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Alexander Radulov, a first-round draft pick by Nashville in 2004, was a preseason favorite of fans before returning to juniors.
Predators prospect Alexander Radulov
is certainly making his mark in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. The 19-year-old forward, who leads the league in scoring in his second year with the Quebec Remparts, is in the midst of the second-longest consecutive points streak in QMJHL history. With at least a point in 46 straight games, his active string is second only to Mario Lemieux's streak of 61, set with Laval in 1983-84. Last week Radulov bypassed NHL Hall of Famer Pat Lafontaine's mark of 43 to move into second place.
There aren't enough games remaining on the Remparts' schedule for Radulov to reach Lemieux's record, but the streak has helped the Predators' 2004 first-round draft pick amass a league-leading total of 135 points (52g-83a) in 56 games. Last week the 6'1", 188-pound native of Nizhni Tagil, Russia, was named the league's offensive player of the month for February with 31 points in 13 games, and on Monday he was named offensive player of the week after scoring 13 points in four games for the period ending March 5. Radulov had been named offensive player of the week twice earlier in the season, once for the week ending Oct. 30, 2005 (14 points in three games) and again for the week ending Jan. 29 (12 points in four games). On Oct. 28, in an 11-2 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs, he set a new Remparts record for goals scored in a game with six, and tied the club record for points in a game with seven.
A fan favorite during Predators training camp in September, Radulov was signed by Nashville on January 9. He will remain with his junior club until the team's season ends, at which point he will become eligible to play for either the Predators or their top minor-league affiliate in Milwaukee.