This is the first installment of what I plan to be a regular weekly feature here at Japers' Rink - a look back at The Week That Was for the Caps' farmhands. This week's Farm Report covers Stefan Della Rovere, Cody Eakin, and Dmitry Kugryshev. We're also posting APBs for Marcus Johansson and Dmitri Orlov, for whom information is hard to come by.
I don't plan to cover the Bears or the Sting Rays in these reports, but at least this week you can catch up with them through reports from Corey Masisak (one, two) and Peerless, who have apparently been reassigned to farm duty along with Neuvirth, Carlson, and Alzner for the Olympic break.
This was a week of records achieved in the Caps' farm system. Cody Eakin was the first player in the WHL to forty goals, Stefan Della Rovere slugged his way to his 100th PIM, and Dmitry Kugryshev's team continues to lead the QMJHL in attendance as the Q passed the 1.5 million fans mark.
Cody Eakin, Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Cody leads off today because he hit a nice milestone as he became the first player in the Western Hockey League to forty goals. Though the Broncos had a pretty bad week with three straight losses heading into the weekend, Cody's two goals on Saturday helped his team to a 4-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers and only coincidentally were his 40th and 41st goals on the season. He now has a two goal lead for the WHL goal scoring title over Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle, but don't count Jordan out - he's scored his 39 goals in 13 fewer games. (Update - Kyle Beach has snuck into the goals lead with 42 as of press time. Whatevs.)
Overall, Cody went 3-0-3 in four games for the week, with a minus-2 and 4 PIM. He is 41-34-75, minus-15, 55 PIM on the season.
Stefan Della Rovere, Barrie Colts (OHL)
Captain Delly has led the Barrie Colts to second place overall in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) standings. The Colts had an up-and-down week with two solid wins and then a loss to the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors on Saturday, which was just their 9th on the season. But at least the game was livened up in the second period with Delly and new teammate Alex Pietrangelo getting into a dilly of a double feature. I love the parade to the penalty box at the end - it's so crowded it looks like the team bench:
Rob Flick & Dustin Ekelman vs Alex Pietrangelo & Stefan Della Rovere (via JimKorn20)
That was Delly's second fight of the week. Here's his first fight, in a 6-4 win over the Ottawa 67's. This was the fight that put him over 100 PIMs on the season:
Stefan Della Rovere vs Corey Cowick (via JimKorn20)
Anyway, SDR finished a three-game week 1-2-3, plus-2, 12 PIM. For the season he is 16-19-35, plus-15, 106 PIM.
Dmitry Kugryshev, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Dmitry was named First Star of the Game on Friday with a four-point night in a 6-4 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. But that represented his entire offensive output over three games this week. The Remparts currently have a comfortable 13-point lead in the Telus Eastern Division and are most likely playoffs-bound.
It was only a matter of time before you see Vallerand, Kugryshev, and Stefanovich recover to blacken the scoresheet. The Devils took Beige measurement of the Acadie-Bathurst 6 to 4.
Dmitry Kugryshev scored two goals and assisted twice in the team's goals, while Mikhail Stefanovich added three points to his record. As for Captain Vallerand, he touched the target once more to prepare the second goal of Kugryshev in the third period.
In goal for the Remparts, Antoine Tardif blocked 29 shots of the Titan, while his counterpart Francois Lacerte was expelled from the game late in the middle period, allowing five goals on 25 shots. Guillaume Nadeau took over.
This was two important points raised for the troops of Patrick Roy: Ranking the top of the QMJHL is still tight, with victories in Victoriaville, Moncton, Saint John and Drummondville yesterday evening. Quebec remains fifth in the QMJHL.
With eleven to play dueling, the Remparts have a relatively easy schedule, although the two confrontations over the Voltigeurs and the cons Tigers remain important. There will be contests of three games against Baie-Comeau, two face-to Lewiston and a duel to the Sags, Oceanic, and the Olympics.
We'll see if the word "easy" in the preceding paragraph will become more meaningful by the end of the season.
The Remparts also lead the Q in attendance, averaging over 11,000 patrons for each game. And I don't have a link, but I saw a report recently that Remparts skipper Patrick Roy may be looking to jump to an NHL coaching job this summer.
Dmitry went 2-2-4, plus-1, 2 PIM for the week, and is 25-49-74, plus-18, 46 PIM on the season.
And this concludes your Capitals Farm Report for the week of February 8-14.