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Draft Guide

Cliff Pu has a big week

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

 

Western Hockey League

 

Jayden Halbgewachs was the WHL Player of the Week after he generated six goals and 11 points in four games. His week was highlighted by a five-point performance, which included a hat trick, in a 7-4 win over Swift Current. Halbgewachs ranks third in the WHL with 22 goals and sixth with 41 points in 24 games for Moose Jaw. Vegas prospect Cody Glass notched three goals and four points in two appearances last week. The sixth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has 11 goals and 24 helpers in 20 games with the Portland Winterhawks this season. Everett netminder Carter Hart was selected as the WHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending Nov. 19. He posted a mark of 2-1-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.34 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage. The Philadelphia second-round pick, who went 48th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, piled up 104 saves over that stretch. Regina’s Sam Steel contributed two goals and two assists in three outings last week. The 19-year-old has started slower than the electrifying scoring pace he set last year, but he still has 23 points through 19 games. Steel went to Anaheim with the 30th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Ontario Hockey League

 

Cliff Pu was the CHL and OHL Player of the week for the period ending Nov. 19. He recorded four goals and eight assists in four games to claim the honors. Pu posted a multi-point performance in each outing, with a career-best four points (one goal, three assists) in a 7-4 victory over Guelph. The third-round pick (69th overall) of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Draft has 27 points in 21 matches for the London Knights this year. Pu’s teammate, Joseph Raaymakers was considered for CHL Goaltender of the Week distinction after he earned a 3-1-0-0 record with one shutout, a 2.74 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. Mississauga’s Owen Tippett compiled three goals and seven points in three games last week. He has eight points in five appearances with the Steelheads since he was returned to the OHL by Florida. The Panthers made him the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Cole Coskey of the Saginaw Spirit tallied two goals and five assists in three games last week. The 18-year-old winger has 22 points, including 11 goals, in 21 games in 2017-18.

 

Quebec Major Hockey League

 

Anthony Morrone was named the CHL Goaltender of the Week and the QMJHL Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 19. He turned aside all 61 shots he faced in a pair of shutout victories for the Victoriaville Tigres. The 18-year-old rookie has a 3-4-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 3.01 and a .906 save percentage. Olivier Rodrigue had a strong showing between the pipes as well with a two wins in two starts. He blocked 57 of 58 shots and posted his first shutout of the season. The 17-year-old puck stopper is eligible for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Chicoutimi’s Olivier Galipeau collected three goals and two assists in three outings last week. The 20-year-old defender leads all QMJHL blueliners in scoring with 24 points in 22 games. Ostap Safin netted two goals and added an assist in two outings last week for the Saint John Sea Dogs. He ranks second among QMJHL rookies with 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 24 games. Safin was chosen in the fourth round (115th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Corey Abbott

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