Compiled by Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department
St. Louis Game Time PROSPECT SUNDAYS
A trade this week sent one overage defenseman out of the Blues' organization, and brought another back. Steve Wagner, a member of the organization for three seasons, was shipped to Pittsburgh for Nate Guenin. The two are of similar size, both 6' 2 with Guenin being slightly heavier at 210 compared to Wagner's 203, and both came up through the USHL to the college ranks before turning pro, but there the similarities end.
Guenin is 15 months older than Wagner (December 1982 vs. March 1984), and where Wagner is more an offensive-minded blueliner, Guenin is a physical, stay-at-home type. Wagner also has more NHL experience in fewer pro seasons, but Guenin has more pro playoff experience than Wagner, both players in the AHL.
Back in the system, one of the biggest prospect defenders on the roster shared the spotlight with one of the smaller prospects in the organization this week. 2008 first-rounder Alex Pietrangelo picked up four points in four games for OHL power Barrie as the Colts took home the "W" in three of four games this week. The 6' 3, 206-punder from King City, Ontario assisted on the game winning goal in Barrie's 4-1 win at Oshawa one week ago today, and picked up two helpers in the Colts' 7-2 rout of Peterborough on Feb. 11.
Not to be outdone, 5' 8, 170-pound David Warsofsky scored twice in three games this week, including his fourth shorthanded goal (which leads all NCAA Division I players) in Boston University's 4-3 loss to crosstown rival Boston College in the annual Beanpot Tournament on Feb. 8. In three games this week, Warsofsky also added an assist, four minutes in penalty time, and a plus-2
In the nets this week, top goalie prospect Jake Allen continues his strong play for QMJHL contender Drummondville. A 3-0-0 mark this week for Allen gives him wins in five of his last six starts for les Voltigeurs, and he has allowed just 11 goals on 156 shots in those six games for a 2.09 GAA and 92.9% save percentage over the last two weeks.
Collegian Paul Karpowich also had a solid week, picking up a pair of wins for Clarkson University vs. ECAC rivals Princeton and Quinnipiac. In 120 minutes of playing time, Karpowich allowed just four goals on 55 shots for a 2.00 GAA and a 92.7% save percentage.
In Peoria, Hannu Toivonen watched from the bench as Ben Bishop got the nod in all three Rivermen games this week. While Bishop didn't play terribly (8 GA, 2.73 GAA, 90.0% save percentage), the Rivermen dropped all three games -- a 4-2 loss on the road to the Chicago Wolves, and back-to-back home losses this weekend to San Antonio, 3-1 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday.
Once again, stats for Reto Berra remain buried in a secret Swiss bank account somewhere among the glaciers. A request of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation for information -- in German, no less -- has produced no reply as of yet.
Your Game Time weekly prospect statistics update after the jump...
|ST. LOUIS BLUES 2009-10 PROSPECT STATS as of 14 February 2010 -- DEFENSEMEN|
|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.|
|5 (125) '08||BERGLUND, Kristofer||D/L||5-10||180||11-09-88||Umea, SWE||Luleå HF||SEL||48||5||14||19||0||20||1||0||0|
|1 (18) '07||COLE, Ian||D/L||6-01||211||01-18-89||Ann Arbor, MI||Notre Dame||CCHA||24||3||12||15||- 9||43||1||0||1|
|F/A '08||CUNDARI, Mark||D/L||5-10||200||04-23-90||Toronto, ON||Windsor||OHL||54||8||42||50||+38||116||3||0||2|
|4 (96) '07||FAIRCHILD, Cade||D/L||5-10||190||01-15-89||Duluth, MN||Minnesota||WCHA||30||2||14||16||- 5||26||1||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|
|Trade '09||GUENIN, Nate||D/R||6-02||210||12-10-82||Sewickley, PA||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton||AHL||41||3||2||5||- 3||63||0||0||0|
|7 (184) '06||HELLSTRÖM, Alex||D/R||6-02||207||04-17-87||Falun, SWE||Luleå HF||SEL||38||1||1||2||-11||89||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|
|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||6||3||9||12||+ 9||14||1||1||0|
|4 (48) '09||PONICH, Brett||D/L||6-06||205||02-22-91||Edmonton, AB||Portland||WHL||55||1||12||13||0||83||0||0||0|
|Trade '08||RICHMOND, Danny||D/L||6-00||192||08-01-84||Chicago, IL||Peoria||AHL||50||1||15||16||-13||135||1||0||0|
|1 (17) '09||RUNDBLAD, David||D/R||6-02||190||10-08-90||Lycksele, SWE||Skellefteå AIK||SEL||40||1||9||10||+ 7||12||0||0||1|
|Sweden||U20 WJC||6||1||4||5||+ 9||2||1||0||0|
|6 (168) '09||SHIELDS, David||D/R||6-03||216||01-27-91||Rochester, NY||Erie||OHL||55||6||10||16||+ 1||30||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|
|4 (94) '06||TUREK, Ryan||D/R||6-00||185||09-22-87||Southfield, MI||Alaska||ECHL||40||2||5||7||- 1||52||0||0||1|
|4 (95) '08||WARSOFSKY, David||D/L||5-08||170||05-30-90||Weymouth, MA||Boston University||HEA||24||9||8||17||+ 8||38||2||4||1|
|United States||U20 WJC||7||0||2||2||+ 5||6||0||0||0|
|Acq'd||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|
|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||32||1885||87||0||2.77||15||13||3||878||0.901|
|7 (185) '08||KARPOWICH, Paul||G/L||6-03||185||10-25-88||Thunder Bay, ON||Clarkson||ECAC||24||1299||80||0||3.70||6||15||3||721||0.889|
|Trade '07||TOIVONEN, Hannu||G/L||6-02||200||05-18-84||Kalvola, FIN||Peoria||AHL||23||1331||62||0||2.80||9||11||2||648||0.904|