Each week, the Blackhawks Blog takes you around the AHL, ECHL, NCAA and junior hockey ranks to award three Hawks prospects the chicagoblackhawks.com Three Stars of the Week.
1st Star: RW Teuvo Teräväinen / Jokerit (SM-liiga)
The Line: 4 Games, 3 Goals, 4 Assists
After missing four weeks with an injury, the Blackhawks' first pick in the 2012 draft has rebounded with a vengeance, helping Jokerit to a 3-1 week. The skilled forward tallied at least a point in each of his team's four contests last week, including a three-point (2G, A) outing against Espoo during Jokerit's 5-3 win Sunday. The Helsinki native has scored 13 points (6G, 7A) in 18 contests playing in Finland's SM-liiga this year.
2nd Star: C Mark McNeill / Prince Albert (WHL)
The Line: 3 Games, 3 Goals, 1 Assist, +2 Plus/Minus
Chicago's first-round draft choice of the 2011 vintage was also hard at work this week and continues to lead his Prince Albert Raiders team in scoring. The Raiders went a perfect 3-0-0 on the week, outscoring their opponents by an outstanding 14-4 margin. Raiders captain McNeill contributed a pair of goals to go along with an assist in Prince Albert's weekend sweep of the Brandon Wheat Kings, and netted two game-winning goals on the week.
3rd Star: G Alec Richards / Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3 Games Played, 3-0-0 Record, 6 Goals Allowed, 82 Saves
Usually the backup to Carter Hutton on the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, Richards stepped up for the IceHogs this week and was a big part of the team's three-game winning streak. Richards relieved Hutton during Wednesday's come-from-behind win against Peoria, surrendering one goal in two periods to get the 'W,' then strung together 30- and 36-save efforts to sweep the weekend series at Lake Erie. In three games, the Yale product pushed his goals-against average down by nearly a goal to 3.07.
Honorable Mentions: LW Terry Broadhurst / Toledo (ECHL) and Alex Broadhurst / London (OHL)
This was a good week to be a Broadhurst.
Older brother Terry averaged more than a point per game in the ECHL, scoring five points (G, 4A) in four contests for the Walleye (3-1-0 this week). His strong week pushed Terry into the top-five on his team in scoring.
Meanwhile, the younger Broadhurst had himself a four-point week (3G, A) in three games, which included a two-goal effort on Saturday vs. Peterborough. The Knights, who went 3-0-0 on the week, pushed their way back into the BMO CHL Top Ten, ranking eighth overall in Canadian Major Junior Hockey.
Around the system:
> USHL forward Vince Hinostroza had another strong week for Waterloo, recording two goals and two assists in three games while raising his plus/minus rating by 5.
> 2012 draftee Dillon Fournier did not find the scoresheet with the QMJHL's Royun-Noranda this week, but did improve his plus/minus rating from +9 to +13. Same with Klas Dahlbeck, playing with the AHL's IceHogs, who upped his plus/minus by 3.
> In his return from a six-game suspension, Andrew Shaw nearly doubled his point total for the season in two games with Rockford this week. The feisty forward recorded three points (2G, A), upping his point total from 4 to 7 on the season.
> WHL netminder Mac Carruth won both of his starts for Portland, giving the 2010 draft pick an impressive 11-1-0 record this year.
> 2009 draft pick Byron Froese recorded five assists this week for the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, and ranks second on the team in scoring and first in assists.
> Goaltender Johan Mattsson, playing for the USHL's Tri-City Storm, started two games over the weekend, surrendering just three goals on 59 shots and winning both decisions.