Welcome to another season of MiHockey’s Michi-gamer!
We take great pride in our homegrown talent. Whether they grew up in the Mitten or we welcomed them here for college or juniors, they are our own. They represent the best place in the world for hockey.
Every day, we’ll keep an eye on those players, and every morning, we will pick one Michi-gamer of the night – one Michigan player who stood out above the rest.
Last night, Connor Carrick got a penalty – something no NHL rookie defenseman really ever wants to do. However, the product of the National Team Development Program and the Plymouth Whalers found a quick way to redeem himself. Stepping out of the penalty box after his two-minute sentence concluded, Carrick hid behind the Calgary Flames’ defense, and took a pass from teammate Marcus Johansson. A few strides into the Flames’ end, Carrick started putting the moves on goaltender Karri Ramo, and scored on a deke to the forehand. It was the first NHL goal for the 19-year-old defenseman, who signed a three-year entry-level contract with the club on Sept. 23. Celebration? We heard he got pie’d by captain Alex Ovechkin.
More MiHockey articles on Carrick:
And see Carrick’s first NHL goal here:
He didn’t play yesterday, but we’re naming Alex Nedeljkovic our Michi-gamer for Thursday morning due to the praise he received from the Canadian Hockey League yeterday. The Ontario Hockey League announced yesterday that the Plymouth Whalers goaltender was named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending Sept. 29. Nedeljkovic, a native of Parma, Ohio and product of the Belle Tire organization, led the Whalers to a pair of wins last weekend on the road, helping Plymouth to a 4-2 win over Ottawa on Friday, and a 3-2 win over Kingston on Sunday. The Whalers’ netminder recorded a 1.92 goals-against average and .938 save percentage over the weekend.
More MiHockey articles on Nedeljkovic:
Rochester native Jacob Trouba made his NHL debut last night during the league’s opening night, and “impressive” is the only word that comes to mind for a description of his performance. Trouba, a product of the Compuware organization, recorded an assist late in the second period and then scored his first NHL goal in the third. His first time lighting the lamp at the pro level showed off his vision, his speed and his cannon of a slapshot. The NTDP alum jumped into the neutral zone to intercept a pass, rushed towards the Edmonton end, and fired a shot past goaltender Devan Dubnyk. The goal tied the game, 4-4, for Trouba’s Jets, who would go on to win their opener by a final score of 5-4. Trouba, who played a season at the University of Michigan before going pro last spring, was on the ice to help preserve the one-goal lead at the end of the game, too. Not bad for a 19-year-old.
More MiHockey articles on Trouba:
See Trouba’s first NHL goal here:
This week’s Michi-gamer list assembled by MiHockey’s Michael Caples.