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3 Stars of the Week: Three wins for Nalimov in KHL action

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 2015-16 season.

1st Star: G Ivan Nalimov, Admiral Vladivostok (KHL)
The Line: 3-0-0, .941 SV%, 1 SO

Nalimov returned to action for the first time since late October, winning all three of his starts for Admiral Vladivostok last week. He stopped 14 of 16 in a 4-2 win over Sibir on Tuesday, made 18 saves on 19 shots Thursday in a 2-1 win over Metallurg and finished with a 16-save shutout over Metallurg on Friday, his fourth of the season. The 2014 sixth-rounder improved his record this season to 13-8-2 with a .914 save percentage and 2.35 goals-against average.

(UND Athletics/Peter Bottini)

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

Schmaltz put in another big performance last week, collecting four helpers in two games at St. Cloud State and extending his point streak to five games. The 2014 first-round pick assisted on three of UND’s four goals in a 4-3 win on Friday, then picked up another helper in the lone goal the next night, a 6-1 loss. Schmaltz leads the Fighting Hawks with 15 assists and 17 points in 14 games this season.

(Photo courtesy Miami University Athletics)

3rd Star: C Anthony Louis, Miami of Ohio (NCHC)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 1A

Miami wasn’t able to break a four-game winless streak last week, posting a tie and a loss against Nebraska–Omaha, but junior forward Anthony Louis had an impressive showing, scoring in each tilt and adding an assist in Saturday’s 3-2 loss for a three-point weekend. Chicago’s 2013 sixth-round pick shares the team lead with seven assists and shares second with 10 points in 14 games this season.

Honorable mentions: RW Ryan Hartman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL); LW Fredrik Olofsson, Nebraska–Omaha (NCHC)

Hartman scored Rockford’s lone goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Milwaukee last Friday, then tallied an empty-netter to seal a 3-1 victory over Lake Erie on Sunday. The 2013 first-rounder shares the team lead with 10 points (6G, 4A) in 15 games.

Olofsson posted his second multi-point game of the season for the Mavericks in a 3-3 tie against Miami on Friday. The freshman, a 2014 fourth-round pick, has nine points in 12 games to begin his collegiate career.

Around the system:

  • Gustav Forsling tallied his second goal of the season for Linkoping last Monday in a 4-3 overtime win over Modo. The 19-year-old shares second among team defensemen with 10 points in 20 games, and his eight assists rank fourth overall.

  • Chicago’s 2015 first-round pick Graham Knott picked up two assists in three games for Niagara last week, bringing his season total to 12 points (3G, 9A) in 22 games. Knott also participated in the Canada Russia Series, making one appearance for Team OHL in a 2-1 win last Monday.

  • Defenseman Dennis Gilbert scored his first NCAA goal last Friday on the power play, helping Notre Dame recover from a two-goal deficit to post a 2-2 tie against UMass–Lowell; the 2015 third-round pick has six points this season... Tyler Motte notched his first assists of the season for Michigan, notching one each on Friday and Saturday to help the Wolverines split a weekend set at Boston University. Motte has seven points in nine game during his junior campaign.

  • Michael Leighton made a combined 49 saves on 53 shots for the IceHogs last week, going 1-1-0... Defensemen Ville Pokka, Nolan Valleau and Erik Gustafsson each notched one assist in three games for Rockford.
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