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Prospect Roundup: Olofsson keeps up point streak, Highmore nets hat trick

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Every week, 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: LW Fredrik Olofsson, Nebraska-Omaha, NCAA
The Line: 2 GP, 2G, 1A
The sophomore winger did his part in leading Nebraska-Omaha over Union in two tilts. The 2014 fourth-round draft pick started off with a goal and assist in the first matchup to tally his fourth multi-point performance of the season. He followed that up with a goal in the next game against Union to push his point streak to four games. Olofsson now has 15 points (4G, 11A) through 18 games.

2nd Star: C Matt Highmore, Rockford, (AHL)
The Line: 5 GP, 3G, 1A
The IceHogs leading goal scorer tallied his second hat trick of the season against the Iowa Wild. The center's points came off five attempts on net and also included the game winning goal for Rockford. The center is one point off the team pace for points on the season (22) and his 14 goals are three ahead of the closest teammate.

3rd Star: D Lucas Carlsson, Brynas (SHL)
The Line: 5 GP, 1G, 4A
The defenseman has accounted for points in three of his past five games, including two multi-point performances. The 2016 fourth-round pick helped lead his team to victory with two assists against Färjestad, and added a goal and an assist to beat Karlskrona two nights later. He now has 12 points (5G, 7A) through 29 games.

Around the system:

  • The Rockford IceHogs saw a number of fantastic performances in their matchup with the Wild. Alexandre Fortin would tally his third goal of the season and his 10th assist to give him 13 points and his third multi-point performance through 30 games. Luke Johnson would also record a multi-point performance with two assists in the tilt. Erik Gustafsson, Viktor Svedberg, Tomas Jurco, Andreas Martinsen and Ville Pokka all accounted for a helper in the win.

  • Andreas Soderberg put up points in back-to-back tilts. The defenseman tallied a goal and an assist in an 8-0 victory over Oskarshamn. The 2014 fifth-round draft pick followed up his multi-point performance with a goal in a 3-1 loss to Vastervik. He now has six points (4G, 2A) through 32 games in the Swedish Hockey League.

  • Denver's standout freshman Ian Mitchell recorded his 13th assist of the season in a 2-2 tie with Notre Dame. The defenseman now has 14 points (1G, 13A) through 20 games in the NCHC and sits four assists behind the team pace.
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