The Kids Are All Right
2006 Prospects Tournament Wrap-up...
By Jason Kasiorek
The 2006 Prospects Tournament came to an end Tuesday with the host Detroit Red Wings finishing a disappointing fifth with a 2-2 record. The wings gave as good as they got, scoring the same number of goals they gave up - 14. Grand Rapids invitee Ryan Keller led the way for Detroit with 3 goals and 5 points, tied with tryout Tyler Donati who posted 1 goal and 4 assists.
There were some mixed performances among the eight players vying for contracts, with the Donati twins, Justin and Tyler, showing off their offensive flair with some breakout performances the last two games. Sniper Jamie Tardif did not put up the numbers expected of him, but played a nice two-way game. Rugged David Jarram was a willing combatant, and did a decent job of grinding it out on the wing for the Donati's. Kevin Undershute had a pair of goals, but did not stand out, and second year man Reid Jorgenson fell to the injury bug before getting a chance to shine. Toledo invitee Dominic Vicari had the best numbers of the three goalies in the tourney.
Cory Emmerton and Darren Helm turned some heads with their strong play in the tournament and headlined the cast of draft picks on the roster. Emmerton showed some impressive offensive skills, while Helm got it done at both ends of the ice, and may have been Detroit's best forward. Highly touted prospect Even McGrath may not have lit it up on the score sheet, but he played a nice defensive forward role showing off his speed and aggressiveness. Class of 2006 members Shawn Matthias (2nd rnd) and Jan Mursak (6th rnd) both struggled to find their games, and need a little more seasoning.
Jeff May and Kyle Quincey were the rocks on the Wings blueline during the tournament, both turning in some excellent performances. Rookie Jonathan Ericsson showed he had some work to do on his defensive game, but exhibited some impressive mobility and hands, especially for a player his size. Behemoth Sergei Kolosov (formerly Siarhei Kolausau), Bretton Stamler, and Jakub Kindl showed glimpses of potential while struggling with consistency. Logan Pyett turned in a couple of good games, paired with Quincey, and could be one to watch.
Jimmy Howard had a couple of shaky outing between the pipes, although the team had some defensive letdowns in front of him. Prodigal goaltending prospect Stefan Liv got lit up in his only start and seemed to have a problem with the amount and quality of shots he faced.
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Game 1 Detroit 3 - Atlanta 4 Scorers: Keller, Undershute, Tardif
Game 2 Detroit 2 - TB 1 Scorers: Kindl, Keller
Game 3 Detroit 5 - NYR 6 OT Scorers: J. Donati, T. Donati, Stamler, Emmerton, Keller
Game 4 Detroit 4 - St Louis 3 OT Scorers: J. Donati, Undershute, Helm, Tardif
J. Donati - T. Donati - Jarram
Mathias - McGrath - Tardif/Keller
Mursak/Tardif - Helm - Keller
Undershute - Emmerton - Jorgenson/Kolosov
Quincy - Pyett
Ericsson - May
Kolosov/Kindl - Stamler