1/29 Recap: Leduc bags winner

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, January 30, 2012 | 1/30/2012

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored the overtime game winner Sunday as Rimouski bested Halifax, 4-3. The power play tally came just 26-seconds into the extra frame to give Leduc goals in two straight games. The Nics are at Victoriaville on Wednesday.

Steven Shipley scored his 12th goal of the year as Niagara blanked Brampton, 3-0. Shipley, whose mark snapped an eight-game drought, now has 30 points in 44 games. The IceDogs travel to London on Friday.

Cedrick Henley finished -1 in Val-d'Or's 4-2 loss to Chicoutimi. The 6'5 forward has now gone four games without a point. Les Foreurs battle Shawinigan on Friday.

Colin Jacobs did not factor as Seattle came up short against Kelowna, 4-3. The 6'1 center has recorded points in eight of 21 games this season, and has yet to click for a multiple point effort. He had 11 multi-point games last year. The T-Birds host Spokane on Tuesday.

Mark Adams finished even as Providence lost to Merrimack, 4-2. The Friars travel to UNH on Friday.

Daniel Catenacci served his one-game suspension as Owen Sound suffered a 3-1 loss to Brampton.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this site, I appreciate the effort you put in charting the exploits of some of the future Buffalo Sabres.

I have a question about Leduc: If his defensive ability is not up to scratch or does not project to a pro level, is there a possibility of converting him to a winger? Wendel Clark was converted to a winger from the defence position he played with the Saskatoon Blades, so it is indeed possible. Of course, I'm unsure if Leduc has the same wrist shot ability as Clark, as I don't think a winger can survive on slapshots alone.

Still, it would be best if he stayed on defence as potential 20 goal scorers from the blueline are really hard to find.

Kris Baker said...

1:37 - no problem. I thoroughly enjoy covering the prospects.

Re: Leduc, it's not a bad thought given his offensive ability, but I'm not in favor of a position switch at this juncture. When Gragnani was in juniors, it was a valid thought based on strengths and weaknesses, but I see Leduc as a little ahead of him defensively. Not leaps and bounds ahead, but he seems to have a better understanding of the own-zone angles and nuances and he commits fewer turnovers. Like so many 18-19-20s, his key to becoming an NHL Dman is getting stronger so he can physically handle bigger forwards near the paint. I'd rather stay the course and mix his offensive style in with some other stay-at-home prospects and go from there.

Anonymous said...

Kris, I'd like to see Roy be moved for a first round pick. I'd also like to see Boyes traded for a fourth rounder.

The core of this group for me is Ennis, Adam,, Kassian, Foligno. And Sundhar, Catenacci, and Armia (He's NHL ready) not far behind...

That's 2 LW, 3 C, 2 RW..

I'm only talking forwards.

Pommer, Vanek, and Gaustad
Stafford, Leino, Gerbe.

These guys make up the older core. They should be the leaders but these guys are also expendable if a trade arises...

Anonymous said...

I like Pommer, Gaustad, and Gerbe.
I don't want to see them go.

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