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Next Wave: March 16

Adam Raska and Artemi Kniazev have been consistently finding the scoresheet in the QMJHL this year

by Kyle Stuetzel /

In our previous update, Thomas Bordeleau recorded a four-point game and registered a personal best in 10 consecutive games played, Joachim Blichfeld's impressive start in the AHL which led to a promotion to the Sharks, and Jasper Weatherby's six-game goal scoring streak. 

Let's take a dive into this week's update of our Next Wave report, presented by Kaiser Permanente:

Raskal Flatts

Life is a highway, and Adam Raska certainly has his foot firmly on the gas pedal. After a recent five-games-in-seven-days, Raska earned the Sharks Prospect of the Week honors with seven points (four goals, three assists) and a plus-four rating, scoring points in four of his five contests. He also earned a career high three points on Mar. 6 (two goals, one assist) and potted the game winning goal on Mar. 4. Now up to eight goals on the year in the QMJHL's shortened season, Raska ranks third on his team in the category.

Artemi's Apple Tree

2019 second-round selection Artemi Kniazev is also on a tear as of late, having registered 10 points in eight games thus far for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the QMJHL, eight of which have been assists. Kniazev has recorded points in six different games this year, including three-multi assist contests and multi-point game on Mar. 4 (one goal, one assist). The defenseman is currently riding a four-game point streak (two goals, four assists) and ranks third among team defensemen in assists, despite playing in about 15 fewer games than some of his teammates.

Market Surge

San Jose Barracuda rookie Fredrik Handemark had a slow start in his first AHL season, going scoreless in his first four games. However over his next six games, Handemark scored seven points (three goals, four assists), including a three-point game on Feb. 27 against the Ontario Reign. He currently ranks second on the Cuda in points and is riding a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists).

Notable players:

  • Jasper Weatherby saw his goal streak snapped at seven games (8g, 4a) but is currently riding an eight-game point streak from Jan. 29-Mar. 5 (8g, 5a).
  • Jonathan Dahlen has a career high 46 assists this year in the Allsvenskan, and leads in assists and points, and trails the goals leader by one. He now has consecutive 70-point seasons and his 46 assists in a single season currently rank tied for sixth-most all-time in the Allsvenskan.
  • Ryan Merkley has five assists across 10 games for the Barracuda, and recorded his first professional multi-assist game on Mar. 6 at San Diego.
  • Ivan Chekhovich finished his KHL season with three goals in his final four games for 34 points. He led U-22 skaters in goals and points, and ranked second in assists, according to eliteprospects.
  • Thomas Bordeleau has points in 14 of his last 16 games (6g, 16a).

For the full Sharks player report, click here.

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