Portland entered the season with more alumni in the NHL than any other team in the WHL. It’s now just over a month into the NHL season and it’s time to once again check in on how the Winterhawks alumni are doing.
Nino Returns with a Vengeance
After injuring his ankle three games into the season, Nino Niederreiter has returned to the Minnesota Wild’s lineup with a vengeance. The former Hawk has two goals and three points in four games since returning from his injury. Expectations are high for Niederreiter in Minnesota, as he’s playing in the first year of his new five year, $26.25 million dollar contract.
Baertschi and Pouliot Making a Difference in Vancouver
Forward Sven Baertschi has carried over his strong play from last season into this year for Vancouver. He’s third on the Canucks in points and has two three-point games over the last two weeks. Defenseman Derrick Pouliot has looked right at home on Vancouver’s backend. Pouliot is averaging over 16 minutes-per-game and has three points in 11 contests with the Canucks.
Seth Jones Near Top of NHL Leaderboard
Seth Jones has started his season with the Columbus Blue Jackets on a tear. Jones has four points in his last three games and his 12 points on the year rank him 8th in the NHL among defenseman. Jones is currently logging the most minutes on the Blue Jackets backend.
Caleb Jones Continues Strong Start to AHL Career
Caleb Jones has played in all 10 of the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors games this season and his three points is second on the team among D-men. Jones seems to be getting more comfortable as the season has gone on; he has two points in his last four games.
Dominic Turgeon Leading Grand Rapid Griffins Offense
Turgeon is scoring at nearly a point-per-game pace with the Grand Rapid Griffins in the AHL. He’s first on the Griffins in goals with five, and second on the team in points with nine. He’s one goal away from tying his season total from all of last year.