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Prospect of the Week: John Leonard

by Nicola Karasik / sjsharks.com

John Leonard (@jleno09) has been selected as the 'Sharks Prospect of the Week' for the week of Feb. 3 after posting five points (three goals, two assists) and a plus-five rating to help power the University of Massachusetts' (UMass) two-game weekend sweep of Providence. Leonard's efforts helped lock up UMass as ''College Hockey News' Team of the Week' and propelled the club back into first place in the Hockey East standings.

The junior left-winger collected his first career hat trick, including a power-play goal, in a dazzling performance Saturday night, earning him both 'Hockey East Men's Player of the Week' and 'NCAA Men's Hockey First Star of the Week' honors.

Tweet from @UMassHockey: ICYMI: @jleno09 was a human highlight reel last night 🔥https://t.co/BziDCoNdJ4 @Buccigross @HobeyBakerAward @NCAAIceHockey #NewMass | #Flagship 🚩 pic.twitter.com/0ykXTpMRiH

Now with 20 goals on the year, Leonard has scored the most goals in a single-season by a Minuteman since Casey Wellman's 23 in the 2009-10 season, which is also a career-high for the forward. His 20 goals also rank second in the NCAA, while his 113 shots are sixth. Over 28 games played this season, the 21-year-old has logged 27 points (20 goals, seven assists) with a plus-11 rating, four game-winning goals and three power-play goals.

The five-foot-11, 185-pound Amherst, Massachusetts, native was originally selected in the sixth round (182nd overall) by San Jose in the 2018 NHL draft. This is his second 'Sharks Prospect of the Week' honors.

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