Saturday, December 26, 2015

ALUMDATE: At The Christmas Break

It has not been a fun season for Simon Despres and the Anaheim Ducks.

Just four games into the 2015-16 season on Oct. 16, Despres suffered a concussion from a hit to the head. He has not played since.

From the Orange County Register on Dec. 19:

Earlier this month, Despres showed signs of improvement and attempted to skate on his own before a practice at Anaheim Ice. Lingering symptoms are now keeping the defenseman from taking steps forward in getting back on the ice, and the Ducks aren’t pushing him.

The Ducks have underperformed so far this season and sit dead last in the NHL's Western Conference, two points behind the Edmonton Oilers. Their problem hasn't been on the backend but up front - they've scored the fewest goals in the league this season with just 62 in 33 games.

On a more positive note, Mike Hoffman sits sixth in NHL goal scoring. 

Mike HoffmanOTT31171532
Jonathan HuberdeauFLA3541721
Charlie CoyleMIN338917
Nathan BeaulieuMTL352911
Eric GelinasNJ21123
Tomas JurcoDET13123
Stanislav GalievWAS7022
Simon DespresANA4000

Alex Grant is having an impressive season with the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons. The "original Sea Dog" sits fourth in AHL defensemen scoring with five goals and 22 points in 28 games. The Falcons are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes.

Meanwhile, according to, Brett Gallant only has four fights this season with Lake Erie.

Alex GrantSPR2851722
Tomas Jurco*GR5549
Zack PhillipsPRO25257
Stanislav Galiev*HER5303
Yann Sauve*POR3011
Brett GallantLE22000
*Not on active roster

Michael Kirkpatrick has gotten his professional career off to a good start. The former Sea Dogs forward and StFX X-Man sits sixth in ECHL rookie scoring with 12 goals and 22 points in 23 games with the Adirondack Thunder (Calgary Flames). Kirkpatrick is also tied for the rookie lead in goals.

Meanwhile, Charles-Olivier Roussel is sixth in ECHL defensemen scoring with two goals and 19 points in 26 games with the Norfolk Admirals (Edmonton Oilers).

Michael KirkpatrickADK23121022
Charles-Olivier RousselNOR2621719
Scott HowesBRM199817
Yann SauveMAN2141216
Danick GauthierWIC24639
Ryan TesinkQC23257

There's only one former Sea Dogs goaltender playing in one of North America's top three professional leagues. Former University of Calgary Dino Jacob DeSerres has appeared in 10 games with the Colorado Eagles (no affiliate).

Jacob DeSerresCOL102-6-1-02.87.876

Did we forget someone (we probably did)? Let us know.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

1 comment:

  1. I would love to see a european edition. Schutz, Bartos, Stitch etc.