Rhett Continues To Rakh!
If there is someone that is going to miss Josh Bailey when he returns to the Islanders, it's going to be Rhett Rakhshani. The youngster's sudden offensive explosion is tied in with Bailey's Bridgeport stint. In the 19 games without Bailey he had 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points in 19 games. In the 10 games since Bailey joined BP Rakh has 5 goals and 11 assists for 16 points. Rakh is also on a 6 game point streak in which he has at least 2 points. With 28 points he leads Bridgeport in points and has nearly doubled the next closest person, David Ullstrom at 16 points. He not only continues to lead all AHL Rookies in points, but is 16th overall in the AHL in points.
Bridgeport split their games this week. They lost to Springfield 6-3 in a game whose final score looks closer then it was. Mikko Kosikinen gave up 4 goals on 19 shots and got pulled for Nathan Lawson. Jeremy Colliton [Bailey, Rakhshani] Bailey [Rakhshani, Colliton] and Micheal Haley [Ullstrom, Motherwell] scored for BP. Josh Bailey got third star of the night. Last night Bridgeport beat down Worcester 7-2. Goals were scored by Haley [Marcinko, Figren] Rob Hisey [Svendsen, Katic] Haley [Figren, Marcinko] Dylan Reese [Rakhshani,Mark Katic] Bailey [Anton Klementyev, Rakhshani] Ullstrom [Friesen, Hisey] and Tony Romano [Klementyev]. Haley, Hisey and Robin Figren took 1st, 2nd and 3rd stars respectively. Another strong performance by Kevin Poulin who had 30 saves on 32 shots. With a .934 Sv% and 2.08 GAA Poulin leads all BP goalies, and is 6th leaguewide in SV% and 8th in GAA.
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov played one game this week and didn't score. He has 5 Goals, 6 Assists, 11 points in 26 games.
Kirill Kabanov was back in action this week for Lewiston. He played both games but was pointless. His season totals for Lewiston stand at 3 goals, 4 assists for 7 points and a +3 in 13 games.
WHL, OHL, NCAA and Europe
Nino Niederreiter played one game this week, notching 2 goals and an assist. Nino was named first star on the night. He has 13 goals, 13 Assists for 26 points in 23 games this year. Also for those of you who have heard of the Teddy Bear tosses, the Winterhawks had a Teddy Bear Toss [Video] and Nino was one of the Winterhawks to drop off the Teddy Bears at the Shriners Hospital for Children. [image gallery]
The Wheat Kings had a bounce back week, taking 2 of 3 games. David Toews had 2 assists in a 6-2 win on Sunday. On Friday he had a goal and two assists in a losing effort but was named first star. He was held scoreless last night in the Wheat Kings 6-1 win. He has 8 goals, 12 assists for 20 points in 28 games this season.
The Oshawa Generals are not only struggling with Calvin De Haan away at Team Canada Camp, but after a trade for Rangers Prospect Dan Maggio [Story] they are carrying too many 20 year olds. That is why Tony DeHart was scratched for a game last week and he was once again a healthy scratch for a game this week. In two games DeHart finished scoreless and -2, mostly due to a -3 game last night in a 7-5 loss for Oshawa.
Casey Cizikas is also at Team Canada camp.
Anders Lee had a goal and an assist in route to a 5-3 Notre Dame win over Northern Michigan. He was also named first star of the game. He has 10 goals and 8 assists in 19 games.
The University of Denver is on Break till the 31st.
Brock Nelson posted a goal against Minnesota State in North Dakota's last game before their break. He has 2 goals and 4 assists on the season.
Wisconsin and Jason Clark are on break; Minnesota and Aaron Ness are on break; Corey Trivino and Boston U are on break; UNH and Blake Kessel are on break.
Brian Day had an assist for Colgate in an OT Loss to Robert Morris. He has 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 Points in 15 games. [Story on Brian Day's Future]
No SEL games this week, no updates on Anders Nilsson.
Clarkson had a game this week, Cody Rosen did not play.
No Roundup for 12/26 for obvious reasons. Next update either 1/2 or 1/3 depending on how much I drink.
Also wanted to credit Prospect Park with the story behind DeHart's sudden benching. They update almost daily on Islander and Ranger prospects.