2014 IIHF World Junior Championships
The preliminary round is in the books and the quarter finals are about to start. Sweden was the only team to win all four of their initial contests and they have been aided by Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg. He has a goal and seven points so far. Teammate Alexander Wennberg has also been a big factor for Sweden with three goals and seven points in four matches. Wennberg was taken with the 14th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Canadian Anthony Mantha has also exceled with four goals and 10 points in four games. He’s a big part of the reason why Team Canada won Group A, but Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin has also led the way with two goals and six assists. In terms of goaltending, Finnish netminder Juuse Saros has stood out with a 1.16 GAA and .960 save percentage.
Western Hockey League
Carter Popoff has recorded at least a point in four of his last five matches. That’s allowed him to climb to 11 goals and 44 points in 40 contests with the Vancouver Giants in 2013-14. Graham Black is on a four-game point streak and has been an offensive contributor in 11 of his last 12 contests. The 20-year-old forward, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, has surpassed his previous career high with 51 points in 37 games. Branden Troock has found the back of the net in two straight games and four of his last six contests. That gives the Dallas Stars prospect 19 goals and 43 points in 37 matches in 2013-14. Mitch Holmberg scored another two goals on Friday as he continues to pull away from the pack. He already has 39 goals and 77 points in 38 contests this season.
Ontario Hockey League
Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie was named the OHL Player of the Week after scoring four goals and nine points in three games. That gives him 16 goals and 36 points in 30 OHL contests in 2013-14. Brady Vail has scored two goals and registered seven assists over the course of his current four-game point streak. He closed out 2013 with 15 goals and 44 points in 37 games with the Windsor Spitfires. Vail was taken with the 94th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Justin Nichols has earned four straight victories and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of those contests. The Guelph Storm netminder has a 3.07 GAA and .916 save percentage in 27 matches this season. Andreas Athanasiou had a four-goal, five-point game on Dec. 19 and followed it up with another three points over his next two contests. The Detroit Red Wings selected him with the 110th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Anthony Duclair has been held off the scoresheet in just one of his last nine contests. The New York Rangers prospect has 22 points in 10 December contests to give him 31 goals and 26 assists in 37 games in 2013-14. Alex Dubeau was 9-1-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .935 save percentage in 10 games en route to being named the QMJHL’s first star for the month of December. The 19-year-old goalie now has a 2.56 GAA and .919 save percentage in 39 contests with the Moncton Wildcats this season. Guillaume Gélinas has managed to earn the third star in back-to-back months and hasn’t gone more than two games without recording a point in 2013-14. That consistency has allowed him to accumulate 17 goals and 56 points in 40 contests with the Val d'Or Foreurs.
American Hockey League
Scott Darling kicked out 65 of 66 shots in two victories to be named the AHL Player of the Week. The 25-year-old goaltender has a 1.43 GAA and .955 save percentage in 12 games with the Milwaukee Admirals in 2013-14. Stephane Da Costa is riding a five-game point streak, giving him nine goals and 28 points in 28 AHL games this season. He’s set to shatter his previous AHL-high of 38 points in 57 games. Colton Sceviour is on a three-game goal scoring streak after finding the back of the net on December 31st. He now has 21 goals and 34 points in 28 matches with the Texas Stars. He’s also spent some time with Dallas this season, accumulating four points in seven games. Meanwhile, Mike Hoffman’s four-game point streak came to an end on Dec. 31, but he finished with three goals and six points during that stretch. He has 15 goals and 18 assists in 29 contests with the Binghamton Senators.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Air Force Academy goaltender Jason Torf stopped 29 of 31 shots to beat Providence on Monday. The 22-year-old now has a 2.59 GAA and .914 save percentage in 18 contests this season. Freshman Tim Clifton scored his first career NCAA goal on Sunday and then followed it up with another marker on Monday. The 21-year-old forward has four points and 17 penalty minutes in 21 games with Quinnipiac University in 2013-14. Teammate Jordan Samuels-Thomas picked up two assists on Monday, bringing him up to 18 points in 21 contests in 2013-14. He was selected by the then Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Doug Carr didn’t get much work on Sunday, but he was strong when UMass-Lowell needed him to be, stopping 18 of 19 shots in a 3-1 win over Clarkson. That gives him a 1.70 GAA and .934 save percentage in seven contests this season.