American Hockey League
Kalle Kossila of the San Diego Gulls was the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 7. He compiled six assists and recorded seven points in three games for Anaheim’s minor-league affiliate. The 24-year-old has 29 points, including 20 helpers, in 22 games this season. He also has two points in 10 outings with the Ducks in 2017-18. Dylan Strome potted two goals and added one assist in two appearances last week. The rookie forward has 14 markers and 34 points in 22 matches for Tucson this year. Unfortunately, he has only one goal and no assists in 11 games with the Arizona Coyotes this campaign. Matthew Highmore tallied three goals and one assist in four outings. The 21-year-old Chicago Blackhawks prospect has 17 goals and 26 points in 38 games with Rockford during his first AHL season. Providence’s Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson picked up one goal and three helpers in three matches. The second-round pick of the Boston Bruins in 2015 has 11 goals and 24 points in 35 appearances with the Baby Bruins during his rookie AHL campaign.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Bowling Green State University sophomore Lukas Craggs generated four goals and four assists in two games last weekend versus Ferris State. He also racked up five points (two goals, three assists) in wins over Michigan and Michigan Tech earlier in the week to guide his team to a Great Lakes Invitational title. The 21-year-old has 14 points in 24 games this season. Arizona State University’s Brinson Pasichnuk notched three goals and three assists in victories over Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech to earn the Las Vegas Invitational title. The 20-year-old blueliner has 14 points in 22 matches this year. Washington Capitals prospect Brian Pinho registered two goals and three helpers in two games. The 22-year-old senior has 21 points in 22 games for Providence College in 2017-18. Adam Gaudette added three goals and two assists to his NCAA-leading 30 points last week. The 21-year-old center was selected in the fifth round (149th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.
World Junior Championship
The 2018 World Juniors wrapped up last week in thrilling fashion when Canada scored a late goal in the gold-medal game against Sweden. Arizona Coyotes prospect Tyler Steenbergen, who has been an offensive force in the WHL with 61 points in 27 games, potted the game winner with 1:40 remaining in the third period. The fifth-round pick of the Coyotes was used sparingly at the tournament as the team’s 13th forward and he came up big when it mattered the most. Sweden had the top goaltender, Filip Gustavsson (PIT), and the top defenseman, Rasmus Dahlin (eligible for 2018 NHL Draft), in the tournament. Dahlin dazzled with his puck-handling skills and collected six assists in seven contests. He will no doubt be the first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Casey Mittelstadt was named the MVP of the 2018 World Junior Championship. He tied Czech forward Martin Necas for the tournament lead in scoring with 11 points apiece. The Buffalo Sabres prospect, who was chosen eighth overall in 2017, will return to the University of Minnesota and Necas, who was the 12th overall pick in 2017 by the Carolina Hurricanes, will head back to HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga. Team USA’s Kieffer Bellows (NYI) led all players with nine goals in seven contests.