Rockies Prospect Update (New Years Addition)by Ed Whalen | January 1, 2018, 1:52 AM ET
In their innaugural season, the Banff Rockies have completely broken down their team with the goal of being a future SICHL contender. The original belief of GM Constable that they could take down some teams and possibly qualify for the playoffs changed dramatically while at the 2017 Summit. Constable didn't just talk with other GM's there, he listened. "I learned a lot about the nuances of the league while I was there. I thought I had a good grasp after watching the previous few seasons from the outside, but some of the finer points were made much clearer to me while I was there."
The Rockies are now a bottom feeder in the league and are rarely able to give opponents a run, but they've surprised a few. At the same time they have added a couple of prospects and draft picks for the future. Here is a rundown of them:
D Mikhail Sergachev: Picked with the 4th overall and second Rockies selection in this years dispersal draft, Sergachev is expected to make the Rockies next year and possibly go straight to the top pairing, he has 8 goals and 25 points in only 38 games in that other league.
LW Kyle Connor: The 5th overall and 3rd of Banff's selections in the dispersal draft has played 24 games for the Jasper Avalanche and has 15 points. He has also played 34 games in that other league and has 13 goals and 25 points. Big things are expected of him next year in Banff.
C Nick Suzuki: Banff's first ever pick in the SICHL entry draft #12 overall in 2017 has 47 points in 31 games in The OHL this year with Owen Sound. He was Canada's last cut this year for their World Junior entry. At only 18, he will have a shot again next year. He is still most likely 3 years away from making the Rockies.
C/W Klim Kostin: Kostin was Banff's second selection of the first round this year and #20 overall. He is currently playing against men for San Antonio of the AHL and has 11 points in 26 games. He also sits in a tie for 3rd in scoring at the World Juniors with 6 points in 4 games.
D Pierre-Olivier Joseph: Joseph was Banff's 3rd selection, 32nd overall. He is captain of His Charlottetown Islanders and leads the team with 27 points in 30 games. His excellent instincts quick plays and smooth skating should haelp him make the Rockies in about 3 years.
C Antoine Morand: An assistant captain on Acadie Bathurst this year, Morand has been a little disapointing to Rockies brass this year with only 41 points in 36 games so far for the 3rd round pick in 2017. The team is hoping he can pick it up in the second half. He is considered at least 3 years away form the Rockies.
RW Ivan Lodnia: Lodnia is filling more of a starring role this year in Erie with the graduation of a number of top line players, but is still growing into the role. Banff's second 3rd round selection this year has 41 points in 37 games this year in Junior. He is consisdered at least 4 years away form making the Rockies.
C Adam Ruzicka: The 6'4 4th round selection started the year with a blaze for the Sarnia Sting and 20 games in was in the top 4 in Scoring in the O. However, he has tailed off and is sitting on 20 goals and 39 points in 34 games. At the World Juniors he has 2 points in 4 games for Slovakia. Banff is very happy with his progress, but don't expect him on the Rockies roster for another 4 years at least.
G Tyler Parsons: The former Memorial Cup champion and World Junior gold medalist had a very rough start to his year getting shell shocked in Kansas of the ECHL. after 5 games he had a save perscentage in the .860s and a GAA over 4. However since then he has settled in nicely and after 19 games he has improved those numbers dramatically. THe Rockies are not worried as that league is known for big mistakes that lead to high scoring chances, not the greatest for goalie stats. The team is in talks to have him moved to the A, but an injury is preventing that at the moment. The Rockies are hoping he will be the Future #1 for a decade within about 5 years.
C Henrik Borgstrom: Playing for the University of Denver the 6'3 sophomore has 27 points in 19 games. The Rockies are pleased with his progression there and are hoping he can make the big club within 3 years.
Other prospects the club are following closely include:
C Adam Gaudette: 25 points in 18 games at Northeastern Univeresity
D Linus Hogberg: 4 points in 25 games with Vaxjo of the SHL and 0 points in 4 games so far at the WOrd Juniors for Sweden.
D David Noel: 12 goals and 29 points in 36 games with Val-d'Or in the Q.
C Igor Shvyryov: 13 points in 6 games with Stalnye Lisy of the MHL and 1 goal in 24 games woth Metallurg of the K. (The Rockies are hoping to transfer him to NA ASAP as we feel he is being mismanaged for his development in Russia playing an average of only 3:29 per game in the K)
LW Roope Hintz: 9 goals and 18 points in 32 games as a rookie with Texas in the A.
D Josh Jacobs: 11 points in 31 games with Binghamton of the A.
There are a lot of spots open for competition on the big club, so hopefully some of these prospects can take advantage sooner rather than later, but the club is definately willing to be patient.