On Mondays, chicagoblackhawks.com 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 season.
1st Star: RW John Dahlstrom, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
The Line: 4GP, 2G, 4A
Dahlstrom's big week helped Medicine Hat stay even in their series against Lethbridge, as the 2015 seventh-round pick collected points in three out of four games, including a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win on Sunday. Dahlstrom now paces the Tigers with 13 points in 10 postseason outings as a WHL rookie; he has three game-winning goals, second in the playoffs. Game 7 between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge will take place Tuesday evening, with the winner moving on to the conference final against the winner of the Regina-Swift Current series.
2nd Star: RW Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL)
The Line: 4GP, 3G, 3A
DeBrincat continued his postseason tear with points in all four games Erie played last week, totaling three goals and three assists. The 2016 second-round pick continues to lead the club with a league-high 20 points in 10 postseason tilts and 46 shots on goal. DeBrincat and the Otters are currently tied 3-3 in their second-round matchup against the defending OHL champion London Knights, and the two teams will decide the outcome in Game 7 on Tuesday.
3rd Star: D Luc Snuggerud, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 2A
Despite Rockford finishing the 2016-17 season on a four-game skid, Snuggerud made a strong first impression during his short stint with the club, and he contributed a point in all three IceHogs games last week. He picked up an assist in Rockford's 2-1 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday and 5-2 loss to Iowa in Saturday's season finale, after tallying his first professional goal in a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee the night before. The 2014 fifth-round pick notched six points in 13 AHL games after finishing his collegiate career with the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Around the system:
- Saint John has played just eight playoff games so far this spring, sweeping both of their first two series against Rimouski and Val d'Or, respectively, and center Matt Highmore has played a vital role with points in all eight games. The free-agent signing added three more helpers to his name in Games 3 and 4 last week bringing his postseason total to 12 points, and the Sea Dogs now await their conference final opponent … Alexandre Fortin scored his fourth goal of the playoffs, the lone tally for Rouyn-Noranda in a 3-1 loss to Chicoutimi on Friday. The Huskies trail 3-2 in their series, with Game 6 being played tonight.
- Defenseman Robin Norell collected a helper in each of the last two games of Rockford's season, finishing his first full AHL campaign with nine points (1G, 8A) in 65 games … Ville Pokka reached the 30-point mark for the third consecutive season with an assist on Saturday; the 23-year-old has 105 points in 220 career AHL games … Pierre-Cedric Labrie tallied his first goal of the season in the final game of the campaign, finishing the season with eight points in 52 games.
- The IceHogs handed out their annual team awards before Saturday's home finale, including Most Valuable Player (Brandon Mashinter), Rookie of the Year (Luke Johnson), Defenseman of the Year (Erik Gustafsson), Unsung Hero (Martin Lundberg), Heavy Hitter (Chris DeSousa), Most Improved Player (Kyle Baun) and Man of the Year for service to the community (LaBrie).