Despite the 3-1 loss to Albany in Connecticut’s 2012-2013 preseason opener, there were many positives coming from the game. Per Jim Cerny, top prospect J.T. Miller was one player that stood out the most during the loss. Miller recorded the Whale’s lone goal and was a physical and dominating presence on the ice. Miller, playing on a line with Michael Haley and Chad Kolarik, was creative and showed that he belonged on the ice with the other AHL players.
Meanwhile, across the pond, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast continued their torrid starts. Lindberg added another assist to his totals in a 2-1 shootout loss, while Fast scored yet another goal in HV71’2 4-1 win. Lindberg remains in the top five in scoring, while Fast is tied for second in goals.
One other item worth noting is that Thomas Spelling has only dressed for one game for Rogle’s SEL squad. He has suited up every other game in the Swedish Juniors*, and he is not very happy about it. The link is in Danish, but the Google Chrome translator gave this little nugget:
“It is as if the coach doesn’t believe in me, and I never really get any feedback other than being told that “things are going in the right direction”. But he never really speaks to me, unless I come to him first”
- J.T. Miller, CT Whale: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Oscar Lindberg, Skellefteå AIK/SEL: 0 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, +1
- Jesper Fast, HV71/SEL: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
*It is very difficult to find game-by-game stats for the Swedish Junior leagues or the HockeyAllsvenskan league. That is why we have not had many updates for Carl Hagelin, Calle Andersson, or Thomas Spelling. Please refer to the Prospect Stats page for year-to-date summaries.