Do They Send Christmas Cards?

This is Riley Nash of the Charlotte Checkers. He scored a hat trick in their first exhibition game but the goals have come slowly during the regular season. Nash (15gp, 2-2-4 -1) is just one of a long list of prospects playing on Carolina’s top farm team.Zach Boychuk (2008 1st rounder) is scoring at a point per game clip and will probably see the NHL this season. The Checkers also have a nice young scorer named Jerome Samson and Drayson Bowman who had a nice career in the WHL. Interesting club.

Marc Pouliot is having a nice run in the AHL this season. Ranked in a 2nd place tie in league scoring (11gp, 4-14-18), he’s added the “Antoine” back to his name and is in search of another big league chance. As a longtime hockey fan and observer of this kind of thing, I can say that the range is somewhere between one week and never. He’ll probably get a chance, but it might not come this season. There are no guarantees and no one pushing his name when the men with power sit around and make these decisions.

Rob Schremp made the Islanders this fall but was injured and on IR. He played one AHL game (picked up an assist) and then was recalled from his conditioning stint a week ago. In 3 Islanders games, the young skill forward has an assist. and is -5. He’s averaging 4 minutes a night on the PP in those three games, so the numbers should follow with that kind of opportunity.

Cody Wild is in Providence this season, that’s the Boston Bruins minor league team. Wild has played in only two games, picking up one point and a reputation for being a solid shot blocker. I’m not sure he’s been injured and there’s the possibility that’s he’s the extra defender on the team. Wild was mentioned a lot on this blog as we compared him to more touted kids Chorney and Petry many times last decade.

Slava Trukhno tried out for the Germans not long ago, but I heard a rumor that he was off to a Swedish Elite league team after that. I suspect he’s probably doing what Rod Stewart described in Every Picture Tells a Story.

Bryan Lerg is playing in Scranton for the Penguins AAA team, he’s been in a half dozen games with a couple of assists. Lots of healthy scratches too. If he were my son I’d tell him to play as long as he can but maybe starting thinking about where he’d like to settle down. There’s no sin in peaking out just before the NHL and the kid got his degree for a reason.

Sebastien Bisaillon is playing for the wonderfully named Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) this season. Those 2 games he played for the Edmonton Oilers 4 years ago will be there 50 years from now in TOTAL HOCKEY.

Josef Hrabal is playing in the Czech league and trying to put on a few pounds; Tyler Spurgeon is in Austria, Andrew Perugini is in Italy (surprise!). Jesse Niiinimaki is ripping up the SM-Liiga, with a 21gp, 6-14-20 boxcar for Ilves Tampere. He’s tied for 6th in league scoring. I wonder if he sends Kevin Prendergast Christmas Cards?

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