American Hockey League
Brett Ritchie of the Texas Stars was chosen as the AHL Player of the Week after he recorded five goals, including two game winners, in three games. He was promoted to the big club this week and scored in his NHL debut. He has 11 markers and 18 points in 22 AHL contests this season. Temmu Pulkkinen tallied two goals and three helpers in two matches for Grand Rapids las week. The Red Wings like to be patient with their prospects, but Pulkkinen could be another player to watch when he makes the jump to the NHL. He co-leads the AHL with 18 goals and is tied for second with 37 points in 31 matches. Reid Boucher of the Albany Devils has scored a goal in five straight games. His recent hot streak has brought him to 10 goals and 17 points in 27 outings. Anton Lander is up with the Edmonton Oilers after recording one goal and three assists in his last three appearances with Oklahoma City. He leads the Barons in scoring with 31 points in 29 games.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey notched a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win over Rensselaer. He has generated 10 goals and 20 points in 13 games this season for Harvard University. Vesey was a third-round pick of the Preds in the 2012 draft. Zach Hyman of the University of Michigan picked up two goals and one assist in two matches last week against Michigan Tech and Michigan State. Hyman, who was a fifth-round choice of the Florida Panthers in 2010, has 20 points in 17 games this year. Riley Barber of Miami University (Ohio) earned an assist in each of his two appearances last week. The sixth rounder of the Washington Capitals in 2012 has 18 points in 18 matches. Winnipeg Jets draft pick Jamie Phillips made 19 saves in a 2-1 loss to Michigan and 34 stops in a 4-2 victory over Ferris State. He leads the Nation with 14 victories to go with a superb 1.73 GAA and a .938 save percentage. Phillips was taken in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft with the 190th overall selection.
World Junior Championship
The 2015 World Junior Championship kicked off last week. Sweden opened with a pair of wins over the Czech Republic and Denmark. Team captain Jacob de la Rose notched two goals and two assists on those contests. He was the 34th overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Winnipeg Jets draft pick Nic Petan had an impressive start to the World Junior Championship with one goal and six points in two matches for the Canadians. Highly-touted 2015 prospect Connor McDavid recovered from his hand injury just before the start of the tournament. After being held scoreless in his first game, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-0 win against Germany.