The Bridgeport Sound Tigers were unable to make it a two-for-two weekend, with Kevin Poulin's rare clunker an important part of their 5-3 loss to Wilkes-Barre Sunday. Poulin conceded a natural hat trick to Paul Thompson, though it sounds like that was part of a second-period barrage that could have been worse.
The former too are certainly getting the opportunities -- powerplay, top-six roles. But that doesn't change the fact it's a good sign to see them producing when you expect them to be producing. (While we're gazing at the AHL though: Nino's Swiss compatriot Sven Baertschi is off to a 4-7-11 start in nine games for Abbotsford.)
Anyway, Niederreiter leads the Sound Tigers in scoring with 5-4-9 in eight games. Nelson is next with 4-3-7. They're followed by Nino's linemate Casey Cizikas, who has 3-3-6 in eight games as well. Those are three future Islanders whose full-time arrival seems almost as near as the end of a senseless lockout.
Did we say producing? This weekend, thy name is Ryan Strome (and Mitchell Theoret). Those two form a line with Brett Ritchie (Dallas) that, in the parlance of our times, "went off" this weekend. First was a 9-4 demolition of Guelph (Andrei Pedan was still serving a suspension), followed by a 6-4 win over Peterborough in which they figured in five of the goals.
Weekend tally: 2-8-10 for Strome (an even one goal and four assists in each game), 2-5-7 for Theoret, and oh, just nine goals and two assists for their linemate, Ritchie. Here's a writeup on the line.
Strome now leads the OHL in scoring with 12-21-33 in 19 games. Safe to say he's doing what he should be doing.
Also on the Niagara powerhouse, Jesse Graham has a goal, three assists, and a minus-8 in 19 games from the blueline.
Adam Pelech has been carrying the load for Erie, putting up 2-13-15 in 18 games. He's also at minus-8, but it's as a key defenseman on a last-place team with a minus-23 goal differential.
Pedan has 5-8-13 from the blueline in 15 games for Guelph. He'd have more games played, but he's serving a four-game suspension for kicking.
Loic Leduc has two assists and is minus-12 in 18 games for Cape Breton, which is 15th out of 20 teams in the Q.
Brenden Kichton continues to light it up, second in WHL scoring among defensemen with 7-13-20 in 18 games for Spokane.
Griffin Reinhart has just a goal and four assists in 17 games for Edmonton. Reinhart was selected for the WHL squad of the Subway Super Series, which will see the WHL team play a Russian squad Nov. 14-15.
Notre Dame lost at home, 3-2, to Western Michigan, but their Islanders prospects keyed the attempted comeback. Lee scored the first on a nice backhand streaking down the right wing. Then he set up Robbie Russo for the Irish's second goal.
Highlights of that one:
Lee leads Notre Dame with 5-4-9 after eight games. Russo is among several with four points, on a pair of goals (PPG, both of them) and assists.
Ville Pokka has 2-3-5 in 14 games for Kärpät.
Jesse Joensuu has 11-10-21 in 17 games for Ässät.
Justin DiBenedetto -- who elected to play in Europe before the lockout was officially underway -- is having fun in Austria, leading Salzburg in scoring with 6-12-18 in 16 games. (in the same league, Michael Grabner has 5-5-10 in 8 games for Villacher.)
Finally, speaking of NHLers in Europe: My goodness, they're dominating the Swiss league.