We’re having a busy week with view news this week, gang! Lots of scores, a lot to be impressed with, which is a good break from, you know, what happened to the Flyers. But we differ. Let’s talk about prospects.
We talked about Foerster in last week’s report and noted that he got himself back in game form nicely in his first weekend back, and things have really broken up for him in style in his second. In Barrie’s three games a week, Foerster contributed four goals and an assist, which included a hat-trick in Saturday’s win over London. He also shot 10 shots on goal in those three games, so his apparent model of “shoot everything” seems to be rolling together.
And all of this, of course, is great to see. He had an uphill battle ahead of him when he came back from an injury and got used to the OHL again, but he takes it all in stride. His confidence is already showing,
Up in the SHL, we are down at the end of the line, as the playoffs have started, and Lycksell has been a real key piece in Växjö’s attempt to advance to the next round. In their last three games, Lycksell has scored two goals and four assists, and as such has included six of the team’s 10 goals scored during that time, which is not too shabby at all. Much of their attack runs through him, and Lycksell seems to take that role and run with it. He puts together a very nice postseason campaign for himself, and it seems that with Växjö down 2-1 in their best of seven series against Frölunda, he will continue to be leaned heavily up the stretch. No pressure of anything.
And by swinging back to the OHL (sorry for the bit of a whiplash), Wisdom also had a very solid week. He continues to put things together in style and he again becomes a consistent contributor to Kingston. In his last three games, he added one goal and three assists to his season-high of eight goals and 32 points in 37 games played, which is still quite solid considering the terrain he had to cover to get back this season.
Kingston has already won a playoff spot, but both the team and Wisdom on an individual level are looking to keep gathering some more strong performances through the last six games of the regular season and enter the off-season with a little steam.
Desnoyer’s scores continue, to no surprise for sure, but it’s still fun to watch. It was a relatively quiet week for Halifax, with only two games on deck, but they were both good. They picked up wins in both games against Charlottetown, and Desnoyers made two goals, an assist and six shots on goal in those two games. He continues to drive offensively well, while remaining on top of the finer details of his game and adding this characteristic high energy and perseverance. It all continues to stick together well, putting him in a good position to jump to the next level next fall.
Laczynski continues to be a bit on the move with the Phantoms. They do their best to collect victories and push to get themselves into the last playoff spot in their division (they have a whole hill to climb, but a win tonight will place them within five points of the last space, with two matches in hand over Wilkes-Barre / Scranton and four in hand over Bridgeport in front of them). They also tie in well with three wins in the last week, and Laczynski has been a key piece in getting their offensive to click again. He had one goal and three assists in his last three games, bringing him up to 13 points in the 18 games he has played so far this season. He has not been super flashy, but he has been effective in all areas of the game and that is certainly enough for us.
And finally, the playoffs in the KHL are starting to slow down, and Fedotov’s star race just won’t seem to slow down. In his last two starts, he picked up a win and a loss, but allowed only three goals between the two games. In them, he stopped 28 of 29 shots in the win and 36 of 38 shots in the loss, which together gives a nice 0.955 SV%. He has been missing a star in those playoffs and he does almost everything that could be asked of him here. Their series against SKA St. Petersburg are divided and they have three games left to move on and beat their ticket to the final.