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Next Wave: February 8

Danil Gushchin lights up the scoresheet, Alex Young nominated for the Hobey Baker Award

by Kyle Stuetzel /

In the previous update, we had the return of the San Jose Barracuda, noted and praised Jonathan Dahlen's five-point game and Danil Gushchin's impressive week, which is continuing at a scorching pace.  

Let's take a dive into this week's update of our Next Wave report:

Player of the Week Trick

He's been making waves this year and launched himself back up the USHL's leaderboards, but our Sharks Prospect of the Week, Danil Gushchin, had himself another week to remember. He's currently riding a six-game point streak from Jan. 22-Feb. 5, recording 12 points (five goals, seven assists) and earned five multi-point games in the process. Gushchin earned his third Sharks Prospect of the Week nomination this year, along with the USHL's Forward of the Week in Week 13. His 39 points are fourth-most in the league. Gushchin also set a new franchise record for Muskegon in all-time points (120).

Young Nominee

Alex Young was nominated for the Hobey Baker award, given to the top NCAA player who exhibits strength and character both on and off the ice, contributes to the integrity of the team, displays outstanding skills in all phases of the game and shows scholastic achievement and sportsmanship. Young had an impressive January, recording eight points (four goals, four assists) and was named the ECAC Rookie of the Month. Despite playing in five fewer games than the ECAC leaders, Young ranks eighth in goals and 11th in points among conference skaters.

Helping Hand

Dahlen may have registered five points in a game in our last update, but Scott Reedy one-upped him this time with five-assists in a single game on Jan. 21, tying Minnesota's record for most assists in a single game. Even though it was a 10-0 route over Arizona State, he assisted on the first goal of the game, which stood as the game-winner, and has now either scored or assisted on the game-winning goal six times.

Notable players:

  • Ivan Chekhovich registered his 14th goal of the season in the KHL and was recently named to Russia's roster for the Sweden games (Feb. 11-14). He has 31 points in 38 games.
  • Jonathan Dahlen is up to 54 points in 31 games with a four-game assist streak from Jan. 22-Feb. 3 (1g, 4a). 
  • Linus Oberg is up to 12 goals, which is tied for third on the team. He recorded his second game-winning goal on Jan. 28
  • Thomas Bordeleau is riding an eight-game point streak from Dec. 2-Jan. 22 (3g, 8a). He leads NCAA freshman skaters in assists, plus/minus and points-per-game (1.29), and is tied for first in points and GWG.

For the full Sharks player report, click here.

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