John Leonard has been selected for the second time in the past three weeks as the 'Sharks Prospect of the Week' for the week of Feb. 17 after posting his second career hat trick in three games for the University of Massachusetts Minutemen.
The junior winger is currently on a four-game point streak (seven goals, two assists) with goals in three straight, and a plus-nine rating over that span. His three-goal effort on Feb. 22 against UMass Lowell earned him 'First Star of the Game' honors for the third time this season.
Leonard's third goal of the night gave him 24 on the year, which is not only a program record in the NCAA Hockey East era, but also locked him in as the nation's leading goal-scorer. Leonard now has three total 'Sharks Prospect of the Week' nominations this season, along with 'Hockey East Men's Player of the Week' and 'NCAA Men's Hockey First Star of the Week' honors. Currently with 31 points (24 goals, seven assists), the 21-year-old is tied for third in GWG (5) and second in SOG (129) in the NCAA.
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.