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Draft Guide

Prospects Report

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET


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Western Hockey League


Leon Draisaitl captured the WHL Player of the Week honor after he recorded five goals and four assists in three games.   The 18-year-old, German native has amassed 36 goals and 99 points in 61 games during his second season with the Prince Albert Raiders.  He's eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and he could end up being a top-5 selection.  WHL-leading scorer Mitch Holmberg reached the 60-goal mark on Saturday in an 8-0 victory over Prince George.   He picked up six points in three games last week to give him a total of 114 points in 69 matches.  Anaheim Ducks  draft choice Shea Theodore recorded two goals and three helpers in three outings.  He leads all WHL blueliners with 75 points in 67 contests.  The Ducks took him with the 26th overall pick in the 2013 draft.  Curtis Lazar of the Edmonton Oil Kings notched four goals and two assists over four appearances last week.  He was taken with the 17th overall selection by Ottawa in the 2013 draft.  He is having a career year offensively with 39 goals and 71 points in 56 games. 


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Ontario Hockey League


17-year-old scoring phenom Connor McDavid was named the CHL and OHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 9.  He generated four goals and seven assists in just three games.  McDavid had back-to-back four-point outings and he currently has 93 points in 53 matches.  He's expected to be the top pick in the 2015 draft and his play this season has supported that projection.  Ryan Rupert of the London Knights registered three goals and five assists in three games last week.  He has tallied 69 points in 65 matches and was taken in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Carolina prospect Sergey Tolchinsky had seven points (three goals, four assists) in three appearances with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.  The undrafted forward, who signed with the Hurricanes this past summer, has amassed 88 points in 65 games.  Rookie goaltender Brandon Halverson earned the CHL Goaltender of the Week award after he stopped 68 shots and posted two wins, including one by way of a shutout.  He concluded the week with a 0.50 goals-against average and a .986 save percentage.  He is eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. 


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League


Sebastien Sylvester was the QMJHL's first star of the week.  He tallied four goals and four assists in three contests to receive the distinction.  He has 74 points, including 30 goals, in 62 outings with Rimouski this season.  His teammate, and Toronto Maple Leafs first-round pick, Frederik Gauthier produced two goals and four helpers in three contests last week.  He has 51 points in 51 games with the Oceanic.  Gauthier went to the Leafs with the 21st overall selection in the 2013 draft.  Florida Panthers prospect MacKenzie Weegar earned the second star of the week after he contributed seven points and a plus-10 rating in three games.  He sits fourth among QMJHL defensemen in scoring with 55 points in 59 matches.  He was grabbed in the seventh round of the 2013 draft class by the Panthers.  Jean-Sebastien Dea of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies potted two goals and added three assists in three games.  He has 48 markers and 73 points in 63 tilts this campaign.  Dea wasn't drafted but he did sign an entry-level deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins back in September.   


American Hockey League


Alexander Khokhlachev of the Providence Bruins was chosen as the AHL Player of the Week after he posted three goals and seven helpers in three games.  He compiled five assists and six points in Sunday's 9-3 win over Adirondack.  Khokhlachev has 47 points in 51 contests this year.  Toronto Marlies forward Spencer Abbott notched two goals and two helpers in three contests last week.  He ranks fourth in league scoring with 62 points in 55 matches.  Teemu Pulkkinen is back up with the Red Wings after picking up at least one point in his last five AHL contests with Grand Rapids.  He two goals and an assist in three appearances this past week and he has racked up 51 points in 60 games this season. 


National Collegiate Athletic Association


Nicolas Kerdiles of the University of Wisconsin had two goals and four assists in a pair of victories over Penn State.  The second-round pick (36th overall) of the Anaheim Ducks in 2012 draft has posted 30 points in 23 games this season.  Carolina Hurricanes prospect Phil Di Giuseppe collected two goals and two assists, as Michigan University split a two-game set against Michigan State.  He has 22 points in 32 matches with the Wolverines this year.  He was taken in the second round, with the 38th overall pick, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves was impressive for Michigan University as well  last week with a goal and four helpers to give him 20 points in 31 starts.  He was chosen in the second round of the 2012 draft by the New York Rangers with the 59th overall pick. 

Corey Abbott

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