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Colorado Avalanche prospect report: Luka Burzan explodes for six-point game

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Basically, everybody’s on winter break now.

Brandon Wheat Kings v Kelowna Rockets Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images

So, a total of eleven players will be on some sort of break following today’s report, which doesn’t bode well for the next two prospect reports, honestly.

Thankfully, those who were still in action last week did lots of great and exciting things.

Canadian Hockey League

WHL

#44 - Bowen Byram (D)
Vancouver Giants (14-14-2)

Byram was at Canada’s WJC selection camp and made the team! I was also at selection camp and had some thoughts, which you can read here. Byram and the team are in Vienna right now on a team-bonding excursion, and their first pre-tournament game is December 19th.

#34 - Sasha Mutala (RW)
Tri-City Americans (12-14-3)

It was a two-point week for Mutala in Tri-City. He assisted on the Americans’ Teddy Bear Toss goal:

Mutala has 31 points in 28 games, and Tri-City sits second in the Western Conference wildcard race.

#27 - Luka Burzan (C)
Brandon Wheat Kings (14-15-3)

Wow, did Burzan have himself a week, or what?

Burzan’s six-point game gives him 36 points in 32 games this season. Brandon sits second place in the Eastern Conference wildcard standings.

QMJHL

#16 - Alex Beaucage (RW)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (18-12-3)

It was a quieter week for Beaucage, but he still scored two goals.

Beaucage now has 43 points in 33 games this season. The Huskies remain second in the conference.

NCAA

HOCKEY EAST

#18 - Alex Newhook (C)
Boston College Eagles (11-4-0)

Newhook was cut from Canada’s selection camp last Thursday. You can also read what I thought about that.

#4 - Drew Helleson (D)
Boston College Eagles (11-4-0)

With the Eagles on their winter break, and Helleson having been left off Team USA’s camp roster, neither of these two will play again until January 4th.

BIG TEN

#26 - Cam Morrison (LW)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-7-2)

Notre Dame split two games against Penn State in their last games before their winter break. Morrison scored:

#4 - Nick Leivermann (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-7-2)

Leivermann assisted on Morrison’s goal (above).

#2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-7-2)

No points for Clurman this week. Notre Dame won’t play again until January 3rd.

#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-9-4)

The Gophers are on winter break. Ranta is with Team Finland attempting to make their World Junior team, and he survived the first round of cuts.

#25 - Denis Smirnov (RW)
Penn State Nittany Lions (13-6-0)

Penn State wrapped up their 2018 schedule with a split series against Notre Dame. Smirnov had one goal in the two games, which was a beautiful breakaway tally:

Smirnov and Penn State will head on their winter break now, with their next game happening on January 3rd.

NCHC

#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (7-7-2)

Basically the only Avalanche NCAA prospect who doesn’t have much of a winter break, Weiss and the Mavericks split two games against St. Cloud State over the weekend. Weiss went pointless. Omaha will play two more games against Arizona State next weekend.

ECAC

#20 - Matthew Stienburg (RW)
Cornell Big Red (10-1-0)

Cornell is on their winter break and won’t return to the ice until January 3rd.

Europe

KHL

#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (20-6-1)

Guess what? The KHL teams are also on winter break! Lokomotiv’s next game isn’t until December 17th.

#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D)
Ak Bars Kazan (27-7-2)

Bars returns from their break on December 19th, but hopefully Zhuravlyov will be with Russia’s World Junior team.

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