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Colorado Avalanche prospect report: Cale Makar leads UMass to their first Hockey East championship

Also, Sampo Ranta is somehow okay after what happened this weekend.

Caroline O’Connor - UMass Athletics

Well, it was a wild week for Avalanche prospects. From championship wins to chilling collisions — this week had it all.

Ontario Hockey League

#17 - Brandon Saigeon (C)
Oshawa Generals (39-19-4)

Saigeon had a goal and an assist in the past weekend as the Generals slipped one spot down in the conference standings to fourth.

Saigeon has 87 points in 62 games this season and sits 10th in OHL scoring.

Western Hockey League

#21 - Nick Henry (RW)
Lethbridge Hurricanes (35-18-10)

The Colorado Avalanche signed Henry to an entry-level contract this past week:

It was a big five-point week for Henry, who returned to play his former team in Regina for the first time since the trade. Henry had two goals and 3 assists in three games and sits seventh in WHL scoring.


#16 - Cale Makar (D)
UMass Minutemen (26-7-0)

First of all, the #HobeyNeedsMoreCale, and voting ends in a week. Get your votes in!

Second, UMass clinched first in the conference with a win over Merrimack, and it was glorious. Makar had two goals (including the game-sealing empty-netter) and an assist in that game.

And here are some more Cale things, just because:

After his four-point weekend, Makar has 40 points in 33 games. UMass will wrap up its season on Thursday against UConn.

#15 - Shane Bowers (C)
Boston University Terriers (14-15-4)

Bowers scored once in the Terriers’ tie with Providence, and added an assist in the team’s win over Merrimack.

Boston sits fifth in the conference and will play its final game of the season against Maine. Bowers has 20 points in 32 games this season.

#26 - Cam Morrison (LW)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-13-3)

Notre Dame split their last series of the regular season with Penn State. Morrison had one assist. He finished with 18 points in 26 games this season.

#4 - Nick Leivermann (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-13-3)

No points for Leivermann this weekend. He played 20 games this season, putting up a goal and an assist.

#2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-13-3)

Clurman didn’t record any points either, and finished the regular season with 2 points in 33 games.

Notre Dame will take on Michigan State in a best-of-three series:

#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-15-4)

Ranta had a, uh, wild weekend. First, he scored a goal:

And then the stupidity ensued:

I thought Ranta was done for the year. And then the Gophers tweeted that he returned to the game, which makes me think that he’s not human. Ranta showed off the damage done by the hit with this selfie after the game:

I’m still not convinced he’s fine, but I trust that the Gophers medical staff knows what they’re doing. Anyways, Minnesota beat ASU twice in their last series of the season, clinching third in the conference and setting up a playoff series with Michigan:

#25 - Denis Smirnov (RW)
Penn State Nittany Lions (19-13-2)

Penn State split their final season series against Notre Dame. Smirnov finished with one goal in his 100th career game:

#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (9-20-3)

Weiss had two assists this past weekend, bringing his season’s totals to 8 points in 21 games. Omaha, who is last in the NCHC, went 0-1-1 against Denver and will wrap up their season next weekend against North Dakota.


#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
KHL - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (40-16-6)
Playoffs Round 1 vs Sochi: series tied 2-2

Since assisting on the overtime winner in Game 1, Kovalenko hasn’t recorded a point. The best-of-seven series continues Tuesday.

#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D) — ELIMINATED
VHL - Bars Kazan (27-22-7)

#19 - Gustav Olhaver (RW)
Allsvenskan (SWE) - Tingsryds AIF (18-24-8)

Olhaver didn’t have any points in two games. Tingsryds slipped down to second-last in the league, despite a 1-1 record this past week. If they can’t climb further up in the standings, they are in danger of having to play in the league qualifiers to stay up in the top tier.