There were no games in the NCAA last week, as the teams got a rest for Christmas.
American Hockey League
Iowa Wild goalie Jeremy Smith claimed the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 27 by turning aside 52 of the 54 shots he faced in a pair of victories. He posted a goals-against average of 1.00 during that span along with a .963 save percentage. Smith has had a rough season in 2015-16 with a 3-10-2 record and a 3.04 GAA, but he does have a decent .911 save percentage. Martin Frk of the Grand Rapids Griffins produced two goals and two assists in two matches last week. He had a three-point effort in Saturday's 7-3 win over Lake Erie. The second-round pick of the Red Wings in 2012 has 15 points after 18 games this season. Providence forward Seth Griffith picked up a goal and three helpers in three contests. He had a three-point performance against Bridgeport this past Sunday. Griffith was recently called up by Boston. Texas blueliner Julius Honka generated a goal and two assists in two outings. The 14th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by Dallas has 18 points in 31 games this year.
World Junior Championship
Sweden's Alexander Nylander earned four assists in an 8-3 win over Switzerland to start the tournament last Saturday. The younger brother of Toronto prospect, William Nylander, has five points in two games. William was injured in the contest after he scored just 1:21 into the first period. He could still return to action for the Swedes and remains with the team. Marcus Pettersson contributed three assists in the match. The 38th overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Anaheim Ducks has four points in 27 matches with Skelleftea AIK in the Swedish Hockey League. Maple Leafs pick Dmytro Timashov registered two goals and one assist in the win. The fifth rounder in 2015 has four points in two games at the tournament and 53 points in 29 matches with Quebec of the QMJHL.
2016 draft eligible prospect Jesse Puljujarvi notched two goals and one assist in a 6-0 win for Finland over Belarus to begin the World Juniors. He is playing in the Liiga this year with Karpat, where he has 12 points in 31 appearances. Carolina pick Sebastian Aho is also playing with Karpat and he has 21 points in 26 games. Aho collected three assists in Finland's first game of the tournament.
Auston Matthews, who is the projected top selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, notched a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over Canada. The American forward has 25 points in 22 games with Zurich of the Swiss League this year. Ottawa Senators first-round choice (21st overall) in 2015, Colin White earned a goal and an assist in the game as well. He has 23 points in 16 games with Boston College. University of Michigan's Zach Werenski had one goal and one helper too for Team USA versus Canada. The eighth overall pick in the 2015 draft to Columbus has 12 points in 15 contests with his college club this year.