With the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League in full swing, it seems like a good time to check in on how some of our Winterhawks’ alumni are doing. Portland led all WHL franchises with 18 alumni on NHL opening day rosters for the 2017-18 season.
Leipsic finding a home in Vegas
It was just a matter of time before Brendan Leipsic started putting up points at the NHL level, and it seems as though that time has come in Vegas. Leipsic has four points in his first six games with the Golden Knights, good for third on the team. Vegas has gotten off to a great start as well, posting a 5-1-0-0 record and Leipsic has been a huge part of Vegas’ early success.
Adin Hill makes first NHL start
Adin Hill made his NHL debut for the Arizona Coyotes this past Wednesday and played extremely well. The former Hawks goaltender made 31 saves and allowed just two goals in a loss against a Dallas Stars team with plenty of offensive fire power. Hill is expected to get his second career start later tonight, again against Dallas.
Taylor Leier making an impact in Philly
After playing 10 games with the Flyers last season, former Winterhawks captain Taylor Leier made Philadelphia’s main roster right out of camp. So far this season, Leier has seen his minutes increase nearly every game and his 12 shots are 7th on the Flyers. But perhaps the highlight of Leier’s season thus far was when he called his mom to let her know that he had made the team.
Ryan Johansen proving it’s “money well spent” for Nashville
Ryan Johansen is fresh off signing an 8 year, $64 million contract this off-season with the Predators. The former Winterhawks 40-goal scorer has four points in six games and is averaging the most minutes among Nashville forwards.
Jones, Iverson make AHL debuts, Turgeon off to hot start with Grand Rapids
Two Winterhawks from last season’s squad made their American Hockey League debuts recently. Defenseman Caleb Jones has played three games so far with the Bakersfield Condors (the Edmonton Oilers affiliate) and picked up an assist in his AHL debut on Oct, 6th. Winterhawks captain from last year, Keegan Iverson, made his AHL debut last Saturday with the Ontario Reign (the LA Kings affiliate). Iverson registered one shot and six PIM.
Another former Winterhawks captain, Dominic Turgeon, has gotten off to a hot start. Turgeon has three goals and five points in four games to kick off his second season with the Grand Rapid Griffins (Detroit Red Wings affiliate). He’s already had two multi-point efforts, including a three point game last Friday.