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Draft Guide

Suzuki, Clague have big weeks

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

 

Western Hockey League

 

Los Angeles prospect Kale Clague was named the CHL and WHL Player of the Week after he amassed eight points (five goals, three assists) in three games. The Brandon Wheat Kings defender posted a trio of multi-point performances to give him 12 points in five games this season. Clague was selected in the second round (51st overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Portland’s Cole Kehler received the CHL Goaltender of the Week honor after he stopped 52 shots in a pair of victories. He registered a 1.50 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage in those contests. Aleski Heponiemi of the Swift Current Broncos generated two goals and eight helpers in three games last week. He sits second in WHL scoring with 20 points in seven outings. The 18-year-old Finn was chosen with the 40th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers. Calgary Flames 2016 draft pick Matthew Phillips contributed four assists in two games. He has 13 helpers and sits third in the league in scoring with 18 points through seven matches this campaign. Phillips was taken in the sixth round with the 166th overall selection.

 

Ontario Hockey League

 

Nick Suzuki was tabbed as the OHL Player of the Week. He produced three goals and four assists in two contests to claim the honor. Suzuki has 11 points in six games this year for the Owen Sound Attack. He was the 13th overall pick in he 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights. Sarnia’s Adam Ruzicka tallied four goals and added one assist in two contests last week. He was a fourth-round pick in 2017 by the Calgary Flames. The 18-year-old forward has seven goals and a league-leading 12 points in seven outings. Andrei Svechnikov made his presence felt again last week with five goals in three matches. The highly-touted 2018 NHL Draft prospect has 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in eight games with the Barrie Colts. Peterborough Petes goalie Dylan Wells was considerd for the CHL Goaltender of the Week honor after he posted a 1-0-0-1 record with a whopping 84 saves. The Edmonton Oilers prospect had a 1.92 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage. He was a fifth-round draft selection in 2016.

 

Quebec Major Junior League

 

Anthony Poulin of Blainville-Boisbriand was awarded the QMJHL Player of the Week distinction. He netted four goals and posted seven points in three games after he didn’t find the back of the net in his previous four appearances. Thanks to his offensive explosion, Poulin is up to eight points in seven games. Moncton forward Jakob Pelletier was considered for the league's Player of the Week honor after he he registered two goals and five helpers in four games. The 16-year-old forward isn’t eligible to be drafted by an NHL team until 2019, but he could be worth keeping an eye on because he has 10 points in eight games. Ottawa Senators prospect Drake Batherson scored a goal in four straight games last week and he added an assist. He has nine points (six goals, three assists) in seven contests this season. The 19-year-old center was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Arnaud Durandeau of the Halifax Mooseheads recorded two goals and two assists in two assists in two games last week. The sixth-round pick of the New York Islanders in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has nine points over six matches this year.

Corey Abbott

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