Here we go, ladies and gentlemen...
Welcome to the first PROSPECT SUNDAY of 2013... The Blues are back; the Rivermen are streaking in the wrong direction. World Junior Updates; congrats to Gold Medal-winning Team USA and Silver Medal winners Niklas Lundström and Team Sweden.
1. Think of Randy Quaid as representing the National Hockey League here...
By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department
PROSPECT TRANSACTIONS THIS WEEK
01-02-13: C/RW Ryan Tesink traded from Saint John to Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL). Saint John receives a 2013 first-round pick in the QMJHL Entry (Midget) Draft
PROSPECT INJURY REPORT
11-19-12: C Tyrel Seaman (Brandon/WHL) out indefinitely with concussion symptoms.
11-25-12: D Jani Hakanpää (Blues Espoo/SML) out indefinitely with lower body injury.
WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
ITEM: G Niklas Lundström is the only Blues' prospect to medal at the 2013 World Juniors, leading Juniorkronorna to the silver medal while supplanting undrafted Joel Lassinantti as Sweden's top junior goaltender. Lundström's stat line for the tournament: 4 GP, 224 mins, 6 GA, 107 SA, 3-1-0, 1.60 GAA, 94.4% save pct.
ITEM: RW Ty Rattie and his Canadian teammates finished without a medal at the WJC for the first time in 15 years, losing the Bronze Medal game to the host Team Russia by a 6-5 score in OT. Rattie's stat line for the tournament: 6 GP, 3-0-3, even, 0 PM, 1 PPG, 1 SHG, 0 GWG.
ITEM: G Jordan Binnington came off the bench and played well in Canada's 5-1 loss to Team USA, earning the start in the Bronze medal game vs. Russia, where he was pulled less than eight minutes in after giving up three goals on five shots. Binnington's stat line for the tournament: 2 GP, 35 mins, 4 GA, 31 SA, 0-0-0, 6.82 GAA, 87.1% save pct.
ITEM: LW Dmitrij Jaskin finished the tournament as the Czech Republic's scoring leader, his three goals helping stake the Czechs to a fifth-place finish. He was selected Best Player for the Czechs in their 3-1 win over Finland and in their 7-0 loss to Team USA. Jaskin's stat line for the tournament: 6 GP, 3-3-6, plus-3, 12 PM, 1 PPG, 0 SHG, 1 GWG.
ITEM: D Petteri Lindbohm served as Finland's captain in the 2013 World Juniors, leading Suomi to a seventh-place finish. Finland won all three games in the Relegation Round by a combined score of 24-5, and Lindbohm was selected Best Player in the 3-1 loss to the Czechs on Dec. 28. Lindbohm's stat line for the tournament: 6 GP, 0-2-2, plus-8, 4 PM, 0 PPG, 0 SHG, 0 GWG.
PEORIA REVIEW AND PREVIEW
THE WEEK IN REVIEW, PEORIA EDITION:
Peoria 2 vs Abbotsford 1 (SO), Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. LINK to AHL game sheet.
LINK to story at Peoria Journal-Star, "Rivermen beat Heat in 2-1 shootout duel."
Peoria 0 at San Antonio 3, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. LINK to AHL game sheet.
LINK to story at Peoria Journal-Star, "Zero-0-0-0: Rivermen blanked 3-0 by San Antonio."
Peoria 2 at Texas 5, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. LINK to AHL game sheet.
LINK to story at Peoria Journal-Star, "Rivermen see Stars but can't catch them in 5-2 loss."
THE WEEK AHEAD, PEORIA EDITION:
Sunday, January 6, 2013 ... Game Time 3:30 PM CST at AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX. NHL Affiliate: Florida Panthers.
Friday, January 11, 2013 ... Game Time 705 PM CST at Carver Arena, Peoria, IL. NHL Affiliate: Nashville Predators.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 ... Game Time 7:00 PM EST at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI. NHL Affiliate: Detroit Red Wings.
EVANSVILLE REVIEW AND PREVIEW
THE WEEK IN REVIEW, EVANSVILLE EDITION:
Evansville 1 vs Gwinnett 3, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. LINK to ECHL game sheet.
Evansville 5 vs Elmira 1, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. LINK to ECHL game sheet.
Evansville 3 at Kalamazoo 7, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012. LINK to ECHL game sheet.
THE WEEK AHEAD, EVANSVILLE EDITION:
Sunday, January 6, 2013 ... Game Time 5:00 PM CST at Ford Center, Evansville, IN. NHL Affiliates: Florida/Nashville.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 ... Game Time 7:15 PM CST at Ford Center, Evansville, IN. NHL Affiliate: Anaheim Ducks.
Friday, January 11, 2013 ... Game Time 7:05 PM EST at First Arena, Elmira, NY. NHL Affiliate: Ottawa Senators.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 ... Game Time 7:05 PM EST at First Arena, Elmira, NY. NHL Affiliate: Ottawa Senators.
FEATURES THIS WEEK