American Hockey League
Anthony Cirelli was selected as the AHL Player of the Week after he recorded three goals and four assists in three games during the period ending Dec. 10. The third-round pick (72nd overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 NHL Draft has produced 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 25 games with Syracuse during his rookie AHL season. Stockton’s Andrew Mangiapane accounted for four points, including three assists, in two games last week. The 21-year-old was picked in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. Mangiapane has 26 points (10 goals, 16 assist) through 23 matches this campaign. Tucson’s Nick Merkley earned one goal and two helpers in three outings. The 20-year-old rookie has 12 goals and 24 points in 20 games for Arizona’s AHL affiliate in 2017-18. Merkley was the 30th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Andrew Welinski, who just made his NHL debut with Anaheim on Dec. 11 and earned an assist against Carolina, had an assist in two games last week prior to his recall. The 24-year-old blueliner has six goals and 17 points in 21 games for the San Diego Gulls this season.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Denis Smirnov notched three goals and two assists in pair of wins against Robert Morris. The Penn State sophomore has nine goals and 17 points in 12 appearances this season. The 20-year-old forward was chosen in sixth round (156th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. San Jose prospect Maxim Letunov produced two goals and three helpers in two games last week. The University of Connecticut junior has 19 points, including 14 assists, in 21 contests in 2017-18. He was originally a second-round selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 2014 NHL Draft. Jordan Greenway of Boston University posted a hat trick and three assists in two outings. The second-round pick of the Minnesota Wild in the 2015 NHL Draft has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 19 matches this year. Wade Allison posted a hat trick as well last week and he registered five points in a series split against Miami. The Western Michigan University sophomore is tied for third in the nation scoring with 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 19 contests. Allison was taken in the second round (52nd overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Kontinental Hockey League
Dynamo Moscow forward Alexander Petunin was the KHL’s best rookie of the week after he posted one goal and eight shots in three games. The 20-year-old was also the Rookie of the Month for November when he had seven points in seven games. Nikita Gusev did not record a point in two games last week, but he sits third in KHL scoring with 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 40 games. The Vegas Golden Knights prospect, who was acquired at the expansion draft, was initially a seventh-round pick of Tampa Bay in 2012. Igor Shestyorkin (NYR), Ilya Sorokin (NYI) and Ilya Samsonov (WSH) are great NHL prospects tending to the crease in the KHL, but Ivan Nalimov has emerged this campaign as another potential stud netminder. The sixth-round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Draft has a 1.98 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage in 17 games with Admiral Vladivostok in 2017-18. Eeli Tolvanen has continued to flourish in his rookie campaign with Jokerit. He picked up an assist this past Monday to match Evgeny Kuznetsov’s record of 32 points as an 18-year-old in the KHL. The first-round choice (30th overall) of the Nashville Predators in 2017 has turned heads this year with 17 goals in 39 contests.