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Barzal piles up assists

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

 

Western Hockey League

 

Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds was the CHL and WHL Player the Week for the period ending Feb. 12. He registered a whopping 14 assists and 15 points in just four games. The Islanders prospect amassed six points, including five helpers, in an 8-5 win over Portland to close out the week. 48 of his 56 points in 30 matches this campaign have been assists. Barzal’s teammate and Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Keegan Kolesar had an impressive showing as well with nine points in four outings. He accounted for four goals and five assists and currently has 38 points in 39 appearances. The 19-year-old forward was a third rounder in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Borden Salmond was the CHL Goaltender of the Week after he posted shutouts in both of his appearances. He got his second and third career doughnuts in weekend wins over the Vancouver Giants thanks to 41 total saves. The 18-year-old has a 9-7-1-0 record along with a 2.76 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage in 18 appearances this season. Everett’s Carter Hart also had a perfect week between the pipes, but he played in just one contest. He turned aside all 31 shots he faced in a 2-0 victory versus Moose Jaw. Hart leads the league with a 1.99 goals-against average and he ranks second with a .925 save percentage in 39 games this year. He also owns a 21-7-6-1 record. The Silvertips netminder was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2016.

 

Ontario Hockey League

 

Mississauga’s Spencer Watson was the OHL Player of the Week after he generated three goals and four assists for seven points in three games. He was a multi-point performer in each outing and has picked up 30 points in 26 matches. Watson was chosen in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack had four goals, including a hat trick, and six points in three contests. The 2017 NHL Draft eligible prospect has 65 points in 50 games, which puts among he top-10 point producers in the OHL. 19-year-old Flint Firebirds center Ryan Moore mirrored Suzuki’s efforts with four goals, including a hat trick, and two assists in three tilts. He has 70 points and 32 goals in 52 appearances this campaign. Niagara’s Stephen Dhillon received consideration for the CHL Goaltender of the week honor after he posted a 1-0-0-1 record with a 0.96 goals-against average and a .973 save percentage, while blocking 73 shots.

 

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

 

Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong earned the first star of the week distinction in the QMJHL after he generated six points, with five goals, in two outings. He had a hat trick and four points in a 9-0 win against Drummondville. The second-round pick of the 2015 draft has 25 points in 16 matches for the Charlottetown Islanders in 2016-17. Antoine Samuel was selected as the second star of the week and was nominated for the CHL Goaltender of the Week honor. He had two wins along with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage in two starts for Baie-Comeau. The 19-year-old puck stop turned aside 52 of the 54 shots he faced. Staying the crease, Mikhail Denisov was the third star of the week. The Shawinigan keeper went 2-1-0-0 with a pair of shutouts. The 18-year-old has a 2.39 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 42 games for this season. Nashville Predators draft selection Samuel Girard collected six assists in four matches for Shawinigan. The second rounder in 2016 co-leads all QMHL defensemen with 56 points in 45 games.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.