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Draft Guide

Yamamoto stands tall

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

 

Western Hockey League

 

Kailer Yamamoto captured the WHL Player of the Week honor after he recorded six goals and four assists in four games. He stretched his point streak with the Spokane Chiefs to 10 games. The Edmonton Oilers prospect has amassed 22 points, including 14 helpers, during that span. Yamamoto, who was the 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, has 31 points in 21 WHL matches this season. Red Deer Rebels rookie Ethan Anders was the WHL Goaltender of the Week. He posted a record of 2-0-1-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage. The 17-year-old netminder turned aside 119 of the 124 shots he faced. Anders has a 3.05 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 31 appearances. Los Angeles Kings draft pick (51st overall in 2016) Kale Clague collected five assists in two outings. He has compiled 10 helpers in seven matches with Moose Jaw since he was acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings. Clague has racked up 57 points in just 35 games this season. That ranks him second among WHL blueliners in scoring, but he has played in 16 fewer games than league leader David Quenneville. Quenneville, who had five points in four contests last week, has generated 59 points over 51 games. The New York Islanders chose him in the seventh round (200th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He also leads all WHL defenders with 21 goals.

 

Ontario Hockey League

 

Kingston’s Jeremy Helvig was named the CHL Goaltender of the Week and the OHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 28. He won all three of his starts, while posting a 1.63 goals-against average, a .942 save percentage and one shutout. Helvig was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. In 40 appearances this season, he has 21 victories, a 2.58 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. Gabriel Vilardi was a front-runner for the weekly distinction with nine points, including six assists, in three contests. He was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. Valardi has eight goals and 23 points in 12 matches for Kingston this season. He missed the start of the year due to a back injury. Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Kole Sherwood earned three goals and five assists in three games. The 21-year-old forward has 2- markers and 41 points through 38 games with Kitchener this campaign. Rangers teammate Adam Mascherin also had eight points on three goals and five assists in three games last week. He has piled up 33 goals and 67 points in 49 contests this year. Mascherin went to the Florida Panthers with the 38th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

 

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

 

Peter Abbandonato of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies earned the QMJHL and the CHL Player of the Week honors. He tallied two goals and five assists in only two games. Abbandonato recorded a career-high five points in a 10-1 win against the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The 19-year-old center has 51 points (15 goals, 36 assists) in 49 matches this season. Alex Barre-Boulet notched four goals and three helpers in two games. He leads the league with goals (44), assists (45) and points (89) in 46 games. Nicholas Welsh registered one goal and five assists for six points in three games. The 20-year-old ranks fifth in scoring among all QMJHL defensemen with 44 points in 50 contests and he is tied for first in assists (37). Filip Zadina impressed at the CHL Top Prospects Game with two goals and a game-high seven shots in a 7-4 win for Team Cherry over Team Orr. The QMJHL rookie has 27 goals and 53 points in 38 games. London Knights (OHL) defender Evan Bouchard was another strong performer in the match with four assists.

Corey Abbott

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