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On the Farm, Juniors and College Report

Thursday, 10.30.2008 / 11:14 AM CT / Features
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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On the Farm, Juniors and College Report
The Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate in the American Hockey League, enter this weekend’s games – a home-and-home slate with the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday and Saturday night – with a 2-4-1 record. A week ago, the Admirals went 1-2-0, sandwiching a victory over the Peoria Rivermen on Oct. 24 with losses to Lake Erie on Oct. 22 and Chicago on Oct. 25. Friday’s victory was the first professional win for netminder Mark Dekanich, a fifth round pick of Nashville in the 2006 Entry Draft who spent the past four seasons at Colgate University. The Admirals also received goals from six different players in the victory, with four of those goals coming from Nashville draftees or free-agent signees.

Antti Pihlstrom was one of those four goal scorers, giving him goals in four games. He leads Milwaukee with five goals, ranking him among the league leaders. Pihlstrom (5g-3a) is tied for the club lead in points with Cal O’Reilly (3g-5a), a fifth-round pick of the Predators in 2005. He rides a five-game point streak (3g-4a) into this weekend’s games.

Another first-year pro, 2007 second rounder Nick Spaling picked up his first professional goal on Saturday night against Chicago and finished the week with five points (1g-4a) in three games.  After being held scoreless in his first three games, he now has six points (1g-5a) in his last four contests, placing him third on the Admirals roster in points.

In major-junior action, 2007 first-round pick and Vancouver Giant Jonathon Blum ranks among the Western Hockey League defensemen leaders in points with 13 (4g-9a) through just nine games, while posting a eye-popping plus-19 rating. Blum notched his first three-point game of the season last Saturday in a victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Also in the WHL, Nashville’s second of two 2008 first-round picks, Chet Pickard, has been a workhorse in net for the Tri-City Americans, and posted his first shutout of 2008-09 with a 20-save effort against the Everett Silvertips last Saturday.

In the NCAA ranks, Nashville’s other 2008 first rounder, Boston University’s Colin Wilson, is picking up where he left off last year when he was Rookie of the Year in Hockey East. Last Saturday, Wilson posted three assists in a big Terriers victory over the University of Michigan, and is currently ranked second on BU in points with six (1g-5a) through five games. Out west, a pair of 2006 Preds draftees – Ryan Flynn of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Blake Geoffrion of the Wisconsin Badgers – went head-to-head in a two-game series last weekend. The clubs skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday night, while Flynn’s Gopher squad took a 5-2 decision on Saturday.

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
8 ANA 49 24 18 7 106 113 55
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 51 24 21 6 136 156 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 49 22 24 3 129 145 47
13 WPG 50 22 25 3 129 143 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36