Spotlight On: Cody Corbett
Cody Corbett signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Avalanche on March 5 after going undrafted in the NHL Draft. He attended rookie camp with the Minnesota Wild as an unsigned free agent in September and, after another solid season with the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Avalanche picked up the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defenseman.
Corbett has steadily improved his offensive game as he has matured. He has improved his point total in each season and now has 129 regular-season points for the Oil Kings in 190 games played. This year, his 61 points were the fourth most on a high-scoring Edmonton squad and the sixth most among defensemen in the Western Hockey League.
His ability to play solid two-way hockey and prototypical size should make him an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on. He has proven to be involved in the defensive zone with 109 career penalty minutes and his plus-93 rating points to positive things happening when he is on the ice.
The Oil Kings are currently up 3-0 in their second-round playoff series with Brandon. Corbett has played in six playoff games this season, pitching in six points (two goals and four assists).
Lake Erie Monsters
Lake Erie still has hopes to capture the final playoff spot in the AHL's Western Conference, but it made things more difficult for after a rough week. The Monsters went 1-3 this past week and are currently nine points behind the eight-seeded Rochester Americans.
The Monsters picked up their lone victory this past Tuesday in a 5-3 win in San Antonio. Sami Aittokallio was strong in net for Lake Erie, stopping 28 of 31 shots. Karl Stollery was able to get the game-winning goal. Also pitching in goals were Michael Schumacher, Joey Hishon, Mike Sgarbossa and Stefan Elliott. Colin Smith had three assists in the strong offensive showing from the Monsters.
The offensive surge was short-lived though, as the Monsters would only go on to light the lamp two more times the rest of the week. They were defeated 5-1 by Texas on Friday with Aittokallio stopping 27 of 32 shots. He would get some rest in a 3-0 loss to San Antonio on Saturday with Calvin Pickard starting in net and stopping 27 of 30 shots.
The six-game road trip finished on Sunday with Lake Erie losing 4-1 to Texas. The Monsters were able to get their offense going a little with 31 shots, but David Van Der Gulik was the only player that was able to get something past goalie Cristopher Nilstorp.
April 10 vs. Utica
April 11 vs. Utica
April 13 vs. Rochester
The Cutthroats split the first two games of their CHL playoff matchup with Tulsa. They opened things with a 4-3 loss on Friday with Kent Patterson stopping 22 of 26 shots in a close loss. Denver was able to bounce back with a 4-2 win on Saturday, taking control of the home-ice advantage for the rest of the seven-game series. Patterson was strong in net in the win, stopping 32 of 34 shots.
April 9 vs. Tulsa (Game 3)
April 11 vs. Tulsa (Game 4)
April 12 vs. Tulsa (Game 5)
Kieran Millan (Wheeling Nailers): Millan was in net for Wheeling in a 3-1 loss to Orlando on Saturday. He stopped 22 of 24 shots in the game with Orlando, which also picked up a late empty-net goal. On the season, Millan has appeared in five games for Wheeling and is 2-2-0 with one shutout. The Nailers were 3-1 on the week after picking up a pair of shutouts over Toledo, winning 4-0 this past Tuesday and 3-0 on Wednesday, and defeating Evansville 4-1 on Friday.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras and the Attack were eliminated by Ste. Marie in the first round of OHL playoffs. Bigras appeared in 55 games for the Attack and had 26 points (four goals and 22 assists) during the regular season. He was voted Best Defensive Defenseman in the OHL's Western Conference by league coaches.
Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): The Colts are currently trailing North Bay 2-1 in their second-round matchup. Barrie opened the series with a 1-0 loss on Friday. The Colts were upended 4-1 on Sunday, but won 2-1 on Tuesday. Blandisi appeared in 47 games this season with Ottawa and Barrie, and he has 50 points on 24 goals and 26 assists.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): The Petes are currently down 3-0 in their seven-game series with Oshawa. They were shutout 3-0 on Friday and 2-0 on Sunday. Peterborough lost 3-1 in Game 3 on Tuesday night. Clarke is still serving an eight-game suspension for a crosscheck from Game 3 in the first round and will be eligible to return if there is a Game 5. He has appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Petes this season, tallying 48 points on 21 goals and 27 assists.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin and the Steelheads were eliminated in the first round of the OHL playoffs. He was in net for 64 games for Mississauga during the regular season and had a 3.54 goals-against average. Martin was named the best puck-handling and second-best shootout goalie in the Eastern Conference by OHL coaches.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke's junior team's season is over after Prince George failed to qualify for the WHL playoffs. Bourke closed his season by appearing in 69 games for the Cougars and finishing with 85 points on 29 goals and 56 assists. He is currently playing with the Lake Erie Monsters after signing an amateur tryout contract.
Cody Corbett (Edmonton Oil Kings): Edmonton didn't give up a goal in the first two games of its second-round matchup with Brandon. The club opened the series with a 5-0 win on Thursday and was able to tally a 3-0 win in Game 2 on Saturday. The Oil Kings won 5-2 on Tuesday night in Game 3. Corbett picked up an assist in both Saturday’s and Tuesday's games. He signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Avalanche on March 5. The Edmonton defenseman appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Oil Kings this season, totaling 61 points (17 goals and 44 assists).
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen and the Giants were eliminated by Portland in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Geertsen signed an amateur tryout contract with the Lake Erie Monsters on March 31. He appeared in 66 regular-season games for the Giants and had 23 points and 126 penalty minutes.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher and the Pioneers were eliminated by Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Butcher appeared in 37 games for the University of Denver in his freshman season and contributed 16 points (eight goals and eight assists).
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the Gophers will play North Dakota in the NCAA Frozen Four on April 10. On the season, Condon has played in 39 games and has 24 points (nine goals and 15 assists).
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt appeared in 34 games for Michigan, tallying 25 points (13 goals and 12 assists). After wrapping up his college career with the Wolverines, Moffatt signed an amateur tryout contract with the Lake Erie Monsters.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm and St. Cloud State were eliminated by Minnesota in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Storm appeared in 30 games and picked up an assist and 14 penalty minutes in his freshman season with SCSU.
Gus Young (Yale University): Young appeared in 33 games for Yale this season and had a plus-9 rating. The senior finished the regular season with 18 points, tallying seven goals and 11 assists. His college career is over as the Bulldogs failed to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos and Lokomotiv are currently trailing Lev 3-1 in their seven-game series of the West Final. They were upended 3-0 on Wednesday, 2-1 on Friday, and 3-0 on Sunday. Lokomotiv finally picked up a victory in Game 4, winning 3-2 with Holos grabbing an assist. Holos appeared in 52 regular-season games this season for Lokomotiv, scoring 14 points (six goals and eight assists).
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Parshin and Torpedo's season is over after they lost in seven games to Salavat Yulaev in the first round of the KHL playoffs. Parshin appeared in 46 regular-season games for Torpedo. He had 33 points (15 goals and 18 assists).
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Ak Bars’ season is finished after they lost their first-round playoff series 4-2 to Sibir. Vincour appeared in 39 games this season for Ak Bars and had six goals and five assists.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Walker and Medvescak were eliminated in the first round of the KHL playoffs, losing in four games to Lev. Walker played 36 games this season with Medvescak and had three points (one goal, two assists), a minus-11 rating and 20 penalty minutes.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund and Farjestads J20 team finished their season with a second-place finish in the national tournament. Westlund scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 semifinal win over Brynäsgatan on Friday. He would score the lone goal for Farjestads in their 5-1 loss to HV71 in the championship. Westlund finished the playoffs by appearing in six games and scoring seven points (two goals and four assists).