All NCAA hockey conferences’ regular seasons wrapped up over the weekend, so next week’s prospect report will be primarily playoff-oriented. The CHL’s regular season will end in a couple of weeks as well.
Just a reminder, these prospect reports only follow Avalanche prospects who are Not Goalies and Not In The AHL (we have other experts for those).
Onto the week that was.
Canadian Hockey League
#44 - Bowen Byram (D)
Vancouver Giants (32-24-6)
Another big weekend for Byram as the Giants continue to roll. He had three goals and an assist in three games, which put him over the 50-point mark this season. He now has 14 goals and 52 points in 50 games this season.
GOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLL!!@BowenByram on the power play! The Giants take a 2-1 lead!— x - Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) March 7, 2020
GOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLL!!!!@BowenByram streaks down the wing and sneaks a backhand shot home! 3-2 game. The goal comes with 3 seconds left in the second!— x - Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) March 8, 2020
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLL!!!@BowenByram ties the game!!! 1:25 remaining in the third! 3-3!— x - Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) March 8, 2020
#WHL VAN/PG: @WHLGiants Bowen Byram beats the buzzer in the second and scores with the extra man to send the game to extras. Reaches 150 career points, 31 (11+20) of which have come in the last 17 games. 3rd rearguard in franchise history with 150 (Jonathan Blum, Neil Manning)— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) March 8, 2020
And, for good measure:
Kevin Connauton said he is OK if Bowen Byram broke his @WHLGiants record for single-season points by a defenseman.— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) March 8, 2020
Byram fell short last year & would need help to make it happen this season.
Connauton said he'd only be mad if Byram got an award because he didn't get one. #Avs
#34 - Sasha Mutala (RW)
Tri-City Americans (17-40-6)
Just the one goal for Mutala in four games this week for Tri-City:
Just kidding. Mutala's goal. pic.twitter.com/ycFO9ZSE4r— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) March 9, 2020
Something strange was afoot last night in the Americans’ game against the Kamloops Blazers. They only had 16 skaters and one goalie able to play, so this is the lineup they went with:
Whatever seems to be ailing the team (please, let it not be the coronavirus), hopefully they’re back to a full lineup in their next game. Mutala has 67 points in 62 games this season.
#27 - Luka Burzan (C)
Brandon Wheat Kings (35-22-6)
Burzan had two assists in two games this weekend, but he did also have this great chance:
Easily the best save Max Paddock's had to make so far in this one, as he slides over to take away a great chance from Luka Burzan. Still a 2-1 Raiders lead. https://t.co/d8IIsZ6Hoj pic.twitter.com/HKyPYS23vh— Jeff D'Andrea (@Jeff_paNOW) March 8, 2020
He now has 62 points in 63 games this season.
#16 - Alex Beaucage (RW)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (29-29-4)
After a couple of quiet weeks, Beaucage found his offensive touch again. He racked up three goals and two assists in three games, and now has a nice 69 points in 62 games.
#QMJHL #LHJMQ ROU/SHA: @HuskiesRn have won 14 of the past 20 games over Shawinigan, this time and early third period marker by Alex Beaucage helps do the trick. Meets total from last year and is first since Jean-Sébastien Dea with consecutive 39+ goal campaigns.— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) March 8, 2020
#18 - Alex Newhook (C)
Boston College Eagles (24-8-2)
Boston College wrapped up their regular season over the weekend with a win and a tie against New Hampshire. Newhook had two assists, and they were very nice:
*alex newhook does something ridiculous*— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) March 7, 2020
Newy with the nice zone entry https://t.co/GRRifG5hr4— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) March 8, 2020
Unfortunately, Newhook finished just one point behind Harvard’s Nick Abruzzese for NCAA freshmen scoring, but his 19 goals and 42 points this season are a really impressive accomplishment.
#4 - Drew Helleson (D)
Boston College Eagles (24-8-2)
Helleson came close to getting on the scoresheet, but to no avail:
Helly rings the left post through traffic— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) March 7, 2020
Boston College, who finished atop the conference, will take on Providence in the Hockey East quarter-finals. Unlike some of the other NCAA hockey conferences, Hockey East doesn’t give its top-finishing teams bye-weeks at the start of the playoffs. Instead, the bottom three teams don’t qualify for the postseason, and the playoffs start with a 1 vs. 8 format.
#26 - Cam Morrison (LW)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame’s season came to an end against Minnesota yesterday. The Irish opened the series with a win but dropped the next two to be eliminated from the playoffs. Morrison had two goals in his final weekend in an Irish uniform:
Cam Morrison continues to score clutch goals. Running out of platitudes at this point. #GoAvsGo— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) March 8, 2020
• 2️⃣ Frozen Fours— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) March 9, 2020
• 3️⃣ NCAA Regional Finals
• 3️⃣ B1G Championships
The Class of 2020 has been special on-and-off the ice.
And thank you, #NDFamily, for the support all season long.
It seems unlikely at this point that Notre Dame will be named one of the teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament, so all eyes will turn to the Avalanche — will Morrison sign an ELC with the Avalanche and ATO to join the Eagles? Or will he test free agency in August?
With their loss to Minnesota tonight, Notre Dame's season is over - and senior Cam Morrison has some decisions to make: to turn pro and sign with the Avs/Eagles, or to wait it out until free agency (August 1). #GoAvsGo— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) March 9, 2020
#4 - Nick Leivermann (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Leivermann went pointless over the weekend as well, but I was able to watch Friday’s game and I really liked how he played in his own end and read odd-man rushes.
Nick Leivermann with a nice poke check defending a 2-on-1 #GoAvsGo— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) March 7, 2020
#2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Clurman was in all three starting lineups for the Irish this weekend. Despite not landing on the scoresheet, here’s a chance he had:
I would expect both sophomore defensemen and #GoAvsGo draft picks Nick Leivermann and Nate Clurman back in Fighting Irish uniforms next season.— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) March 9, 2020
#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ranta scored one goal as the Gophers came back to eliminate Notre Dame and advance to the Big Ten semi-finals!
Ben Meyers scores a goal.— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) March 9, 2020
48 seconds later...
Sampo Ranta also scores a goal! pic.twitter.com/BmRMIkN2oF
Here are some fun Ranta GIFs, too:
What time is it?— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) March 7, 2020
Time for period ✌️! pic.twitter.com/IaAgRNuLWD
Game 2 time... the puck is dropped and we are underway!— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) March 8, 2020
We're stoked too, Sampo! pic.twitter.com/wDX6lLVCjP
#25 - Denis Smirnov (RW)
Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State had a bye during the first round of the Big Ten playoffs, having finished atop the conference. They’ll return to action this weekend against Minnesota.
#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (14-17-5)
Omaha split their final series of the season against North Dakota. Weiss went pointless and the Mavericks finished sixth in the conference. They’ll take on the third-place Denver Pioneers (in Denver, so it might be a series worth heading out to, Avs fans!) in a best-of-three series starting Friday.
#20 - Matthew Stienburg (RW)
Cornell Big Red
Cornell had the week off thanks to finishing atop the conference this season. Their first game of the playoffs will be against Princeton on Friday, who upset Dartmouth over the weekend.
#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
Playoffs: 1st Round — Lokomotiv down 3-1 to Jokerit
Lokomotiv went down 3-0 in the series before avoiding being swept in Game 4. Kovalenko played in all four games, but hasn’t recorded a point yet — and his team still faces elimination.
#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D)
Ak Bars Kazan
Playoffs: 1st Round — Ak Bars def. Niznekamsk 4-0
Bars continued their winning season by sweeping their first round playoff opponents — but Zhuravlyov didn’t dress for any of their four games. Not sure if he’s still battling lingering effects from the injury that kept him out for over a month, or if he’s ill. Hopefully he’ll be back in time for the second round.
These prospect reports were compiled with information from the WHL, QMJHL, Flashscore, and NCAA.