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Prospect news: Smith scores, Zablocki gets in a fight and Cholowski’s WJC job isn’t done

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin didn't play in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-1 OT win over Sochi;

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Malte Setkov remains sideined from IK Pantern's lineup. IK Pantern won 3-2 in OT over IF Troja;

Mattias Elfstrom didn't register a point in Vasterviks IK's 2-0 win over Timra;

Gustav Lindstrom took a penalty in Almtuna IS's 4-2 win over Bjorkloven;

In the NCAA, Chase Perry stopped 11 of 13 shots for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers in mop-up duty, playing the 3rd period of Rensselaer's 6-3 loss to New Hampshire;

In the OHL, Givani Smith scored a goal on 5 shots as his Guelph Storm won 6-3 over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Kaden Fulcher stopped 22 of 28 shots for Hamilton, and Reilly Webb finished at -1 with 1 shot.

And in the WHL, Lane Zablocki finished at -1 with 2 shots and 7 penalty minutes--2 for slashing and 5 for fighting--in the Red Deer Rebels' 4-0 loss to Lethbridge.

Also in the WHL, Dennis Cholowski was named to Canada's World Junior Selection Camp roster, but Cholowski told the Prince George Citizen that he knows he's got to earn his spot on the final roster:

Cholowski will join 31 other players  and nine other defencemen at the camp, which starts next Tuesday and runs through Friday. He’s among 13 Western Hockey League players on the invitation list announced Wednesday afternoon.

“Hopefully I can make the team, said Cholowski, the Cougars’ captain. “It’s one of my main goals this year and hopefully I can get it done.

“My confidence is up. I’m skating around and making plays and hopefully that’s what got me an invite.”

Cholowski is on a point-per-game pace this season, with eight goals and 16 assists in 24 games, and ranks third in team scoring. He has a plus-five rating and has scored three power-play goals, second on the team only to winger Kody McDonald, who has five.

Cholowski has points in seven of his last nine games heading into Sunday’s game against the Victoria Royals. He will leave for Ontario the day after that game.

“We’re excited for Dennis and the opportunity for him to hopefully represent the Cougars and Canada at the world juniors,” said Cougars general manager Todd Harkins. “He’s not only one of our top players but also a great leader inside our dressing room. Dennis is a special talent and we couldn’t be happier to see him get the recognition he deserves.”

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It’s nice to see Cholowski playing such a key role in the WHL.

I have little idea how to evaluate those numbers, except that a point
per game pace for a defenseman in a tough, physical junior league
- even for a guy who’s had a year of college is encouraging.

Hopefully he will make the roster and we’ll be hearing good things
about his play against top international peers.

If a couple of these recent draft picks turn out to be even second pairing
offensive defenseman in the big leagues that’s definitely progress.

Posted by Lefty30 on 12/07/17 at 06:55 AM ET

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So much focus on Cholowski versus Chychrun. What many forget is that Dante Fabbro and Logan Stanley were also on the board for us. Will be interesting to see how Cholowski stacks up against them. I think Fabbro in particular has excelled. He made team Canada last year as an underager. No surprise that he was picked by Nashville…they seem to know what they are doing when it comes to drafting d-men.

In round 2, we pick Givani Smith, I guess because we needed another bottom-6 winger. Sigh. The very next pick was Nashville…they pick another d-man in Sam Girard, who is already playing in the NHL at age 19.

Posted by fatsavage on 12/07/17 at 10:31 AM ET

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High praise for Cholo. Good. I got tired of hearing about chick run last year and his bottom pair minutes, matchups, etc for the, now, 2nd worst team in the NHL (buffalo).

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/07/17 at 10:57 AM ET

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(buffalo).

...meaning that Buffalo is the worst team and Arizona is 2nd worst. Worded poorly.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/07/17 at 10:57 AM ET

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High praise for Cholo. Good. I got tired of hearing about chick run last year and his bottom pair minutes, matchups, etc for the, now, 2nd worst team in the NHL (buffalo).

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/07/17 at 10:57 AM ET

Pretty sure if Arizona selected Cholowski and we selected Chychrun…you’d be singing a different tune. How Kenny drafted a guy with size that was good enough to step in right away at age 18, competing and battling and grinding against men. While stupid Arizona selected a wimp playing in an inferior league and still waiting to shave.

But since it’s the other way around I guess we nitpick because he played bottom pair minutes. Oh the horror, an 18-year old rookie d-men didn’t step in and play top pair minutes. LOL.

Good organizations tend to do that. Take a look at how Tampa is using Sergachev. He’s playing bottom pair minutes too, even less than Chychrun last year.

How about Will Butcher in NJ. Guess what - bottom pair minutes, less than Chychrun last year.

Victor Mete in Montreal. Same draft year. Same thing.

Vince Dunn in St. Louis. Bottom pair minutes.

See a pattern? Teenage d-men tend to be brought along slowly. Having rookies like say a Hedman step in and play top pair minutes is pretty rare. Nobody ever claimed Chychrun would be the next Hedman. But many felt he was NHL-ready and could develop into a pretty solid top 4 guy. But I guess you’re not impressed…

Posted by fatsavage on 12/07/17 at 01:59 PM ET

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I have little idea how to evaluate those numbers,

Lefty,
Here’s the quick take on Jrs as I understand it. The Qmjhl is a high scoring league. The Ohl is a defensive league. The Whl has more scoring than the O but less than the Q. Cholo’s numbers for the W are good. What is better is the way he talks about his game.

What ever you do, don’t get caught up in assessing other NHL team’s picks at or around Detroit’s picks. This will drive you batty. Every team has years where they can say, if only we drafted this guy or that guy instead. Hindsight is…..well, pretty much what people say about hindsight….it’s meaningless. only an idiot would talk about who we missed out on….because everyone missed out on someone at sometime…..

If a couple of these recent draft picks turn out to be even second pairing
offensive defenseman in the big leagues that’s definitely progress.

Most anyone coming up to the Wings will be better than what they have now. Jensen has not lived up to all the praise everyone was giving him last season and XO….well, he’s good sometimes and not good others. In 7-8 years people will be calling him Errorson.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/07/17 at 02:18 PM ET

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Pretty sure if Arizona selected Cholowski and we selected Chychrun…you’d be singing a different tune.

yawn…I fell asleep there, sorry. Homer is singing cool! can I make a request?

How Kenny drafted a guy with size that was good enough to step in right away at age 18, competing and battling and grinding against men.

......AZ took a contract and has been in a constant state of rebuild since….well, since they had no ownership…..they always need guys who can step in. Kenny took advantage of that to get an extra chance at another pick. but, I will never expect you to understand that logic when all you can focus on was what wasn’t done….

I’m surprised you have pointed out Chychrun’s 80 goal pace right now, after one game played.

Good organizations tend to do that.
arrrrhhhhh!!!!!!!!! why hasn’t detroit ever drafted well!?!?!?!?!?!?!? ever!!!!! why!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!

See a pattern?
yes, but not the one you intended to show us.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/07/17 at 02:24 PM ET

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XO….well, he’s good sometimes and not good others. In 7-8 years people will be calling him Errorson.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/07/17 at 02:18 PM ET

If he’s still on the team in 7-8 years I will be very concerned.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 12/08/17 at 08:43 AM ET

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