Three Stars of the Week
Ty Ronning tallied four points (three goals, one assist) and recorded 14 shots on goal in three games this week. Ronning registered two goals, including his 30th goal of the season, on Dec. 16 at Victoria. The Rangers' seventh round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a goal in 19 of the last 25 contests (26 goals, 12 assists over the span). Ronning has registered 32 goals in 35 games with Vancouver in 2017-18, and he has recorded at least one goal in 23 of the 35 contests. Ronning's 32 goals this season are a WHL career-high. He leads the Giants in goals (32), points (47), plus/minus rating (plus-16), and shots on goal (184) this season. In addition, Ronning leads the WHL in shots on goal and ranks third in the league in goals in 2017-18.
John Gilmour registered four points (two goals, two assists) in two games with the Wolf Pack during the week. He established a single-game AHL career-high with two goals and tied a single-game AHL career-high with three points (two goals, one assist) on Dec. 15 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Gilmour extended his assist/point streak to three games, and he has registered six points (two goals, four assists) over the span. In addition, he has tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games and has registered 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his last 18 games. Gilmour leads Wolf Pack defensemen in goals (four), assists (11), and points (15) this season.
Patrik Virta recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and posted a plus-two rating on Dec. 15 against Ilves. The Rangers' seventh round pick (207th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists), and he has registered six points (two goals, four assists) and a plus-six rating in the last six games. Virta has recorded 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 31 games with TPS in Liiga this season. He has established a Liiga career-high in assists in 2017-18 (his previous career-high in assists was 13, which he tallied in 49 games last season). Virta ranks third on TPS in assists and is tied for third on the team in points this season.