Last week in our “Prospect of the Week” blog we said it was just a matter of time before Zach Senyshyn starts putting up points in bunches. And that’s exactly what he just did. Senyshyn had a productive week, not only in his three OHL games for the Soo Greyhounds, but also playing in the two OHL vs Russia U20 games.
It has been well documented at BostonPucks.com that Senyshyn has had a slow start to the season. Over the summer he missed the Bruins Development Camp due to mono and after recovering from that he was able to participate in the Team Canada WJC camp over the summer. Then right before Bruins Rookie Camp Senyshyn had an appendicitis. So it is totally understandable that he is well off his 45 goal pace from last season.
But earlier in the week Senyshyn started to look like his old self as he scored a highlight reel goal in game 2 of the OHL/Russia series. In the highlight below Senyshyn uses his blazing speed to beat both Russian defensemen to tuck a backhand 5 hole:
Senyshyn’s performance in the OHL/Russia series will improve his stock for a potential invite to Team Canada’s WJC camp in December. Hockey Canada uses these Russia games to evaluate players they are going to invite to camp, so Senyshyn putting his best skate forward is a good thing for his chances to make Team Canada.
In OHL play his Soo Greyhounds had three games this week. Senyshyn scored 2 goals on 5 shots and was a plus-2 against the Saginaw Spirit. Then Senyshyn had an assist, 2 shots and was a minus-1 against the Kingston Frontenacs. On Saturday against the Hamilton Bulldogs Senyshyn grabbed another assist, but had an impressive 7 shots on net while posting a minus-1. Senyshyn now has 7-6-13 point line in 17 games on the season. He is also a minus-7 but I do not put a lot of stock in that. If you have watched an OHL game you know it is a wide open run and gun type of game. Not a lot of defense is played and it’s not exactly pro style hockey. Just look at some of the scores from Saturday’s slate of games which included 8-2, 4-2, 4-3, 7-3, and 4-1 shooutouts. Saturday is a small sample, but the games averaged a little over 7.5 goals a game. There is a lot of top end talent in the OHL and defense takes longer to develop.
In the Saginaw game where Senyshyn scored two goals the first was a tip in, but the second Senyshyn shows good hands and a quick release when he collected a pass in the slot and buried a wrist shot:
Other Prospect Notes
· Jake DeBrusk might finally be getting adjusting to the AHL. The 20-year-old played in all three of Providence’s games this weekend and recorded a goal against Hartford on Sunday and an assist on Saturday against Springfield. DeBrusk now has 3 goals and 3 assists in 16 games in the AHL.
· Jakub Zboril is continuing his torrid offensive output with 3 points this week (1 goal and 2 assists). Zboril is averaging a point per game with his 6 goals and 10 assists in 16 games. He only had 20 points in 50 games last season and 33 points in his draft year in 44 games.
· Trent Frederic did not play this weekend for Wisconsin due to an upper body injury.
· Anders Bjork had a goal and an assist Friday night against UMass Lowell to increase his point total to 20 (8 goals and 12 assists), which is good for 5th in the country in scoring. Look for the B’s to lock him up the second the NCAA season finishes in the spring.