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Four Red Wings prospects chase Memorial Cup

Published Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:02 a.m. under 2012-13 RWC Reports
Andreas Athanasiou

Andreas Athanasiou (Credit: Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Four Detroit Red Wings prospects are left standing in the hunt for the Memorial Cup.

Right-winger Martin Frk of the nationally-second-ranked Halifax Mooseheads and defenseman Xavier Ouellet of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada are skating with two of the QMJHL’s final four teams, while center Alan Quine of the nationally-10th-ranked Belleville Bulls is set to square off against left-winger Andreas Athanasiou of the Barrie Colts in the OHL semifinals.

Frk is tied for 11th in QMJHL playoff scoring six goals and eight assists for 14 points in eight games — granted, five goals and three assists came in one game — while Ouellet is tied for second in QMJHL defense scoring with three goals and seven assists for 10 points in nine games.

Frk’s Mooseheads face the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies while Ouellet’s Armada are up against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

Athanasiou is having a great run, tied for seventh in OHL scoring with six goals and seven assists for 13 points in eight games, while Quine’s production has slipped slightly from his regular-season clip with three goals and five assists in 10 games.

Stephen Johnston was the last Red Wings prospect to win the Memorial Cup, accomplishing the feat in 2010 in Brandon, Man., before going unsigned and re-entering the draft. The last time a Red Wings prospect won the Memorial Cup before that was in 1996 when Philippe Audet and Frederic Deschenes did it with the Granby Predateurs in Peterborough, Ont.

NOTES: Center Calle Jarnkrok wrapped up his AHL stint with Grand Rapids, finishing with three assists in nine games. Not overwhelming numbers, but he’ll get a chance to show what he can do at the IIHF world championship next month. Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill told MLive.com Jarnkrok’s AHL stint was “a good eye-opener” for the 21-year-old to get a sense for “the speed and strength needed” in North America … Winger Tomas Tatar (Grand Rapids, AHL) has just a goal and two assists in his past nine games … Left-winger Gustav Nyquist, presently with the Red Wings, was named an AHL First-Team All-Star. He was leading the AHL in scoring at the time of his most recent recall with 60 points in 58 games … Winger Teemu Pulkkinen, whose Finnish SM-Liiga season is over, has joined the Griffins … The Griffins clinched a post-season spot last week, ending a three-year run of non-playoff finishes … Defenseman Nick Jensen (St. Cloud, NCAA) was named a NCAA West First-Team All-America. His Huskies lost to Quinnipiac in the Frozen Four semifinals last week.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Jarnkrok, Calle Grand Rapids AHL AHL 9 0 3 3 0 +3 10
Nyquist, Gustav Grand Rapids AHL AHL 58 23 37 60 34 +10 169
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL AHL 70 23 21 44 44 +5 150
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL AHL 36 10 17 27 55 +1 84
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL AHL 34 3 6 9 35 +6 39
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL AHL 37 2 4 6 23 +6 40
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 59 23 26 49 50 +8 202
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL AHL 66 10 20 30 34 +12 90
Nicastro, Max Grand Rapids AHL AHL 23 1 2 3 10 0 17
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL AHL 36 3 6 9 41 +1 28
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL AHL 70 16 19 35 33 +4 111
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL AHL 61 4 8 12 60 0 75
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL AHL 68 11 9 20 93 -4 130
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 71 13 14 27 22 +6 114
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL AHL 28 1 5 6 23 -2 22
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids AHL AHL 22 3 3 6 2 +2 24
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids AHL AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL ECHL 64 28 40 68 22 +6 260
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo ECHL ECHL 40 11 30 41 26 +17 113
Fournier, Gleason Toledo ECHL ECHL 15 1 0 1 12 +8 19
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL ECHL 19 14 16 30 6 +6 86
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud State WCHA NCAA 42 4 27 31 14 +19 76
Marshall, Ben Minnesota WCHA NCAA 40 8 11 19 20 +8 73
McKee, Mike Lincoln USHL USHL/JR-A 42 3 18 21 292 +15 60
De Haas, James Penticton BCHL USHL/JR-A 53 5 19 24 19
Frk, Martin Halifax QMJHL CHL 56 35 49 84 84 +31 180
Ouellet, Xavier Blainville-Boisbriand QMJHL CHL 50 10 31 41 44 +14 166
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 65 15 20 35 63 -1 139
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie OHL CHL 50 20 46 66 45 0
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 66 29 38 67 30 +13
Quine, Alan Belleville OHL CHL 52 23 44 67 30 +13
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver WHL CHL 18 8 14 22 16 +2
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current WHL CHL 72 7 21 28 105 -13
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL EUR 53 13 29 42 12 -2 136
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 53 2 24 26 34 +5 67
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN EUR 59 14 20 34 49 +5 260
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow KHL EUR 44 4 5 9 6 -2 46
Bodin, Rasmus Tranas SWE-3 EUR 6 0 3 3 0 -5
Bodin, Rasmus HV-71 SWE-J20 EUR-JR 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 50 25 18 5 1 3.53 .901
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 30 17 11 2 2 2.69 .902
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 4 0 3 0 0 4.32 .847
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 40 22 15 2 1 2.40 .913
Mrazek, Petr Toledo ECHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.02 .944
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 31 15 11 3 2 2.76 .899

SKATERS: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL ECHL 6 0 4 4 2 -4 6
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL ECHL 6 3 2 5 6 -1 26
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo ECHL ECHL 4 1 2 3 0 -3 17
Nicastro, Max Toledo ECHL ECHL 4 1 0 1 0 -2 3
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow KHL EUR 7 0 0 0 0 -1 5
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL EUR 4 0 0 0 6 -3 7
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 10 2 4 6 4 +6 15
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN EUR 6 2 3 5 2 +2 38
Frk, Martin Halifax QMJHL CHL 8 6 8 14 12 +5 40
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 9 6 1 7 6 +1 24
Ouellet, Xavier B.-Broisbriand QMJHL CHL 9 3 7 10 14 +9 26
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie OHL CHL 6 2 3 5 0 -4
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 8 6 7 13 0 +10
Quine, Alan Belleville OHL CHL 10 3 5 8 4 +8
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current WHL CHL 5 0 1 1 2 -2
De Haas, James Penticton BCHL USHL/JR-A 13 3 6 9 6
McKee, Mike Lincoln USHL USHL/JR-A 1 0 1 1 0 0 1

GOALIES: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L SO GAA SV%
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 4 2 0 1 1.95 .936
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 4 0 4 0 5.36 .860
12 Comments
  1. Scrottie McBoogerballs says:

    I thought Jurco won the Memorial Cup with St. Johns in 2011.

  2. shawn says:

    Great update. Thanks.

    I know we’re going to hear some crying about Järnkrok’s low numbers, but its really no worry. I’m glad that both he and Pulkkinen get a little sampling of the AHL before summer workouts begin. Good luck, boys. In the end, I suspect both will be in GR for.most of next year, but that isn’t a bad thing. With Nyquist, Andersson, and Tatar showing they’re already NHLers, it will be increasingly difficult to make the big club next year.

  3. Robert says:

    Thanks for the great update. I wait for it every week! It’s like Christmas every week for the wingsfan.

  4. admin says:

    Jurco had not been drafted by Detroit when he won the Memorial Cup.

  5. Huss says:

    No crying here. Jarnkrok did about as well as you’d expect from a 21 year old kid getting his first taste of North American pro hockey. His trajectory will hopefully look like Tatar’s when he transitioned from overseas: Rough first year in the AHL with signs of hope, then the big payoff should come the year or two after.

  6. Scrottie McBoogerballs says:

    Oh, ok. That makes sense. Thank you.

  7. Scrottie McBoogerballs says:

    I am starting to think Athanasiou was a huge steal in the 4th round. Big, fast and skilled. Pretty nice combination in a young prospect.

  8. ScottD says:

    It will be interesting to see Athanasiou have to play against Quine when the next round of OHL playoffs start. That has to be kind of weird for them. I also hope Pulkkinen gets in to some games in Grand Rapids. Hopefully he brings the wicked shot that made him popular in Finland.

  9. YVR says:

    @booger….I know you meant well and your heart is in the right place, but us (former—-born and raised) Maritimers get rightly po’ed when others mistakenly spell these cities: Saint John (where Jurco played) in in New Brunswick, and St.John’s is in Newfoundland. Note the difference in spelling.Class dismissed.

    p.s.—–years ago a soccer team from South America ended up in NFLD when they were supposed to play in NB (Saint John) all because of a typo. Go Wings.

  10. ScottD says:

    http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/article/hounds-sproul-ohl-defenceman-of-year

    I don’t know if anyone knew this but Sproul was elected defensemen of the year in the OHL! That is awesome. Congrats to Ryan

  11. shawn says:

    This award for Sproul is no small thing… the last few have been Marc Staal, Drew Doughty, Matt Ellis, Dougie Hamilton, oh, and Jake Muzzin who broke into the LA lineup with force this season. Sproul is the real deal folks.

  12. shawn says:

    Sorry, I meant Ryan Ellis (Nashville)..



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