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Draft Guide

Carter Hart back in fine form

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

 

Western Hockey League

 

Swift Current forward Aleksi Heponiemi captured the CHL and WHL Player of the Week honors after he amassed nine points, including seven assists, in only two games. He recorded his third five-point performance of the season and ranks second in the WHL with a whopping 48 points in 18 contests. The Florida Panthers prospect, who was selected in the second round (40th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, leads the league with 33 assists. Brody Willms of the Moose Jaw Warriors was awarded with the WHL Goaltender of the Week distinction after he won a pair of games against Regina. The 19-year-old netminder turned aside 54 of the 57 shots he faced. Willms is third in the league with a 2.65 goals-against average. Carter Hart posted a 28-save shutout and lost in a shootout in two outings versus Prince George. He also posted a 20-save shutout in Game 1 of the Canada-Russia series to start the week. Hart has played well since returning to the lineup from mononucleosis. The Philadelphia prospect didn’t play in October due to the ailment. Hart was chosen in the second round (48th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Vancouver Giants rookie Milos Roman contributed five assists and six points in three outings during the week ending Nov. 12. He leads all first-year players in the WHL with 20 points in 20 matches. The 18-year-old center is eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.

 

Ontario Hockey League

 

Sarnia’s Justin Fazio claimed the CHL Goaltender of the Week honor after he backstopped the Sting to a 1-0-1-0 record with a 1.98 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and one shutout. The 20-year-old lost one match in overtime and stopped 72 shots in both contests. Fazio leads the OHL with a .929 save percentage this season. Ryan Merkley was picked as the OHL Player of the Week. The 2018 NHL Draft prospect produced one goal and five helpers in two contests to receive the honor. Merkley ranks second among all OHL defensemen in scoring with 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 19 games for Guelph. Matthew Strome, who is the younger brother of Dylan and Ryan Strome, tallied three goals and three assists in two appearances for the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Flyers prospect, who was taken in the fourth round (106th overall) in the 2017 draft, has 16 points in 17 games this year. Fellow Philadelphia draft pick Morgan Frost had a strong week as well with three goals and five points in two games. The 18-year-old forward has 27 points in 20 games for Sault Ste. Marie in 2017-18. Frost was selected 27th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

 

Drummondville’s Nicolas Beaudin was the QMJHL Player of the Week after he produced six points (two goals, four assists) in two games. The 18-year-old leads all blueliners in the league in scoring with 21 points in 21 matches. Beaudin is eligible for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Mark Grametbauer of the Moncton Wildcats was considered for the CHL Goaltender of the Week honor after he posted a 2-0-0-0 record with 1.50 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage. The 19-year-old netminder blocked 60 shots in his two victories. Alex Barre-Boulet generated two goals and three helpers in two games for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The 20-year-old has 13 goals and 26 points in 18 contests this campaign. Anaheim Ducks prospect Antoine Morand collected five assists in three outings last week. He picked up all of his helpers in two multi-point efforts. The 18-year-old center was chosen in the second round (60th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.

Corey Abbott

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