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Colorado Avalanche prospect report: Alex Newhook can’t stop scoring

WHL prospects had themselves a week, too.

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Well, I guess I learned that I shouldn’t be taking naps on Friday nights anymore.


In light of recent speculation that the Avalanche may be looking to make certain acquisitions at the trade deadline, I would like to thank all of the prospects on the report for being so enjoyable to watch this season (just in case one of them is traded). I’d also like to thank the Avs for not pulling the trigger on Blake Coleman, because that was a hefty price the Lightning paid.

I held off on questions for this week’s report because SO MUCH HAPPENED, and I want to save them for quieter weeks. But please feel free to keep sending your questions!

Canadian Hockey League


#44 - Bowen Byram (D)
Vancouver Giants (28-20-5)

Remember two prospect reports ago when I said that I was disappointed by Byram’s lack of offensive production this season?

I think he heard me.

In three games last week, Byram racked up three goals and two assists.

Byram now has eight goals and 37 points in 41 games this season.

#34 - Sasha Mutala (RW)
Tri-City Americans (16-32-5)

So, Tri-City is un-good this season, but Mutala has continued to shine for them.

Naturally, his performance on Valentine’s Day did not go unnoticed by the WHL:

He kept it up the next night, too:

Mutala had four goals and one assist in three games last week. He’s up to 59 points in 52 games this season, and I’ll let these numbers speak for themselves:

#27 - Luka Burzan (C)
Brandon Wheat Kings (29-20-5)

Burzan had a goal and an assist in three games last week, which was enough to reach a personal milestone:

Burzan now has 55 points in 54 games this season.


#16 - Alex Beaucage (RW)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (25-25-4)

Beaucage had just the one goal in two games last week, but he’s still killing it offensively for the Huskies this season:

Beaucage is up to 61 points in 54 games this season.



#18 - Alex Newhook (C)
Boston College Eagles (19-8-1)

Bear with me, because Alex Newhook had a WEEK.

First, he was named the conference’s co-rookie of the week (I think another accolade is coming this week, too):

Then came his two-point performance in the Beanpot consolation game last Monday:

Then, he added a power play goal on Friday:

And to round out the week, he went OFF on Saturday night, with a five-point performance:

Newhook dropped eight points last week and now has 32 points in 28 games this season. He’s tied for second in the country among freshmen scoring with Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield and BU’s Trevor Zegras.

#4 - Drew Helleson (D)
Boston College Eagles (19-8-1)

Helleson is still out with an injury. Boston College will play Northeastern twice later on in the week.


#26 - Cam Morrison (LW)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-12-6)

Notre Dame played Minnesota this week, finishing with a tie and a loss. Morrison scored once:

#4 - Nick Leivermann (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-12-6)

Leivermann had a big week, scoring goals in back-to-back games against the Gophers, as well as this scoring chance:

#2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-12-6)

Clurman didn’t register any points this past weekend, but he came close:

Notre Dame will play Michigan this upcoming weekend.

#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-11-5)

Ranta didn’t register any points in either game against Notre Dame. Minnesota will play Penn State this weekend.

#25 - Denis Smirnov (RW)
Penn State Nittany Lions (19-10-3)

Smirnov also went pointless, in a split series against Wisconsin. Penn State will wrap up their regular season this weekend against Minnesota. They’ll have one weekend off before the Big Ten playoffs start.


#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (12-13-5)

Omaha had the week off and will take on Colorado College this weekend.


#20 - Matthew Stienburg (RW)
Cornell Big Red (19-2-4)

Cornell beat both Union and RPI this weekend, but Stienburg didn’t land on the scoresheet. They’ll play Yale and Brown later this week.



#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (31-23-4)

Kovalenko returned to the Lokomotiv lineup this week as the team picked up a win and two losses. Kovalenko scored in the team’s lone win.

#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D)
Ak Bars Kazan (41-11-5)

Z is still out with an undisclosed (well, I’m sure the information is somewhere but I can’t find it to save my life) injury and missed Bars’ last 9 games.

These prospect reports were compiled with information from the WHL, QMJHL, Flashscore, and NCAA. Please leave your questions for next week’s report in the comments below!