Monday, February 23, 2015

Mouillierat makes NHL debut

The Associated Press
Former Mavericks Kael Mouillierat (48 above) made his NHL debut on Saturday after getting an emergency call-up by the New York Islanders.

He played 9:07 with two shots and was -1 in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals. I watched the game briefly on the NHL Network and saw him go down and block an Alex Ovechkin shot (a brave feat) on what was a pretty good shift until he lost an edge and crashed into the left post of the Caps' net.

"He's probably going to get more minutes (Sunday),'' Islanders coach Jack Capuano told Newsday. "I liked the way he played down low. He had a big block there in the third. He didn't make any hope plays with the puck. He was simple."

On Sunday, Mouillierat actually played less, 7:46 with no shots and four PIM and was -1 in a 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Mouillierat, 27 became the 10th former MSU player to play in the big league, joining Tim Jackman, Ryan Carter, Grant Stevenson, David Backes, Steve Wagner, Jon Kalinski, Travis Morin, Tyler Pitlick and Eriah Hayes.

Prior to his call-up, Mouillierat was leading Bridgeport of the American Hockey League with 40 points, including 18 goals, in 51 games. While playing for MSU, Mouillierat compiled 92 points, including 49 goals, which ranks 14th in the program's Division I era.

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