Sorry for the delay in the prospect report — I did mention on Twitter on Monday that because of the trade deadline, we decided it was best to push it a couple of days just in case the Avalanche made any major trades (and we lost any prospects off the reports).
We're moving forward with all 15! I can breathe now lol https://t.co/rGwYp4m292— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) February 25, 2020
Personally, I’m pretty relieved that nobody on this report was traded — I’ve grown very attached to them all.
I didn’t answer any questions on this report because I’m in the middle of midterms and work being very hectic. I’m hoping to get that back up in the next couple of editions. Don’t worry if you’ve asked questions and I haven’t answered them yet, I have them all saved and will get to them once things calm down a bit.
Also, NCAA playoffs start in two weeks and the CHL wraps up at the end of March. So if you guys have any other questions, especially as we approach the ends of regular seasons, please feel free to comment them down below!
Here’s how everybody performed in the last week and a half.
Canadian Hockey League
#44 - Bowen Byram (D)
Vancouver Giants (30-21-5)
Byram continued his offensive onslaught for the Giants this week. He racked up another two goals and six points in three games, despite Vancouver’s 11-game win streak coming to an end.
GOOOOOOOOALLLL!!@BowenByram goes upstairs and in for his 10th of the season! Don't go anywhere!— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) February 22, 2020
A short side snipe by @Avalanche prospect @BowenByram! pic.twitter.com/P0AGLtoyHv— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) February 22, 2020
#GoAvsGo prospect Bowen Byram killing the WHL. He’s on a 10-game point streak.— Tommi Seppälä (@TommiSeppala) February 22, 2020
21 points (7G,14A) in 10 games.
3 x 3-point games
5 x 2-point games
2 x 1-point games @WHLGiants rallied from three goals (2-5) down to beat Calgary 6-5.
Eleven (11) straight W’s for the Giants
Eric Florchuk’s point streak is now at a league-best 13-games. During that span he’s recorded 5 goals and 17 assists for 22 points. @Capitals #ALLCAPS— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) February 24, 2020
Bowen Byram's point streak to 11-games. In that span, Byram has compiled 22 points (7G, 15A). @Avalanche #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/flIrtRXMSW
Vancouver sits third in the division, and last night, they clinched a playoff spot. Their win streak saw them widen the gap between them and the next team in the wildcard race — there’s now ten points between them.
For a third straight season, the Vancouver Giants have clinched a berth in the @TheWHL playoffs!— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) February 27, 2020
Details: https://t.co/hvywOgnNBq pic.twitter.com/VX9stBd4HG
#34 - Sasha Mutala (RW)
Tri-City Americans (17-34-5)
Sasha Mutala deserves better than this hockey team. Tri-City sits dead last in the Western Conference. And you know what he keeps doing? Putting up points. Mutala had four goals and seven points in four games last week.
Five goals in three games? NOT BAD!@sashamutala puts us up 4-1 pic.twitter.com/AwMSAqGn5B— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) February 20, 2020
MUTALA Back within one pic.twitter.com/Yx7GX4hzQO— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) February 22, 2020
Make that 8⃣ goals in 5⃣ games!— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) February 23, 2020
(That's pretty good.)
Mutala goes five-hole on the power play to tie the game. pic.twitter.com/cJ4oP3Ve5e
Mutala is now the Avalanche prospect with the most points this season, with 66 in 56 games, and he is three goals away from reaching the 30-goal mark.
#27 - Luka Burzan (C)
Brandon Wheat Kings (30-21-6)
Burzan had four goals and an assist this week in Brandon’s three games. He now has 60 points (35 goals, 25 assists) in 59 games. The Wheat Kings sit third in the division, and they clinched a playoff spot last night as well with a dominant win over the Swift Current Broncos.
Burzan added another goal in the third period. Wheat Kings throttled Broncos 9-1 and clinched a playoff spot. #GoAvsGo https://t.co/3LUNS6Ztff— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) February 27, 2020
We’re baaaaaack!— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) February 27, 2020
With the win tonight, the Wheat Kings have punched their ticket to the 2020 WHL Playoffs! #bdnmb #whl pic.twitter.com/gy48hOb0zx
#16 - Alex Beaucage (RW)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (26-27-4)
Beaucage had a goal and two assists in three games this past week. He showed off his hands on the goal, which was named the QMJHL’s Play of the Night:
#JeuDeLaSoirée | #LHJMQ— LHJMQ (@LHJMQ) February 23, 2020
C’est Alex Beaucage qui sert le café ce matin! QUEL BUT de l’attaquant des @HuskiesRn! ☕️ pic.twitter.com/0V3jHAcYte
Rouyn has slipped to fifth in the conference, but the Huskies are still comfortably in a playoff spot. Beaucage has 64 points in 57 games this season.
#18 - Alex Newhook (C)
Boston College Eagles (21-8-1)
So, Newhook has been racking up awards for the last two weeks. First, he was nominated for St. John’s Male Athlete of the Year (2019) — and won.
The St. John's Athlete of the Year awards will be announced during the Newfoundland Growlers game on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.— City of St. John's (@CityofStJohns) February 18, 2020
Nominees for 2019 Male Athlete of the Year - Tom "Dynamite" Dunne Award:
Learn more: https://t.co/zXgLEh3KOS pic.twitter.com/0MPmph2oK7
The City of St. John’s congratulates the 2019 Athletes of the Year, announced during tonight’s @NLGrowlers game at @MileOne_Centre— City of St. John's (@CityofStJohns) February 20, 2020
Female: Maggie Connors
Male: Alex Newhook
Team: Atlantic Rock Under-19 Rugby
Learn more, at: https://t.co/HWTxcjqWLk pic.twitter.com/hYTYGagkuf
Then, the NCAA named him the first star of the week (last week):
4 goals and 4 assists in 3 games. Not a bad week #GoAvsGo https://t.co/arkDSqGqbu— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) February 18, 2020
Once the games actually started, Newhook racked up a goal and four points against Northeastern:
▶️ Newy tips Bainer's effort and Marsh cleans up the loose change to put us ahead pic.twitter.com/eH3skeFHwx— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 21, 2020
▶️ Cotton springs Newhook, who does the rest pic.twitter.com/NHuibvDhjF— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 22, 2020
▶️ Boldy finishes the give-and-go with Newhook (tough stumble on the celly) pic.twitter.com/X9cMdkRTrw— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 22, 2020
And on Monday, he picked up his second Hockey East Rookie of the Week accolade.
Riding an 8️⃣ game point streak, yet another @hockey_east award for @AlexNewhook_ as Rookie of the Week!— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 24, 2020
➡️ https://t.co/V4crDbBcm8#WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/rb75C38ks8
#4 - Drew Helleson (D)
Boston College Eagles (21-8-1)
Helleson is still injured, and missed both of BC’s games over the weekend. Boston College will play Merrimack and Boston University this week.
#26 - Cam Morrison (LW)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-12-6)
It was a two goal week for Morrison, as Notre Dame picked up two wins over Big Ten rival Michigan:
Cam Morrison got us started. ⬇️#GoIrish☘️ pic.twitter.com/aw7hIIKrcW— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 22, 2020
Bye, bye bottle.— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 22, 2020
Morrison popped the top on his second goal in as many nights. ⬇️#GoIrish☘️ pic.twitter.com/LGTFQ6kw3n
Notre Dame will celebrate its seniors this weekend, and Morrison will be one of them.
#4 - Nick Leivermann (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-12-6)
No points for Leivermann in either of their games against Michigan.
#2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-12-6)
Clurman also went pointless this week. Notre Dame will play their last games of the regular season this weekend against Michigan State.
#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-12-6)
Minnesota tied and lost to Penn State over the weekend. Ranta had an assist on this goal:
THAT'S OUR CAPTAIN— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) February 22, 2020
Tyler Nanne turns defense into offense and we're all tied up! pic.twitter.com/KU44ScjTwI
Minnesota will play its last two games of the regular season against Michigan this weekend.
#25 - Denis Smirnov (RW)
Penn State Nittany Lions (20-10-4)
Smirnov didn’t record any points in Penn State’s games against Minnesota, but he was one of 10 Nittany Lions seniors celebrated over the weekend.
THANK. YOU. SENIORS.#WeAre #HockeyValley pic.twitter.com/Dd73fOcscI— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) February 22, 2020
1⃣3⃣5⃣ Games— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) February 19, 2020
Thank You Denny (@dsmirnov17)!! #SeniorDay2020 #TheMagician
No. 2⃣5⃣#WeAre #HockeyValley pic.twitter.com/Ca3HvY2EpK
Penn State has finished their regular season schedule. They’ll have a week off before the Big Ten playoffs begin.
#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (13-14-5)
Just one assist for Weiss as Omaha split two games with Colorado College. The Mavericks will travel to play Miami (not in Florida) for two games this week.
#20 - Matthew Stienburg (RW)
Cornell Big Red (21-2-4)
Stienburg had a fabulous week. He recorded his first multi-point game of the season against Yale with a goal and an assist:
CU 4, YALE 0 | 10:42 GOAL!!! Jeff Malott muscles his way through the Yale defense before completing a beautiful pass to Matt Stienburg who puts it home for our fourth goal of the night!— Cornell Hockey (@CUBigRedHockey) February 22, 2020
Here are the highlights for that game:
Check out the HIGHLIGHTS of @CUBigRedHockey's Ivy League title-clinching 4-0 victory at Yale on Friday night! #YellCornell https://t.co/yOhVYjy7IQ— Cornell Video (@CornellVideo) February 22, 2020
Stienburg also had points in back-to-back games for the first time all season, potting another goal against Brown:
Here's the replay of Matt Stienburg's goal to give Cornell a 1-0 lead on Brown after Jeff Malott's three-zone rush. Watch on the ESPN+: https://t.co/wJSPrAoTeB #YellCornell pic.twitter.com/v7QEme45BE— Cornell Video (@CornellVideo) February 23, 2020
His performance was good enough for ECAC to name him the conference’s rookie of the week:
Week 1️⃣9️⃣ #ECACHockey Rookie of the Week: Matt Stienburg.— ECAC Hockey (@ecachockey) February 24, 2020
The @CUBigRedHockey freshman paced the league's rookies with three points (2G, 1A) this weekend. His tally on Saturday was the eventual game-winner against Brown, completing a weekend sweep for Cornell. pic.twitter.com/AZ1QVJkrfR
Cornell will wrap up their regular season this weekend with games against St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (34-23-4)
Lokomotiv played three games last week, all wins. Kovalenko only dressed for the first game, and hasn’t been in the lineup for the other two (though I haven’t been able to confirm whether or not it’s because of injury or performance reasons). I’ll keep you guys posted on that.
#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D)
Ak Bars Kazan (42-12-5)
Speaking of mysteries, Zhuravlyov hasn’t played since January 21st, and I still can’t find any information as to exactly what injury he has. The fact that he hasn’t played in over a month is concerning, to say the least — the injury is definitely significant. The good news is that Bars has maintained its hold on first in the conference, as they picked up three more wins in their four games last week.
Erm, does anyone know what’s ailing Danila Zhuravlyov? He’s been out with an injury and hasn’t played since January 21st.— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) February 25, 2020
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!