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3 Stars of the Week: Moose leads the way in Rockford

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks

Each Monday, 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.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: C Dennis Rasmussen, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 2A

Rasmussen grabbed points in all three of Rockford’s games last week, helping the IceHogs go 2-1-0 and keep pace in the AHL’s Central Division. The 25-year-old tallied in a 3-2 overtime win over San Antonio on Wednesday, added a pair of assists in a 3-1 win over Chicago on Friday and finished off his strong week with Rockford’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Milwaukee on Saturday. Rasmussen now shares the team lead with six goals and ranks fourth with 10 points in 19 games this season.

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2nd Star: C Nick Schmaltz, University of North Dakota (NCHC)
The Line: 2GP, 4A

Schmaltz continued his torrid pace, picking up four assists as North Dakota swept their set at Michigan State and extending his point streak to seven games dating back to Nov. 7. Chicago’s 2014 first-round pick assisted on both game-winners over the weekend and now shares the team lead with 21 points, while his 19 assists this season are the most in the NCAA.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

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

Gustafsson’s first North American goal was a timely one: The rookie tallied on the power play in overtime to give Rockford a big win over San Antonio last Wednesday. He added an assist in each of the IceHogs’ other tilts to extend his point streak to four games (1G, 3A) and now has five points in 16 games in his first AHL season. Gustafsson ranks second among team defensemen with 36 shots on goal.

Honorable mentions: D Luc Snuggerud, Nebraska–Omaha (NCHC); RW Jeremy Morin, Rockford (AHL)

Snuggerud netted his first goal of the season as the Mavericks defeated Ohio State 3-1 on Friday; the 2014 fifth-round selection added an assist the next night in a 6-4 win and now has six points (1G, 5A) in 13 games in his sophomore campaign.

Morin posted a goal and an assist in Rockford’s win over San Antonio last Wednesday and added another tally on Friday against Chicago. Morin shares second on the team with 11 points (5G, 6A) in 17 games this season and ranks second with 43 shots on goal.

Around the system:

  • Robin Press scored his first goal of the season—and first in the SHL with Djurgardens—in a 4-2 loss to MODO last Tuesday. The 2013 seventh-round pick has three points in 22 games his season.

  • Radovan Bondra netted his sixth goal of the season for the Vancouver Giants in a 3-2 loss to Spokane on Wednesday and now has 12 points in 26 games during his first Western Hockey League season... Roy Radke posted both of Barrie’s goals in a 5-2 loss to Niagara on Saturday; he shares second on the team with 13 tallies this season... Defenseman Jake Massie picked up his first point of the season with an assist in Omaha’s 6-2 win over Fargo in the USHL; he’s played 10 games for the Lancers since returning from an early-season injury.

  • Fredrik Olofsson posted a goal and an assist in UNO’s weekend sweep, including netting the game-winner on the power play in Saturday’s 6-4 win over Ohio State. Olofsson ranks fourth on the team with 11 points (6G, 5A) in 14 games... Tyler Motte tallied a pair for Michigan in a big 7-0 result over Dartmouth last Friday. The junior forward shares the team lead with seven goals this season and shares fifth with nine points.

  • Defenseman Ville Pokka continues to lead the IceHogs in points after picking up a goal and an assist in three games last week... Fellow blueliner Viktor Svedberg collected a pair of helpers, including one on the overtime game-winner on Wednesday... Goaltender Michael Leighton won both of his starts for Rockford, stopping a combined 40 of 43 saves and improving his record to 11-3-1, with a .925 save percentage.

  • Corey Tropp compiled two goals and an assist in three outings for the Albany Devils last week and now ranks fifth on the team with 11 points (5G, 6A) in 19 games this season.
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