American Hockey League
Nicklas Jensen was selected as the AHL Player of the Week after recording four goals and seven points in three games. The Hartford Wolf Pack forward has 16 goals and 31 points in 56 games this season. His teammate Magnus Hellberg is on a personal five-game winning streak. The 24-year-old netminder has a 26-16-2 record, 2.41 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 44 games this season. Goalie Anton Forsberg has been dominate in the month of March with a 1.73 GAA and .935 save percentage in seven games with the Lake Erie Monsters. The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect has a 2.41 GAA and .912 save percentage in 35 contests overall this season. Brendan Ranford has a goal and four points in his last three games. That brings him up to 17 goals and 53 points in 66 contests with the Texas Stars this season.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The NCAA has announced the finalists for the 2016 Mike Richter Award, which goes to the top goaltender. Among them is Cam Johnson, who has a 1.64 GAA and .935 save percentage in 30 games with the University of North Dakota this season. This is his sophomore campaign, but he was limited to just 43 minutes over two appearances as a freshman. Thatcher Demko also made the list after recording a 1.87 GAA and .935 save percentage in 36 games with Boston College. Demko was taken by the Vancouver Canucks in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Alex Lyon is a finalist for the second straight campaign. He has a 1.59 GAA and .938 save percentage in 30 games with Yale University, which is almost identical to his 2014-15 numbers. Kevin Boyle is the only senior on the list. The 23-year-old netminder has a 1.77 GAA and .935 save percentage in 37 contests with UMass-Lowell.
Let’s focus on the KHL this week, which is deep within its playoffs. Among players under the age of 24, Nikita Gusev has stood out with five goals and 14 points in 12 games with SKA St. Petersburg. Tampa Bay selected him in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Sergei Shumakov, 23, has four goals and 10 points in 10 playoff contests with Sibir Novosibirsk. He set career-highs in the regular season with 13 goals and 33 points in 59 games. Ilya Sorokin, 20, has posted a 1.30 GAA and .942 save percentage in 10 games with CSKA Moskva. As good as that is, it pales in comparison to his 1.06 GAA and .953 save percentage he recorded in 28 regular season games. The New York Islanders drafted him with the 78th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.