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Game Time Prospect Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011

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By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department


01-04-10: Daryl Boyle, D, loaned to Alaska (ECHL) from Peoria.

01-07-10: T.J. Hensick, C, called up to St. Louis (NHL) from Peoria.

01-07-10: Adam Cracknell, RW, sent down from St. Louis (NHL) to Peoria.


None to report this week.


This picture pretty much says it all...

2011 WJC Tarasenko Russia

Congratulations to Vladimir Tarasenko and Team Russia for their amazing five-goal comeback in the third period to knock off favored Canada for the Gold medal at the 2011 U-20 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, NY.

Congratulations as well to prospects Sebastian Wännström, who along with Team Sweden lost the bronze medal game to Team USA, and Jaden Schwartz, who skated in two games for Team Canada before suffering an ankle injury that will keep him our of action for a minimum of six weeks.

Schwartz Tarasenko Wannstrom
Team Canada Team Russia Team Sweden
** 2 games played ** 7 games played ** 6 games played
** 1 G, 2 A, minus-1 ** 4 G, 7 A, plus-8 ** 2 G, 3 A, plus-1
** 0 PM, 1 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 0 PM, 1 PP, 0 SH, 2 GW ** 2 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 2 GW



The Featured Prospect Of The Week, University of Minnesota blueliner Cade Fairchild, as well as this week's "Fab Five" of players in the organization who are "Trending Up." Stay tuned...


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The Game Time Featured Prospect of the week for Jan. 9, 20110 is Cade Fairchild, native of "Dinkytown," Duluth, Minnesota, and defenseman for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Fairchild Prospect File

Here's Fairchild's bio from the University of Minnesota website:

2010-11 • Senior Season: Recorded an assist against Massachusetts (10/9) • blocked a team-high six shots against St. Cloud State (10/22) • registered five of team's 13 blocked shots at Colorado College (10/29) • took a team-high five shots, scored a shorthanded goal, had two assists and was +4 at Colorado College (10/30) • shorthanded goal was team's second of the year (Erik Haula at Colorado College on Oct. 29) • had an assist against Wisconsin (11/6) • was a team-high +4 and had two assists at Michigan Tech (11/19) • scored a power-play goal against Michigan State (11/26) • had a team-high five blocked shots and the secondary assist on team's first goal of the game against Michigan (11/28), a crisp blueline-to-blueline pass to Jacob Cepis to set up a two-on-one • took five shots and scored his third goal of the season at Minnesota State (12/4) • left Dec. 10 game against No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth with an upper-body injury and did not play Dec. 12 • blocked four shots against Union (12/31) • had one assist and a team-high five blocked shots against Ferris State (1/1).

2009-10 • Junior Season: Led team's defensemen in scoring for the second straight year and ranked fourth overall on the team while playing in all 39 games • ranked second on the team with 10 power play points • named to the all-tournament team at the Dodge Holiday Classic (1/2-3) • notched three points in series split against Bemidji State (11/14-15), including two assists in a 4-1 win • had three points in a series against Minnesota State (12/4-5) with two assists in a 6-2 victory • posted a power play goal in a 3-1 win over Harvard (1/9) • scored team's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to St. Cloud State (1/23) • had goals in back-to-back wins over Colorado College (2/20) and Minnesota Duluth (2/26) • delivered two assists in win over Wisconsin (3/7) • put seven shots on goal and earned an assist against Northern Michigan (1/3) • was paired with Aaron Ness for the final 25 games of the season • earned his third letter.

2008-09 • Sophomore Season: Appeared in 35 of 37 games and ranked fourth nationally among defensemen in scoring with nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points • named third-team All-American by Inside College Hockey • shared the team lead with 16 power play points and ranked second on the team with 24 assists • dished out four assists in a win over Minnesota State at the Xcel Energy Center (11/1) • had nine multiple-point games, including a goal and two assists in victory at St. Cloud State (1/17) • scored the team's lone goal in WCHA Final Five loss to Minnesota Duluth (3/19) • notched three assists in WCHA first round series sweep of St. Cloud State (3/13-14) • scored his nine goals over nine different games • put shots on goal in every game, including six shots in games against Michigan Tech (11/15) and Minnesota State (1/30) • had a plus-seven rating over the last six games of the season • competed for the U.S. under-20 national team at the IIHF World Junior championships (12/26-1/3) for the second straight year • had a goal and three assists in six games at the World Juniors and was the U.S. team’s player of the game against Kazakhstan • paired with R.J. Anderson for the majority of the season • earned his second letter.

2007-08 • Freshman Season: Competed in 40 games and ranked second among team’s defensemen in scoring with two goals and 13 assists for 15 points • only Gopher player named to the WCHA All-Rookie team • selected to the Inside College Hockey freshman All-American team • scored 10 of his 13 points in the first 15 games of the season • totaled a goal and two assists for a team season-high three points in 5-3 win over Minnesota State (11/10) • had two assists in 4-4 tie against Wisconsin (2/23) • notched assists in WCHA Final Five games against St. Cloud State (3/20) and Denver (3/22) • had points in first two collegiate games with an assist against Michigan (10/13) and goal at Colorado College (10/19) • collected assists on both goals in a 4-2 loss to Alaska Anchorage (11/17) • had assists in each game of College Hockey Showcase (11/23-24) • competed for the U.S. under-20 national team at the IIHF World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic (12/26-1/5), totaling one assist in the tournament • paired with Stu Bickel for the majority of the season • earned his first letter.

HIGH SCHOOL: Spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. • had totals of 3-16--19 and 40 penalty minutes in 40 games in 2006-07 with the NTDP Under-18 Team • helped the U.S. National Under-18 Team to the silver medal at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sweden • competed with the NTDP Under-17 Team in 2005-06, posting totals of 10-16--26 and 16 penalty minutes in 68 games • Won gold with the U.S. National Under-18 Team at the 2006 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sweden • graduate of Ann Arbor Huron High School • played his prep hockey at Duluth East High School during his freshman and sophomore seasons • head coach was Mike Randolph • helped the Greyhounds to third place in the 2005 Minnesota State High School Class AA Tournament • was named to the All-Tournament team after posting totals of 0-4--4 in three games • finished second on the team in scoring with 10-30--40 in 31 games as a sophomore in 2004-05 • helped the team to a 19-12-0 record • had totals of 1-8--9 as a freshman • drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the 96th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft • participated in the 2007 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp • will become the first native of Duluth to wear the Maroon and Gold since forward Chad Roberg in 2002-03 and defenseman Nick Angell in 2001-02.

PERSONAL: Business and Marketing Education major • lists playing guitar and golf as hobbies • son of Pat and Christine Fairchild • born January 15, 1989.


In the featured video of the week, Fairchild talks with "Gopher Sports Spotlight" about his role as a senior leader, and about playing arch-rival Wisconsin. The interview is from early November 2010, and you'll have to sit through a 25-second commercial for having Gopher sports updates sent live to your cell phone...

In the "Inside College Hockey" 2008-09 Preview, Fairchild's on-ice vision and "his ability to find teammates to feed" with passes drew praise. He has won gold with Team USA in the 2006 U-18 World Juniors (alongside Erik Johnson and Chicago's Patrick Kane), silver with the U-18 squad in 2007, and finished out of the medal picture with the U-20 squad in 2008 and 2009.

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Cole Hensick Nikitin Shattock
Peoria (AHL) Peoria (AHL) Peoria (AHL) Peoria (AHL) Peoria (AHL)
** 3 games played this week ** 3 games played this week ** 1 game played this week ** 3 games played this week ** 3 games played this week
** 0 G, 2 A, plus-2 ** 2 G, 1 A, plus-3 ** 0 G, 3 A, plus-1 ** 0 G, 5 A, even ** 1 G, 1 A, plus-3
** 9 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 2 PM, 0 PP, 1 SH, 0 GW ** 0 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 2 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW ** 0 PM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 1 GW