Notable Canadian junior performers this week:
Morgan Frost (C), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2017 1st Round Pick, 27th overall
Morgan Frost is off to a not too shabby start to the season. He has 5 points (2 G, 3 A) in his first 4 games, but is well behind his 17/18 pace (112 points in 67 games). Frost needs an MVP-like 18/19 season.
Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Guelph Storm (OHL)
2017 2nd Round Pick, 35th overall
Ratcliffe also sits at 5 points (3 G, 2 A) in his first 4 games of the season. I think we are all expecting big things for Ratcliffe as he begins his 4th OHL season. Check out his goal from Saturday here.
Matthew Strome (LW), Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 106th overall
Matthew Strome picks up his first goal of the season on Saturday and has 5 points in his first 4 games.
Maksim Sushko (RW), Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2017 4th Round Pick, 107th overall
Not a great weekend for Maksim Sushko whose team not only dropped both games, but was a -3 in Saturday’s contest. Sushko is still searching for his first goal of the season.
Wyatte Wylie (D), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2018 5th Round Pick, 127th overall
- 9/29 - 2 assists, 2 shots, 2 PIM
Wyatte Wylie picks up two primary power play assists on Saturday. He has 5 helpers in his first 4 games.
Egor Zamula (D), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Undrafted Free Agent
Lots of shots for Zamula, but nothing on the score-sheet. He has nine shots, zero points in and is a minus 4 in his first 4 games.
Notable European performers this week
Linus Högberg (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall
It’s exciting as Högberg continues to get 1st/2nd pairing in games as a 20 year old playing on the best team in the SHL.
David Bernhardt (D), Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall
David Bernhardt makes his 18/19 debut after sitting out the first few games with an injury. By the look of his time-on-ice, he will likely be eased back into things.
Adam Ginning (D), Linköping HC (SHL)
2018 2nd Round Pick, 50th overall
Ginning continues to get 3rd pairing minutes for Linköping and has zero points his first 5 games of the season.
Olle Lycksell (RW/C), Linköping HC (SHL)
2017 6th Round Pick, 168th overall
After picking up 3 assists in his first 3 games, Lycksell is shutout this week.
Marcus Westfält (C), Brynäs IF (SHL)
2018 7th Round Pick, 205th overall
- 9/29 - 3 shots, 9:45 TOI
Marcus Westfält gets promoted from the J20 team to the SHL this past week. It was slightly curious that he didn’t begin with the big club to start the season, but it’s good to see him back. He’ll look to improve upon his 4 points (1 G, 3 A) in 31 games last year for Brynäs.
Felix Sandström (G), HV71 (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall
Obviously a much better week after putting up a sub .900 SV% to start the season. Sandström now sits at a .914 SV% in 5 games.
Samuel Ersson (G), Västerås IK (Allsvenskan)
2018 5th Round Pick, 143rd overall
Ersson finally makes his season debut with Västerås. He has a .941 SV% in his first two games.
Ivan Fedotov (G), Toros Neftekamsk (VHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall
- 9/26 - 1 GA, 19 saves
Another solid start for Fedotov this week as he saw his SV% rise to .955 over his first 3 games.
Kirill Ustimenko (G), MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
2017 3rd Round Pick, 80th overall
It’s uh...not been great for Ustimenko to start the season. He has a .908 SV% in 11 games. For reference, he had a .929 in 53 games last season.