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Compiled by Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department


Busy, eventful week for Payne, Rivermen; USA, Canada, Sweden all in WJC semis.


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After a Christmas break for players at just about every level of hockey in North America, the schedule resumed in earnest during the inter-holiday week leading up to New Years' Eve.

The Peoria Rivermen said goodbye to wives, kids and girlfriends and took to the road again after Christmas, making stops in Grand Rapids (a 5-1 win vs. the Griffins), Cleveland (a 5-3 win over the Lake Erie Monsters) and Toronto (a 3-2 loss to the Marlies where the GWG took a fluke bounce past Hannu Toivonen) before returning to Carver Arena for the front half of a home-and-home series with the rival Chicago Wolves.

The Wolves have traditionally had Peoria's number in the AHL tenure of the Rivermen, and New Years' Eve was no exception. Chicago, featuring the geriatric Chris Chelios on defense, jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead against a tired Rivermen squad playing their fourth game in six nights, and cruised to a 4-1 win.

With the changing of the calendar came a changing of the guard in the Blues' organization as head coach Andy Murray was terminated, and Peoria bench boss Davis Payne promoted to the position of Blues' interim coach on Jan. 2. Blues' goaltending coach Rick Wamsley was laterally transferred in the organization to be the new head man in Peoria.

The coaching changes were not initially successful for either the big club or the farm team, as the Blues continued their home woes by dropping a 6-3 decision to the Chicago Blackhaws, while the Rivermen succumbed again to the Wolves at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, losing 3-2 in a shootout.

Forward Lars Eller (Denmark) and defenseman Jonas Junland (Sweden) were named to the PlanetUSA squad - made up of players from the United States and Europe - for the American Hockey League All-Star Game, scheduled for Jan. 19 in Portland, Maine.

Eller is currently leading the Rivermen in scoring, despite being out of the lineup for the last three games with an arm injury suffered during pre-game warmups in Toronto. His 26 points (6 G, 20 A) in 28 games have him ranked in the top 30 of all AHL scorers, and third among rookies. Despite appearing in only two games last week, Eller scored a goal (the game winner vs. Grand Rapids) and added three helpers, along with a plus-1 mark and six minutes in penalty time.

Junland, making his second consecutive All-Star appearance, is second in the AHL in defenseman scoring, behind only ex-teammate Andy Wozniewski of Providence. In five games played this week for Peoria, Junland racked up four points (3 G, 1 A) with a plus-2 mark and a single two-minute minor (for hooking at 1:26 of the first period vs. Chicago on Dec. 31). All three goals scored by the Linköping native were scored with the man advantage, including two vs. Lake Erie on Dec. 29.

Jake Allen

Meanwhile, out in Saskatoon at the World Juniors, the much-anticipated USA-Canada showdown on New Years' Eve proved to be every bit as much an event as had been hoped for. Team USA jumped out to an early lead, with forward prospect Philip McRae setting up the first goal for the red, white and blue. The teams traded scores for the rest of the game before defenseman Alex Pietrangelo buried a shorthanded tally to send the game into overtime tied at four apiece.

After a scoreless five-minute sudden death OT, the game came down to the shootout, where both the US and Canada cashed in on their first two tries. Brandon Kozun, a 2008 selection of the LA Kings, then beat 2010 draft-eligible USA goalie Jack Campbell, and Jake Allen (at left) stopped Vancouver prospect Jordan Schroeder to preserve the victory for Canada and earn a bye for the quarterfinal round.

Sweden and defense prospect David Rundblad also earned a quarterfinal bye with a 7-1 shellacking of Finland on New Years' Eve. The Finns were then toppled by Team USA 6-2 on Jan. 2, while Switzerland upset Russia 3-2 in overtime thanks to a pair of goals from 2010 draft-eligible prospect Nino Niederreiter.

Canada will now take on the Swiss in the first semifinal game today at 4:00 pm in Saskatoon, with the second semifinal at 8:00 featuring Team USA vs. Tre Kronor. The two losers on Sunday will then meet at 3:00 on Tuesday, Jan. 5 for the bronze medal, with the gold medal game between the two Sunday winners at 7:00.


Your Game Time weekly prospect statistics update after the jump...

ST. LOUIS BLUES 2009-10 PROSPECT STATS as of 02 January 2010
Lines with GREY backgrounds denote players above "prospect age" of 25 years.
Lines with BLUE backgrounds indicate statistics for players in the NHL at any point in the 2009-10 season.

 

 

## FORWARDS Ps/Sh Ht Wt Birthdate Birthplace 2008-09 Club(s) League GP G A Pts +/- PIM PP SH GW
3 (78) '09 ANDRONOV, Sergei RW/L 6-00 183 07-19-89 Moscow, RUS Lada Togliatti KHL 34 5 8 13 - 5 20 1 0 2
Trade '07 BARRIBALL, Jay C/L 5-09 165 05-27-87 Prior Lake, MN Minnesota WCHA 5 2 2 4 + 3 10 0 0 0
F/A '09 CRACKNELL, Adam RW/R 6-03 215 07-15-85 Prince Albert, SK Peoria AHL 36 7 12 19 + 5 14 1 2 1
6 (171) '05 DRAZENOVIC, Nick C/L 6-01 200 01-14-87 Prince George, BC Peoria AHL 25 9 9 18 - 6 16 3 0 0
1 (13) '07 ELLER, Lars F/L 6-00 198 05-08-89 Rodovre, DMK St. Louis NHL 5 1 0 1 + 1 4 1 0 0
Peoria AHL 28 6 20 26 - 1 36 1 0 2
4 (100) '07 ERSTAD, Travis F/R 6-04 185 11-09-88 Madison, WI Wisconsin-Stevens Pt NCAA Div III 12 4 6 10 ... 51 2 0 1
2 (39) '07 HJALMARSSON, Simon RW/R 5-11 170 02-01-89 Varnamo, SWE Rögle BK SEL 33 4 5 9 - 4 10 0 0 0
3 (65) '08 LEHTERA, Jori C/L 6-02 191 12-23-87 Helsinki, FIN Tappara SML 32 14 27 41 - 3 22 7 1 0
3 (70) '08 LIVINGSTON, James RW/R 6-02 213 03-08-90 Halifax, NS Sault Ste. Marie OHL 33 14 11 25 +12 45 6 0 3
2 (33) '08 McRAE, Philip C/L 6-03 191 03-15-90 Apple Valley, MN London OHL 31 10 24 34 + 4 41 4 1 4
United States U20 WJC 5 1 3 4 0 0 1 0 0
6 (155) '08 NIGRO, Anthony C/L 6-00 189 01-11-90 Woodbridge, ON Ottawa OHL 33 9 22 31 0 14 4 0 1
7 (190) '07 NILL, Trevor C/R 6-01 180 04-11-89 Detroit, MI Michigan State CCHA 12 1 4 5 + 5 10 0 0 0
2 (44) '07 PALUSHAJ, Aaron RW/R 6-00 185 09-07-89 Livonia, MI Peoria AHL 34 3 15 18 + 4 18 1 0 0
Trade '09 PELLETIER, Pascal RW/L 5-11 197 06-16-83 Labrador City, NL Syracuse AHL 25 3 13 16 - 7 23 1 0 0
Peoria AHL 11 2 4 6 + 5 9 0 0 1
TOTALS AHL 36 5 17 22 - 2 32 1 0 1
6 (160) '07 PELUSO, Anthony RW/R 6-04 235 04-18-89 King City, ON Peoria AHL 14 1 0 1 0 43 0 0 0
Alaska ECHL 5 0 1 1 + 1 15 0 0 0
F/A '07 PORTER, Chris LW/L 6-01 205 05-29-84 Thunder Bay, ON Peoria AHL 36 7 8 15 + 6 35 0 1 1
5 (156) '05 REAVES, Ryan RW/R 6-02 200 01-20-87 Winnipeg, MB Peoria AHL 36 3 3 6 -11 95 0 0 0
5 (124) '06 SACKRISON, Andrew F/L 6-01 200 11-12-87 St. Louis Park, MN Minnesota State WCHA 11 2 2 4 - 1 4 0 0 0
4 (87) '08 SCHULTZ, Ian RW/R 6-02 200 02-04-90 Calgary, AB Calgary WHL 38 17 18 35 + 5 98 7 2 1
4 (108) '09 SHATTOCK, Tyler RW/R 6-03 190 02-03-90 Salmon Arm, BC Kamloops WHL 38 19 27 46 - 1 54 7 0 5
3 (85) '07 SONNE, Brett C/L 6-00 187 05-16-89 Maple Ridge, BC Peoria AHL 33 4 5 9 -11 20 3 0 1
Trade '06 STASTNY, Yan C/L 5-10 195 09-30-82 Quebec, QC St. Louis NHL 3 1 0 1 + 1 0 0 0 0
Peoria AHL 31 7 10 17 - 4 35 3 0 1
F/A '07 TALBOT, Julian C/L 6-00 185 03-24-85 Wahnapitae, ON Peoria AHL 34 11 8 19 0 16 7 0 1
7 (202) '09 TARDY, Max C/R 6-00 188 10-27-90 Duluth, MN Tri-City USHL 28 9 15 24 - 4 22 7 0 1
## DEFENSEMEN Ps/Sh Ht Wt Birthdate Birthplace 2008-09 Club(s) League GP G A Pts +/- PIM PP SH GW
5 (125) '08 BERGLUND, Kristofer D/L 5-10 180 11-09-88 Umea, SWE Luleå HF SEL 35 4 6 10 - 6 14 1 0 0
1 (18) '07 COLE, Ian D/L 6-01 211 01-18-89 Ann Arbor, MI Notre Dame CCHA 18 1 9 10 - 2 33 0 0 1
F/A '08 CUNDARI, Mark D/L 5-10 200 04-23-90 Toronto, ON Windsor OHL 35 6 31 37 +34 85 3 0 2
4 (96) '07 FAIRCHILD, Cade D/L 5-10 190 01-15-89 Duluth, MN Minnesota WCHA 19 0 8 8 - 4 20 0 0 0
Trade '08 FAST, T.J. D/L 6-01 190 09-02-87 Calgary, AB Peoria AHL 5 0 0 0 - 1 2 0 0 0
Alaska ECHL 19 4 6 12 -12 14 2 0 1
7 (184) '06 HELLSTRÖM, Alex D/R 6-02 207 04-17-87 Falun, SWE Luleå HF SEL 25 1 1 2 - 6 75 0 0 0
3 (64) '06 JUNLAND, Jonas D/L 6-02 200 11-15-87 Linköping, SWE St. Louis NHL 1 0 0 0 0 - 2 0 0 0
Peoria AHL 36 9 17 26 +11 28 7 0 1
1 (4) '08 PIETRANGELO, Alex D/R 6-03 206 01-18-90 King City, ON St. Louis NHL 9 1 1 2 - 9 6 0 0 0
Canada U20 WJC 4 3 6 9 + 5 2 1 1 0
4 (48) '09 PONICH, Brett D/L 6-06 205 02-22-91 Edmonton, AB Portland WHL 40 1 9 10 + 1 58 0 0 0
Trade '08 RICHMOND, Danny D/L 6-00 192 08-01-84 Chicago, IL Peoria AHL 33 1 12 13 - 4 98 1 0 0
1 (17) '09 RUNDBLAD, David D/R 6-02 190 10-08-90 Lycksele, SWE Skellefteå AIK SEL 29 0 3 3 - 1 10 0 0 0
Sweden U20 WJC 4 0 2 2 + 6 0 0 0 0
6 (168) '09 SHIELDS, David D/R 6-03 216 01-27-91 Rochester, NY Erie OHL 39 5 7 12 - 4 26 5 0 0
F/A '08 STRACHAN, Tyson D/R 6-03 225 10-20-84 Melfort, SK St. Louis NHL 6 0 2 2 + 3 4 0 0 0
Peoria AHL 23 1 10 11 + 4 46 0 0 1
4 (94) '06 TUREK, Ryan D/R 6-00 185 09-22-87 Southfield, MI Alaska ECHL 28 1 4 5 + 2 38 0 0 1
F/A '07 WAGNER, Steve D/L 6-02 200 03-06-84 Grand Rapids, MN Peoria AHL 31 1 6 7 - 8 12 0 0 1
4 (95) '08 WARSOFSKY, David D/L 5-08 170 05-30-90 Weymouth, MA Boston University HEA 13 4 4 8 + 3 28 0 2 0
United States U20 WJC 5 0 2 2 + 7 6 0 0 0

 

Drafted GOALTENDERS Ps/Ct Ht Wt Birthdate Birthplace 2009-10 Club(s) League GP Mins GA SO GAA W L OL Shts Sv %
2 (34) '08 ALLEN, Jake G/L 6-02 175 08-07-90 Fredericton, NB Montreal QMJHL 23 1241 55 1 2.66 11 11 0 624 0.912
Canada U20 WJC 3 185 4 2 1.30 3 0 0 53 0.925
4 (106) '06 BERRA, Reto G/L 6-04 189 01-03-87 Bulach, SUI EHC Biel NL-A 8 ... ... .. 3.30 .. .. .. ... ...
3 (85) '05 BISHOP, Ben G/L 6-05 205 11-21-86 Denver, CO Peoria AHL 20 1224 53 0 2.60 12 6 2 561 0.906
7 (185) '08 KARPOWICH, Paul G/L 6-03 185 10-25-88 Thunder Bay, ON Clarkson ECAC 13 760 46 0 3.63 3 8 2 430 0.893
Trade TOIVONEN, Hannu G/L 6-02 200 05-18-84 Kalvola, FIN Peoria AHL 16 966 45 0 2.79 7 8 1 491 0.908

 

 

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"Game Time" takes a look at five of the Blues' prospects who have performed above and beyond the others over the last seven days.

Ben BISHOP Mark CUNDARI Trevor NILL Tyler SHATTOCK Julian TALBOT
Bishop (by Peoria Journal-Star) Cundari Nill Shattock Talbot
** 4 games played this week ** 3 games played this week ** 2 games played this week ** 4 games played this week ** 5 games played this week
** 242 mins, 10 GA, 2-1-1 ** 2 G, 4 A, even ** 1 G, 4 A, plus-5 ** 3 G, 3 A, minus-2 ** 4 G, 2 A, plus-3
** 2.48 GAA, 91.7% sv pct ** 0 PIM, 2 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 2 PIM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 6 PIM, 2 PP, 0 SH, 1 GW ** 6 PIM, 3 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW