The Latest from Springfield

The Falcons 08-09 season is underway and some of the prospects who had good TC’s continue to play well (Spurgeon, Trukhno) while others can’t get into the lineup at all (Lerg).

The club has a young look (especially on the blueline) and has given up a lot of shots early (game shots against totals are 37, 32, 32, 37 and 33).

The club has had an up and down offense (shots for totals by game are 22, 28, 27, 23 and 28) and have a 2-3 record after 5gp with a shots for-against number of 128-171. The GF-GA number is now 16-17.

Devan Dubnyk is having quite a time in goal. He’s always been a Jekyll and Hyde type and this season his SP’s once again reflect that: .919, .875, .714, .919 and .970. Overall his SP is .902 in a season where we’ve agreed .915 is a reasonable expectation.

Theo Peckham appears to be having the best early season among the prospect blueliners, especially considering the (admittedly unreliable) boxscores seem to reflect he’s playing against quality forwards pretty often. Here’s a rundown of the blue:

  1. Jake Taylor 5gp, 1-1-2 +4
  2. Theo Peckham 5gp, 2-1-3 +3
  3. Sebastien Bisaillon 4gp, 1-0-1 +3
  4. Cody Wild 3gp, 1-0-1 +2
  5. Mike Gabinet 3gp, 0-1-1 +1
  6. Taylor Chorney 5gp, 0-3-3 -2
  7. Bryan Young 5gp, 0-0-0 -3

From these numbers we can be reasonably certain that Taylor Chorney is struggling a little in his first weeks in pro hockey (no surprise there) and that even a baker’s dozen games in the AHL last spring have helped Cody Wild quite a bit. He appears to be paired often with Peckham so this is a player we’ll need to watch as the season rolls. Bisaillon is also in the pack but Bryan Young isn’t going to get it done in this group if he can’t be superior defensively (and I don’t think he’s been facing the vaunt out there but stand to be corrected).

Up front, Slava Trukhno (5gp, 1-4-5 +3), Tyler Spurgeon (5gp, 0-4-4 +2) and Ryan Potulny (5gp, 3-0-3 +1) are the early stars. Rob Schremp (3gp, 0-3-3 +1) is putting up decent numbers since being the final roster cut but his numbers should rocket any time.

On the downbeat, Gilbert Brule (3gp, 2-1-3 +2) was ripping it up before an injury and Bryan Lerg has been able to get into only one game (zero’s) despite being healthy.

Mathieu Roy hasn’t played that I can tell so wonder if he’s reported or in limbo.

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24 Responses to "The Latest from Springfield"

  1. Matt N says:

    Can’t find any info on the Brule injury. Is it serious?

  2. raventalon40 says:

    Is Brule on the Schremp line? This could hurt or delay Schremp’s offensive timing.

    Good for Trukhno on the good early start.

  3. Woogie says:

    No Lerg? What the heck is wrong. He was by far the best rookie at camp, showed tremendous skill and play making ability,and can score goals. How come he hasn’t played?

  4. doritogrande says:

    Might as well update the junior prospects too:

    7-3 Calgary win today, and Plante manages to go 0-0-0 +0 6PIM…how? For comparison, some other defenseman, Paul Postma was +5. Ouch.

    Jordan Eberle had an assist in his last game, continuing his scoring tear.

    Philippe Cornet with two more assists his last game out, a 5-4 shootout win. Cornet is now on pace for greater than a point per game. It’s the Q mind you, but that’s pretty damn good for a 5th rounder from this year.

    Jeff Petry with an assist over the weekend in a win-one lose-one series.

    Chris VandeVelde scored a shorthanded game winner last night with 9 seconds remaining in regulation. He’s got two goals on the year and (offensively) figures to have a shot at the NHL.

    Riley Nash (assumedly) continues to pump iron until November.

  5. raventalon40 says:

    What kind of role would you expect VandeVelde to play? Bottom 3,4 or Top 1,2. Does he have the skillset to be one of the “7th forwards?”

  6. doritogrande says:


    Think Pisani. Smart guy with defensive awareness. Big body with decent speed.

    Might need to play with talented players to be effective however.

    He has shown continued improvement over his years at ND. One can only hope he comes out like Pies instead of a McDonald or Winchester.

  7. doritogrande says:

    “Can’t find any info on the Brule injury. Is it serious?”

    He was apparently teh victim of a knee on knee hit on Friday. Had to be helped off the ice and wasn’t heard from again the rest of the weekend.

    Courtesy bryanbryoil.

  8. Coach pb9617 says:

    Nice to see Trukhno is going well – I still think his play warranted a shot.

    This organization has depth everywhere but goal. Then again, who has depth in goal?

  9. doritogrande says:


    That’d be Minnesota and Vancouver, actually. You could also include LA. And that’s just the WC.

  10. doritogrande says:

    Redsox nation just simultaneously killed themselves.

  11. Lord Bob says:

    I’ve got to intrude long enough to give some love to David Price, a rookie pitcher for the Rays who apparently has testicles the size of watermelons.

    Rot in hell, Red Sox. Rot in hell.

  12. marriedtotheoil says:

    @doritogrande, Lord Bob: Not dead yet. Hitting the hooch though…

    I have tickets for the Falcons vs Lowell in late November. Very exciting.

  13. Dennis says:

    LB: you beat me to it but considering we’re talking about the young fellas, may the Good Lord bless David Price tonight;)

    There are some good Sox fans out there but for every jerk-off fan and for Dan Shaughnussy and all the fans who write for the Bos dailies, that one was for them:)

  14. Lowetide says:

    Is this Price fellow a guy that the TBay manager was holding back for just this moment or was it a matter of “this is the last guy in the pen we haven’t used?”

    Because if this guy is in the bullpen and the manager doesn’t use him until the 8th inning of G7 then I have to question his sanity.

    The JD Drew pitch sequence btw was exactly what the Orioles of my childhood used to do: bring in fastball pitchers who never threw any.

  15. doritogrande says:


    Price was the first overall pick in 07. I think he is to Tbay what Carey Price was to the Hamilton Bulldogs two years ago.

    Also of note was the fact that Tampa used at least four pitchers in the 7th or 8th inning. So yeah, the bench was getting pretty empty at the time too.

    Not that I follow baseball prospects, but this is the kind of thing many people wished we got from the Hockey Jesus.

  16. Lowetide says:

    In terms of the way he approaches batters (at least tonight) and his style on the mound, he reminded me of John Candeleria. No one remembers him but he was a real nice pitcher for quite a long time.

  17. Bruce says:

    Hey, LT, I remember the Candy Man. He was real tough to hit when on his game. As a LH hitter myself he would make my right knee buckle just watching on TV.

    Unfortunately I had to work tonight so missed the denouement. Good on the Rays! Worst to first in one year is a fantastic accomplishment.

    Not sure who’s got the bigger balls, Price or his manager. Watching the highlights just now I thought maybe Price just came in to get that one LH hitter in the 8th, but then the bullpen was empty in the 9th. Watermelons of steel.

  18. raventalon40 says:

    Well McDonald still has some hope. He seems to have some shooting ability to develop further whereas Winchester is a player who plays in spurts.

    According to HF VandeVelde was a high school phenom?

  19. stubby says:

    The Candy Man…I don’t remember him throwing as hard as Price, but I was a mere pre-teen when he was with the Pirates and he was an old lefty when my brain started to work.

  20. pboy says:

    I figured that Lester would have a good game last night and he didn't disapoint. He pitched very well but unfortunately Garza pitched even better. (hasanyone ever seen someone spit as much as that guy?)The home plate ump was really giving the high, outside fastball and Garza did a great job of taking advantage of it. The Rays are going to be tough for the next couple of years but they will have to start all over again before too long. They won't be able to afford guys like Price, Sheilds, Garza, Kazmir, Pena, Longoria, Crawford & Upton. I'm a huge Sox fan but I can appreciate what the Rays have built there. They kind of remind me of the pre-Katz Oilers in the fact that they have developed all of this young talent and by the time they start reaching their primes, the Rays management is going to have to pick and choose who the can afford to keep and trade the others away for young picks and players; ie. Weight, Guerin, Hamrlik….

    I find that I am not nearly as dispointed as I normally would be after watching my team get that close to the World Series and falling short. I think it's because they weren't really supposed to have been here, so I look at Game 7 of the ALCS as a accomplishment. If you would have told me before the season that if Beckett was at 70% for most of the year, Schilling wouldn't throw a pitch, Lowell would be in and out of the line-up and be taken off of the roster for the ALCS, Drew would miss 2 months of the season with pain in his back and need 2 epidurals, David Ortiz would hurt his wrist and never get his swing back, Varitek would be unable to hit the ball all season and most importantly Manny became so unlikable in the locker room that the team paid the Dodgers to take him off their hands and the Sox still made it to Game 7, I wouldn't believe it.

  21. Scott says:

    pboy: I wish the old Oilers were like the Rays. Then we might have had several years near the top of the division to celebrate. A lot of these young Rays won’t be going anywhere for at least two or three years I’d think.

  22. kanadienkyle says:

    VDV was in fact a high school phenom. Many scouts who work in college and US juniors said they would flock to his games.

    He is big and defensively aware, but has a lot more skill than people give him credit for. Having watched him in person since he came to UND, he gets better every game and can make plays at speed and in tight.

  23. Doogie2K says:

    7-3 Calgary win today, and Plante manages to go 0-0-0 +0 6PIM…how? For comparison, some other defenseman, Paul Postma was +5. Ouch.

    Postma is another top-four D, speedier than Plante, though less physical. He was also 1-2-3 on the night. As for Plante’s penalties, one was a hook, and the other two were elbowing and roughing on the same play (drawing a coincidental rough and a ten in the process)

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