Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Update – January 2020

We last checked up on the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects back in November, so let’s go ahead and see how the young kids are doing down in the Juniors, the NCAA, and in Europe. For any Euro prospects their team’s standings will be in IIHF format: regulation wins, overtime wins, overtime losses, and regulation losses.

 

Defensemen

Ryan Jones – 2 goals, 7 points, and a +2 in 18 games as a Senior with University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference

A 23-year-old 2016 4th round pick. He cooled off from his impressive start, only adding 2 assists over the previous 12 games, although he remains tied for the team lead in goals amongst D and is 2nd in both D scoring and plus/minus. 1 of his goals and 2 of his assists were scored on the PP. If he maintains his current scoring pace he will put up numbers similar to what he had the prior two seasons. He is #89 in D scoring amongst all NCAA D. UNO is 7th in the NCHC with a 2-5-1 conference record (8-8-2 overall).

 

Clayton Phillips – 2 goals, 8 points, and a +2 in 19 games as a Junior with Penn State University Nittany Lions of Big Ten Hockey Conference

A 20-year-old 2017 3rd round pick. He is 2nd in both goals and points amongst D on his team but is just 7th in plus/minus. 4 of his assists were scored on the PP. He is currently on pace to surpass last season’s scoring and set new career highs. He is #69 in D scoring amongst all NCAA D. Penn State is 1st in the B1G with an 8-4-0 conference record (13-6-0 overall).

 

Antti Palojarvi – 3 assists and a -3 in 14 games with Rauman Lukko U20 of the Nuorten SM-liiga in Finland

A 20-year-old 2017 6th round pick. He began the season in the Liiga playing for the Lukko adult team but went scoreless with a +2 through 5 games and spent the end of the year loaned to Kajaanin Hokki of the minor Mestis where he was scoreless with a -14 in 10 games but has returned to the juniors for the alempi jatkosarja (league relegation series). 1 of his assists was scored on the PP. Lukko U20 was 15th during the alkusarja (early season) with a 9-4-3-18 record.

 

William Reilly – 6 goals, 12 points, and a +4 in 17 games as a Senior with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers of ECAC Hockey

A 22-year-old 2017 7th round pick. He leads the team’s D in goals, points, and plus/minus. 3 of his goals and 2 of his assists were scored on the PP. He is currently on pace to set new career highs. He is #24 in D scoring amongst all NCAA D. RPI is 8th in the ECAC with a 3-5-1 conference record (6-10-1 overall).

 

Calen Addison – 7 goals, 29 points, and a +1 in 31 games with Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League

A 19-year-old 2018 2nd round pick. He is 2nd amongst D on his team in both goals and points but is second worst D in plus/minus. 4 of his goals and 13 of his assists were scored on the PP. He is 5th in the league in D scoring. He is currently playing as a 3rd pairing D at the World Juniors where he is the top scoring D on Team Canada with 1 goal, 5 points, and an even +0 in 5 games so far with all of his points coming on the PP. Lethbridge is currently 2nd in the Central Division, 2nd in the Eastern Conference, and 4th in the WHL with a 23-10-5 record.

 

Santeri Airola – 5 points and a +8 in 15 games with Imatra Kettera of the Mestis in Finland

A 19-year-old 2019 7th round pick. He spent 2 games loaned up with the adults playing for Saimann Pallo of the Liiga and missed a little bit of time due to injury but has since returned to the minors. Kettera is currently 1st in the Mestis with a 15-3-4-6 record.

 

Forwards

Nikita Pavlychev – 2 goal, 7 points, and a -3 in 12 games as a Senior with Penn State University Nittany Lions of Big Ten Hockey Conference

A 22-year-old 2015 7th round pick. He is 9th in both goals and points amongst forwards on his team but has the second worst plus-minus. His goal and 2 of his assists were scored on the PP. He won 79/158 for a 50.0 FO%. The injury made him miss 5 games and he has only had 1 assist in the 5 games he has been back, so at the moment he is no longer on pace to surpass his prior performances. Penn State is 1st in the B1G with an 8-4-0 conference record (13-6-0 overall).

 

Linus Olund – 1 goal, 6 points, and a -2 in 26 games with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League

A 22-year-old 2017 5th round pick. He played in the AHL last year but opted to return to Sweden this year, so chances are he may be done with the Pens. He is 11th in goals and 9th in points amonsgt forwards but 4th in plus/minus. 4 of his assists were scored on the PP. He won 124/282 for a 44.0 FO%. Brynas is currently 11th in the SHL with an 8-3-4-14 record.

 

Filip Hallander – 2 assists and a +2 in 4 games with Luleå HF of the Swedish Hockey League

A 19-year-old 2018 2nd round pick. He suffered a fractured leg in September and just recently returned to the lineup at the end of December. Lulea is currently 1st in the SHL with an 18-2-2-7 record.

 

Liam Gorman – 3 assists and a -10 in 15 games as a Freshman with Princeton University Tigers of ECAC Hockey

A 19-year-old 2018 6th round pick. He is 8th in scoring amongst forwards on his team but is dead last in plus/minus. 1 of his assists was scored shorthanded. He had a hot start putting up points in each of his first two games but since then has had two 6-game scoreless streaks. Princeton is 11th in the ECAC with an 0-6-2 conference record (2-10-3 overall).

 

Samuel Poulin – 16 goals, 37 points, and a +21 in 25 games with Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

An 18-year-old 2019 1st round pick. He is 3rd in goals, points, and plus/minus amongst forwards on his team. 2 of his goals and 10 of his assists were scored on the PP. He has been out due to injury since the end of November, but prior to that was on pace to set new career highs. Sherbrooke is 1st in the Central Division, the Western Conference, and the QMJHL with a 28-5-4 record.

 

Nathan Legare – 18 goals, 38 points, and a -19 in 34 games with Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

An 18-year-old 2019 3rd round pick. He leads the team in goals and points but is the worst in plus/minus. 8 of his goals and 7 of his assists were scored on the PP while 1 goal was scored shorthanded. He is on pace to put up similar point totals as he did last season. Baie-Comeau is 3rd in the East Division, 7th in the Eastern Conference, and 13th in the QMJHL with a 15-16-5 record.

 

Judd Caulfield – 2 goals, 7 points, and a +8 in 14 games as a Freshman with University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks

An 18-year-old 2019 5th round pick. He is 9th in both goals and points and 7th in plus/minus amongst forwards on his team. 1 of his goals was scored on the PP. He is 77th in the NCAA in plus/minus and 66th in Freshman scoring. UND is 1st in the NCHC with a 7-0-1 conference record (14-1-2 overall).

 

Valtteri Puustinen – 13 goals, 30 points, and an +5 in 33 games with Hämeenlinnan Pallokerho of the Liiga in Finland

A 20-year-old 2019 7th round pick. He leads the team in goals, is 2nd in points, and 4th in plus/minus amongst forwards. 5 of his goals and 7 of his assists were scored on the PP. He has already set new career highs in both goals and points with still a few months left to go. HPK is 7th in the Liiga with an 15-5-3-12 record.

Author: TKNoodle

I write about hockey, mostly focused on the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights. NHL, AHL (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Chicago Wolves), ECHL (Wheeling Nailers), and various prospects from my teams playing in Europe (SHL, Liiga, KHL, etc...), the Canadian Major Juniors (OHL, QMJHL, and WHL), and in the NCAA (and some in lower tier juniors prior to joining the NCAA).

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