - 0G, 0A, -1
Oct. 19th: @ Prince George Cougars
W 5-2 - 0G, 1A, +1

#33 - Ian Scott (G)
Prince Albert Raiders

Scott is still injured, so he hasn’t been assigned anywhere to play yet, and is still officially with the Marlies.


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#9 - Mikhail Abramov (C/RW) - 1G, 4A, -3
Victoriaville Tigres - 3-8-0-3

Oct. 11th: Rimouski Oceanic
L 4-2 - 0G, 0A, -1
Oct. 13th: @ Quebec Remparts
L 4-1 - No Points
Oct. 14th: @ Sherbrooke Phoenix
L 5-1 - 0G, 0A, -2
Oct. 16th: vs Gatineau Olympiques
W 6-1 - 1G, 3A, +1
Oct. 18th: vs Drummondville Voltiguers
L 3-1 - 0G, 0A, -1
Oct. 20th: @ Drummondville Voltiguers
L 3-2 SO - 1G, 0A

Ohhh boy. The only cure for the Tigres losses, seems to be Abramov having a multi-point night. Sadly those seem rare, so guess the Tigres will have to start doing some drafting to find out who’s in the QMJHL’s top three picks next spring.

#33 Zachary Bouthillier (G) - 110sv, 130sh, .846sv%
Saint John Sea Dogs - 4-8-1-0

Oct. 10th: @ Halifax Mooseheads
L 6-5 - 29sv, 35sh, .829sv%
Oct. 11th: vs Val d’Or Foreurs
L 7-5 - Did Not Play
Oct. 13th: @ Moncton Wildcats
L 9-0 - 32sv, 41sh, .780sv%
Oct. 17th: @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan
W 2-1 SO - 29sv, 30sh, .967sv%
Oct. 18th: @ Charlottetown Islanders
L 7-6 OT - Did Not Play
Oct. 19th: vs Charlottetown Islanders
L 4-2 - 20sv, 24sh, .833sv%

The Sea Dogs went all in to win the 2017 Memorial Cup, and are still paying the price with an extended rebuild through their big 15th anniversary season. However, somehow they’re in a playoff spot, sitting just above the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. It’s not a good year for teams with three words in their names.


USHL

#84 - Michael Koster (D) - 0G, 1A, -4
Tri-City Storm - 2-5-1-1

Oct. 10th: vs Sioux Falls Stampede
W 4-1 - 0G, 0A, +2
Oct. 12th: @ Waterloo Black Hawks
L 1-0 - No Points
Oct. 13th: vs Dubuque Fighting Saints
L 3-1 - 0G, 0A, -1
Oct. 18th: @ Sioux City Musketeers
L 8-2 - 0G, 0A, -3
Oct. 19th: vs Sioux Falls Stampede
L 2-1 - 0G, 0A, -1
Oct. 20th: vs Cedar Rapids Rough Riders
W 4-2 - 0G, 1A, -1

Mike Koster lives! I guess he just wanted to get out of all of the pre-season or something, but here are the Storm’s games featuring one of our newest prospects.

They aren’t great.


NCAA

Ryan O’Connell (D) - 0G, 0A, -1
Ohio State Buckeyes
Overall: 2-1-1 / Conference: 0-0

Oct. 6th: vs Western (Exhibition)
W 5-2 - 0G, 0A, -1
Oct. 11th: vs Western Michigan
T 2-2 - Did Not Play
Oct. 12th: vs RIT
W 3-1 - Did Not Play
Oct. 18th: vs Omaha
W 3-2 - Did Not Play
Oct. 19th: vs Omaha
L 2-1 - Did Not Play

O’Connell didn’t suit up for any games to open the season, as the seniors took the ice to get things started. The Sophomore will get some ice time, but the veterans go first. If you’re up for a trip, the Buckeyes will be in Erie, PA this weekend to play Mercyhurst.

#16 - Nicholas Abruzzese (C) - 2G, 1A, -2
Harvard Crimson

Oct. 19th @ Dartmouth (Exhibition)
W 4-2 - 2G, 1A, -2

The real games don’t start until November, but Abruzzes did very well in an exhibition game against Dartmouth. It was just a scrimmage, so there’s no video sadly.

#14 - JD Greenway (D) - 1G, 3A, +4
Maine Black Bears
Overall: 3-2 / Conference: 0-1

Oct. 11th: vs U. Alaska (Anchorage)
W 7-1 - 1G, 1A, +1

Oct. 12th: vs U. Alaska (Anchorage)
W 2-1 OT - 0G, 0A, +1
Oct. 18th: @ Quinnipac
W 4-2 - 0G, 1A, +1
Oct. 19th: @ Quinnipac
L 4-3 - 0G, 1A, +1

Greenway’s break from college must have done him well, as he’s jumped out of the gate for Maine this season, starting the season with four points in five games.


Finally, I have made this chart tracking the points for each prospect. I have also added power play points so you can see if a player is stacking his stats with points that don’t actually count.

Maple Leafs Prospect stats

Player Position League GP G A Pts PM PPG PPA SHG SHA SOG
Player Position League GP G A Pts PM PPG PPA SHG SHA SOG
Nick Robertson C/LW OHL 14 16 9 25 13 5 3 1 0 63
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev C OHL 12 2 20 22 7 0 6 0 1 19
Kalle Loponen D OHL 16 3 6 9 6 2 4 0 0 28
Riley Stotts C WHL 11 6 7 13 6 2 2 1 1 40
Filip Kral D WHL 13 4 9 13 4 2 3 0 0 42
Mikhail Abrmov C/RW QMJHL 17 9 8 17 10 6 6 0 0 63
Michael Koster D USHL 6 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0
Ryan O'Connell D NCAA 2 0 1 1 2 0 -- 0 -- 1
Nicholas Abruzzese C NCAA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
JD Greenway D NCAA 6 1 3 4 6 0 -- 0 -- 15