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3 Stars of the Week: Feb. 16-22, 2015

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

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1st Star: LW Fredrik Olofsson, Chicago Steel (USHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 2A

Olofsson enjoyed a big week for the Chicago Steel, posting a goal in all three games and compiling six points total, and was named USHL Player of the week for his offensive outburst. The 2014 fourth-round pick established a season high four points with the game-winner and an empty-netter, as well as two assists, in a 5-3 win over Muskegon on Saturday. Olofsson leads Chicago with 22 goals and ranks second with 45 points in 41 games this season.

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2nd Star: C Vincent Hinostroza, University of Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 2A

Hinostroza netted the game-winner and added two assists in Notre Dame’s big 3-2 road win over Boston University on Saturday. The Fighting Irish went 1-0-1 against the Hockey East leaders last weekend for a huge boost in the conference standings. Hinostroza continues to lead the team with 28 assists and 36 points in 34 games as a sophomore.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

3rd Star: D T.J. Brennan, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 2A

Brennan collected a pair of helpers in Rockford’s 3-2 loss to Lake Erie on Friday, then opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season the next night in a 3-2 win over the Monsters. The 25-year-old defenseman continues to lead the IceHogs in assists (27), points (36) and shots on goal (153) while playing in all 54 games this season.

Honorable mentions: C Dylan Sikura, Northeastern University (H-EAST); D Carl Dahlstrom, Linkoping (SHL)

Points have been difficult to come by for freshman forward Dylan Sikura, but he had a strong weekend for the Huskies, tallying three goals as Northeastern split their series against Maine. The 2014 sixth-rounder now has four goals and six points in 20 games.

Dahlstrom is known more for defense than offense, but he got on the scoresheet twice in three games for Linkoping last week. The 2013 second-round pick notched an assist on the game-winner in Linkoping’s 5-3 win over Brynas IF on Wednesday, then netted his third goal of the season in a 6-1 victory over MODO on Friday.

Around the system:

  • Goaltender Anders Nilsson went 1-0-1 in two starts for AK Bars Kazan last week. The 24-year-old stopped 17 of 18 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss to Traktor on Feb. 18, then made 28 saves on 29 shots in a 4-1 win over Lada on Sunday. Nilsson ranks third in the KHL with a 1.74 goals-against and shares third with a .934 save percentage in 37 games this season.

  • Anthony Louis compiled three points (1G, 2A) in two games as Miami split a weekend series against Minnesota-Duluth. The Winfield, Ill., native assisted on the RedHawks’ only goal in a 3-1 loss on Friday, then opened the scoring and added an assist on the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime win the next night... North Dakota swept a weekend set against Western Michigan, with Blackhawks prospects Nick Schmaltz (2014 first round) and Nick Mattson (2010 sixth round) each picking up a pair of assists in two games. Schmaltz ranks fifth on the team with 23 points in 27 games, while Mattson has 13 points in 22 games.

  • Scott Darling went 1-1-0 for Rockford last week before being called up by the Blackhawks on Sunday. The 26-year-old made a combined 52 saves on 57 shots and posted his career-high 14th win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Lake Erie on Saturday... Mac Carruth won his only start of the week for Indy, making 43 saves on 45 shots in a 5-2 win against the Elmira Jackals. The 2010 seventh-round pick has a 11-10-2-2 record with a 2.48 GAA and .915 SV%.
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