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THREE STARS: Olofsson erupts for Omaha

A weekly look at how Blackhawks prospects are performing at their various levels

by Austin Siegel / blackhawks.com

Every Thursday throughout the 2018-19 season, blackhawks.com will highlight prospects who have stood out for their junior, college or professional team in the previous week's action.

Here are this week's Three Stars.

FIRST STAR
LW Fredrik Olofsson (Omaha)
THE NUMBERS: 26 GP, 10 G, 20 A

When the Blackhawks drafted Fredrick Olofsson in the 4th round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the pick was all about investment. And this year, the 22-year-old winger's stock is higher than ever in the midst of a career season with the Omaha Mavericks. Oloffson scored two goals and chipped in three assists this weekend, in two games against #8 Western Michigan. He leads the Mavs in points this season and is also Omaha's leading assist man. In a 6-3 win over the Broncos on Saturday night, Olofsson scored his first goal off a deflection, before firing home his second goal of the night from the left faceoff circle. Olofsson was named Omaha's player of the week for his performance against the Broncos. 

SECOND STAR
D Andrew Campbell (Rockford)
THE NUMBERS: 43 GP, 3 G, 1 A

The latest member of the Blackhawks organization to earn the moniker "Soupy," Andrew Campbell represented the Rockford IceHogs at the 2019 AHL All-Star Game in Springfield. The 30-year-old defenseman became the first player in Rockford history to captain his side in the All-Star Game, leading the Central Division in the round-robin tournament. Campbell also took part in the Hardest Shot contest (finishing second) and Breakaway Relay. One of just seven IceHogs to log more than 40 appearances with the team, Campbell has 4 points (3 G, 1 A) on the season.

THIRD STAR 
G Ivan Nalimov (Omsk)
THE NUMBERS: 11 GP, 2.23 GAA, .911 Pct.

It's easy to lose track of Ivan Nalimov. After all, he's another name among a promising stock of young goalies in the Blackhawks organization. But Nalimov has also taken part in the hockey equivalent of a Jules Verne novel this season. He began the season playing with Kunlun Red Star in China before a move to Siberia and Avangard Omsk. Between all the globetrotting, and despite a nagging hand injury, Nalimov has been tough to beat in net. The Russian boasts a 2.23 goals-against average and a 4-4 record since joining Omsk. Playing under Stanley Cup-winning coach Bob Hartley, Nalimov is looking more and more like a player who could be nearing a move to North America.

ROCKFORD REPORT:

The IceHogs didn't let the All-Star break slow down an impressive late-season resurgence, with two more wins stretching their season-long win streak to four games. Wins over Chicago and Milwaukee saw Rockford move within three points of a playoff spot, with more than two months left in the season. Will Pelletier keyed both February wins, with goals against the Wolves and Admirals, doubling his scoring output this season. The IceHogs also benefited from the arrival of Henri Jokiharju, who scored on his IceHogs debut with a goal against Chicago.

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