This week's Capitals Farm Report is delighted to be able to spotlight the return of Marcus Johansson to competition in the Swedish Elitserien, after some time off for an injured wrist and also suspension of league play for the Olympic break.
Marcus Johansson, Farjestads BK (SEL)
Mackan has returned to the starting lineup of Farjestads BK. The team has made some personnel changes in anticipation of a playoff run and Marcus is now skating left wing on the top line. (Though I may be reading the Swedish "chains" the wrong way - but if he's actually skating on the fourth line that's a fairly high-scoring energy line!) The squad recently went for a manly teambuilding day of snöskoters and air rifles. I am sorry to report that my best efforts at acquiring pictures of this event have failed, but a team spokesman told me:
I am happy to say that Marcus Johansson right now plays very well, he was one of our best players in the first [exhibition] game (Linköping) during the Olympic break and performed well also in the second game against Djurgården.
Saturday we start up the league again with an away game against Peter Forsberg's Modo and then we only have six more games until the playoff starts.
Ice Warrior was kind enough to fill us in on the game against Modo:
In a 10-3 loss, Mackan went 0-1-1, even, 16:01 TOI. For the season (playing in 36 of FBK's 49 games so far), he is 8-9-17, minus-2, 10 PIM. Note: A Swedish stats website lists Marcus as a LW, but also includes his faceoff numbers - 256 faceoffs taken, 106 faceoffs won, 150 lost for 41%. How is Dave Steckel's Swedish?
Cody Eakin, Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Cody and the Swift Current Broncos have had a bit of a breakout week, with 2 big wins earning them four much-needed points in a crowded race for the eighth and final playoff spot in their conference:
The win [on Saturday] now has the Broncos sitting in eighth place with 70 points in 66 games and trail seventh place Moose Jaw by one point. Moose Jaw has two games in hand. The Broncos are five points up on the Prince Albert Raiders. The Raiders have one game in hand.
However, the Raiders have a far more difficult remaining schedule than Swift Current: Prince Albert plays in Calgary, in Red Deer, in Regina, hosts Brandon, hosts Swift Current, is in Saskatoon, and then closes out the season hosting Saskatoon.
Swift Current on the other hand hosts Regina, visits Calgary, visits Red Deer, visits Prince Albert, hosts Moose Jaw and then closes out the season in Moose Jaw.
Moose Jaw is in Lethbridge, in Medicine Hat, in Brandon, hosts Lethbridge, in Saskatoon, in Brandon, in Swift Current, hosts Swift Current.
Cody scored his 42nd and 43rd goals this week and is now third in goals scored in the WHL. He went 2-0-2, plus-1, 4 PIM. On the season he is 43-37-80, minus-13, 61 PIM.
Dmitry Kugryshev, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Dmitry's wallet is $20 lighter this week, as he had to make good on a wager with teammate Jonathan Audy-Marchessault on the outcome of the quarterfinal game between Russia and Canada. Unfortunately, the Remparts' week looked a lot like Team Russia's, with one win and two disappointing losses. The team remains comfortably in the lead of its division and fifth overall in the Q.
He went 1-3-4 (that single goal being an OT GWG), minus-2, zero PIM for the week, and is tied for fourth in the Q scoring race at 27-52-79, plus-16, 46 PIM on the season.
Stefan Della Rovere, Barrie Colts (OHL)
One would think that a Farm Report ought to feature some farm equipment from time to time, so here is the best available representation of Captain Delly's Barrie Colts, currently mercilessly reaping and threshing their way across the Great Plains of the Ontario Hockey League. They've won six in a row including last week's win against their interconference rivals the Windsor Spitfires, and this week's win against their intraconference rivals, the London Knights.
Barrie concludes the month of February with a 10-2 record and has set a franchise record with 51 wins, and with just seven games left on the season the Colts are one point shy of their best season in their 15-year history.
SDR had three assists and one fight this week. The totals are 0-3-3, plus-2, 9 PIM, and 17-23-40, plus-20, 117 PIM for the season. As promised, here's the video of Delly celebrating his 20th birthday the best way he knows how:
Garett Hunter vs Stefan Della Rovere (via JimKorn20)
And this concludes your Capitals Farm Report for the week of February 22-28, 2010.