HW's Weekly Prospect Report 12/19/2012

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

The World Junior Championship tournament is coming up soon and there are alot of players worth watching! Mario Lucia and Christoph Bertschy are fighting for spots as we speak.

Highlights

Wild Prospect Handbook Issue 2.0 Released!- Yes, thats right! If you missed it, we just released our second issue of the Handbook! Give it a read!

Wild Prospect Handbook Facebook Page and Twitter - Once you read the handbook, go over to Facebook and comment and like us! And don't forget to talk to us over twitter

Team Canada Makes First Cuts, Wild Prospect Eliminated - Sadly, Dumba and Graovac will not be representing Canada or the Wild in this years WJC

Wild Podcast: Louie Nanne - Haven't got a chance to listen to the podcast because I am in Japan, but seems like an interesting piece

Again, don't forget to like our Handbook facebook page!

Prospects Of The Week

Jason Zucker vs. Mario Lucia

I will be changing the format slightly in order to make these updates just a tad more interesting.

In this update, instead of having a simple prospect of the week post, we will have two prospects face-off. This week, we have Jason Zucker and Mario Lucia.

Zucker's two points in four games isn't much to grovel over but he was able to amass 20 shots in those games, a very high number. Even if he doesn't develop into a first line player, he'll be a dangerous asset on the bottom lines because he knows how to pressure with his tenacity and tendency to shoot.

Lucia is working his way onto Team USA for this year's WJC, and while being injured for three months won't help his cause, his quick start with 10 points in 9 games will. For this week, he only played one game, but had two assists and two shots.

So, given their respective styles and leagues, who is THE prospect of the week?

My take? Jason Zucker.

Minor League

Pos Age Ht Wt Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG S
Jason Zucker LW 20 5.11 180 Houston Aeros (AHL) 22 13 9 22 14 -3 7 1 85
Justin Fontaine RW 25 5.10 160 Houston Aeros (AHL) 25 8 13 21 2 2 4 0 48
Johan Larsson C/LW 20 5.10 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 26 6 10 16 16 0 2 1 37
Charlie Coyle RW/C 20 6.02 205 Houston Aeros (AHL) 26 9 6 15 14 1 2 0 41
Mikael Granlund C/W 20 5.10 180 Houston Aeros (AHL) 14 5 9 14 2 0 2 0 31
Nick Palmieri RW 23 6.03 220 Houston Aeros (AHL) 26 7 7 14 24 6 2 0 48
David McIntyre LW/C 25 6.00 190 Houston Aeros (AHL) 25 7 6 13 16 12 0 0 58
Marco Scandella D 22 6.02 190 Houston Aeros (AHL) 22 1 10 11 13 1 0 0 53
Kris Foucault LW 22 6.01 202 Houston Aeros (AHL) 20 4 6 10 2 -3 2 0 27
Chay Genoway D 25 5.09 177 Houston Aeros (AHL) 24 3 7 10 14 8 1 0 27
Zack Phillips C/RW 20 6.00 175 Houston Aeros (AHL) 24 1 8 9 2 -5 0 0 26
Chad Rau C 25 5.11 175 Houston Aeros (AHL) 13 4 2 6 4 3 0 0 11
Steven Kampfer D 24 5.11 197 Houston Aeros (AHL) 14 0 6 6 10 -10 0 0 30
Jarod Palmer RW 26 6.00 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 14 1 4 5 22 3 0 0 17
Carson McMillan RW/C 24 6.01 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 17 1 4 5 4 3 0 0 25
Jonas Brodin D 19 6.01 166 Houston Aeros (AHL) 8 2 2 4 4 2 0 0 13
Tyler Cuma D 22 6.02 180 Houston Aeros (AHL) 18 1 2 3 8 -3 0 0 15
Joel Broda LW/C 23 6.00 196 Houston Aeros (AHL) 24 1 2 3 18 -5 0 0 41
Brett Bulmer RW 20 6.03 185 Houston Aeros (AHL) 17 1 1 2 19 -8 0 0 27
Josh Caron D 21 6.02 215 Houston Aeros (AHL) 9 0 0 0 7 -1 0 0 0
Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) 14 1 1 2 28 -2 0 0 6
Kyle Medvec D 24 6.05 191 Houston Aeros (AHL) 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) 12 3 4 7 16 2 0 0 27

Canadian Junior Leagues

Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Shots
Raphael Bussieres LW 19 6.01 195 Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 35 18 25 43 22 21 4 0 111
Tyler Graovac C 19 6.03 179 Ottawa 67s (OHL) 26 18 12 30 6 -14 5 1 -
Matt Dumba D 18 6.00 183 Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 34 7 10 17 43 -3 1 0 -
Colton Jobke D 20 6.00 175 Regina Pats (WHL) 15 1 12 13 42 -1 0 0 -

USA/BCHL

Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Shots
Louis Nanne LW 18 5.10 162 Penticton Vees (BCHL) 27 13 13 26 12 - 3 0 -
Erik Haula C/LW 21 5.11 170 U of Minnesota (WCHA) 17 8 14 22 6 5 3 0 65
Adam Gilmour RW 18 6.02 193 Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) 26 8 12 20 4 8 3 0 75
Mario Lucia LW 19 6.02 187 Notre Dame (CCHA) 9 5 5 10 4 4 3 0 19
Nick Seeler D 19 6.00 170 U of Nebraska Omaha (WCHA) 16 2 5 7 16 7 1 0 23
John Draeger D 19 6.02 186 Michigan State (CCHA) 17 1 4 5 6 -6 1 0 28
Anthony Hamburg RW 21 6.01 185 Rochester Inst. of Tech (AHA) 11 1 2 3 8 0 0 0

European

Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Hits Time
Cody Almond C/LW 23 6.02 199 Geneve-Servette (NLA) 26 6 13 19 40 4
Daniel Gunnarsson D 20 6.04 191 Lulea (Elitserien) 31 5 5 10 12 5 3 0 7 17.42
Christoph Bertschy C 18 5.10 170 Bern (NLA) 27 2 2 4 14 1
Bern U20 (Elit Jr) 2 2 1 3 2
Bjorn Krupp D 21 6.02 189 Kolner Haie (DEL) 18 1 4 5 8 3

Goaltenders

Age Height Weight Team League GP Min GA SO GAA W L SOL/T SA Svs Sv%
Johan Gustafsson G 20 6.02 202 Lulea Elitserien 20 33 2 1.65 12 8 0 484 450 0.930
Matt Hackett G 22 6.02 170 Houston Aeros AHL 21 1244 53 0 2.56 11 6 3 568 515 0.907
Darcy Kuemper G 22 6.04 195 Houston Aeros AHL 6 340 14 1 2.47 3 3 0 158 138 0.908
Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 3 184 8 0 2.61 0 2 1 113 105 0.929
Stephen Michalek G 19 6.02 196 Cedar Rapids USHL 6 364.5 20 0 3.29 3 2 1 161 141 0.876

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