Draft Guide

Rynnas stars, earns POTW honor

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

American Hockey League


Texas Stars netminder Jussi Rynnas earned the AHL Player of the Week distinction for the period ending Feb. 15. He posted a 3-0-0 record to go with a 0.67 goals-against average and a .978 save percentage. He stopped 89 of the 91 shots he faced and picked up his fourth shutout of the year on Saturday versus Iowa. Rynnas has been superb in his first season with Dallas' minor-league affiliate. Nashville traded Brendan Leipsic to Toronto in the Cody Franson deal, but Milwaukee has another pair of talented rookies on their roster. Viktor Arvidsson was mentioned last week, so it's time that Kevin Fiala got some attention. Fiala started the season with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League, but he was assigned to the AHL in January. He has contributed five goals and 10 points in 13 games with the Admirals. Sticking with rookies, Toronto's Connor Brown generated three goals and one assist in two games last week. He ranks third among all first-year players with 39 points in 49 contests. Sven Baertschi tallied a hat trick in a 10-0 pounding of Syracuse on Feb. 10. He added an assist versus Rochester in a 7-4 defeat last Friday.  He has 22 points in 32 games with the Adirondack Flames. 


National Collegiate Athletic Association


Kevin Roy netted four goals in one game and three assists in the other to help Northeastern win a pair of games against Connecticut last weekend. He has amassed 16 goals and 37 points in 28 matches this season. Roy was chosen in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2012 draft by the Anaheim Ducks. St. Louis Blues prospect Mackenzie MacEachern registered four goals, including a hat trick, and an assist in a weekend sweep against Penn State. He had the game-winning marker in both contests. The third rounder of the Blues in 2012 has 10 goals and 20 points in 26 games this campaign for Michigan State University. Leading scorer Jack Eichel notched a goal and three assists in two matches against New Hampshire. Boston University split the series and won the game when Eichel enjoyed a three-point performance. Kyle Rau recorded four goals, including a hat trick, in two victories against Michigan. He has amassed 30 points in 28 outings this year for the University of Minnesota. He was selected in third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by Florida.




Lucas Wallmark provided one goal and three assists three games for Lulea last week. The fourth-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Draft has five goals and 18 points in 43 SHL matches. He had four goals and six points for Sweden at the World Junior Championships as well. Maxim Mamin of CSKA made the most of his limited ice time last week en route to being named the KHL's best rookie for Week 23. He posted two goals and two assists in two contests, while averaging just 7:41 of ice time. Mamin had a productive World Junior tournament with five points in seven appearances for Russia. In the KHL, he has nine points in 37 matches. He's eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

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