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Offensive-minded Marshall passes first test

Published Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 10:04 p.m. under 2010-11 RWC Reports
Ben Marshall

Ben Marshall (Credit: Robert J. Meyer)

Ben Marshall looks ready for college hockey.

The 18-year-old defenseman recently wrapped up a successful season with the Omaha Lancers, making the United States Hockey League’s all-rookie team after asserting himself as one of the top offensive blueliners in the junior circuit.

Marshall, who will take his game to the NCAA level next season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, posted 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points in 56 games, sixth among all defenders.

“He thinks the game very well with the puck and is extremely effective on the power play,” said Red Wings scout David Kolb. “Very good hands and instincts.”

The Red Wings drafted the 5-foot-9 170-pounder in the seventh round (201st overall) out of Mahtomedia High School in Minnesota, where he was a scoring sensation but didn’t need to take much care in the defensive zone.

In the USHL, he’s become less one-dimensional and finished tied for 10th in the league with a plus-20 rating.

“His size will always be an issue but I have more confidence in his ability to play a complete game after seeing the strides he made this season,” Kolb said. “His defensive game came a long way.”

As Kolb put it, Marshall will “never be mistaken for a defensive defensemen,” and that’s OK — the Red Wings drafted him for his dynamic offensive upside in the hopes he might turn into another John-Michael Liles.

There are openings on Minnesota’s blue line next season, so Marshall could get a chance for ice time right away with the Golden Gophers.

“I feel confident that Ben has the skill, creativity, swagger and drive to have a shot at playing pro hockey down the road despite his size, but like most kids his age he needs to add a lot of strength,” Kolb said. “Ben’s progress in the weight room over the next four years will likely go a long way in determining how far he is able to go as a hockey player.”

NOTES: Left-winger Dick Axelsson is making plenty of headlines in Sweden, mostly hemming and hawing over where he’ll play next season. If RWC’s betting, it won’t be in Detroit — his act just doesn’t seem like it would fly with Mike Babcock … The Red Wings don’t have any prospects still active. Several have chances at jobs at the IIHF world championship and others might get the call if injuries strike during the Red Wings’ playoff run … This is the last RWC Report of the 2010-11 season, but check back soon for our end-of-season ranking and draft coverage in June.

Following is this week’s statistical report.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Nestrasil, Andrej P.E.I. QMJHL 58 19 51 70 40 +13 160
Fournier, Gleason Rimouski QMJHL 57 12 32 44 58 -4 106
Aubry, Louis-Marc Montreal QMJHL 35 13 12 25 26 +8 98
Parkes, Trevor Montreal QMJHL 60 33 29 62 32 +26 210
Ferraro, Landon Everett WHL 41 10 17 27 51 -1
Callahan, Mitchell Kelowna WHL 62 23 31 54 87 +4
Macek, Brooks Tri-City WHL 63 13 28 41 36 -13
Stolyarov, Gennady Dynamo Msk KHL 20 2 4 6 23 -8 32
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN 55 18 36 54 32 +23
Almquist, Adam HV-71 SEL 52 0 16 16 32 +20 62
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL 49 11 16 27 4 -3 77
Axelsson, Dick Farjestad SEL 47 15 15 30 126 +4 90
Axelsson, Anton Timra SEL 28 5 8 13 4 -2 25
Samuelsson, Jesper Vita Hasten SWE-3 31 10 23 33 41 +25 99
Smith, Brendan Grand Rapids AHL 63 12 20 32 124 +7 114
Mursak, Jan Grand Rapids AHL 54 13 22 35 35 +17 129
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL 70 24 33 57 45 +14 163
Pare, Francis Grand Rapids AHL 80 24 30 54 49 -18 225
Ehrhardt, Travis Grand Rapids AHL 52 4 11 15 36 0 56
Pyett, Logan Grand Rapids AHL 74 9 13 22 38 -8 144
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL 79 7 15 22 30 0 107
Emmerton, Cory Grand Rapids AHL 65 12 26 38 26 -1 127
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids AHL 25 0 5 5 8 -7 42
Kolosov, Sergei Grand Rapids AHL 56 0 1 1 48 -19 51
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL 37 0 3 3 25 -5 27
Owens, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 60 6 14 20 101 -12 95
Filppula, Ilari Grand Rapids AHL 76 20 44 64 24 0 133
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL 67 8 5 13 17 -3 74
Piche, Sebastien Grand Rapids AHL 11 0 2 2 13 -4 15
Nyquist, Gustav Grand Rapids AHL 8 1 3 4 2 +1 14
Piche, Sebastien Toledo ECHL 48 12 21 33 52 -4 169
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL 36 9 11 20 4 -2 129
Rufenach, Bryan Toledo ECHL 6 1 1 2 4 +8 11
Lashoff, Brian Toledo ECHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1 10
Nyquist, Gustav Maine NCAA 36 18 33 51 20 0 140
Nicastro, Max Boston U. NCAA 38 5 4 9 59 -9 44
Oslund, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 30 3 1 4 10 -2 50
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 38 5 18 23 18 -5 58
Sheahan, Riley Notre Dame NCAA 40 5 17 22 28 -6 103
Rufenach, Bryan Clarkson NCAA 33 4 6 10 14 -1 94
Cayer, Julien Clarkson NCAA 25 3 5 8 22 +3 28
Marshall, Ben Omaha USHL 56 11 21 32 34 +20 142

SKATERS: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Axelsson, Dick Farjestad SEL 14 4 6 10 24 +2 30
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL 3 3 0 3 2 +1 7
Almquist, Adam HV-71 SEL 2 0 0 0 0 -2 3
Nestrasil, Andrej P.E.I. QMJHL 6 1 5 6 2 +3 18
Fournier, Gleason Rimouski QMJHL 4 1 1 2 12 -1 10
Aubry, Louis-Marc Montreal QMJHL 10 5 1 6 2 -3 35
Parkes, Trevor Montreal QMJHL 10 6 3 9 12 +1 50
Callahan, Mitchell Kelowna WHL 10 5 4 9 17 +2
Ferraro, Landon Everett WHL 4 0 3 3 13 -2
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN 3 0 1 1 0 0
Marshall, Ben Omaha USHL 3 0 1 1 0 -3 10

GOALIES: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 52 33 15 3 2 2.84 .920
Larsson, Daniel HV-71 SEL 46 2 2.51 .917
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 22 6 12 2 1 3.33 .879
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 8 3 4 1 1 4.13 .883
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 44 20 15 5 1 2.89 .908
McCollum, Thomas Toledo ECHL 23 11 9 2 3 2.76 .909

GOALIES: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L SO GAA SV%
Larsson, Daniel HV-71 SEL 2 0 2.58 .894
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 2 0 1 0 6.96 .852

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3 Comments
  1. Joakim says:

    Thank you for so many great RWC reports in the 2010-2011 season. You’re the best, Matthew Wuest.

    And Go Ben Marshall! – You’ll do great in college.

  2. dean martin says:

    Tks RWC for the weekly prospect story and stats….enjoy very much….

  3. randy says:

    best site on the web for a red wings fan. you guys are great, keep the prospects coming!



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