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2011-12 Prospect Thread

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Regarding the Merrill situation, I haven't been able to find any sort of update since 11/1. All I know is that he was allowed back at practice but his suspension was moved from 12 games to indefinite.

"The initial suspension was in concrete - it was a dedicated suspension to so many games and so much time - and in further discussions, we changed that to an indefinite suspension, which means it's going to be longer," head coach Red Berenson said.

"There is no game we can point at and say he'll be back. But what we have done is we've put him back on the ice and he's practicing with the team."

Merrill was suspended Oct. 1 for violating team rules. At the time of his suspension, he was to sit out the first 12 games of the season, and would be eligible to return Nov. 18 when U-M hosted Ohio State. However, that date was never set in stone, and sources have told TheWolverine.com they expect the game suspension to last through Christmas.

"I'm looking for him to live up to everything he and I have agreed to, and when he does all that, then we can take that to the athletic director, and we'll see where we are," Berenson said.

At first I figured he wasn't playing right away due to conditioning but now I'm starting to worry he is going to miss nearly half the season and be left off the US world junior team. From a hockey development standpoint, I wish he bolted to play with Wedgewood in Plymouth. I felt like that could've been a great step for him before going pro after this year which now I think isn't a sure thing.

I have plenty of buddies who scout OHL. I'll ask one of them for their opinions of him. From what I gather his skating still needs work and his consistency could be better.

That would be awesome man, I appreciate it!

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I'm starting to become more and more concerned with what exactly took place that resulted in this suspension on top of the fact that he's losing a lot of playing time and thus hurting his development as well. I mean, what could he have done that "violated team rules" to get him suspended indefinitely? Especially with what Berenson said about him 'living up to what he and I agreed to' or whatever. That just doesn't sound good to me....

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Sunday 11/20

NCAA:

North Dakota lost to Bemidji State 1-0

Derek Rodwell (RW): E, 4 Shots

Swiss-A:

HC Lugano defeated SCL Tigers 2-1

Mauro Jörg (RW): Goal (PP), E, 2 Shots

You can see Jörg's goal in the beginning of this highlight video.

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I'm starting to become more and more concerned with what exactly took place that resulted in this suspension on top of the fact that he's losing a lot of playing time and thus hurting his development as well. I mean, what could he have done that "violated team rules" to get him suspended indefinitely? Especially with what Berenson said about him 'living up to what he and I agreed to' or whatever. That just doesn't sound good to me....

we know three things:

A: he didn't get kicked off the team

B: he didn't leave michigan

C: he's not being charged with any sort of crime

it's worrisome, but i can't imagine it's something that can't be either overcome or overlooked at the pro level.

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we know three things:

A: he didn't get kicked off the team

B: he didn't leave michigan

C: he's not being charged with any sort of crime

it's worrisome, but i can't imagine it's something that can't be either overcome or overlooked at the pro level.

That's why it confuses me a bit, if it's bad enough to be suspended indefinitely and the coach to be quoted sounding like a disappointed parent, but yet wasn't enough to be booted off the team, what the hell exactly happened then? Does Berenson have some hot grandkids that Merrill slept with? lol. I just think it's weird the way Berenson said Merrill needed to do the things he said, etc. I just think it's all seemed a bit of a strange situation and I can't really make heads or tails of it.

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Tuesday 11/22

Swiss-A:

HC Lugano defeated EV Zug 5-2

Mauro Jörg (RW): E

Season: 25 GP 3 G 1 A 4 Pts -4 4 PIM 32 SOG 9.38 SH%

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Wednesday 11/23

OHL:

Plymouth defeated Saginaw 7-3

Scott Wedgewood (G): 30 Saves on 33 Shots

Season: 17 GP 10-4-2-1 2.92 GAA .908 SV% 2 SO 988 MIN 476 SV 48 GA

WHL:

Swift Current lost to Spokane 3-2

Reece Scarlett (D): Goal, Assist (PP), -1

Season: 24 GP 5 G 18 A 23 Pts -16 34 PIM - Last year: 72 GP 6 G 18 A 24 Pts

Some interesting links I recommend checking out:

Jared at HF has a review on the 3 Devils CHL prospects

Hockey Prospectus (Corey Pronman) Updated his Top 30 NHL Prospect List

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Thursday 11/24

OHL:

Sarnia lost to Barrie 4-3 in a Shoot Out

Reid Boucher (LW): -1

Season: 23 GP 14 G 8 A 22 Pts -7 4 PIM

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Friday 11/25

NCAA:

Michigan lost to Northeastern 4-1

Jon Merrill (D): Suspended Indefinitely

David Wohlberg (LW): E, 4 PIM (Boarding, Hooking), 2 Shots, 2 Blocks, Won 4 out of 4 faceoffs

Minnesota lost to Michigan State 4-3

Seth Helgeson (D): Goal, +1, 2 PIM (Tripping), 2 Shots, 1 Block

Wisconsin defeated Mercyhurst 7-2

Joe Faust (D): E

Patrick Daly (D): E

Colgate defeated Vermont 4-1

Corbin McPherson (D): E, 2 Shots

North Dakota defeated Colorado College 7-6

Derek Rodwell (RW): E, 2 Shots, 1 Block

Miami defeated Providence 6-2

Blake Coleman (LW): 2 Goals (1 PP), Assist, +3, 5 Shots, Won 1 of 1 faceoff

Michigan Tech lost to St. Lawrence 3-2

Blake Pietila (RW): -1, 1 Shot, Won 4 out of 5 faceoffs

OHL:

Plymouth lost to Peterborough 4-3

Scott Wedgewood (G): 27 Saves on 31 Shots

WHL:

Swift Current lost to Tri-City 5-1

Reece Scarlett (D): -2, 2 PIM (Interference)

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Saturday 11/26

NCAA:

Minnesota tied Michigan State 4-4

Seth Helgeson (D): -1

Wisconsin defeated Mercyhurst 5-2

Joe Faust (D): -1

Patrick Daly (D): -1

North Dakota defeated Colorado College 4-3

Derek Rodwell (LW): Goal, E, 2 Shots, 1 Block

Miami defeated Denver 4-2* Miami wins Denver Cup Classic

Blake Coleman (LW): E, 1 Shot, 2 PIM (Elbowing), Won 2 out of 2 faceoffs

Michigan Tech defeated St. Lawrence 3-1

Blake Pietila (RW): 2 Assists (1 PP), +1, 2 Shots, Lost 2 out of 2 faceoffs

OHL:

Plymouth lost to Guelph 4-1

Scott Wedgewood (G): DNP

Sarnia lost to Niagara 4-2

Reid Boucher (LW): -2

WHL:

Swift Current defeated Everett 3-1

Reece Scarlett (D): +1

Swiss-A:

HC Lugano lost to Geneve 5-1

Mauro Jörg (RW): -1, 1 Shot

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Sunday 11/27

NCAA:

Michigan lost to Union 6-3* Michigan 0-5-1 in last 6 games

Jon Merrill (D): Suspended Indefinitely

David Wohlberg (F): Goal, +1, 2 PIM (Slashing), 1 Shot, 1 Block, Won 4 out of 13 faceoffs

OHL:

Sarnia lost to Kitchener 4-1

Reid Boucher (LW): Goal (PP), -1

WHL:

Swift Current lost to Portland 6-2* Featured a brawl at the end with a goalie fight. See video below.

Reece Scarlett (D): -1

Swiss-A:

HC Lugano lost to HC Davos 4-0

Mauro Jörg (RW): E, 3 Shots

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No games today so some notes:

Wedgewood was invited to Canada's WJHC selection camp. The incumbent starter is Mark Visentin but his spot is far from a given. The other goalies invited are Louis Domingue and Tyler Bunz. Hopefully Wedgewood has a strong camp and can get one of the two goaltender spots.

In Lou We Trust has an interview with Ohio State play-by-play man, Sam Obermyer, who offers some insight into Gedig's development over the past year and change.

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Tuesday 11/29

WHL:

Swift Current lost to Seattle 4-2* Blew a 2-1 lead with 2:49 left in the 3rd. Seattle scored 2 goals within 35 seconds to take the lead.

Reece Scarlett (D): -2* On ice for all Seattle goals (PP, EV, EV, EN/PP).

Swiss-A:

HC Lugano defeated Lakers 4-2

Mauro Jörg (RW): Assist, E, 2 PIM (Slashing), 2 Shots

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Future Considerations released their December rankings. Here is the top 10:

1). RW Nail Yakupov, Sarnia, OHL, 5-10, 170

2). D Ryan Murray, Everett, WHL, 6-1, 195

3). C Mikhail Grigorenko, Quebec, QMJHL, 6-2, 190

4). D Matt Dumba, Red Deer, WHL, 6-0, 175

5). C Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia, OHL, 6-1, 185

6). LW Filip Forsberg, Leksand Jr., Swe Jr., 6-1, 175

7). D Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw, WHL, 6-0, 195

8). D Cody Ceci, Ottawa, OHL, 6-3, 210

9). C Zemgus Girgensons, Dubuque, USHL, 6-2, 185

10). D Jacob Trouba, USNTDP U18, USHL, 6-2, 185

Click the link for the top 30 and other notes.

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Thursday 12/1

OHL:

Sarnia defeated Peterborough 5-4 with a Shoot Out

Reid Boucher (LW): +1, No goal in SO

North Dakota to change name and logo.

As of January 1, 2012, UND will no longer use either the Fighting Sioux nickname or logo.

As of that date, please only refer to our athletic teams as the University of North Dakota and please use the interlocking ND logo as the official logo of the UND Athletics Department.

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Future Considerations released their December rankings. Here is the top 10:

1). RW Nail Yakupov, Sarnia, OHL, 5-10, 170

2). D Ryan Murray, Everett, WHL, 6-1, 195

3). C Mikhail Grigorenko, Quebec, QMJHL, 6-2, 190

4). D Matt Dumba, Red Deer, WHL, 6-0, 175

5). C Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia, OHL, 6-1, 185

6). LW Filip Forsberg, Leksand Jr., Swe Jr., 6-1, 175

7). D Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw, WHL, 6-0, 195

8). D Cody Ceci, Ottawa, OHL, 6-3, 210

9). C Zemgus Girgensons, Dubuque, USHL, 6-2, 185

10). D Jacob Trouba, USNTDP U18, USHL, 6-2, 185

Click the link for the top 30 and other notes.

I am in a poor city to see Grigorenko, he looked disinterested against a very weak Cape Breton team. He showed flashes of brilliance and if I had to compare he would be a faster version of Berglund (STL).

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Friday 12/2

NCAA:

Michigan lost to Alaska 4-3* Extends winless streak to 7 games

Jon Merrill (D): Suspended Indefinitely

David Wohlberg ©: Goal, -2, 5 Shots, Won 10 of 20 faceoffs

Minnesota defeated Minnesota State 4-2

Seth Helgeson (D): Assist, +1

Ohio State defeated Lake Superior State 5-2

Curtis Gedig (D): 2 Assists (1 PP), +3, 2 Shots, 4 Blocks - 2nd Star

Colgate defeated Clarkson 4-2

Corbin McPherson (D): +2, 2 PIM (Tripping)

North Dakota defeated Alaska-Anchorage 5-2

Derek Rodwell (LW): E, 1 Shot

Miami lost to Northern Michigan 2-1

Blake Coleman (LW): +1, 2 Shots, 1 Block

Michigan Tech lost to Minnesota-Duluth 5-3

Blake Pietila (RW): -1, 2 PIM (Cross-Checking), 1 Shot, Won 3 of 6 faceoffs

OHL:

Plymouth defeated Sault Ste. Marie 4-3 in Overtime* Plymouth tied it with 33 seconds left, then won it 1:19 into OT

Scott Wedgewood (G): 32 Saves on 35 Shots

Sarnia lost to Oshawa 8-4* Oshawa scored 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd

Reid Boucher (LW): Goal, -1

Swiss-A:

HC Lugano defeated Ambri-Piotta 4-1

Mauro Jörg (RW): Did Not Play

Devils property Maxim Noreau (D) for Ambri-Piotta: E, 2 PIM (Elbowing), 2 Shots

Noreau: 27 GP 5 G 17 A 22 Pts +3 12 PIM 73 SOG 6.85 SH%

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Saturday 12/3

NCAA:

Michigan defeated Alaska 1-0 in Overtime

Jon Merrill (D): Suspended Indefinitely

David Wohlberg ©: E, 2 PIM (Cross-Checking), 4 Shots, 1 Block, Won 8 of 17 faceoffs

Minnesota defeated Minnesota State 3-2

Seth Helgeson (D): E, 2 PIM (Unsportsmanlike Conduct), 3 Shots

Ohio State defeated Lake Superior State 2-1* Winning streak at 9, unbeaten streak at 11

Curtis Gedig (D): -1, 1 Shot, 1 Block

Colgate defeated St. Lawrence 6-2

Corbin McPherson (D): E, 2 Shots

North Dakota defeated Alaska-Anchorage 4-1

Derek Rodwell (LW): E, 1 Shot, 1 Block

Miami lost to Northern Michigan 5-1

Blake Coleman (LW): -2, 4 PIM (Interference, Unsportsmanlike Conduct), 2 Shots, Won 2 of 3 faceoffs

Michigan Tech lost to Minnesota-Duluth 5-3

Blake Pietila (RW): E, 2 PIM (Holding), 2 Shots, Won 4 of 8 faceoffs

OHL:

Plymouth defeated Guelph 7-5

Scott Wedgewood (G): 27 Saves on 32 Shots

WHL:

Swift Current lost to Vancouver 3-2

Reece Scarlett (D): E, 2 PIM (Roughing)

Swiss-A:

HC Lugano lost to ZSC Lions 6-3

Mauro Jörg (RW): E, 1 Shot

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Sunday 12/4

OHL:

Sarnia defeated Sault Ste. Marie 5-2

Reid Boucher (LW): Goal, Assist (PP), E

WHL:

Swift Current defeated Kootenay 2-1

Reece Scarlett (D): +1

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No games today but some links and news:

Source: Merrill to not play until January

Berenson strongly responded to the suggestion that Michigan could benefit from ending the indefinite suspension to sophomore defenseman Jon Merrill.

"There is going to be a time, a decision-making time to bring back Jon Merrill, and that's not right now," he said.

Arguably Michigan's top defenseman, and at the very least its top offensive defender, Merrill has sat out all 16 of U-M's games this season for a violation of team rules. Sources have told TheWolverine.com to expect Merrill to return to the lineup in January.

Merrill IS ON the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster

In Lou We Trust Prospect Update

I suggest checking the blog out, this week they have an interview with Chuck Schwartz, Men's Ice Hockey Editor at Bucky's 5th Quarter, who answers questions on two Devils prospects, Joe Faust and Patrick Daly.

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Friday 12/9

NCAA:

Michigan defeated Michigan State 4-3

Jon Merrill (D): Suspended Indefinitely

David Wohlberg ©: Goal, Assist, +1, 1 Shot, Won 6 of 13 faceoffs - 1st Star

Minnesota lost to Michigan Tech 3-2 in Overtime

Seth Helgeson (D): Goal, E, 1 Shot, 2 PIM (Interference) - 3rd Star

Blake Pietila (LW): Goal, +1, 5 Shots, Won 3 of 8 faceoffs

Wisconsin tied Minnesota-Duluth 3-3

Joe Faust (D): E

Patrick Daly (D): Did Not Play

Ohio State lost to Miami 5-3

Curtis Gedig (D): Assist (PP), E, 1 Shot, 3 Blocks

Blake Coleman ©: Goal, +2, 2 Shots, Won 7 of 13 faceoffs

North Dakota lost to Nebraska-Omaha 2-1 in Overtime

Derek Rodwell (LW): +1, 2 Shots

OHL:

Plymouth defeated Belleville 4-3

Scott Wedgewood (G): 31 Saves on 34 Shots

Sarnia lost to Erie 7-3

Reid Boucher (LW): Assist, -3

WHL:

Swift Current defeated Kelowna 4-3 in a Shoot Out

Reece Scarlett (D): Assist, E, 2 PIM (High Sticking) - 3rd Star

Swiss-A:

HC Lugano defeated SCL Tigers 5-2

Mauro Jörg (RW): E

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