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Kapanen debuts strong in AHL

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

 

American Hockey League

 

Kasperi Kapanen was tabbed as the AHL Player of the Week after he started the year with five points, including four assists, in two wins for the Toronto Marlies. The Leafs prospect posted 25 points in 44 AHL matches last year. Teammate Brendan Leipsic registered one goal and four assists to begin the regular season as well. AHL rookie Jake Guentzel started 2016-17 with one goal and three helpers in a 6-2 win for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton over Hartford. He produced six points in 11 matches with Pittsburgh’s minor-league affiliate last year after he joined the team from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Cleveland’s Anton Forsberg and Milwaukee’s Juuse Saros enjoyed great starts between the pipes for their respective teams in two victories apiece. Both netminders played in back-to-back situations, while posting matching 1.00 goals-against averages and .962 save percentages.

 

National Collegiate Athletic Association

 

Christopher Brown registered a hat trick for Boston College in an 8-5 win against Wisconsin last Sunday. He leads the Eagles with six points (three goals, three assists) in four games this season. The 20-year-old center was a sixth-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2014. Bemidji State goalie Michael Bitzer stopped all 42 shots he faced from Northern Michigan in a pair of shutout wins last week. The 22-year-old has a 0.50 GAA and a .977 save percentage in four games this season. Anders Bjork leads the NCAA in scoring with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in four games. He picked up one goal and two assists last weekend in a series split against Minnesota-Duluth. Bjork was taken in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Northeastern University’s Dylan Sikura collected five helpers in two matches versus Bentley. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect, who was a sixth rounder in 2014, has eight assists in four games this year.

 

Europe

 

Rasmus Asplund has earned five points (two goals, three assists) in nine games for Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League this year. He was selected in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by Buffalo. Minnesota prospect Krill Kaprisov received the KHL’s best forward award for the week ending Oct. 16 after he picked up three goals and two assists in two games for Salavat Yulaev. The fifth-round pick in 2015 has 14 points in 20 games this year.

Corey Abbott

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