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PROSPECT OF THE WEEK - STEPAN FALKOVSKY

The Adirondack rookie defenceman posted six points in four games last week

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Rookie defenceman Stepan Falkovsky turned in his best string of games with the Adirondack Thunder last week, posting six points in four games.

The 6-foot-7, 224-pound rearguard now has nine goals and 15 points in 32 games in the ECHL this season.

The Belarusian blueliner was held pointless in the Thunder's first pair of games last week but ended the seven-day stretch with a four goals and six points in a couple of wins against the Elmira Jackals.

On Saturday, Falkovsky posted his first four-point game of his professional career in the Thunder's 8-2 thumping over the Jackals. He scored twice - a first period marker and a third period tally - and had two assists in the win.

"His ceiling is very high," Adirondack Thunder head coach Cail MacLean told The Post-Star's Diana Nearhos after the win. "We have high expectations for how he manages to develop throughout the season. He has a long way he can go."

Falkovsky ended the week with a two-goal game in the 3-2 victory over the Jackals on Sunday. After Adirondack fell behind 2-1 in the second period, he tied the game for the Thunder at the 16:16 mark of the middle frame with a power play goal. He added the game-winner, another power play marker, at 15:35 of the third period.

The 20-year-old was named the first star in both wins over Elmira.

The Flames selected Falkovsky in the seventh round (186th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He spent the 2015-16 campaign in the Ontario Hockey League with the Ottawa 67's. In 58 regular season games, he scored nine goals and 32 points.

"You can't teach size and to move with that size," 67's coach Jeff Brown said of his former charge. "The kid has a good hockey brain. If he can put it all together the Flames are going to have one heck of a blue chip prospect on their hands."

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