Axel Jonsson-Fjallby Continues Hot Streak; Connor McMichael, Aliaksei Protas Have Multi-Goal Weekends: Washington Capitals Prospect Weekly Report

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Welcome to the week 6 Washington Capitals prospects report. The following includes game action and news that occurred between October 21 and October 27, 2019. (Reminder: you can always access all of our prospect news and analysis in the top menu under “Prospects”. You can also access the latest Capitals prospect news on Twitter under the #CapsProspect hashtag.


PREVIOUS RECAPS

  • Week 5 Report (10/14 – 10/20): here.
  • Week 4 Report (10/7 – 10/13) : here.
  • Week 3 Report (9/30 – 10/6): here.
  • Week 2 Report (9/23 – 9/29: here.
  • Week 1 Report (9/16 – 9/22): here.

AHL/HERSHEY BEARS
The Bears opened the week on Wednesday with a 5-1 loss to the Amerks in Rochester. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored the only tally for the Bears. On Saturday the Bears lost a squeaker to the undefeated Utica Comets 2-1 in a shootout. Philippe Maillet would score the Bears lone goal in this one. For the short work week, the Bears offense struggled, scoring just two goals in the two games played.

Pheonix Copley and his stats returned to earth this week. He started against Rochester and gave up five goals on 29 shots. For the season Copley is now 2-2-1-0 with a 2.13 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

Vitek Vanecek continues to rebound from his very slow start. He gave up just one goal in his start against Utica on Saturday. For the season, Vanecek is 2-1-1-1 with a 2.90 GAA and a .883 save percentage.

Axel Jonsson-Fjallby
Jonsson-Fjallby continued his hot streak with a shorthanded tally against Rochester Wednesday night. As noted, the goal was Hershey’s only marker in the 5-1 loss to the Amerks.


CHL/WHL/OHL

Connor McMichael
Connor McMichael would waste little time Friday night against the Saginaw Spirit, scoring just 31 second into the contest. McMichael showed excellent net front work and quick reaction time to jump on the rebound.

Isolation:

McMichael would add an empty net goal late in the contest for a 5-1 win over Saginaw. For the game, McMichael had two goals on four shots, was a +2 and 13 of 19 in face offs. He was the first star of the game.

McMichael would score again in the first period of Saturday night’s tilt against the Otters in Erie.

McMichael would also pot a tally in the middle frame. The tally came from possibly the longest distance away from the net for McMichael this season, providing a little more insight to his slap shot.

McMichael would miss his attempt in the shootout as the Knights lost to the Otters 6-5. For the game, McMichael had two goals and an assist on four shots, was a +3 and 7 for 17 in faceoffs.

On Sunday, McMichael would assist on all of the Knights first three goals against Niagara. For the game he had three assists on three shots and was 4 for 14 from the dot. For the season, McMichael has 13 goals and 13 assists on 54 shots for a 24.1% shooting percentage in 12 games played.

Aliaksei Protas
Aliaksei Protas started at the 1C position for the first time this season on Tuesday night. Protas was held off the scoresheet, registered just one shot and was 7 of 16 in faceoffs.

On Wednesday night, Protas returned to 3C, had an assist on one shot and was 4 for 11 in faceoffs.

Protas would score the game-tying tally with less than a minute remaining in Friday nights tilt against the Tri-City Americans.


Video: Tri-City American

Protas would score a shorthanded goal in the first period of Saturday night’s tilt with the Spokane Chiefs.

Protas’ second goal demonstrated a bit of his stick handling and skating ability, taking the puck up ice, splitting the defensemen and ripping the shot far post.

For the game, Protas had two goals on three shots, was a +3 and o for 3 on faceoffs. Protas was the number one star of the game. For the season, Protas has nine goals and 10 assists on 42 shots for a 21.4% shooting percentage in 14 games played.

Eric Florchuk
Florchuk, playing in his 200th WHL game, would score a beauty Friday night against the Winnipeg Ice. Florchuk caused a turnover, collected the puck and battled an opposing player all the way to the net.


Video: Saskatoon Blades

Florchuk would finish the night with a goal on one shot, a +2 and 11 of 23 from the faceoff dot.

On Sunday, Florchuk was held off the scoresheet in a 5-4 overtime loss to Moose Jaw. For the season, Florchuk has five goals and two assists on 20 shots for a 25% shooting percentage in 11 games played.

OTHER PROSPECT NEWS

  • Damien Riat has struggled to get going so far this season. He has 1g, 3a in 11 games played so far this season for EHC Biel-Bienne. He was dropped from the second line to the third line on Friday.
  • Sebastian Walfridsson scored his second goal in the last week.
  • Benton Maass – Maass was key in setting up the Wildcats overtime game winner against Merrimack on Friday night.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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