IceCaps Player of the Week: Michael McCarron
McCarron has silenced those doubters with an incredible start to his rookie season, outscoring players such as Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto. In a three game swing, the gargantuan forward made his presence felt once again, collecting a goal and three assists to match Daniel Carr's output for the week.
Coming into his rookie season there were some concerns about how well Michael McCarron would adjust to the pro game. Some worried he would focus too much on the extra curricular nonsense such as fighting, and how that could stunt his development.
He opened the scoring against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on the powerplay with assists from Bud Holloway and Mark Barberio, he would also assist on Christian Thomas's fifth goal of the year later in the game. In a rematch against the Penguins McCarron collected a primary assist on Daniel Carr's fourth goal of the year and also dropped the gloves with former Canadien Tom Kostopoulos.
He capped off his scoring run with another primary assist, this time on a Morgan Ellis goal in a 4-3 comeback win against the Hershey Bears.
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Daniel Carr: Not content with being held off the scoresheet, the NCAA product exploded offensively, registering two goals and two assists. He opened the scoring in a 4-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and would score the game tying goal late in the third period against the Hershey Bears.
While playing alongside Michael McCarron and Christian Thomas, the trio have combined for 16 goals and 18 assists in this young season.
Charles Hudon: It was rare occurrence for Hudon this past week, as he was held off the scoresheet, and was overshadowed by several of his teammates.
It could be due to his linemates Bud Holloway and Sven Andrighetto starting the season so well, that teams have stacked top competition against them. In a 4-3 win over Hershey, Holloway was shifted down a line, and McCarron took over at center. It is unclear if this is a permanent move.
Christian Thomas: While not scoring at the pace he began the season at, Thomas still managed to record another goal. Also of note is the fact that Thomas and Markus Eisenschmid are the only two forwards to not record any penalty minutes this season.
Thomas was moved off his line with McCarron and Carr on Saturday, and moved into the tough minutes group alongside Gabriel Dumont and Brandon McNally. It's a bit unfair to Thomas, who was off to a blistering start to seemingly be demoted.
Mark Barberio: It was a quiet three games for the AHL veteran, as he recorded only one assist. Playing alongside Greg Pateryn for all three games, the trio took a beating, being on the ice for seven total goals against.
It's hard to be harsh on Barberio, as he still remains the most consistent defenseman in St. John's, and could likely be joined by Jarred Tinordi soon, assuming Tinordi accepts a conditioning assignment like Pateryn did.
Sven Andrighetto: Tough doesn't come close to describing the past three games for Andrighetto, who was held off the scoresheet. In addition to not scoring this week, he also picked up twelve penalty minutes, including a misconduct for abuse of an official.
This isn't the first time that Andrighetto has been in trouble with officials; he's been hit with unsportsmanlike penalties before, and will have to control his temper in upcoming games.
Mac Bennett: With the arrival of Greg Pateryn, Bennett saw himself shifted down the lineup to third pairing duties. The move seemed to help the defenseman, as he faced lesser competition, and provided a calming presence alongside Brett Lernout. Bennett also notched a primary assist on Daniel Carr's game tying goal against Hershey.
Bud Holloway: It was a quiet week by Holloway's standards, as the forward recorded just two assists on the week. As aforementioned, Holloway was eventually shifted down a line to play with Jacob de la Rose and Daniel Carr against Hershey. He does however remain in the AHL scoring race, just one point behind Joe Whitney.
Jacob de la Rose: It continues to be slow going for de la Rose, who didn't make the scoresheet again. There is no reason to be concerned, however, as de la Rose was bumped up to a line with easier assignments. Playing alongside Daniel Carr and Bud Holloway is sure to help cure the young Swede's scoring woes.
Gabriel Dumont: The IceCaps captain received a boost in scoring prowess when Christian Thomas was added to his line. While it's too early to judge results, it did get Dumont an assist in three games played this week. Much like de la Rose and Scherbak, the line is a bit snake bitten, and given how much Dumont shoots, the puck will eventually start finding the back of the net.
Joel Hanley: The young defensemen played only one game this week, on the third pairing and recorded no points, shots, or penalty minutes.
Brett Lernout: It was quite the weekend for the rookie blueliner, who recorded his first professional goal against the Hershey Bears. Lernout's goal ended up being the catalyst for an epic IceCaps comeback win in the shootout. He is finding his feet on the IceCaps third pairing, and having Mac Bennett as a partner has taken pressure off him to be the play driver on the pairing.
Connor Crisp: With Eric Neilson in on a PTO contract, Crisp was given a seat in the press box this week while the veteran handled to role of "truculent 4th liner".
Darren Dietz: While he did not register any points, the young rearguard continues to be a stable presence on the second pairing for the IceCaps. With Greg Pateryn on a conditioning stint, Dietz got a boost in the form of Morgan Ellis.
With Pateryn/Barberio struggling, the second pairing picked up a lot of the slack this past weekend
Morgan Ellis: One of the beneficiaries of Pateryn's conditioning stint was Ellis, who scored his second goal of the year in the IceCaps comeback win against Hershey. He continues to see time split between the top pairing with Mark Barberio, and second pairing with Darren Dietz.
Nikita Scherbak: The first round pick is still sidelined with a lower body injury.
Jeremy Grégoire: The rookie forward is going through a really tough stretch of bad luck on the IceCaps fourth line. Despite creating numerous scoring chances each game, and generating a lot of shots, he can't seem to put in the back of the net right now.
While playing alongside fellow rookie Markus Eisenschmid, the two have created a stable tandem in the IceCaps bottom six.
: The other rookie of the IceCaps fourth line continues to perform admirably every game. He's beginning to get rewarded for his strong play as well, with an assist this past week on the Brett Lernout goal. Trusted with penalty killing time, it is clear that the German has made a big impact on head coach Sylvain Lefebvre this year.
Carey Price is out with an injury.: The veteran goalie was recalled to the NHL to serve as Mike Condon's back up while
Zach Fucale: After taking over the crease, Fucale suffered his worst start this year against W-B/S, allowing four goals on thirteen shots, and getting pulled in favor of Eddie Pasquale.
The young netminder rebounded well in his next game against Hershey, stopping 35 shots and three out of four shooters in a shootout victory. It stands to reason that Fucale is still the incumbent starter in St. John's when Tokarski returns, given the struggles Tokarski has had early this season.
Year to Date Stats:
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Tim Bozon: Shoulder (out 2-3 weeks)Ryan Johnston: Back surgery (out 3-4 months) Nikita Scherbak: Lower body injury (day to day)
It was a tough week for the IceCaps in Pennsylvania, as they dropped both games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It served as a good measuring stick for the young squad against one of the hottest squads in the AHL. The team responded well with a big come from behind win in Hershey to cap off their road trip in style.
Record to Date
The IceCaps won't be back in action until Friday November 13th and Saturday November 14th when they open a homestand against the Toronto Marlies. With the Marlies currently surging behind the strong play of William Nylander these are considered "must win" games early in the season.