Monday Morning Rap Sheet

Some Sabremetrics to enjoy with your Monday morning coffee...



NEWS & NOTES


WINTER WARMTH

*Marcus Foligno is on a four-game point streak (2+6); has 5-12-17 in 10 games since return from WJC
*Marc-Andre Gragnani is on a four-game point streak; is 1-7-8, +9 over span
*Christian Isackson has four goals in his last five games (2 GWG)
*Brayden McNabb has 4-9-13 in his last seven games
*Riley Boychuk has 3-4-7, 2 GWG, +7 in his last six games
*Mark Pysyk has 1-6-7 in his last seven games

WINTER CHILL

*Zack Kassian (hampered by flu) has points in just one of his last five games
*Luke Adam has zero goals in seven games after being sent back to Portland
*Demoted ECHL forward Jacob Lagace has zero points in his last four games
*Steven Shipley has points in just three of his last 12 games
*Kevin Sundher -8 in his last five games

LEADERBOARDS

*Brayden McNabb ranks 3rd in WHL scoring for defensemen
*Jerome Gauthier-Leduc tied for 10th in QMJHL scoring for defensemen
*Connor Knapp currently ranked 20th in NCAA goals against average
*Zack Kassian ranks 9th in OHL assists
*Riley Boychuk ranks 21st in WHL PIM

SHORTHANDED HORSES

*Marcus Foligno is tied for 1st in the OHL with five shorthanded goals
*Steven Shipley and Brayden McNabb each have two short-handed assists

POWER-PLAYERS

*Marcus Foligno has nine power-play goals (19th in OHL)
*Paul Byron has 7 PPG (t16th in AHL)
*Kevin Sundher, Brayden McNabb, Zack Kassian each have 4 PPG
*Matt MacKenzie has 17 power-play assists (t12th in WHL)
*Zack Kassian has 17 PPA (10th in OHL)
*Kevin Sundher has 16 PPA (t17th in WHL)
*Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and Brayden McNabb have 11 PPA.

WINNERS

*Three of Christian Isackson's nine goals this season have been game winners
*Marcus Foligno, Gregg Sutch, and Riley Boychuk each have 2 GWG
*Both of Jacob Lagace's goals while with Portland were GWG

IT'S TRICKY

*Marcus Foligno has two hat tricks this season
*Justin Jokinen has the only other hat trick thus far

INJURED/RUSTY

Cedrick Henley (wrist) has missed the past 33 games

FIGHT LEADERS

*Corey Tropp (7)
*Gregg Sutch, Maxime Legault (5)
*Zack Kassian, Marcus Foligno (4)
*Brayden McNabb, Riley Boychuk, Corey Fienhage, Matt MacKenzie (3)
*T.J. Brennan (2)
*Kevin Sundher, Paul Byron, Cedrick Henley, Mark Pysyk (1)

STOPPERS

*Connor Knapp owns the only two prospect shutouts this season
*Portland's David Leggio, 26, has one shutout this year but is out of prospect scope
*Jhonas Enroth was tops in shutouts last season with five
*Nick Eno has yet to record a collegiate shutout
*Brad Eidsness has not started since November 19th, a span of 16 games
*Eidsness played in 41 games in each of his freshman and sophomore seasons

PLUS

*Four defensemen in top-5 (Pysyk +19, Biega +18, McNabb +15, Schiestel +15)
*Sutch (+16) only forward in top-5
*Nick Crawford topped the 2009-10 leaderboard with a +53
*Tyler Mylers was tops in 2008-09 with a +31

MINUS

*Corey Fienhage sits lowest on totem pole with -15 rating. Ranked 609th in WHL, only 27 players have a lower +/-
*Zack Kassian clocked in with prospect low of -17 in 2009-10
*Drew Schiestel rated lowest in 2008-09 with a -29

OLD FRIENDS

*Andrew Orpik 41GP 4-12-16 with Wheeling (ECHL)
*Jordon Southorn 21GP 0-4-4 with Trenton (ECHL)
*Matt Generous 15GP 0-0-0 25 PIM with Lake Erie (AHL). Previously had 1-4-5 with Reading (ECHL)
*Dylan Hunter 14GP 1-1-2 with Milwaukee (AHL). Previously had 21 pts in 22 games with Cincinnati (ECHL)
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Anonymous
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Monday, January 31, 2011 ×

Who will be the starting goalie next year in Portland???

Eidsness sucks
Eno sucks more

Is Connor Knapp the next one???

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homie
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Monday, January 31, 2011 ×

solid work as always

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Kris Baker
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Monday, January 31, 2011 ×

1:29 -
As of now, the likely path to putting together a decent combo on the farm would involve Knapp/Leggio. I've softly questioned some things with Knapp in the past (he had at times looked a little clumsy moving side-to-side), but he's looked sharper of late.

No real comfort level with Eidsness at this point, and there's not a ton of pressure to have Eno signed. Eno looks like a goaltender best served working his way up through the coast league.

Eidsness may find himself in a pickle next season with Dell coming back and Gothberg coming in. He's slated to graduate early, but that doesn't impact his eligibility. He still has some game in him. He's proven that he can win in the WCHA. He just needs to get him job back.

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Kris Baker
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Monday, January 31, 2011 ×

Homie - Thanks for msg. Just trying to keep everyone up to speed. Lots going on. Some things looking on plan, some things needs a little fixing.

Lots of solid draft eligibles this year...

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 ×

Good to see Foligno Upping his production pretty consistently. Buffalo could definitely use a couple grinders who can crash the net and score.

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Kris Baker
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 ×

It's tough to determine how his recently developed scoring knack will translate to the bigs. I still see him as a checker more than a scorer, but his hard work around the net should lead to rebounds and tap-ins. Kassian maybe a 23/27 goal guy. Foligno more like 17-22 goals. Rough guess.

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 ×

Kassian AND McNabb next year...

HHHHHOOOOOOOLLLLLYYYYY COW!!!

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 ×

"Kassian AND McNabb next year..."

For what?

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homie
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 ×

Kris, you do great work, I have no problem pimping your site.
:)

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Anonymous
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Sunday, February 06, 2011 ×

Kris,
saw the game against the CT Whale tonight. Lots of filler in the line-up tonight. Do not like Leggo's game. His lateral and up/down movement in the crease is very weak. IF he gives up rebounds - he's very vulnerable. The only guy that really stood out tonight for me- was Brennan. He seems like he might not be too far away from getting a peek with the big club. Also, I know he's not a prospect- but I wouldnt mind Parrish getting rewarded for his hard work. -- Thanks- gaf/

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