Keeping Up with the Kids: Monarchs and Modo, Oct. 31 - Nov. 9
How did the Monarchs and the Swede fare these last two weeks?
Time to check in with the prospects in Manchester and the young Swedish, hockey playing model.
Adrian Kempe has seen an uptick in his ice time and was placed on the top line with Toronto Maple Leafs top prospect William Nylander.
Since we last checked in on him, he played three games and picked up three points. In 18 GP, he now has 3 goals, 6 assists and 9 points. His average ice time also went up from 15:43 to 16:11, which is pretty good, especially given his age and rate of development.
Kempe, along with Nylander and Buffalo Sabres prospect Victor Olofsson represented Sweden as part of the Juniorkronorna (Junior Crowns) in a four country tournament in the Czech Republic. Sweden won rather handily, beating all three of its competitors for the title.
Kempe didn't score any goals, had three assists (two against the Czech Republic and one against Finland) and took no penalties.
Impressive turnaround gave MODO three points Kempe scored and picked up an assist in Modo's come-from-behind victory. The team ended up winning 4-3 after HV71 went up 3-0. He's #51 in white.
Skelleftea dismissed MODO Hockey Modo got completely dismantled by the top team in the league but Kempe scored on a nice heads up play while the game was still competitive in the first period.
Up next: The SHL is on a break and Modo will return to action on November 13.
Ok enough about the Swedish model! Time to get to New Hampshire.
Overall, a pretty decent weekend but man did they get off to a terrible start by losing 4-0 to the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals). It was the second straight game where they were shutout. They're definitely looking like a team that will struggle to score without their insane top line this year. Things got a lot better on Saturday as the Monarchs bounced back from an ugly loss with a decisive 6-2 win over their arch rivals St. John's Ice Caps (Winnipeg Jets) who seemingly always have their number. Defensive prospect Colin Miller was excellent and picked up two goals.
On Sunday, the Monarchs had a chance for revenge against Hershey in an afternoon matinee rematch. Top prospect Jordan Weal got his team on the board early with a successful penalty shot. I guess Nick Shore wants to take over Tyler Toffoli's role on the PK as he scored a great shorthanded goal.
The Monarchs only played two games this weekend. On Friday, they had a pretty disappointing game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers), unable to capitalize on many of their opportunities. On Saturday, the Monarchs were sharper against the Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) and nearly held on long enough to get J.F. Berube his first shutout of the season, though it wasn't meant to be.
Story recaps and highlights can be found on the Manchester Monarchs' website, as well as at Mayor's Manor.
After a hot start, Weal seems to have cooled a bit, having failed to record a point in his last three games. That's probably due mostly to variance, but Head Coach Mike Strothers was unhappy enough with the team's performance in the loss to the Phantoms that Weal started on the third line. Meanwhile, Shore has been heating up, picking up four goals in two of his last four games. If his development continues the way it is, there's potential he could see NHL time as early as next season.
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* Indicates prospect, but without an NHL contract (note: an NHL contract means that a prospect can be recalled at any point, but an AHL only contract prevents that).
Up next: The Monarchs hit the road on Tuesday to face their arch rival the Portland Pirates (Arizona Coyotes). On Friday, they head over to Worcester to see the Sharks (San Jose Sharks) and will stop at home on Saturday for a quick game versus the Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins) before heading back on the road to square off against the Hartford Wolfpack (New York Rangers).