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by George Malik on 11/25/13 at 12:36 PM ET
Amongst today's prospect news: The Grand Rapids Griffins appear to have a new video coordinator, but Griffvision's still trying new and intriguing ways of providing insights into the Griffins' players personalities.
Today, they send a very junior reporter into the Griffins' locker room...
The Griffins very literally had Mitchell Callahan, Triston Grant, Riley Sheahan and Ryan Sproul "play as themselves" during an NHL 14 "Showdown"...
But let's just say that Sheahan won't ever be proficient in Swedish...
And Andrej Nestrasil offers possibly the best excuse ever for not taking part in a spelling bee whose target is trying to make fun of players who can't spell P-U-L-K-K-I-N-E-N:
The Griffins have a "light week" ahead, with Friday and Saturday home tilts against the Texas Stars on tap, and they won't play again until they host the Rochester Americans on December 6th and 7th (i.e. the following weekend).
In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye's roster now includes Trevor Parkes (who leads the team with 10 goals, 7 assists and 17 total points registered over the course of only 14 games played), forwards Martin Frk, Marek Tvrdon and Louis-Marc Aubry, defensemen Max Nicastro and Nick Jensen and of course goaltender Jared Coreau.
The Walleye are busier this week, hosting the South Carolina Stingrays on Wednesday and Friday before heading to lovely Wheeling, West Virginia for a road tilt against the Nailers on Saturday. The Walleye's "Fish Tales" blog's Andi Roman posited what amounts to a weekly press release's worth of Walleye news and notes:
Week in Review: Toledo exploded offensively Saturday night in a 6-2 win over Evansville in the only game of the week for Toledo. Forward Trevor Parkes led the charge for the Walleye with a pair of goals and an assist on another.
Offense is Alive: The Walleye have scored 14 goals over the last three games with a record of 1-1-1 in those games. Toledo had scored just 13 goals in the previous five contests (2-3-0).
Packing the House: Saturday night’s crowd of 8,000 was the third sellout this season for the Walleye in just five home contests. Toledo is third in the ECHL in average attendance with 6,985 fans per contest.
A Couple of Firsts: Goaltender Jared Coreau turned aside 42 of 44 shots Saturday night to collect his first professional win. Coreau was 0-3-2 in his first five starts with the Walleye. Defenseman CJ Chartrain scored his first professional goal Saturday night. The 6 goals scored Saturday night was a new season high for the Walleye in goals scored for a game. The previous high was 4, set a few different times this season.
Gametime: Toledo gets back into the swing of things with three games coming during the holiday week. Wednesday and Friday night the Walleye host the South Carolina Stingrays for a pair of games. Toledo was 0-2-0 against the Stingrays last season, being outscored by a total of 5-1 in those games. Saturday night, the Walleye head to Wheeling to take on the Nailers for the second time this season. Toledo won the first meeting 2-0 on October 26.
Promotions: Come celebrate the Holiday with the Walleye! Wednesday night features the Campbell’s Soup Thanksgiving Food Drive. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the game. That night features the annual Turkey Hat Drop happening after the first intermission! Friday is Black Friday with the Walleye with deals all throughout the Huntington Center during the game. The Cody Lampl bobblehead will be the feature giveaway for the first two thousand fans through the doors presented by Huntington Bank and Buckeye CableSystem. The first Hockey and Hops Beer Tasting event is also on Friday with a Postgame Party with the Players following the game!
And if you live in Canada, you should be able to watch Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson start for the Ontario Hockey League's second team of "Stars" who will be battling a colletion of Russian juniors in the "Subway Super Series" tonight at 7 PM (the game takes place in Oshawa, ON and will air on Sportsnet).
Wings prospect and Owen Sound Attack captain Zach Nastasiuk won't be taking part in the second OHL game, but he did take part in the first one (not registering a point in a surprising 5-2 OHL loss to Russia), and he spoke with Hockey's Future's Ken McKenna prior to his skate with the OHL team:
After being one of the better teams in the OHL the past three seasons, the Owen Sound Attack have fallen back slightly so far in 2013-14, currently sitting one game above .500 while standing fourth in the OHL's Midwest Division. The loss of players such as Jordan Binnington, Cody Ceci, and Daniel Catenacci has left the Attack with a younger and more inexperienced squad, a main reason for the that club's move to the middle of the pack.
With the influx of youth onto the Attack roster, one of the “elder” statesmen for that club is right wing Zach Nastasiuk. Although Nastasiuk doesn't turn 19 until March, he nevertheless finds himself in the role of having to be an example for the players getting their first taste of full-time OHL action.
For his part, Nastasiuk has turned in a solid season to date. In 25 games, he has scored nine goals and added 12 assists for 21 points. Over the course of a 68-game season, that would translate to a 57-point campaign, which would be a 17-point improvement over his 2012-13 totals. The Detroit Red Wings prospect's good work this season has not gone unnoticed as he was chosen to play for Team OHL at the 2013 Subway Super Series.
Nastasiuk may not work his way back into Hockey Canada's good graces--unlike Canadian World Junior Championship shoo-ins Anthony Mantha and Paterson, Nastasiuk may be passed over for the sake of more offensively-talented players, but he's sure working his ass off in Owen Sound.
The Wings signed Nastasiuk early because Nastasiuk took the team's strong suggestion that he work on his skating incredibly seriously.
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