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Draft Guide

Fucale stonewalls competition

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

 

 

American Hockey League

 

Zach Fucale has been selected as the AHL Player of Week after he posted three wins in three outings. He turned aside 107 of the 111 shots he faced for a 1.32 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage. Fucale doesn't have impressive numbers this season with a 3.05 GAA, a .906 save percentage and a 13-11-1 record, but his work last week is an encouraging sign. He was a second-round pick (36th overall) of the Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft. Former Montreal prospect Danny Kristo, who signed a two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues in the summer, produced three goals and two assists in four matches for the Chicago Wolves. The 25-year-old forward has 17 goals and 34 points in 44 games this year. Philadelphia fourth rounder Taylor Leier is well ahead of his pace from last season this year with 15 goals and 34 points after 46 games. He had 13 markers and 31 points in 73 contests during his AHL rookie campaign. The 117th overall pick in 2012 netted a hat trick and had three helpers over three games for Lehigh Valley last week. San Diego defenseman Shea Theodore notched a goal and three assists in three contests. He had a three-point performance versus Charlotte this past Saturday in a 5-4 win. Theodore has six points in 13 games with Anaheim this year and he has 21 points in 33 appearances with the Gulls. The 26th overall choice in the 2013 NHL Draft has plenty of potential from the back end.

 

National Collegiate Athletic Association

 

Danton Heinen of the University of Denver generated seven points in two games against North Dakota. He had two goals and three helpers in a 6-4 victory on Friday and two assists in a 4-1 win on Saturday. The fourth-round pick of the Boston Bruins in 2014 has 27 points in 28 matches this year. Northeastern's Nolan Stevens picked up seven points, including three goals, in three matches last week. He recorded multi-point outings in each appearance, including two goals and one assist in a 4-2 win over UMass on Saturday. The 19-year-old is the son of Los Angeles assistant coach John Stevens. He has 26 points in 30 matches this campaign. Canisius College freshman Dylan McLaughlin collected six assists in two wins against Bentley. The 20-year-old forward has 23 points in 30 games in 2015-16. Kyle Connor added to his NCAA scoring lead when he notched two goals and two assists in a win and a tie versus Wisconsin. He had a goal and an assist in both matches to give him 48 points in 27 appearances. The 17th overall pick by the Winnipeg Jets in 2015 is averaging 1.78 points per game this season.

 

Europe

 

Patrik Laine was ranked No. 2 overall in Bob McKenzie's Mid-Season 2016 NHL Draft Rankings last week. He has produced 13 goals and 27 points in 35 contests with Tappara of the Liiga this season. Laine is considered to be the only prospect who could possibly challenge Auston Matthews, who has amassed 23 goals and 38 points in 31 games with the ZSC lions of the NLA, as the top choice in the draft.

Corey Abbott

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