Providence Baby Busts
posted at 1/26/2012 1:47 PM EST
Amid a very good first half in Boston, there is hardly anything to be excited about in terms of prospects in Providence. Many of us looked to the farm with optimism at what appeared to be, at least, a decent AHL team this year. Setting aside the part-time NHL guys in Hamill, Caron, and Kampfer, most of the other "prospects" have had dreadful seasons so far in Providence.
1. Jamie Arniel, for a guy who looked like a borderline NHLer and got to skate with the Cup in Vancouver last year, this season has been horrible. 10 points in 44 games and a team worst minus-14.
2. Max Sauve, touted by many (including yours truly) as one of the best skaters in the organization, it looked like he might be one of the first call-ups this year. Once again he can't stay healthy at all, and in the 20 games he has played, he has 5 points and is minus-7. Looking like a bust.
3. Ryan Button, amid the knocks on the many NCAA defensmen in this organization, Button was a four-year junior player (WHL) and the captain of his junior team. We heard a lot about what a smooth skater and complete player he was in junior. This year in Providence he had 1 assist (one), was minus-10, and has been demoted to Reading of the ECHL.
4. Tyler Randell, he got drafted a little later but there was still talk about him taking over for Shawn Thornton some day and possibly being a rugged force in Providence. He had 2 points and was minus-11 in 30 games, and has also been demoted to Reading. A poor man's Lane McDermid...
5. Zach McKelvie, the mystery military man who's skating ability was raved about. He looked pretty sharp in camp too. But, 2 points this year and minus-8 so far. He's barely clinging to the 6th defensmen spot in Providence.
Honorable mention to Riendeau (back in Prov.), Cohen (ho-hum), Bartkowski (-10), and Whitfield (used to be a very good AHL player, 5 points this year).
The few bright spots appear to be Carter Camper (team-leading 31 points), Josh Hennessy (27 points) and David Warsofsky (20 points and the best +/- among d-men.). It stills seem doubtful that any of these three are NHL caliber. Camper and Warsofsky are small NCAA types, and Hennessy has been a AHL/European player for too long to view him as much of a prospect. Maybe Camper gets a quick NHL audition when injuries/suspensions strike again.
Let's hope that Spooner, Knight, and Hamilton are the real deal...