Entering the month of March, some prospects are gearing up for the playoffs while others already have their bags packed for the end of the season and a long summer ahead.
Samuel Fagemo: Forward, Frölunda HC, SHL (2nd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 12 goals, 9 assists, minus-3, 8 PIM in 40 games played
The biggest surprise in one of our most recent articles extended his scoring drought to seven games. He has played a lot of hockey so far and the young player might be feeling the effects. Frölunda has struggled as a whole, though, going 2-5 in that same span. The final game for the Indians has been scheduled for March 12, where the reigning SHL champions look to defend their title.
Jacob Moverare: Defense, Frölunda HC, SHL (4th round pick in 2016)
Regular season: 6 goals, 11 assists, plus-15, 12 PIM in 49 games played
As further evidence of Frölunda’s struggles, the Kings’ Swedish blueliner’s scoring drought started the same time as Fagemo’s. He, too, last scored on February 20. As we last reported here, Moverare is expected to cross the pond at the conclusion of the postseason.
Kim Nousiainen: Defense, KalPa, Liiga (4th round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 6 goals, 13 assists, minus-7, 26 PIM in 50 games played
In the wake of his most productive month of the season, Nousiainen continued his surge with another assist last week. Since returning from the World Junior Championship, the Finnish defenseman has 12 points (4 G, 8 A) in 20 tilts.
Bulat Shafigullin: Forward, Reaktor Nizhnekamsk, KHL (3rd round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 11 goals, 11 assists, plus-3, 12 PIM in 16 games played (MHL)
0 goals, 0 assists, minus-1, 0 PIM in 2 games played (KHL)
The Russian forward’s return to action ended sooner than hoped, once again. This time, however, it was not related to health. Reaktor’s regular season ended last week, in which the club failed to make the playoffs. The parent club was swept last week in the KHL playoffs, as well. He ended the season with four points in as many games since he returned.
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Braden Doyle: Defense, Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL (6th round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 7 goals, 24 assists, plus-13, 14 PIM in 47 games played
Doyle, like a few of the aforementioned prospects, extended his own scoreless drought. He last picked up a point on February 22 and fell to sixth overall in blueliner scoring.
Dávid Hrenák: Goalie, St. Cloud State University Huskies, NCHC (5th round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 12-11-6, 2.73 GAA, .907 SV%, 2 SO in 32 games played
Back-to-back losses over the weekend while tended to by the Slovakian goalie had the Huskies stumble into the NCHC brackets as the fifth seed. Their first bout with Western Michigan is slated for next week. However, he did achieve honors by being recognized as the NCHC Goaltender of the month for February.
— SCSU Men's Hockey (@SCSUHUSKIES_MH) March 8, 2020
— Husky Productions (@hphky) March 7, 2020
Cole Hults: Defense, Penn State Nittany Lions, Big Ten (5th round pick in 2017)
Regular season: 8 goals, 22 assists, plus-23, 18 PIM in 34 games played
Hults and Penn State had a chance to reap the rewards of a strong season, getting a first-week bye in the Big Ten bracket. In what sounds to be the final season of Hults’ collegiate career, he and fellow Nittany Lions have rested up to meet [Notre Dame/Minnesota] next week.
Andre Lee: Forward, UMass-Lowell River Hawks, Hockey East (7th round pick in 2019)
Regular Season: 8 goals, 12 assists, plus-7, 30 PIM in 33 games played
The River Hawks’ fresh face broke his nine-game scoring drought at a very opportune time with an assist at the end of February. He contributed once more over the weekend with a goal, helping UMass-Lowell to secure the third seed in the bracket and prepare to face Boston University in postseason play next week.
— UMass Lowell Hockey (@RiverHawkHockey) March 7, 2020
Tyler Madden: Forward, Northeastern Huskies, Hockey East (3rd round pick in 2018)
Regular Season: 19 goals, 18 assists, plus-4, 34 PIM in 27 games played
Madden has yet to play since the Kings traded for him. His fellow Huskies split the weekend against Boston University, which locked them up in the seventh seed against Massachusetts for next week’s play.
Alex Turcotte: Forward, Wisconsin Badgers, Big Ten (1st round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 9 goals, 17 assists, minus-10, 20 PIM in 29 games played
In what has been an up-and-down season for Turcotte, the Badgers were eliminated over the weekend at the hands of Ohio State. Miraculously, he was only a minus-1 in a 9-1 drubbing on Friday, before the Buckeyes closed them out in overtime on Saturday with a 2-1 win. Turcotte was held off the scoresheet over the weekend. Keep in mind, while the NCAA season may be over for the most recent fifth overall pick, we don’t expect this to be the last bit of news you hear of him this year.
CANADIAN JUNIOR LEAGUES
Aidan Dudas: Forward, Owen Sound Attack, OHL (4th round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 15 goals, 38 assists, plus-11, 28 PIM in 47 games played
A goal and an assist while providing his all-around solid play was good enough to help Owen Sound have a 2-1 week. The precious points in the standings helped keep the Attack’s collective heads above water, as they have not yet secured a playoff berth yet. Most remarkably this past week for him, however, is he notched his 200th career point.
With his goal in the 3rd period tonight, @AidanDudas reached 200 career OHL points!
Congratulations, captain! pic.twitter.com/0uUgChHRwD
— Owen Sound Attack (@AttackOHL) March 5, 2020
Jacob Ingham: Goalie, Kitchener Rangers, OHL (6th round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 29-7-5, 2.93 GAA, .918 SV%, 2 SO in 45 games played
Amidst a battle for playoff seeding, Ingham has seen his play split the past week. He rebounded from a rough outing against the London Knights, but recovered nicely to hold strong and secure a 3-2 win on Sunday.
Arthur Kaliyev: Forward, Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL (2nd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 44 goals, 54 assists, minus-7, 28 PIM in 57 games played
History was made last week for the sniper. As we noted last week, Kaliyev had tied the record for points in a Bulldogs uniform. Last week, he potted a goal to make him the all-time leading Hamilton scorer. This achievement capped off a tumultuous week in which the head coach was fired and his team allowed 16 goals in two games.
— Hamilton Bulldogs (@BulldogsOHL) March 7, 2020
Lukáš Pařík: Goalie, Spokane Chiefs, WHL (3rd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 21-7-2, 2.82 GAA, .914 SV%, 0 Shutouts in 31 games played
Jockeying for a better playoff position has been an uphill battle for the Chiefs. Despite the best efforts of Pařík, who has gone 9-1 in his last 10 starts with a .915 save percentage, Spokane hasn’t been able to catch up to the Everett Silvertips or Portland Winterhawks for home ice advantage.
Markus Phillips: Defense, London Knights, OHL (4th round pick in 2017)
Regular Season: 3 goals, 8 assists, plus-26, 13 PIM in 25 games played
The Knights just kept rolling last week. They went 4-0, while Phillips picked up a helper along the way.
Jordan Spence: Defense, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL (4th round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 9 goals, 43 assists, plus-49, 28 PIM in 59 games played
Spence’s three-point contribution in as many games last week further solidified Moncton’s standing atop the Eastern Conference in the QMJHL. He was named the QMJHL defenseman of the month of February.
Akil Thomas: Forward, Peterborough Petes, OHL (2nd round pick in 2018)
Regular season: 24 goals, 60 assists, plus-19, 56 PIM in 49 games played
Perhaps inspired by the years he spent playing for Niagara, Canada’s gold medal hero put on a show for the ages as he faced the Niagara IceDogs a final time. He contributed two goals and four assists in his career-high six-point performance to close out a 12-1 drubbing against his former team.
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) March 8, 2020
Keep in mind, this weekly tracker only covers prospects not playing professional hockey in North America. In essence, the report serves to provide updates on all players in the pipeline — signed or unsigned — excluding those in the NHL, AHL, and ECHL.
NOTE: Author David Hofreiter can be found on Twitter @Davidenkness if you’re interested in talking more hockey with him or asking further questions about these players.