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New Jersey Devils European Prospects Update: Hameenaho Heating Up Again

Lenni Hameenaho is hot again and is now tied for 5th in the Liiga in goals, two back from the league lead of 13. This post updates on Hameenaho’s progress and on all the other Devils prospects skating across Europe.

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Hameenaho has had himself a bit streaky, but still excellent season so far.
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European Prospect Update

PNHLe courtesy of Dobberprospects.com
Russia/Belarus

Forward Zakhar Bardakov picked up a goal and an assist in recent games, hopefully indicating a turnaround to what has been a rough season for the gritty 22-year-old forward. His teammate Arseni Gritsyuk has gone pointless in three games since last European update and has seen time as an apparent healthy scratch.

Defenseman Artyom Barabosha made his KHL debut and picked up his first point (an assist) in two games at the highest level. The points are not there, but Daniil Orlov has played well for Spartak as a 19-year-old defenseman in a limited role averaging 8:41 minutes a game.

Rest of Europe

Dobber’s current projection model puts Winger Lenni Hameenaho’s PNHLe at 61, which is the potential of an elite second line forward. (Their threshold for top line forward potential is 65). This article by Lassi Alanen of EP Rinkside is a month old but it talks of Hameenaho’s rise this season and what he still needs to work on to be successful in the NHL. It is a good read to learn more about a quick-rising prospect and is well worth your time, as is anything Lassi Alanen writes on European prospects.

Forward Petr Hauser is dominating HC Sparta U20 at a ridiculous 3.67 points per game in three games. Unfortunately, the offense has not yet translated to the highest level, where the energy forward has only four assists in sixteen games.

Lastly, Jakub Malek has gone 2-0 since last update with his GA and SV% remaining relatively consistent with his previous play.

Around the Pool

  • Josh Filmon may not have as many goals as last season but he is doing things like this.
  • Cam Squires is getting hot with five goals in his seven games. In related news, the forward has upped his celly game.
  • For the fancy stat people, some comparables for Seamus Casey.

Final Thoughts

Now it is time to tell us what you think. Let us know in the comments below.