American Hockey League
Brendan Leipsic of the Toronto Marlies was picked as the AHL Player of the Month for October. He registered three goals and 10 assists in eight contests. Leipsic leads the league in scoring with 13 points. October’s Goaltender of the Month was his teammate, Antoine Bibeau. In six appearances, he posted a 5-0-1 record with a 1.64 goals-against average average and a .944 save percentage. The Marlies netminder turned aside 167 of the 177 shots he faced and he registered a pair of shutouts. Kyle Wood of the Tucson Roadrunners was tabbed as the Rookie of the Month. The 20-year-old defender picked up two goals and six assists in five October matches for Arizona’s AHL affiliate. Jordan Schroeder, who was recently recalled by the Minnesota Wild, was the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 30. He tallied four goals and added three assists in three games. Schroeder didn’t have a point in the first five games of the year, but his recent scoring surge earned him a promotion to the big club.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Brock Boeser was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Player of the Month for October after he collected 12 points in seven games for North Dakota. The first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2015 of the Vancouver Canucks is off to red hot start. Florida Panthers prospect Henrik Borgstrom captured the NCHC Rookie of the Month honor for October. He accumulated nine points (four goals, five assists) in eight games for the University of Denver. Borgstrom didn’t have a point in his first three outings, but he made up for that in his fourth with two goals and one assist in a 3-1 win over Boston University on Oct. 15. He was the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Boston Bruins fifth rounder Anders Bjork captured the Hockey East Player of the Month for October. He has racked up 16 points in eight games this season, which ranks him second in the nation in scoring. Dylan Sikura, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 class by the Chicago Blackhawks, has 11 points in seven games for Northeastern University. He picked up a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss to Vermont in his only appearance last week.
New York Rangers prospect Igor Shestyorkin was the best goaltender of the month in the KHL for October. He won all six of his appearances, while posting four shutouts. Going from September, he had a streak of 272:08 without allowing a goal, which is the third longest in league history. Shestyorkin owns a 1.46 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in 18 games for SKA St. Petersburg this year. He was a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft. Another 2014 NHL Draft pick, Oskar Lindblom, has been flourishing overseas. The fifth-round choice of the Philadelphia Flyers ranks second in the SHL with 15 points in 14 games for Brynas IF.