IceCaps Player of the Week: Jacob de la Rose
It's been a rough sophomore season for the young Swede. After breaking into the NHL last season de la Rose struggled to find his game with the IceCaps. Before suffering an injury, he had only posted a pair of assists on the season while plying with Gabriel Dumont and Nikita Scherbak.
Finally healthy, de la Rose returned to the lineup and provided a much needed offensive boost. He opened the scoring in the first of two games against the Rochester Americans on Friday night in a 3-1 loss and chipped in an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss the following night. As is the case with many other players, he will be called upon to provide the offence while Sven Andrighetto, Charles Hudon, and Daniel Carr are playing in the NHL.
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Charles Hudon: It's been a long time coming, but this past week Charles Hudon made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens. He rose to the occasion by recording an assist in each of his two games.
Michael McCarron: The rough stretch continues for the rookie forward, as he was held without a point in two games played. Part of this could be attributed to him shuffling between lines due to call-ups. He and Bud Holloway currently are the main offensive threats, thus drawing the opposing teams top players.
Daniel Carr: Another AHL call-up making an impact this past week has been Carr, who recorded an assist against Detroit. He's also earned first-wave power-play time, which is an impressive feat for a young player.
Red Wings for his fourth NHL goal of the year.: The Swiss Superman extended his incredible NHL run with another goal this week. Andrighetto knocked home a Charles Hudon shot against the
Christian Thomas: The speedy sniper managed to get into only one game this past week (versus Boston) in which he failed to record a point. After being scratched for the following two games Thomas was returned to the IceCaps, giving them another much needed scoring threat.
Mark Barberio: Despite his fantastic start, the veteran defenceman has fallen on tough times scoring wise. Barberio failed to record a point this week in two games played.
Mac Bennett: The second-year blue-liner is still struggling to find consistency in his game this season. Bennett played in only one game and did not record any points.
Bud Holloway: The veteran forward was shockingly held without a point in both games against Rochester this weekend. As you can imagine, the IceCaps' offense struggled to produce goals, as well.
Gabriel Dumont: What a turnaround for St. John's' captain. He has eleven points in his last eleven games played. Against the Amerks this past week, he registered an assist on Friday and a goal on Saturday.
Joel Hanley: Despite not being a major point producer, Hanley can be counted on to play a solid game every night. Used in all situations, he's been good moving the puck and playing well in the defensive zone.
Brett Lernout: The gritty rearguard recorded his fourth assist of the year on Saturday, when he helped set up a Stefan Fournier goal.
Connor Crisp: The young forward is currently shelved with an injury.
Darren Dietz: The young defenseman recorded just one assist this week, on Jacob de la Rose's first goal of the year. Unfortunately, he was also at fault for the Amerks game-winning goal Friday night when he turned the puck over in his own end.
Morgan Ellis: Much like his defensive partner Barberio, Ellis has found it hard to generate any offense the past two weeks.
Nikita Scherbak: The rookie forward is still on the injured list, but is expected back in January.
Jeremy Grégoire: It was a quiet week for the two-way rookie, as he notched a single assist on Gabriel Dumont's fifth goal of the year.
: The German rookie is on the injured list for the time being.
: A week after recording his first pro point, Bozon was held off the scoresheet in two games played.
: After several long months of recovery from a major concussion, Bournival was back in the IceCaps lineup. While he did not record any points, he registered nine shots on goal and used his speed to create chances all over the ice.
: An AHL conditioning stint seems to have helped Tokarski immensely, as showcased in his pair of starts for the Canadiens. He went 1-1-0 this week in games against Detroit and Ottawa with a .930 SV% and 2.00 GAA.
Zachary Fucale: The rookie goalie continues a strong campaign for the IceCaps. Despite a 3-1 loss, Fucale stopped 25 of 27 shots against Rochester.
Year to Date Stats
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It's tough sledding for the IceCaps, who dropped a pair of games against a divisional rival. First losing 3-1 on Friday night and then 3-2 in overtime the following night against Rochester.
Record to Date
St. John's will be back in action this week when they face off in back-to-back games against yet another divisional rival: the Albany. The IceCaps are currently trailing the Devils by four points in the North Division and failing to get points this week could be crippling for the team.