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Prospect roundup: DeBrincat nears two club records

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, 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 Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 5G, 1A

DeBrincat has become an unstoppable force entering the last few weeks of the Ontario Hockey League season, continuing to pile up points at a historic rate. The 2016 second-round pick scored two goals and added an assist on a career-best 11 shots on goal on Friday in a 10-1 win over Niagara, tallied the next night in a 5-3 loss to Sarnia, and finished the weekend with another pair of goals and 10 SOG in a 9-7 loss at Niagara. DeBrincat extended his point streak to 21 games and his goal streak to 17; he needs four goals to match the club record of 64 goals in a season set by Dane Fox in 2013-14, and 10 points to equal current teammate Dylan Strome's single-season record of 129 set in 2014-15.

2nd Star: RW Matheson Iacopelli, Western Michigan University (NCHC)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 3A

Iacopelli recorded a pair of multi-point games last weekend to help WMU achieve a split against Minnesota-Duluth. The 2014 third-round pick notched two assists in Friday's 7-4 win, then tallied a goal and a helper the next night in a 6-3 loss. Iacopelli became the third Blackhawks prospect to reach the 20-goal mark in the NCAA this season, joining John Hayden and Dylan Sikura. He continues to lead the Broncos with 34 points in 34 games this season while ranking second in the conference in goals.

3rd Star: RW Roy Radke, Barrie Colts (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 1A

Radke notched a hat trick -- including the overtime winner -- in a 4-3 victory against North Bay last Thursday, marking the third three-goal performance of his OHL career. The 2015 sixth-round pick added an assist on Saturday against Peterborough and netted his 22nd goal of the season the next night at Ottawa; he ranks third on the team with 34 points despite skating in just 39 games this season.

Around the system:

  • Radovan Bondra picked up five points (2G, 3A) in three contests with the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars last week, including a goal and an assist in an 8-4 win over Kamloops on Friday. The 2015 fifth-round pick has 58 points (31G, 27A) in 57 games split between Prince George and Vancouver this season ... John Dahlstrom Dahlstrom tallied three goals in three games with Medicine Hat in the WHL last week, including a two-goal performance on Saturday against Moose Jaw; he leads team rookies with 54 points (27G, 27A) in 57 games this season.

  • Graham Knott picked up a goal and three assists over three tilts with Windsor in the OHL last week. The 2015 second-round pick has 47 points (14G, 33A) split between Windsor and Niagara this season ... Nathan Noel recorded four points in two games with the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs last week, including a three-point effort (2G, 1A) on Sunday in a 5-1 win over Cape Breton. Noel has 47 points (24G, 23A) in 47 games this season ... Alexandre Fortin collected his first hat trick in the QMJHL last Tuesday in a 5-2 win over Drummondville and added a helper last Friday against Val d'Or. The free agent signing has a career-best 46 points (19G, 27A) in 46 games this season.

  • Dylan Sikura registered three assists in two games last weekend to help Northeastern University defeat Connecticut in the opening round of the Hockey East tournament, while defenseman Ryan Shea picked up one helper. The Huskies will face Boston University this weekend in the quarterfinals ... Vermont sophomore Liam Coughlin scored twice, including the game-winner, in a 5-0 win over Maine last Friday, and contributed an assist in a 5-1 win the next night as the Catamounts moved on from the opening round. They'll face Boston College in the quarterfinals this weekend.

  • Defenseman Erik Gustafsson registered a goal and three assists in three games last week with Rockford in the American Hockey League. He has six points (1G, 5A) over his last four outings and now leads the team with 27 points in 53 games this season ... Ville Pokka tallied his fifth goal of the season last Tuesday against Manitoba and now has 25 points in 61 games this season; he's the only skater to appear in every single regular-season tilt this year ... Tyler Motte picked up a goal and an assist in Rockford's 5-3 loss to Manitoba last Friday; he has 10 points in 29 AHL games this season.
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