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Colorado Avalanche prospect report: CHL players kick off their seasons with a bang

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And Alex Beaucage somehow broke a puck in half.

WHL: MAR 23 Tri-City Americans at Everett Silvertips Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The CHL’s Opening Week began with, well, a bang, especially in games where Colorado Avalanche prospects were involved. It was a fairly quiet couple of weeks for the Avs prospects in the KHL, and the NCAA doesn’t kick things off until the beginning of October.

If there was news about any of Colorado’s projects in the NCAA, I included it, but there wasn’t much to include for them. However, the Avalanche’s CHL prospects more than made up for it with their performances over the weekend.

Canadian Hockey League

WHL

#44 - Bowen Byram (D)
Vancouver Giants (2-0-0)

Byram is still at Avalanche training camp and we probably won’t see him back in Vancouver until at least the start of the NHL regular season. However, the Giants have opened their season with a two-game winning streak.

#34 - Sasha Mutala (RW)
Tri-City Americans (1-1-0)

2GP, 1G, 3A

Mutala opened his WHL season with a bang, putting up four points in Tri-City’s season opener. Even though the Americans got steamrolled the following night, Mutala still sits tied-3rd in WHL scoring after the Dub’s opening weekend.

#27 - Luka Burzan (C)
Brandon Wheat Kings (1-1-0)

2GP, 2G, 2A

Before the season even began, Burzan was named an alternate captain with the Wheat Kings:

He then contributed two assists in Game 1:

And followed that up with a two-goal performance in Game 2, including a beautiful breakaway:

Burzan’s four points in two games also has him tied-3rd in WHL scoring.

QMJHL

#16 - Alex Beaucage (RW)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (1-1-0)

2GP, 3G, 1A

Not to be outdone, Beaucage also had a four-point weekend! Beaucage scored once in Rouyn’s first game, and put up three points in Game 2.

He also broke a puck in half, so:

NCAA

HOCKEY EAST

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

FIRST GAME: OCTOBER 11TH, 2019

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

FIRST GAME: OCTOBER 11TH, 2019

BIG TEN

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

Not quite news, but the Fighting Irish named their leadership group last week, and unfortunately, Morrison wasn’t given a letter. However, he’ll still play a pivotal role as a senior on Notre Dame’s team.

FIRST GAME: OCTOBER 11TH, 2019

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

FIRST GAME: OCTOBER 11TH, 2019

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

FIRST GAME: OCTOBER 11TH, 2019

#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0-0)

Ranta loves a good beanbag toss, and he also knows Minnesota’s roster very well:

FIRST GAME: OCTOBER 11TH, 2019

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

FIRST GAME: OCTOBER 11TH, 2019

NCHC

#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (0-0-0)

FIRST GAME: OCTOBER 11TH, 2019

ECAC

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

FIRST GAME: NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019

Europe

KHL

#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (3-4-0)

5GP, 1A

Kovalenko only played in three of Lokomotiv’s last five games, and he’s played mostly in a bottom six role. He didn’t register any points in those three games and still only has one point on the season.

#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D)
Ak Bars Kazan (6-1-0)

7GP, 2A

Zhuravlyov has played four games since the last prospect report on Ak Bars’ second pair, putting up one assist. He’s getting regular stints in the lineup, which is a good sign, and the team is currently on a five-game winning streak.

Statistics from Flashscore, the WHL, and the QMJHL.