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Next Wave: November 5

Sorensen opens the 2020-21 season with a strong start in the Allsvenskan league while Dahlen continues his hot streak

by Kyle Stuetzel /

While we don't know the status of the upcoming 2020-21 season, we do know that several Sharks players and prospects have started up their seasons outside North America, 22 players to be exact, and a few players in the NCAA awaiting the resumption of their league. Let's take a dive into some of the Top Performers since hockey has resumed for the period ending Nov. 3:

Marcus 'Scorensen'

Marcus Sorensen had a down season last year after setting career highs in 2018-19 in goals (17), assists (13), and points (30). He was sent on a loan to the Allsvenskan league, the second-highest hockey league in Sweden, and has exploded out of the gates with 16 points in his first 10 games with HC Vita Hasten. Sorensen's eight goals have him atop the charts among all skaters, and is second behind San Jose's Jonathan Dahlen; more on him in a bit. 

Sorensen's blistering pace has him on the scoresheet in each of Vita Hasten's games, opening the season on a 10-game point streak, while also scoring in five straight games. 

Callin' on Dahlen

Jonathan Dahlen is the only player in the Allsvenskan better than Sorensen in the early stages, showing that his 36-goal, 77-point season last year wasn't a fluke. After just eight games, the forward has amassed 19 points for Timra IK, leading the league in assists (co-leads) and points. His seven goals aren't far behind the league-leading eight.

Through his eight contests, Dahlen has collected six-separate three-point games, which included a run of five straight three-point nights from Oct. 7-23. He scored one hat trick and collected two three-assist games in that span. If Dahlen was able to add his 15-game point streak to end the 2019-20 season into his total from this year, he has points in 22 of his previous 23 games. To be exact, it's 47 total points (26 goals, 21 assists), across the 23 games, over a two-points-per-game average.

Defensive 'Ste'd

San Jose's 2015 fifth-round selection Karlis Cukste (CAR-leese CHOOK-stuh) is off to a hot start as well collecting 11 points, seven of which are goals, in 10 games for HK Mogo in the Optibet Hokeja Liga, the highest hockey league in Latvia. His goals and points for a defenseman are most in the league while also tied for third among all skaters in goals, and 10th in points.

In the last four seasons, the defenseman has played for Quinnipiac and is currently under an AHL deal with the Barracuda. 

Notable Players

Defenseman Tony Sund has five assists in 10 contests for the KHL's Dinamo Riga. He leads the team in assists and is tied for fourth in points while leading team defensemen in assists and points.

2020 seventh-round selection Linus Oberg has six goals in 13 games for Orebro HK in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He scored a hat trick on Oct. 1 and is tied for eighth in goals among SHL skaters.

Krystof Hrabik has 10 points in eight games for HC Betnatky nad Jizerou in the Chance League, Czech's second-highest league. Hrabik was named to the Czech Republic's roster for the Karjala Cup in Helsinki on Nov. 5-8 along with 2020 seventh-round selection Adam Raska. 

Tweet from @khl_eng: 8 KHL players will play for Team Czech Republic 🇨🇿 at the Karjala Cup in Helsinki (Nov. 5-8).

Ivan Chekhovich has appeared in five games for Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL and has two goals and one assist. 

Goaltender Alexei Melnichuk has won two of his last three starts for Nizhny Novgorod, and in seven games thus far, he has allowed two or fewer goals in five contests, good for a 2.40 goals-against average.

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