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Draft Guide

The stars of November

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

American Hockey League

 

Charles Hudon of the St. John's IceCaps is enjoying an excellent sophomore season after a very good rookie campaign. He has 10 goals and 10 assists in 21 games this year. Hudon, who was a fifth-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2012, captured the AHL Player of the Week honor for the period ending Nov. 29. He produced three goals and three assists in three contests during that span. Viktor Arvidsson, who is currently playing in the NHL with Nashville, has been named the AHL Player of the Month for November. He amassed six goals and 14 points in 11 games for Milwaukee. Arvidsson, who was a fourth rounder in 2014, has one goal in five matches with the Predators in 2015-16. The Rookie of the Month went to San Diego Gulls defenseman Brandon Montour. He produced four goals and 11 helpers in 12 games during November to earn the distinction. Montour leads all AHL blueliners in scoring with 21 points in 19 games. He was a second-round pick (55th overall) of the Ducks in the 2014 NHL Draft. The AHL tabbed Garret Sparks as the Goaltender of the Month. Sparks posted a 6-0-1 record for the Toronto Marlies to go with 1.39 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage. He allowed just nine goals on 188 shots and registered two shutouts. Sparks is presently with the Maple Leafs because of James Reimer's injury and earned a 24-save shutout versus Edmonton on Nov. 30 in his NHL debut.

 

National Collegiate Athletic Association

 

Nebraska-Omaha's Jake Guentzel ranks third in the nation in scoring with 22 points in 14 games. The third-round choice of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013 generated a five-point performance against Ohio State on Nov. 28. He had two goals and three assists after being held without a point in the first game of the back-to-back set. Jake Waman scored his 10th goal of the season versus Yale last week. The offensive blueliner has 18 points in 12 games with Providence College in 2015-16. He was a third-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2014 and was recently named to Canada's World Junior selection camp after he was ruled ineligible to play for the United States. Boston College's Colin White notched one goal and three assists in two games last week. He has racked up 21 points in 13 games this season after being taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Nick Schmaltz of the University of North Dakota compiled four assists in two appearances last weekend in wins against Michigan State. Schmaltz earned the NCHC Player of the Month award for November after he amassed two goals and 13 helpers in just eight games.  He was the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.  

 

Europe

 

20-year-old forward Anatoly Golyshev was named the best forward for the month of November by the KHL after he collected eight goals and 10 points in 10 outings with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. He has 20 goals and 31 points in 35 games this season. Alexander Polunin was given the KHL's best rookie award for November. He recorded three goals, five points and a plus-4 rating in nine outings for Lokomotiv, while averaging just 9:55 of ice time per contest. Auston Matthews scored two goals in his return to the lineup last Wednesday from a back injury. He has 11 markers and 20 points in 17 games with Zurich of the Switzerland's top league this season. The 18-year-old phenom is expected to be first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Corey Abbott

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