American Hockey League
Tanner Kero was selected as the AHL Player of the Week after he produced three goals and an assist in three outings for Rockford. He tallied two goals and three points in a 3-2 win against Iowa last Wednesday. Kero is third in the AHL with six goals in seven games, which earned him a recent call up to the Chicago Blackhawks. Alexander Khokhlachev chipped in four assists in two games, including three in a 5-1 win against Lehigh Valley last Friday. He is tied for first in AHL scoring with 11 points in seven outings. First-round pick Matt Puempel had three goals and two assists in four games last week with Binghamton prior to getting recalled by Ottawa. He has five points in six AHL games after nearly making the NHL out of training camp. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Derrick Pouliot generated one goal and four points in two wins against Springfield. It was a bit of a surprise when he started the season in the minors, but he'll probably be the first blueliner called up if injuries occur for Pittsburgh. Pouliot has six points in six games this season.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Thatcher Demko posted a pair of shutouts and turned aside all 45 shots he faced in a pair of wins against Colorado College. Boston College won both games by a combined score of 8-0. Demko has a 4-1-0 record with a 0.60 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage in five appearances. The 19-year-old netminder was chosen with the 36th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Fellow Canucks prospect Brock Boeser had another strong week with a goal and two assists in two wins versus Vermont. He has contributed six points in six games for North Dakota this camaign. Boeser was a first-round choice (23rd overall) in the 2015 draft. Maxim Letunov scored both goals for the University of Connecticut in a 4-2 loss to Boston University last Saturday. He has produced five goals and eight points in four contests this year. Letunov was taken by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2014 draft. Leading scorer Tyler Kelleher, who has 11 points in five games for the University of New Hampshire, had one goal and six helpers in just two games. His week was highlighted by a 6-6 tie with Massachusetts when he helped set up four goals. Kelleher attended New Jersey's development camp this past summer, where he turned some heads.
Toronto prospect Andreas Johnson notched two goals and four assists in three games for Frolunda HC last week. He has 14 points in 14 games to rank himself among the top-10 scorers in the SHL. Johnson was a seventh-round pick of the Maple Leafs in the 2013 draft. Jesse Puljujarvi had one goal in two games for Karpat of the SM-liiga. He has generated eight points in 17 matches so far this season. The 17-year-old prospect is eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, where is projected to be a top-three pick. Patrik Laine has been sidetracked with a shoulder injury, but before that he had four goals and six points in 10 games for Tappara. He is viewed as a possible top-five selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.