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3 Stars of the Week: Hayden lends helping hand, defensemen jump in

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks

On Mondays, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2015-16 season.

(Steve Musco for Yale Athletics)

1st Star: C John Hayden, Yale University (ECAC)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 3A

After compiling a goal and three assists in two games for Yale last weekend, Hayden now has logged three consecutive multi-point outings; he has nine points (5G, 4A) over his last six tilts, helping the team achieve a seven-game win streak. Hayden opened the scoring for the Bulldogs and assisted on the game-winner in a 4-3 result over St. Lawrence on Friday, then picked up a pair of helpers the next night in a 3-1 win over Clarkson. The 2013 third-round pick continues to lead Yale with 15 goals and ranks third with 22 points this season.

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2nd Star: LW John Dahlstrom, Frolunda J20 (SuperElit)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 2A

Dahlstrom found his groove for Frolunda’s J20 squad last week, posting a three-game point streak and hitting the 20-goal mark in the process. Chicago’s seventh-round pick last summer scored a goal in a 5-4 win over HV71 J20 on Wednesday, tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over Djurgarden J20 on Saturday and finished his week with a helper in a wild 11-7 win over Linkoping on Sunday. The 19-year-old currently ranks third on the team with 15 points in 14 games in the SuperElit Top10 winter series.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

3rd Star: D Cameron Schilling, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 2A

Schilling has been more of a stay-at-home defenseman this season, but 27-year-old had a big week offensively for the IceHogs. He tallied his fourth goal of the season on Feb. 19 in a 3-2 loss to Manitoba, then picked up a pair of assists to pace Rockford to a 4-2 win over Chicago on Saturday. Schilling is one of two skaters to play all 51 regular-season games for the IceHogs (alongside Ville Pokka), and ranks second among blueliners with 17 points.

Honorable mentions: RW Tyler Motte, University of Michigan (B10); D Joni Tuulola, HPK (FIN)

Motte extended his school-record goal streak to 12 games when he picked up a tally and an assist in Michigan’s only outing of the week, a 5-2 win over Ferris State on Friday. The 2013 fourth-round pick continues to lead the NCAA with 28 goals in 28 games this season and ranks fourth with a career-best 44 points.

Joni Tuulola netted his first goal of the season to open the scoring for HPK in a 5-2 loss to HIFK on Saturday and added an assist for his first multi-point outing of the season. The 20-year-old, Chicago’s sixth-round draft pick in 2015, now has 11 points in 46 regular-season games.

Around the system:

  • Defenseman Carl Dahlstrom notched two assists in three games for Linkoping last weekend in the Swedish Hockey League; the 2013 second-round pick has six points (1G, 5A) in 43 games this season... Goaltender Ivan Nalimov won his regular-season finale for the KHL’s Admiral Vladivostok on Thursday, making 30 saves on 31 shots in a 3-1 win over Amur. The 2014 sixth-round pick began his playoff run with a 4-2 loss to Sibir on Monday, stopping 24 of 28 shots.

  • Radovan Bondra tallied twice in three games for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants last week, bringing his season total to nine goals and 11 helpers in 47 games during his North American debut season... Defenseman Ryan Shea had a big outing for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms last Friday, contributing a goal—his first of the season—and an assist in a 6-3 win over Cedar Rapids.

  • Junior forward Anthony Louis posted his first multi-goal game of the season with two goals in a 4-1 win at Western Michigan on Friday. The 2013 sixth-round pick has matched his goal total from 2014-15 and is three away from tying his career high set in his freshman year... Sophomore defenseman Luc Snuggerud collected a pair of helpers in Nebraska–Omaha’s 6-3 loss to St. Cloud State on Saturday and now ranks third on the team with 13 assists this season; he also leads team defensemen with 16 points... Goaltender Matt Tomkins appeared in both of Ohio State’s outings at Penn State last week, making 17 saves on 19 shots in a relief appearance on Friday before stopping 30 of 34 in a 7-4 win the next night. The 2012 seventh-round pick has a 4-7-1 record with a .892 save percentage in 13 games this season.

  • Rockford dropped two of three last week—including both meetings against the Manitoba Moose—but featured eight different goal-scorers throughout the week. Mark McNeill picked up a goal and assist in his three outings, and captain Jake Dowell collected two assists over that span. Michael Leighton was in net for two of the three tilts and posted his 25th win of the season after making 26 saves on 28 shots against Chicago on Saturday, including stopping a penalty shot in the first period. Bryan Bickell and Ryan Hartman shared the team lead with six shots on goal each in that contest.
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