Well, I guess I learned that I shouldn’t be taking naps on Friday nights anymore.
I didn't count exactly how many goals Avs prospects scored last night but Mutala had a hat trick, Burzan hit the 100/100 milestone, Byram had an empty-netter, Newhook, Morrison and Leivermann scored, and that's all I remember before passing out at 2am.— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) February 15, 2020
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.
I should have criticized Bowen Byram's lack of offensive production earlier in the season, good lord. The guy has 4 goals and 12 points in 6 games since I wrote that prospect report. #GoAvsGo— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) February 16, 2020
In three games last week, Byram racked up three goals and two assists.
GOOOOOOOALLLLLLL!!!@BowenByram rips home his eighth goal of the season! 50 seconds left in the first and it's 3-1 Giants!— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) February 16, 2020
GOOOOOOOALLLLLL!!!@BowenByram into the empty net gives the G-Men a 5-2 lead!— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) February 15, 2020
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.
GREAT START— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) February 15, 2020
Sasha Mutala gets the Ams on the board first tonight with his 20th goal of the season. pic.twitter.com/Y1i0ceCV8a
Confirmed: Sasha Mutala is tonight— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) February 15, 2020
2-0 Ams // 11:20 (1st) pic.twitter.com/xXQM88f3pW
Colorado Avalanche prospect @sashamutala scores tonight's game winning goal and records his first WHL hat trick with less than a second remaining.#AmsNation | #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/HIj9BmnGpj— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) February 15, 2020
Naturally, his performance on Valentine’s Day did not go unnoticed by the WHL:
#WHLThreeStars ⭐⭐⭐— The WHL (@TheWHL) February 15, 2020
Friday, February 14, 2020 pic.twitter.com/cxmNBL2cdd
@sashamutala was feeling the love on Valentines Day, tallying his first WHL hat trick for @TCAmericans! #WHLStats | #AmsNation pic.twitter.com/9p55jjtS1p— The WHL (@TheWHL) February 15, 2020
He kept it up the next night, too:
When you're leave Sasha Mutala open on the power play, he's going to score pic.twitter.com/CMOizBxc3H— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) February 16, 2020
Sasha Mutala was close to tying the game Chiefs get an empty net goal to secure their victory. #AmsNation— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) February 16, 2020
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:
#WHL Highest percentage of team's points:— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) February 10, 2020
1) Ryder Korczak, @MJWARRIORS - 17.5%
2) Sasha Mutala, @TCAmericans - 17.0%
3) Adam Beckman, @spokanechiefs - 15.3%
4) Aliaksei Protas, @PARaidersHockey - 13.6%
5) James Hamblin, @tigershockey - 13.5%
#WHL Highest percentage of team's assists:— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) February 10, 2020
1) Ryder Korczak, @MJWARRIORS - 20.2%
2) Sasha Mutala, @TCAmericans - 17.9%
3) Cole Fonstad, (with) @WHLGiants - 14.8%
4) Tarun Fizer, @victoriaroyals - 14.0%
5) Zane Franklin, @blazerhockey - 13.8%
#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:
That's 100 career WHL goals for @Avalanche prospect @LBurzan & the @bdnwheatkings are buzzing in the first!— The WHL (@TheWHL) February 15, 2020
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:
BUT HUSKIES GOAL Un plomb de Beaucage fait 2-0 en fin de période!#HuskiesRNation— | Huskies RN (@HuskiesRn) February 14, 2020
#QMJHL #LHJMQ Highest percentage of team's goals:— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) February 10, 2020
1) Alex Beaucage, @HuskiesRn - 22.1%
2) Mikhail Abramov, @TigresVicto - 20.9%
3) Egor Sokolov, @CBEHockey - 17.8%
4) Nathan Légaré, @DrakkardeBaieCo - 16.6%
5) Xavier Bourgault, @Cataractes_Shaw - 16.4%
#QMJHL #LHJMQ Highest percentage of team's points:— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) February 10, 2020
1) Mikhail Abramov, @TigresVicto - 16.7%
2) Alexis Lafrenière, @oceanicrimouski - 15.7%
3) Alex Beaucage, @HuskiesRn - 15.0%
4) Mavrik Bourque, @Cataractes_Shaw - 14.7%
5) Xavier Simoneau, @Voltigeurs_DRU - 13.9%
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):
After a pair of multi-point games, @AlexNewhook_ has been named the @hockey_east Co-Rookie of the Week— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 10, 2020
➡️ https://t.co/zJgqbW7DAM#WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/05KRRSIzun
Then came his two-point performance in the Beanpot consolation game last Monday:
Newhook's got his THIRD SHG of the season - and second in two games. #GoAvsGo https://t.co/cwNLnj348u— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) February 10, 2020
Some shorthanded notes:— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 10, 2020
• Alex Newhook is tied for the NCAA lead with 3 SHG
• The Eagles lead the nation with 9 SHG
• BC has four players with at least 2 SHG#WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/UYV0hbwQvx
GOAL! Bolds finishes a 2-on-1 with Newhook with 24.2 left in the period, 6-2 Eags! pic.twitter.com/iYjcsAPP6k— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 10, 2020
Then, he added a power play goal on Friday:
GOAL! Newy buries one at the back post just seconds into a power play! pic.twitter.com/XZfMH5Uuiu— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 15, 2020
And to round out the week, he went OFF on Saturday night, with a five-point performance:
▶️ Newhook's 14th of the year from McBain and Boldy to give the Eagles a 3-1 cushion pic.twitter.com/301ffXsH3H— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 15, 2020
▶️ These two… pic.twitter.com/OFxDToZeOd— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 15, 2020
▶️ We have six points today, all from freshmen. @AlexNewhook_ has now scored in six straight... pic.twitter.com/CsD09YzjGU— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 15, 2020
▶️ @AlexNewhook_ seems to be in the right spot quite a bit these days pic.twitter.com/ZhxdXlaI3n— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 15, 2020
Final | BC 6, MC 2— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 15, 2020
The rookie line of Newhook (2-3-5), Boldy (2-1-3) and Hardman (0-2-2) combines for 10 points in the win. Wowzers.#WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/eWeZH9lNwb
.@AlexNewhook_ with BC’s first 5-point game since @johngaudreau03 and @KevinPHayes12 both had 5 against Maine on Jan. 18, 2014#WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/XXrCkmb6sA— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 16, 2020
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:
We'll take a 3-2 lead into the final 20 minutes.— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 15, 2020
Take a look at Cam Morrison's goal to put us on top, then catch the third.
94.3 FM (South Bend) & https://t.co/Aioal3oGZd #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/1PiNlvrWXQ
#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:
1-0 Minnesota | Gophers converted on an early 2-on-1 chance but SOG now 6-6 as both teams have generated chances.— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 15, 2020
Now 14 mins left in the first.
Here's Notre Dame's latest chance from Nick Leivermann⤵️ pic.twitter.com/COgKqfXa1d
We've got a 3-2 lead after two!— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 15, 2020
Here's Leivermann's goal to tie it.#GoIrish pic.twitter.com/CCtVQgVSQV
The Eden Prairie kid loves playing the Gophers.— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 16, 2020
Nick Leivermann now has five career goals against Minnesota.#GoIrish☘️ pic.twitter.com/prxQ8AMcnJ
#2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-12-6)
Clurman didn’t register any points this past weekend, but he came close:
Clurman with Notre Dame's best look in OT but this one officially ends as a 3-3 tie.— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 15, 2020
We move on to 5 mins of 3-on-3 for the extra B1G point https://t.co/6hB2xFzJT3
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!