Brian Pinho, Garrett Pilon And Beck Malenstyn Continue To Heat Up: Week 18 Prospect Report

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Welcome to the week 18 Washington Capitals prospect report. The following includes a summary of game action and news for Capitals prospects that occurred between January 13th and January 19th, 2020. (Reminder: you can always access all of our prospect news and analysis in the top menu under the “Prospects” tab. You can also follow the latest Capitals prospect news on Twitter under the #CapsProspect hashtag.




The Bears opened the week with a 4-1 loss to the Checkers in Charlotte. The following night the Bears fell to the Checkers 5-4. To their credit, the Bears trailed 5-1 at the start of the final period and closed the gap to 5-4 late. On Saturday the Bears rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second period to beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 5-4 in overtime. On Sunday the Nears easily handled the Rochester Americans 4-1. The win improves the Bears record to 25-13-2-3 (55 points) on the season.The Bears are now tied with the Hartford Wolf Pack for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Pheonix Copley – started the week with a 4-1 loss to Charlotte. He stopped 26 of 29 shots faced for a .896 game save percentage. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Copley. Copley would get the start in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win against the Hartford Wolf Pack. He stopped 18 of 22 but played better than his stats, with several of the goals really not his fault. For the season Copley is 11-6-4-1 with a 2.52 GAA and a .903 save percentage.

Vitek Vanecek – stopped 27 of 32 shots he faced Wednesday night against the Checkers. The stats appear a little worse than his actual level of play in game. Vanecek played well in Sunday nights 4-1 win over the Amerks. He was just 27 seconds away from a shutout when the Amerks potted a meaningless tally for the 4-1 final. For the season, Vanecek is 13-7-1-1 with a 2.37 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Brian Pinho – scored two goals in Wednesday night’s 5-4 loss to the Checkers. The Bears trailed 5-1 at the start of the final frame, and Pinho’s two late goals made a game of it. His first goal came on a rush and a snipe from the right side.

His second goal came directly off of a faceoff from the top of the right circle, making the score 5-4.

Pinho would score his third goal of the week Sunday evening against the Amerks. For the season, Pinho has 12 goals and 12 assists in 43 games played. He has seven goals and three assists in the last 12 games played.

Garett Pilon – also had a tally in Wednesday nights game against the Checkers.

Pilon would score again on Saturday night.

Pilon would score his third goal of the week Sunday night against the Amerks. For the season, Pilon has 11 goals and 12 assists in 42 games played. Pilon has eight goals and three assists in his last 13 games played.

Beck Malenstyn – scored his 6th goal of the season Saturday night versus the Wolf Pack.

Martin Fehervary – scored his fourth goal of the season Sunday night against Rochester.

Shane Gersich – scored his fifth goal of the season Saturday night against Hartford.

Riley Sutter – scored his first career AHL goal Sunday night against the Amerks. Sutter has played in 12 games since returning from his pre-season injury.


Connor McMichael – The Knights home broadcast ran a small piece on McMichael’s first weekend back from World Juniors. The piece also compared his scoring output to Rob Schremp‘s offensive output for the Knights in the 2005-2006 season. (57 goals, 88 assists in 57 games).

Video: The OHL

McMichael would record his fifth hat trick of the season on Saturday against the Erie Otters. He now has 33 goals and 38 assists in 32 games. He’s recorded 155 shots on goal for a shooting percentage of 21.3%.

Video: The OHL

Aliaksei Protas – had a quiet week, recording just a single assist. Protas has two goals and four assists in the month of January (nine games). For the season, Protas has 22 goals and 33 assists in 39 games played. He’s recorded 128 shots for a shooting percentage of 17.2%.

Eric Florchuk – Florchuk potted his second hat trick of the season Friday night against his old team, the Victoria Royals.

Florchuk was moved to the right wing on the top line for this first time in this game. He would score against in Saturday night, giving him four goals and three assists in five games played with the Giants so far. He meet with the media following his hat trick on Friday.


Damien Riat – Riat is starting to heat up since his return from his two month absence due to a concussion. This week he registered three goals and two assists in just two games played. He now has five goals and nine assists in 24 games played so far this season.


Mitchell Gibson – stopped 28 of 29 shots faced for a .966 save percentage on Friday night against St. Lawrence. The one goals was a PPG. The following night Gibson would stop 27 of 31 shots faced in a 5-3 loss to No. 7 Clarkson. Gibson is now 6-4-1 with a 2.27 GAA and a .930 save percentage on the season. He has the 12th best save percentage in the NCAA.

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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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7 Responses to Brian Pinho, Garrett Pilon And Beck Malenstyn Continue To Heat Up: Week 18 Prospect Report

  1. Anonymous says:

    Brett Leason continues to struggle. His shot has been wild, was a healthy scratch last night. Hope he finds his game, there are players with much fewer games (Snively, Nardella) that are producing. Leason needs to step it up ASAP.

    • Anonymous says:

      Looks like Caps brass might have gotten too cute with that pick. Hope it turns around next year in Hershey for him.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Alexeyev seems to be getting knocked around quite a bit. Hopefully that settles down here I. The back half of the season.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Riat snapping too. Contract year.

  4. James Lewis says:

    Here’s hoping McMichael doesn’t become another Robby Schremp.

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