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Colorado Avalanche prospect report: Four point weeks for Alex Newhook, Sasha Mutala and Luka Burzan

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Matt Stienburg recorded his first career NCAA point.

WHL: JAN 05 Tri-City Americans at Everett Silvertips Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Sorry for the delay on this, I’ve had to focus on school. We should be back to regularly scheduled programming on Monday!

Just a side note — anything regarding prospects playing in the Canada-Russia series will be covered in a separate article also scheduled for Monday, so I’ll leave Alex Beaucage’s performance for Team QMJHL for that post. Team WHL plays tonight and on Thursday, so if you can tune in, both Bowen Byram and Luka Burzan will be on the ice.

Canadian Hockey League

WHL

#44 - Bowen Byram (D)
Vancouver Giants (10-8-2)

Vancouver played twice this week and Byram went pointless. However, he did score a pivotal goal for the Giants in the shootout:

It’s always fun to see defensemen go in the shootout. Byram has 14 points in 18 games this season. Like I mentioned above, Byram will be playing for Team WHL tonight.

#34 - Sasha Mutala (RW)
Tri-City Americans (11-6-1)

In three games with the Ams this week, Mutala recorded a goal and three assists.

Tri-City sits third in their division and Mutala has 21 points in 17 games this season.

#27 - Luka Burzan (C)
Brandon Wheat Kings (9-12-0)

Another Avalanche prospect who had a four point week, Burzan had a hat trick of goals (not in the same games) and one assist in four games with the Wheat Kings.

He’ll also be representing Team WHL at the Canada-Russia series tonight and tomorrow. Burzan has 20 points (ten goals, ten assists) in 21 games, despite playing for a Brandon team fighting for a wildcard spot.

QMJHL

#16 - Alex Beaucage (RW)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (8-10-3)

It was a quieter week for Beaucage, who played two games for Team QMJHL at the Canada-Russia series last week. In two games played with Rouyn, he only recorded one assist. Beaucage now has 25 points in 21 games and the Huskies sit second in the conference.

NCAA

HOCKEY EAST

#18 - Alex Newhook (C)
Boston College Eagles (5-4-0)

The final Avs prospect to have a four point week, Newhook almost recorded his first career NCAA hat trick and had goal taken away.

#4 - Drew Helleson (D)
Boston College Eagles (5-4-0)

I actually thought (because I was able to watch this game) that Helleson had also scored, but it turned out his shot was deflected in:

Boston College will travel to Vermont to play two games against the Catamounts.

BIG TEN

#26 - Cam Morrison (LW)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-0-1)

Notre Dame picked up two wins against Ohio State and Morrison recorded one assist:

#4 - Nick Leivermann (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-0-1)

No points for Leivermann.

#2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-0-1)

Clurman assisted on the game-winner for the Irish:

Notre Dame will travel to Wisconsin to play a two-game series against the Badgers this weekend.

#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-2-2)

Ranta had three assists as Minnesota swept Michigan. All three were secondary assists:

Minnesota will host Penn State next weekend for two games.

#25 - Denis Smirnov (RW)
Penn State Nittany Lions (7-2-0)

First of all, it was good to see Smirnov healthy and playing again last weekend. He seemed to suffer no ill effects from the Ahcan hit. He scored one goal in Penn State’s split series with Michigan State.

Donate to Smirnov’s Mo-space if you can:

Smirnov’s Nittany Lions will play Ranta’s Gophers next weekend.

NCHC

#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (5-2-1)

Weiss had two assists as the Mavericks split two games vs. Wisconsin. Omaha will travel to play Western Michigan next weekend.

ECAC

#20 - Matthew Stienburg (RW)
Cornell Big Red (4-0-0)

It took four games, but Stienburg finally recorded his first NCAA point! I wish there was video footage.

Cornell will travel to play games against Clarkson an St. Lawrence next weekend.

Europe

KHL

#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (13-13-0)

One win and one loss for Lokomotiv this week. No points for Kovalenko.

#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D)
Ak Bars Kazan (20-5-1)

Bars won twice last week, but Zhuravlyov only played once and went pointless. He’s been travelling with Russia’s U20 team to play in a couple of friendly matches (not the Canada-Russia series).

Statistics from the WHL, QMJHL, Flashscore, and the NCAA team sites.