NHL Rookies Update – Jarvis Rookie Debut, Sillinger Stays & More – DobberHockey

Welcome back to The Journey, where we trace hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, delivering fantasy predictions and analysis along the way.

This week I wanted to highlight the progress that some of the NHL prospects have made, and where that progress will lead in their near future. The names below have either earned a call-up, been sent down, cemented their place in their team’s starting lineup or produced at an impressive pace over the past few weeks. Either way, they have a lot to look forward to this season and should be able to put together a decent pro-level year.

For starters, a prospect I looked forward to in the NHL.

Seth Jarvis‘stellar start’

It took Jarvis a while to crack the Canes’ lineup as the team went 7-0-0 to start the year and was unwilling to change things during a hot streak. When the prospect finally got his chance in the lineup, he wasted no time noticing himself despite playing on the fourth line: he showed excellent positioning and hands in the neutral zone to get pucks back or she wear the ice, and came out very well. close to earning a goal and an assist after two periods.

An excellent positional steal in the neutral zone enabled Jarvis to initiate an exchange between him and Derek Stepan on the offensive blueline, and his one-handed pass to Steven Lorentz was tipped off the post. Later in the same period, Jarvis had an open cage and the puck on his stick in the slot, but a Coyotes defender got a skate on the puck before it crossed the line. With just two minutes left in the third period, Jarvis earned a power-play assist in his first NHL game when he participated in Brett Pesce’s game-winning point shot.

Four days later, Jarvis played his second NHL game, this time against the Blackhawks – in the second period, he took advantage of Erik Gustafsson’s hesitation on a loose puck on the attacking blue line and went on a breakaway, but lost control. the puck as he moves to his backhand. Luckily for him, Marc-AndrĂ© Fleury had gone for the poke check, and the puck trickled slowly between his legs for Jarvis’ first NHL goal.

The prospect’s ability to explode into space and take advantage of the slightest hitch in his opponent’s focus makes him deadly in transition, and he has the vision and passing ability to find teammates through the narrowest of seams, his slow down or speed up pass to suit the situation, and generally manipulate opponents in ways that free up time and space for his opponents. He also has a decent shot that he can unleash with both feet. I’ve been a big fan of the way Jarvis has been playing hockey since his draft year, and he’s getting ready to stay on the Canes roster for the rest of this season.

Cole Sillinger Stick to the jackets

The Blue Jackets officially announced prior to Sillinger’s ninth game that he would remain with the team this season, burning the first year of his entry-level contract. The prospect was clearly revitalized by the news, which came despite Sillinger having gone scoreless four games earlier as the center scored two goals and provided an assist in his ninth game of the season, taking his tally to five points. the year came. Sillinger is one of only three 2021 draftees to be on their team’s roster this season, along with Mason McTavish and William Eklund, and the only one drafted outside the top-10 to do so.

One thing that would stop Sillinger from making it into the NHL immediately was his undersized skating stride, which has improved somewhat, but remains an issue. His weight is often on his heels and his ankle lacks the flexion needed for a deeper and stronger stride, but Sillinger has managed to get around his skating deficits through clever off-puck moves and high intensity in puck fights, which has led him to his own and can show his attacking side more often.

While he often dragged his feet in the USHL for Sioux Falls, Sillinger now attaches early to his man and acts proactively to get under the sticks of opponents. He regularly scans and attacks threats rather than loitering, and generally seems to care a lot more about him than he did during his year-long stay with the Stampede. The way he performed after finding out he was staying with the Jackets shows that Sillinger nurtures confidence and can be a regular threat if he sets his mind to it.

Alexander Holtz Going to Newark

It’s finally Holtz’s turn to be called up to the Devils after a great start to his AHL season. The prospect has scored five goals in four appearances for the Utica Devils, leading his team by a margin of three in that statistic. His shot really is such a versatile weapon: he can score one-timers, has the finesse to tighten a backhand, and his wrist looks like it would hurt. He has one of those heavy discharges that freeze goalkeepers on the spot.

When Holtz missed out on the Devils’ opening roster in October, he still managed to leave the impression that he would be back very soon. I wrote an update on Holtz’s DobberProspects profile at the beginning of the month, saying he would be with the big team in a few weeks. It turned out I was wrong: it was a matter of days. Two, to be exact.

With a player like Holtz, the plan is simple: play him with a high-end playmaker and make him your trigger man in the power play. With Jack Hughes on the sidelines for a while, I’d be very interested to see what kind of chemistry Holtz can cook up with Dawson Mercer. If not, it must be Nico Hischier. Anyway, Holtz could be better used for the bottom six, where top players are scarce and time on the puck is minimal.

Cole Caufield Goes to Laval

After a disappointing start in which he provided just one assist in 10 games, Cole Caufield has been sent to the AHL to boost his confidence, the team’s coaching staff said. If that seems counterintuitive, that’s because it is. I’ve already talked at length about Caufield’s demotion in my Prospect Ramblings at DobberProspects, so I’ll keep it short and simple.

The Habs must play Caufield in situations that benefit him.

18-20 minutes with Jonathan Drouin and Nick Suzuki? Good.

11-14 minutes with Adam Brooks and Joel Armia? Bad.

I’ll let you take a wild guess at which of these two situations the team has tried so far for the prospect.

Now the Canadiens continue to struggle with scoring goals (aside from their game against the Bertuzzi-less Detroit Red Wings), especially on the power play, and one of their best weapons at the man advantage is in the minors. At least in Laval he will be put in a position to succeed and probably will, but that will not change much when Caufield comes back to play just 11 minutes with Brooks and Armia. He was one of the team’s most standout strikers on the offensive side before being knocked out, and should be back on his feet very soon.

Peyton Krebs to Buffalo

The Jack Eichel saga is finally coming to an end. The Golden Knights gain another star via trade, acquiring the former Sabers franchise center and a third-round pick in exchange for Alex Tuch, Krebs, a first-round and second-round pick. The trade itself has been discussed all over the place since the announcement, but my focus is on what this means for Krebs. The center has so far failed to get points on the board in nine games for the Knights, despite racking up five assists in two AHL games for the Henderson Silver Knights.

He is now on a porous roster that needs help in the middle, where he can focus on his game and not worry too much about the score. He joins a familiar face in frequent World Juniors teammate Dylan Cozens – the two played together three times in such circumstances dating back to 2019, often on the same line – and Buffalo also adds a local product in Tuch.

This move won’t guarantee Krebs points or NHL time this year, but he has a much better shot at some quality playing time on a team that isn’t too focused on the Stanley Cup right now. What worries me is the long-term impact of playing on a team without a cup-winning mentality or goal-oriented direction. The Knights already look like the absolute winners of this trade, and this could get even uglier if Krebs doesn’t become a star (probability estimated at 10% after last year, according to Byron Bader‘s hockey prospecting model). However, he hasn’t turned 20 yet – there’s plenty of time to try and build a core player out of Krebs.

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