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Canucks Future Watch: 2.1.16

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

Brock Boeser and Thatcher Demko continue to post specular seasons in the NCAA, while Mike Zalewksi gave the Comets some much needed offence. Take a look back at the week that was for select Canucks prospects.


After seeing his 13-game point streak snapped on January 23, Brock Boeser went back to work this past week, scoring three times and setting up one other in two games. Two of his three goals were game-winners, while he now leads North Dakota in goals and points, while also sitting fifth overall in goals among all NCAA skaters.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Right Wing North Dakota NCAA 26 18 13 31 14 +26

Thatcher Demko registered his NCAA leading eighth shutout of the season on Friday night, stopping all 28 shots fired his way in a win over Notre Dame. Demko is now tied with former Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider for most shutouts in a single Boston College season. Schneider holds the all-time BC career record with 15 clean sheets, four ahead of Demko (11). Boston College begins the 64th annual Beanpot Tournament on Monday against Harvard.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T GAA SV%
Goaltender Boston College NCAA 23 16 4 3 1.64 .939

Alex Friesen was held off the scoresheet last week, registering three shots on goal and two penalty minutes in two outings. Friesen is currently on an eight-game goal skid.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Centre Utica Comets AHL 38 8 10 18 55 +4

Brendan Gaunce had the primary assist on Mike Zalewski’s game-winner on Saturday night, as he finished with one helper and five shots on goal in two games during the week. After posting point-per-game months in November and December, Gaunce has slowed down with just four points in 11 games in January.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Left Wing Utica Comets AHL 32 10 12 22 12 +2

Alex Grenier is going through a rough patch, being held off the scoresheet in nine straight games now. Grenier hasn’t found the back of the net since December 18, a span of 13 games.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Right Wing Utica Comets AHL 40 6 13 19 32 -6

Ronalds Kenins returned from injury this past week, picking up one assist and one shot on goal in two games.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Left Wing Utica Comets AHL 11 0 2 2 8 -2

Hunter Shinkaruk netted his team leading 17th goal of the season on Saturday night, which has him tied for seventh in the AHL in that category. Shinkaruk will lace up at the AHL All-Star Challenge on Monday night. On Sunday, the winger took part in the CCM Fastest Skater event, finishing with a time of 14.799, good for top spot on Team East.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Left Wing Utica Comets AHL 37 17 15 32 14 +3

Jordan Subban is now second in team scoring after picking up a goal and assist in a 4-3 overtime win over Albany on Friday night. Subban is currently fourth among rookie blue-liners in the AHL in points.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Defence Utica Comets AHL 36 7 16 23 21 -7

Mike Zalewski had a strong week for the Comets, factoring in on five of their eight goals. Zalewski was named the First Star in back-to-back nights as he scored twice on Friday in a win over Albany, before adding a two-goal, one-assist performance in Saturday’s win over Rochester. He had the game-winning goal in both games this past week, including the OT winner on Friday. The five-point week moved him into a tie for third in team scoring

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Centre Utica Comets AHL 38 12 10 22 18 +9

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