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Draft Guide

Riley Barber is a top rookie

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

American Hockey League


Robbie Russo has been selected as the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 28. The Grand Rapids defender notched two goals and five assists in four games to receive the honor. Russo was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, but he signed with Detroit as a free agent in the summer. He has 27 points in 50 games this campaign. Mike Sislo of the Albany Devils has been named the AHL Player of the Month for February after he produced nine goals and 16 points in 11 contests. He finished the month with a 10-game scoring streak and posted a goal in eight straight games during that stretch. He leads the AHL with 26 goals in 52 appearances. Riley Barber took home February's Rookie of the Month distinction for racking up a league-leading 18 points in 11 games. He had eight goals and 10 helpers last month to give him 43 points in 55 games this year. The sixth-round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2012 sits third among AHL rookies in scoring. Brad Thiessen, who was playing in the ECHL before Joonas Korpisalo went to NHL, has been chosen as the AHL Goaltender of the Month. He posted a 6-1-2 record with two shutouts, a 1.75 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage over nine appearances in February. Thiessen owns a 10-3-4 record with a 1.85 GAA and a .932 save percentage in 19 matches with Lake Erie this campaign.


National Collegiate Athletic Association


Miami University (Ohio) netminder Jay Williams turned aside all 55 shots he faced in a pair of shutout wins over Colorado College last week. The 22-year-old has a 2.37 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 18 games this season. Greg Gibson of Robert Morris University tallied five goals and added one assist in two victories against Canisius. He posted three-point efforts in both matches and scored a hat trick last Saturday on the home end of the back-to-back set. The 25-year-old forward has 47 points in 34 games in 2015-16 during his senior year. Maxim Letunov, who was acquired by Arizona from St. Louis last year, notched a goal and two assists in a weekend sweep over New Hampshire. He has 39 points in 34 outings for the University of Connecticut this year. Providence College's Trevor Mingoia earned six points, including three goals and three assists, in two games last week. The 24-year-old winger posted a five-point performance in Saturday's 6-0 win versus UMass.




Toronto's youth movement is on full display this week, but overseas Andreas Johnson is continuing to have a great season in the Swedish Hockey League with Frolunda HC. He generated two goals and one assist in three games last week. Johnson, who was a seventh-round choice in 2013 by the Maple Leafs, sits sixth in the league scoring race with 41 points in 49 contests. His teammate and New York Islanders 2011 second-round selection Johan Sundstrom extended his point streak to six straight games last week. His scoring spree came to an end in the last two games of the month. He has notched 15 goals and 33 points in 48 contests this season. Sundstrom had 19 points in 72 games with Bridgeport of the AHL in 2014-15, but he went back to Frolunda in the summer. Patrick Cehlin has 32 points in 48 outings with Rogle BK this year. He was taken in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft by Nashville. The 24-year-old had a hat trick and one assist in three games last week.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.