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The Capitals’ 2018 first-round draft pick, Alex Alexeyev, is dominating the WHL. In four games this week with the Red Deer Rebels, Alexeyev tallied three goals and two assists.

Alexeyev scored the overtime goal in Saturday’s win over Kootenay and was named the game’s first star as a result. It took him just 75 seconds after the overtime started to finish off the game.

“Kind of a weird goal because they just let me skate in,” Alexeyev said, via the Red Deer Advocate.

“Overtime goals, it’s always really exciting and it makes really happy. You can tell by my celebration. Awesome game in the end, awesome feeling.”

Alexeyev followed up that performance with two more goals in the very next game on Tuesday. He was named the first star for the second consecutive game.

Alexeyev ranks third among all WHL defensemen in points with 15.

Other prospect notes:

  • With Ilya Samsonov nursing a lower-body injury, Vitek Vanecek has started in each of the Hershey Bears’ last three games. He went 2-0-1 in those games saving 94 of the 99 shots he faced including a 25-save shutout against the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday. On Monday, he was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the second time in his AHL career.
  • The topic of the day on Monday for the ESPN experts was prospects and Greg Wyshynski had some high praise for Samsonov. ESPN’s prospect insider Chris Peters released his top 100 NHL prospects last week. When discussing which prospect outside of the top 20 had the most NHL upside, Wyshynski wrote, “Goalie Ilya Samsonov already has three full KHL seasons under his belt at age 21. Drafted No. 22 overall in 2015 by the Washington Capitals, he's finally now plying his trade in their system with the AHL's Hershey Bears. It's going to take some time for him to adjust to the North American game, but he's got the size (6-foot-3) and the skills to be an impact netminder in the NHL.”
  • According to The Athletic’s Chris Kuc, Sergei Shumakov is expected to miss another month with a right-hand injury.
  • Shane Gersich and Brian Pinho both scored their first career AHL goals on Friday against Charlotte. Pinho’s goal came on the power play and looked an awful lot like a classic Alex Ovechkin from the office goal. Gersich’s goal came in the second period. With the puck in the corner, the Checkers got caught collapsing on the scrum allowing Riley Barber to give the feed to Gersich who was coming in on the net. You can watch both goals here:
  • Through the first eight games of the season, Liam O’Brien leads Hershey with four goals. He is also tied with Connor Hobbs for the team lead in points with five. Hobbs has an assist in each of the Bears’ last three games.
  • Hershey head coach Spencer Carbery likes what he sees so far from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. He said of the Swedish forward, “I thought he has done a real solid job. With his speed and something I just notice that I have worked with him on, and trying to help him with, he picks it up real quickly.”
  • Juuso Ikonen earned his first AHL point with an assist in Saturday’s game. It was his AHL debut and is, to date, his only appearance for Hershey so far this season.
  • Hampus Gustafsson named himself the “anonymous Swede” for the unconventional route he took to get to Hershey. He was not a heralded player among North American scouts and never represented his native country of Sweden at any international level. Yet, even with an offer from a Swedish team, Gustafosson decided to come to America to play college hockey and eventually played his way into an NHL contract with the Caps. He was interviewed about his unique story by Hockey Sverige. You can read it here.
  • Forward prospect Kody Clark signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals, the team announced Monday. Clark was a second-round pick of the Caps in the 2018 draft. He is off to a very slow start in the OHL with only four points in 14 games, but the Caps have very high hopes for him in the future. He is the highest drafted forward for Washington since Jakub Vrana was taken in the first round in 2014.
  • Riley Sutter has been named to Team WHL for the upcoming 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Three team of CHL players from the OHL, QMJHL and WHL will play a six-game series against the Russian national junior team from Nov. 5 to 15.
  • Quinnipiac is off to a 3-0 start and a lot of that has to do with senior captain Chase Priskie. Quinnipiac upset Boston College 1-0 on Friday and Priskie scored the lone goal. Head coach Rand Pecknold said, “[Priskie] has been our best player. He’s basically our best player every night. He’s been defending better, he’s got a great stick, he’s got those skates, he’s got great legs. Good instincts on when to jump in the play.” You can read more on Priskie and Quinnipiac’s strong start here in this article from The Quinnipiac Chronicle. The Capitals’ 2018 first-round draft pick, Alex Alexeyev, is dominating the WHL. In four games this week with the Red Deer Rebels, Alexyev tallied three goals and two assists.
  • Alexeyev scored the overtime goal in Saturday’s win over Kootenay and was named the game’s first star as a result. It took him just 75 seconds after the overtime started to finish off the game. “Kind of a weird goal because they just let me skate in,” Alexeyev said, via the Red Deer Advocate. “Overtime goals, it’s always really exciting and it makes really happy. You can tell by my celebration. Awesome game in the end, awesome feeling.”
  • Alexeyev followed up that performance with two more goals in the very next game on Tuesday. He was named the first star for the second consecutive game.
  • Alexeyev ranks third among all WHL defensemen in points with 15.
     

Other prospect notes:

  • With Ilya Samsonov nursing a lower-body injury, Vitek Vanecek has started in each of the Hershey Bears’ last three games. He went 2-0-1 in those games saving 94 of the 99 shots he faced including a 25-save shutout against the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday. On Monday, he was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the second time in his AHL career.
     
  • The topic of the day on Monday for the ESPN experts was prospects and Greg Wyshynski had some high praise for Samsonov. ESPN’s prospect insider Chris Peters released his top 100 NHL prospects last week. When discussing which prospect outside of the top 20 had the most NHL upside, Wyshynski wrote, “Goalie Ilya Samsonov already has three full KHL seasons under his belt at age 21. Drafted No. 22 overall in 2015 by the Washington Capitals, he's finally now plying his trade in their system with the AHL's Hershey Bears. It's going to take some time for him to adjust to the North American game, but he's got the size (6-foot-3) and the skills to be an impact netminder in the NHL.”
  • According to The Athletic’s Chris Kuc, Sergei Shumakov is expected to miss another month with a right hand injury.
  • Shane Gersich and Brian Pinho both scored their first career AHL goals on Friday against Charlotte. Pinho’s goal came on the power play and looked an awful lot like a classic Alex Ovechkin from the office goal. Gersich’s goal came in the second period. With the puck in the corner, the Checkers got caught collapsing on the scrum allowing Riley Barber to give the feed to Gersich who was coming in on net. You can watch both goals here:
  • Through the first eight games of the season, Liam O’Brien leads Hershey with four goals. He is also tied with Connor Hobbs for the team lead in points with five. Hobbs has an assist in each of the Bears’ last three games.
  • Hershey head coach Spencer Carbery likes what he sees so far from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. He said of the Swedish forward, “I thought he has done a real solid job. With his speed, and something I just notice that I have worked with him on, and trying to help him with, he picks it up real quickly.”
  • Juuso Ikonen earned his first AHL point with an assist in Saturday’s game. It was his AHL debut and is, to date, his only appearance for Hershey so far this season.
  • Hampus Gustafsson named himself the “anonymous Swede” for the unconventional route he took to get to Hershey. He was not a heralded player among North American scouts and never represented his native country of Sweden at any international level. Yet, even with an offer from a Swedish team, Gustafosson decided to come to America to play college hockey and eventually played his way into an NHL contract with the Caps. He was interviewed about his unique story by Hockey Sverige. You can read it here.
  • Forward prospect Kody Clark signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals, the team announced Monday. Clark was a second-round pick of the Caps in the 2018 draft. He is off to a very slow start in the OHL with only four points in 14 games, but the Caps have very high hopes for him in the future. He is the highest drafted forward for Washington since Jakub Vrana was taken in the first round in 2014.
  • Riley Sutter has been named to Team WHL for the upcoming 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Three team of CHL players from the OHL, QMJHL and WHL will play a six-game series against the Russian national junior team from Nov. 5 to 15.
  • Quinnipiac is off to a 3-0 start and a lot of that has to do with senior captain Chase Priskie. Quinnipiac upset Boston College 1-0 on Friday and Priskie scored the lone goal. Head coach Rand Pecknold said, “[Priskie] has been our best player. He’s basically our best player every night. He’s been defending better, he’s got a great stick, he’s got those skates, he’s got great legs. Good instincts on when to jump in the play.” You can read more on Priskie and Quinnipiac’s strong start here in this article from The Quinnipiac Chronicle.

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