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Paterson puts himself in the spotlight

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 11:22 p.m. under 2012-13 RWC Reports
Jake Paterson

Jake Paterson (Credit: Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Jake Paterson has put himself in the spotlight after cracking Canada’s world junior team.

The 18-year-old, just the ninth goaltender selected in the 2012 NHL draft, will start the IIHF world junior championship on Dec. 26 as the third-string goaltender behind 19-year-olds Malcolm Subban and Jordan Binnington.

Unheralded as a third-round, 80th-overall pick, the Saginaw Spirit stopper has made an impression on Canadian observers as the potential starter in 2014.

“He’s rock solid — he makes good saves, he makes spectacular saves, he doesn’t get out of position and he plays a real steady game,” said TSN analyst Ray Ferraro, a former NHL 40-goal scorer. “He’s a bit of an underdog … but he’s a battler who competes really hard.”

Paterson’s stats don’t exactly jump off the page. He’s 17th in the Ontario Hockey League with a 3.49 goals-against average, while his .901 save percentage ranks 20th and his 11 wins 17th.

But the Spirit are the fourth-worst team in the OHL with a 14-16-3-2 record, so being on a weak squad has affected his statistics.

NOTES: Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told MLive.com that AHL forwards Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson and defenseman Brendan Smith are “ready to go” in the NHL when the lockout ends. He also mentioned Brian Lashoff and Adam Almquist as being next in line on the defensive depth chart … On goaltender Petr Mrazek, Babcock told MLive.come, “I like that he wins, real simple for me.” … Defenseman Xavier Ouellet will also play for Team Canada at the world junior, but blueliner Ryan Sproul was cut. Winger Martin Frk has cracked the Czech Republic’s roster for a third straight year, although he didn’t play last season because of a concussion … Forward Riley Sheahan (Grand Rapids, AHL) has pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .17.

Following is this week’s statistical report.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEVEL LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL PRO 24 8 9 17 23 +3 53
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL PRO 23 6 7 13 47 -4 55
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL PRO 19 3 3 6 9 +2 19
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL PRO 23 1 4 5 2 +4 21
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 24 11 10 21 19 +2 73
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL PRO 21 3 6 9 10 +1 26
Nicastro, Max Grand Rapids AHL PRO 5 1 0 1 0 +2 3
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL PRO 14 1 3 4 10 0 8
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL PRO 22 4 4 8 16 +5 34
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL PRO 24 1 3 4 21 +1 32
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL PRO 19 1 2 3 52 0 16
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 24 4 3 7 12 -4 33
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL PRO 3 0 0 0 4 0 1
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL PRO 27 14 12 26 8 0 114
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo ECHL PRO 27 7 17 24 16 +9 70
Fournier, Gleason Toledo ECHL PRO 9 0 0 0 4 +4 9
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud State WCHA NCAA 18 1 13 14 8 +5 27
Marshall, Ben Minnesota WCHA NCAA 17 3 4 7 6 +6 28
McKee, Mike Lincoln USHL/JR-A USHL 18 2 5 7 160 +4 30
De Haas, James Penticton USHL/JR-A BCHL 30 4 13 17 15
Frk, Martin Halifax CHL QMJHL 28 13 25 38 52 +9 87
Ouellet, Xavier Blainville-Boisbriand CHL QMJHL 26 5 20 25 30 +9 94
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville CHL QMJHL 33 6 9 15 36 +2 67
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie CHL OHL 18 5 18 23 25 +1
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie CHL OHL 33 16 22 38 18 +12
Quine, Alan Peterborough CHL OHL 21 8 13 21 12 -14
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver CHL WHL 18 8 14 22 16 +2
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current CHL WHL 38 0 15 15 68 -8
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas EUR SEL 32 10 18 28 6 -1 89
Backman, Mattias Linkoping EUR SEL 31 0 14 14 20 +3 35
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit EUR FIN 33 7 8 15 41 +2 147
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR KHL 31 4 3 7 4 +1 27
Bodin, Rasmus HV-71 EUR-JR SWE-J20 13 0 1 1 10 -1 11

GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 28 11 12 3 1 3.49 .901
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 11 6 4 1 1 2.70 .900
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 3 0 3 0 0 4.38 .847
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 11 7 3 0 0 2.31 .915
Mrazek, Petr Toledo ECHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.02 .944
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 11 8 3 0 0 2.40 .909
92 Comments
  1. ScottD says:

    Did people see the Rockford/Grand Rapids game over the weekend? It was great to see those guys stand up for themselves but it also looked like Sheahan and Mrazek both got their butts kicked. Also Pare looked like he tood a couple cheap shots by McArdle. He looked like he gave a bunch of cheap shots on a few other guys. I hope these kids learn to fight a little better because this could be the future of the Blackhawks Redwings rivalry.

  2. Rick says:

    I saw several people comment saying that the Wings have a lot of talent coming up…where exactly do you see that? Tatar, Andersson, Nyquist, Mursak none of these guys will ever be more than a third line player in the NHL. Brunner seems to be adjusting quite well he isn’t really lighting up the lamp but he is holding his own and will hopefully get better with time. As for the Wings as a whole…i don’t think they are even playoff contenders let alone Stanley Cup contenders right now and i doubt that they will be Cup contenders any time in the near future.



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