Notable Canadian junior performers this week:
Morgan Frost (C), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2017 First Round Pick, 27th overall
A measly four points this week? WHAT AM I PAYING YOU FOR MORGAN? Oh I’m not paying him anything? Well that’s fine I guess. Frost’s 107 points (37 G, 70 A) in 55 games leads the OHL (and our hearts).
Isaac Ratcliffe (LW), Guelph Storm (OHL)
2017 Second Round Pick, 35th overall
- 2/26 - 2 goals, 5 shots, 6 PIM, 1 for 1 FOW
- 2/27 - 1 goal, 6 shots, 4 PIM
- 3/1 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots
- 3/3 - 1 assist, 2 shots
Ratcliffe with a “Frost-Like” week. He’s riding a seven-game point streak and is up to 74 points (47 G, 27 A) in 59 games. With six games remaining, I would be willing to bet that Ratcliffe reaches the 50-goal plateau. If you can tell me the last Flyers prospect to hit that mark in juniors...kudos to you because I couldn’t find it.
Matthew Strome (LW), Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
2017 Fourth Round Pick, 106th overall
Strome wrapping up his last OHL season quite nicely. He has 76 points (27 G, 49 A) in 63 games. The assists, points and point-per-game are all career-highs.
Maksim Sushko (RW), Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2017 Fourth Round Pick, 107th overall
Sushko returns from the flu with a nice week. He picked up his 16th goal and 27th/28th assists this season. It’s been a bit of a down year for Sushko after breaking out in 2017-18.
Wyatte Wylie (D), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2018 Fifth Round Pick, 127th overall
It’s been a fantastic season for the third year WHLer, collecting 44 points (10 G, 34 A) in 62 games this season. Everett has six regular season games remaining and will be in the WHL playoffs, so Wylie will have extra time to hone those kills.
Yegor Zamula (D), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Undrafted Free Agent
Zamula missing games makes me sad, but him scoring many points makes me happy. Zamula’s put up 53 points (10 G, 43 A) in 56 games. This is probably even more incredible considering he went pointless in his first eight games of the season. Even with Ghost, Provorov, Sanheim and Myers in the NHL...the pipeline is still strong.
Notable European performers this week
Linus Högberg (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 Fifth Round Pick, 139th overall
Linus! The rare multi-point week for the exceptional young defenseman. He has two goals and eight assists in 47 games this season. This is roughly his third full season in the SHL and he is still only 20 years old.
David Bernhardt (D), Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 Seventh Round Pick, 199th overall
Bernhardt keeps logging more time since coming to Vaxjo. His point totals remain at five (2 G, 3 A) in 31 games across two clubs this season.
Adam Ginning (D), Linköping HC (SHL)
2018 Second Round Pick, 50th overall
Steady as he goes for Ginning.
Olle Lycksell (RW/C), Linköping HC (SHL)
2017 Sixth Round Pick, 168th overall
Lycksell oddly makes the most of his extremely limited time this week with his third goal of the season. He has 10 points in 47 games in the SHL this season.
Marcus Westfält (C), Karlskrona HK (Allsvenskan)
2018 Seventh Round Pick, 205th overall
- 2/27 - 1 assist
Westfalt hasn’t exactly lit it up since being sent down to the Allsvenskan. He has only two assists in 17 games after only scoring one point (an assist) in 19 games with Brynäs IF.
Felix Sandström (G), HV71 (SHL)
2015 Third Round Pick, 70th overall
No games for Sandstrom this week as his SV% sits at .908 in 16 games.
Samuel Ersson (G), Västerås IK (Allsvenskan)
2018 Fifth Round Pick, 143rd overall
A very good week for Ersson, who saw his SV% improve to .933 in 34 games. He is just .001 behind the league-lead.
Ivan Fedotov (G), HC Toros (VHL)
2015 Seventh Round Pick, 188th overall
No games for Fedotov this week and his SV% remains at .929 in 26 games this season.
Kirill Ustimenko (G), MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg (MHL)
2017 Third Round Pick, 80th overall
- 2/25 - 0 GA, 26 saves
That gives Ustimenko nine shutouts on the season. He has a .927 SV% in 46 games this season.
Notable collegiate performers this week
Wade Allison (RW), Western Michigan University
2016 Second Round Pick, 52nd overall
More games like Saturday please, Wade. It was just his fourth goal and fifth assist of the season (in 18 games). Poor Allison has had to deal with ACL recovery and injuries this season. Here’s hoping he closes out strong.
Joel Farabee (LW), Boston University
2018 First Round Pick, 14th overall
There doesn’t seem to be any stopping Farabee, but I am personally fine with that. Having 31 points (13 G, 18 A) in your freshman season is actually pretty great! Here is his ridiculous goal from Saturday. More fun stats, he is fourth in NCAA scoring among players under 20 years of age.
Tanner Laczynski (C/W), Ohio State University
2016 Sixth Round Pick, 169th overall
No doubt in my mind had Laczynski stayed healthy this season he’d be in the running for the Hobey Baker Award. Sadly we’ll have to settle for a junior player with 30 points (10 G, 20 A) in 25 games this season.
Gavin Hain (C/W), University of North Dakota
2018 Sixth Round Pick, 174th overall
Hain’s play and scoring has improved as of late. Of his eight points this season, six of them have been scored in his last nine games.
Jay O’Brien (C), Providence College
2018 First Round Pick, 19th overall
O’Brien remains a bit snake-bitten this season, given his injuries and bereft of points. He has just one point in his last 12 games and five points in 24 games overall.
Brendan Warren (LW), University of Michigan
2015 Third Round Pick, 81st overall
No points in two games this weekend. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Noah Cates (LW), University of Minnesota-Duluth
2017 Fifth Round Pick, 137th overall
We may need to board the Noah Cates Train before it leaves the station. The freshman has 20 points (8 G, 12 A) in 30 games this season. Here is one of his goals from Friday.
Wyatt Kalynuk (D), University of Wisconsin
2017 Seventh Round Pick, 196th overall
Kalynuk’s fine sophomore season continues with his 9th goal and 14th assist. He is two points away from his season-high last year.
Jack St. Ivany (D), Yale University
2018 Fourth Round Pick, 112th overall
Eight shots in back to back games is quite impressive to do, let alone for a defenseman. Alas, it didn’t translate into points and St. Ivany extended his pointless streak to eight games.
Matej Tomek (G), University of Nebraska-Omaha
2015 Third Round Pick, 90th overall
No games for Tomek this week again. I do have to say its impressive that Nebraska continues to start Evan Weninger for 31 games despite his .897 SV%. I’m not saying Tomek and his .845 in five games is comparative, but damn spread out the bad Nebraska.