Jachym Kondelik

Muskegon Lumberjacks (C)

7 GP: 2 goals, 2 assists

14. Muskegon Lumberjacks

3-4-0-0, Last Poll: 5

Muskegon finished October with two wins in their last three games and will look to keep that success going and get over the .500 mark early in November. It's been a mix of veterans and first-year players who have carried the load for the Lumberjacks through their first seven games. Veteran forward Anthony Del Gaizo currently leads the team in scoring with six points (3G, 3A), thanks in part to a three-point performance (2G, 1A) last Saturday in a win over Youngstown. Fellow veteran and NHL Central Scouting B-rated skater Jachym Kondelik (2G, 2A) is off to a solid start as well. The big story, however, for the Lumberjacks in October was the acquisition of Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Clayton Phillips from the Fargo Force. The University of Minnesota commit is considered a dynamic offensive defenseman and has earned at least one point in each of the two games he's played with Muskegon, including scoring his first goal as a Lumberjack last Saturday. He is now tied for second on the team in scoring with five points (2G, 3A) along with rookie Matej Pekar (1G, 4A). Muskegon faces a tough November schedule, but if they come out of the month over .500, it's a sign that they're heading in the right direction.

 

13. Madison Capitols

3-4-0-0, Last Poll: 16

Madison is 3-2-0-0 in their last five games and are looking to continue climbing up the Eastern Conference standings. They have been impressive victories over tough opponents as well, as the Capitols have knocked off Waterloo, Central Illinois and Green Bay in that stretch. Madison has featured a veteran-heavy lineup that has provided much of the offense through the first month of the season. Alec Broetzman has recorded seven points (3G, 4A) through seven games, including four points (1G, 3A) in his last three games, to lead the team. Veterans Mick Messner (6 points), Verners Egle, Cale Borchardt, Anthony Callin and Connor Mayer (4 points each), along with rookie Ryan O'Reilly (5 points) have also been strong offensive contributors for the Capitols. Goaltender Dryden McKay is coming off a week in which he stopped 49 of 50 shots in his only appearance on the weekend en route to being named USHL Goaltender of the Week. If McKay can continue the play he displayed last weekend, along with the veterans continuing to score, the Capitols might see a jump in the standings.