American Hockey League
Justin Bailey found the back of the net on Tuesday, giving him seven goals and 14 points in 12 games this month. He has 17 goals and 40 points in 61 contests with the Rochester Americans this season. He's also appeared in eight games with the Buffalo Sabres, but hasn't earned his first NHL point yet. Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo is having a strong month too with a goal and nine points in 11 contests. That gives him six goals and 41 points in his rookie season with the Syracuse Crunch. Dominik Simon had a goal and an assist on Tuesday, giving him four points in his last four games. He has 21 goals and 42 points in 60 contests with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The 21-year-old forward also recorded an assist in three games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Defenseman Brandon Montour has a goal and 10 points in 10 games this month. The Anaheim Ducks prospect is up to 10 goals and 40 assists in 60 contests with the San Diego Gulls this season.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
This is the time of year where quite a few NCAA players - either drafted or UFA prospects - sign entry-level contracts, so this seems like a good time to highlight some of them. Montreal signed Charlie Lindgren to a two-year contract with this counting as the first season of it (so he'll be a free agent in 2017). He'll spend the rest of the season with the Canadiens and Montreal even took the step of waiving Ben Scrivens to make room for him. Lindgren, 22, has a 2.13 GAA and .925 save percentage in 40 games this season. Mark Jankowski has agreed to a two-year deal with Calgary that will kick in during the 2016-17 campaign. In the meantime he'll play in the AHL on an ATO after scoring 15 goals and 20 points in 38 contests with Providence College. He was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Mackenzie MacEachern has signed a two-year deal with St. Louis that will begin in 2016-17. He slipped to the third-round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but MacEachern was a key player with Michigan State University as he scored a team-leading 14 goals and 30 points in 37 contests this season. Sean Kuraly has agreed to terms with the Boston Bruins after scoring six goals and 23 points in 36 games with Miami University (Ohio) in 2015-16. His rights originally belonged to San Jose, but Boston acquired him as part of the Martin Jones trade.
Let's focus on the Finnish Elite League this week, which features two players that might go in the top-five of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. One of them is Jesse Puljujarvi, who had 13 goals and 28 points in 50 games with Karpat this season. The 17-year-old forward also has two goals in two playoff contests. The other is Patrik Laine, who finished the regular season with 17 goals and 33 points in 46 games with Tappara Tampere. Laine, 17, has added another two goals and four points in five postseason games. It's Karpat's Sebastian Aho that's stood out in the playoffs though. He had 20 goals and 45 points in 45 regular season games and now has another three goals and six assists in six playoff contests. The Carolina Hurricanes selected Aho in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.