Most looked at Richard Nedomlel’s breakthrough scoring totals last season and saw them as nothing but a positive. But the 46-point campaign with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos didn’t come without a price.
“Last year, he put up great numbers, but at the same time, it took away from his defense a bit,” said Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fishcer.
The point production was obviously nice to see, but the Red Wings didn’t draft him for that. At 6-foot-4 and 202 pounds, the Red Wings loved his tough, stay-at-home style, and selected him in the sixth round, 175th overall, in 2011, despite the fact he had no goals and just 10 assists in 66 games as a WHL rookie.
“The reason why he got drafted was because he was in people’s faces and he played hard and he can move the puck and take care of the D-zone,” Fischer said. “Our organizational message to him (in the summer) was to be better defensively this year than he was last year.”
The 19-year-old is an assistant captain with the Broncos this season and has no goals and 10 assists along with a minus-3 rating in 20 games. Swift Current is 9-9-3-2, sixth in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.
NOTES: Forward Riley Sheahan (Grand Rapids, AHL) was arrested and charged with driving with blood-alcohol content of .17 or higher after being stopped going the wrong way on a Grand Rapids street on Oct. 29, according to MLive.com. He pleaded not guilty on Nov. 6, according to the report. The report also says team disciplinary action was also taken on Sheahan, although no details are available … Defenseman Mike McKee (Lincoln, USHL) has a league-leading 92 penalty minutes through nine games. To do the math for you, that pro-rates to a ridiculous 838 minutes over an 82-game schedule … Defenceman Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) finished the Subway Super Series with two goals, an assist and a minus-2 rating in two games for Team QMJHL, while goaltender Jake Paterson (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) stopped eight on nine shots faced in a half a game of duty … Forward Marek Tvrdon (Vancouver, WHL) is out indefinitely with an arm infection after producing 22 points in 18 games. Fischer said Tvrdon had a slow start to the season because he was adjusting to life without high-scoring linemate Brendan Gallagher.
Following is this week’s statistical report.
SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT
|Ferraro, Landon||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||13||5||5||10||10||+4||25|
|Andersson, Joakim||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||12||4||5||9||16||+1||32|
|Parkes, Trevor||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||13||3||2||5||9||0||13|
|Lashoff, Brian||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||12||0||3||3||0||0||13|
|Nyquist, Gustav||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||13||6||9||15||4||+9||39|
|Smith, Brendan||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||13||3||5||8||10||+5||36|
|Tatar, Tomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||13||5||7||12||10||+6||38|
|Almqvist, Adam||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||10||2||4||6||8||0||12|
|Nicastro, Max||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||4||0||0||0||0||+1||2|
|Raedeke, Brent||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||9||1||3||4||6||0||4|
|Sheahan, Riley||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||11||3||1||4||2||0||14|
|Aubry, Louis-Marc||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||13||1||1||2||23||0||8|
|Callahan, Mitchell||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||8||0||1||1||13||0||3|
|Jurco, Tomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||13||1||2||3||2||-6||12|
|Fournier, Gleason||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||3||0||0||0||4||0||1|
|Jensen, Nick||St. Cloud State||WCHA||NCAA||10||0||8||8||4||-1||18|
|De Haas, James||Penticton||USHL/JR-A||BCHL||17||3||7||10||6||–||–|
|Sproul, Ryan||Sault Ste. Marie||CHL||OHL||7||1||8||9||12||+5||–|
|Nedomlel, Richard||Swift Current||CHL||WHL||20||0||10||10||40||-3||–|
|Marchenko, Alexei||CSKA Moscow||EUR||KHL||21||4||2||6||4||+3||15|
GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT
|McCollum, Thomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||6||3||2||1||0||3.09||.886|
|Pearce, Jordan||Grand Rapids||AHL||3||0||3||0||0||4.38||.847|
|Mrazek, Petr||Grand Rapids||AHL||4||4||0||0||0||1.71||.940|