American Hockey League
Devin Shore has been selected as the AHL's Player of the Month for October. He had eight goals and 11 points in nine games. That earned him a promotion to the Dallas Stars, leading to him making his NHL debut on Tuesday. Frank Vatrano scored 10 goals and 12 points en route to being selected as the AHL's Rookie of the Month. Although he was never drafted by the Boston Bruins, the 21-year-old is currently in their system. Finally, Calvin Pickard was the AHL's goaltender of the month after posting a 1.94 GAA and .942 save percentage in seven contests. He was taken by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and he remains within their organization. Speaking of struggling teams with a superb goalie in the minors, Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson has a 2.04 GAA and .931 save percentage in six games this season.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Greg Gibson won the NCAA's Player of the Month honors. He had six goals and 13 points in six contests with Robert Morris University. The 24-year-old had 15 goals and 25 points in 32 NCAA contests in 2014-15. Max Letunov was selected as the NCAA's top rookie for October. He scored five goals and registered six assists with the University of Connecticut. The St. Louis Blues took him with the 52nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Focusing specifically on the week that past, Jake Walman earned the first star after earning a hat trick and an assist Friday night. He has seven goals and 12 points in seven contests this season. Like Letunov, Walman was taken by St. Louis in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, although he went 82nd overall. Atte Tolvanen also stood out last week by posting a 46-save shutout on Friday and stopping 34 of 35 shots Saturday night. He now has a 1.99 GAA and .942 save percentage in eight games with Northern Michigan University.
Daniil Apalkov recorded 24 points in 59 KHL contests last season, but through 28 contests in 2015-16, he's already scored seven goals and 23 points. The 23-year-old forward plays for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. Pavel Buchnevich has six goals and 16 points in 23 KHL contests with Cherepovets Severstal this season. He's a 20-year-old forward that was drafted by the New York Rangers in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Among players younger than 24 years old, Alexei Vasilevsky leads all KHL defensemen with three goals and 11 points in 28 contests. He's 22 years old and playing for Yekaterinburg Automobilist. Sergei Shumakov, 23, is well on his way to establishing new career highs this season as he already has 10 goals and 15 points in 27 games with Novosibirsk Sibir in 2015-16. He had 24 points in 52 KHL contests last season.