With injuries no longer slowing him down, Julien Cayer is starting to show what he can do as a college senior.
The Clarkson Golden Knights center has already set a career-high in goals just 10 games into the NCAA campaign, scoring five times and adding an assist. He’s never had more than four goals or 10 points, both marks set as a freshman in 2008-09.
A variety of injuries forced him to sit out 35 of Clarkson’s 109 games over three seasons since the Detroit Red Wings drafted him out of prep school in the fifth round (151st overall) in 2008.
“Things have been going well,” the 22-year-old told the Watertown Times in an interview last month. “I came (to training camp) in great shape and that’s the major difference (from) previous years. I worked really hard this summer. I came in ready and mentally strong. I’m off to a good start here and I’ll just try to keep it going.”
Cayer is down to his last chance to earn a contract with the Red Wings, who hold his signing rights until August 2012. Should they opt not to get him under contract, he will become a free agent.
The Red Wings coveted Cayer on draft day for his impressive 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame as well as his willingness to play with a chip on his shoulder. He was a big scorer during his prep-school days in Northwood, N.Y., and his skating, physical game and hard shot were attributes that had scouts projecting him as a third- or fourth-line role player.
If Cayer continues to avoid the injury bug, he’ll at least give the Red Wings pause for thought with regard to a contract. He might even surpass his career totals as a senior. In his first three seasons at Clarkson, he had nine goals and 14 assists in 74 games.
NOTES: Defenseman Max Nicastro (Boston U., NCAA) sat out a weekend game for skipping classes, according to Boston University’s Daily Free Press … Center Landon Ferraro (Grand Rapids, AHL) is back from a concussion while blueliner Travis Ehrhardt remains sidelined with a shoulder injury … Left-winger Dick Axelsson (MoDo, Swedish Elite League) is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia … Defenseman Alexei Marchenko (CSKA Moscow, KHL) is out indefinitely after having knee surgery and will not represent Russia at the IIHF world junior championship as a result … Forward Philippe Hudon (Cornell, NCAA) has taken a personal leave from Cornell, according to the school’s athletic department, and is no longer listed on the Big Red’s roster … Defenseman Xavier Ouellet (Montreal, QMJHL) suited up for Team QMJHL in a 2-0 loss to Russia on Monday in the opener of the Subway Super Series … Forward Gustav Nyquist (Grand Rapids, AHL) was sent back down to the farm after a one-game NHL stint. He was held off the scoresheet in both AHL games he played after the demotion.
Following is this week’s statistical report.
SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT
|Coetzee, Willie||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||11||4||1||5||5||0||33|
|Ferraro, Landon||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||5||0||1||1||2||-2||1|
|Nyquist, Gustav||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||11||4||5||9||2||+1||29|
|Tatar, Tomas||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||11||2||3||5||2||-2||35|
|Andersson, Joakim||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||11||0||6||6||6||0||11|
|Aubry, Louis-Marc||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||8||0||0||0||4||-2||13|
|Callahan, Mitchell||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||7||0||0||0||32||-3||8|
|Ehrhardt, Travis||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||3||0||0||0||9||-1||5|
|Lashoff, Brian||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||11||0||0||0||2||-4||6|
|Pare, Francis||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||11||0||2||2||2||-3||27|
|Parkes, Trevor||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||10||0||1||1||0||0||13|
|Raedeke, Brent||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||11||1||0||1||1||6||11|
|Smith, Brendan||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||8||0||2||2||20||0||15|
|Piche, Sebastien||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||4||0||0||0||7||-1||3|
|Pyett, Logan||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||11||0||2||2||6||0||21|
|Nestrasil, Andrej||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||6||2||1||3||0||-1||8|
|Nedomlel, Richard||Swift Current||JR||WHL||18||3||10||13||25||-11||N/A|
|Sproul, Ryan||Sault Ste. Marie||JR||OHL||19||3||10||13||15||+13||N/A|
|Jurco, Tomas||Saint John||JR||QMJHL||16||9||13||21||17||+18||58|
|Jensen, Nick||St. Cloud State||COL||NCAA||10||1||7||8||2||+8||15|
|Nicastro, Max||Boston U.||COL||NCAA||6||0||1||1||8||0||7|
|Sheahan, Riley||Notre Dame||COL||NCAA||7||1||7||8||10||+1||22|
|Marchenko, Alexei||CSKA Moscow||EUR||KHL||4||0||0||0||2||-3||2|
GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT
|Pearce, Jordan||Grand Rapids||AHL||4||0||2||0||0||4.44||.852|