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Prospect Report: Cecconi, Tufte advance to Frozen Four

Both players pick up assists in the NCAA regional finals as Minnesota Duluth and Michigan advance

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars prospects Riley Tufte and Joseph Cecconi are headed to the NCAA Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tufte, a first-round pick in 2016, recorded one assist as Minnesota Duluth defeated Air Force, 2-1, in the West Regional final on Saturday. Tufte put a shot on net from the left circle and Joey Anderson scored on the rebound to stake the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.

Tufte, a sophomore, has 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 40 games and leads the Bulldogs in goal scoring.

Minnesota Duluth will play Ohio State in the national semifinals on Apr. 5.

Cecconi, a fifth-round pick in 2015, tallied one assist as Michigan defeated Boston University, 6-3, in the Northeast Regional final on Sunday. Cecconi assisted on a power-play goal that gave Michigan a 2-1 lead late in the first period.

Cecconi, a junior, has 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 39 games and ranks second among Wolverine defensemen in scoring.

Michigan will play Notre Dame in the national semifinals on April 5.

Stars goaltending prospect Jake Oettinger stopped 16 of 21 shots in Boston University's loss to Michigan in the Northeast regional final. Oettinger, a first-round pick in 2017, finished the season 21-13-4 with a 2.45 goals against average and .915 save percentage.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) | 40 GP | 16 G | 13 A | 29 PTS | +11 | 32 PIM

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (Big Ten) | 39 GP | 5 G | 21 A | 26 PTS | -1 | 41 PIM

Oettinger Stats: Boston University (Hockey East) | 21-13-4 | 2.45 | .915

Here's a look at how other Dallas prospects playing in Europe, college and juniors fared over the past week.

 

North American Juniors

LW Jason Robertson (2nd round/2017) has scored one goal in two playoff games for Kingston in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. Kingston and North Bay are tied 1-1 in the first-round best-of-seven series. Robertson finished the regular season with 87 points (41 goals, 46 assists) in 68 games, tying for sixth in the league in goals and tying for seventh in points.

Robertson Stats: Kingston (OHL) | 68 GP | 41 G | 46 A | 87 PTS | +8 | 36 PIM

Playoffs | 2 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | -2 | 0 PIM

RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) has two assists in two OHL playoff games for Hamilton which is tied 1-1 in its best-of-seven series with Ottawa. Caamano finished the regular season with 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists) in 64 games.

Caamano Stats: Hamilton/Flint (OHL) | 64 GP | 25 G | 32 A | 57 PTS | +9 | 94 PIM

Playoffs | 2 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | -2 | 2 PIM

C Liam Hawel (4th round/2017) has recorded one assist in two OHL playoff games with Guelph which is down 2-0 in its first-round series with Kitchener.

Hawel Stats: Guelph (OHL) | 62 GP | 14 G | 27 A | 41 PTS | -5 | 31 PIM

Playoffs | 2 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | E | 2 PIM

D Ondrej Vala (Free agent/2016) has no points for Everett in two Western Hockey League playoff games. Everett and Seattle are tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven series.

Vala Stats: Kamloops/Everett (WHL) | 59 GP | 7 G | 21 A | 28 PTS | +17 | 48 PIM

Playoffs | 2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | -1 | 0 PIM

C Brett Davis (6th round/2017) finished the regular season with 58 points (25 goals, 33 assists) in 72 games for Kootenay of the WHL, tying for second on the team in goals and ranking third in points. Kootenay did not qualify for the playoffs.

Davis Stats: Kootenay | 72 GP | 25 G | 33 A | 58 PTS | -20 | 25 PIM

 

Europe

D Miro Heiskanen (1st round/2017) has recorded three assists in three playoff games for HIFK in Finland's top league. All three assists came in a 4-3 loss in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series which JYP leads HIFK 2-1.

Heiskanen Stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 30 GP | 11 G | 12 A | 23 PTS | +17 | 8 PIM

Playoffs | 3 GP | 0 G | 3 A | 3 PTS | E | 0 PIM

LW Valeri Nichushkin (1st round/2013) has recorded 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 10 playoffs games for CSKA which has advanced to the Western Final against SKA in the KHL playoffs.

Nichushkin Stats: CSKA (KHL) | 15 GP | 6 G | 3 A | 9 PTS | +3 | 2 PIM

D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) has two assists in four playoff games for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. Frolunda and Malmo are tied 2-2 in the best-of-seven quarterfinal series.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 6 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | +1 | 6 PIM

D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) tallied three assists in five qualification round games for Bjorkloven in Sweden's second league. Bjorkloven finished third in the qualification round.

Stenqvist Stats: Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan) | 46 GP | 5 G | 17 A | 22 PTS | -3 | 16 PIM

Frolunda (SHL) | 2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | E | 2 PIM

Bjorkloven (Postseason) | 5 GP | 0 G | 3 A | | 3 PTS | +3 | 2 PIM

C Jacob Peterson (5th round/2017) recorded one goal and one assist for Bjorkloven which finished in third place the qualification round in Sweden's second league.

Peterson Stats: Frolunda (Sweden, Jr.) | 33 GP | 13 G | 21 A | 34 PTS | +3 | 26 PIM

Frolunda (SHL) | 9 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | -1 | 0 PIM

Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan) | 10 GP | 3 G | 2 A | 5 PTS | +2 | 2 PIM

Bjorkloven (Postseason) | 5 GP | 1 G | 1 A | | 2 PTS | -1 | 4 PIM

LW/C Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) did not play in the postseason. He played primarily in the Swedish Hockey League this season where he had 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 35 games.

Karlstrom Stats: Linkoping (SHL) | 35 GP | 2 G | 3 A | 5 PTS | -2 | 6 PIM

Linkoping (Sweden, Jr.) | 4 GP | 2 G | 0 A | 2 PTS | -3 | 4 PIM

G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) played in one game in the playoffs in Finland's second league, stopping 16 of 23 shots for LeKi, which was eliminated in the first round.

Ruusu Stats: TUTO/LeKi (Mestis) | 9-4-3 | 2.64 | .907

Ilves (Liiga) | 5-6-0 | 3.75 | .851

Ilves (Finland, Jr.) | 0-2-0 | 2.57 | .924

Leki (Postseason) | 0-1 | 7.00 | .696

D Miro Karjalainen (5th round/2014) finished the regular season in Finland's top league with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 36 games with HPK which did not qualify for the playoffs.

Karjalainen Stats: HPK (Liiga) | 36 GP | 2 G | 3 A | 5 PTS | -5 | 135 PIM

 

NCAA

G Colton Point (5th round/2016) finished the season 16-12-5 with a 1.74 goals against average and .944 save percentage, ranking second in the nation in both goals against average and save percentage.

Point Stats: Colgate (ECAC) | 16-12-5 | 1.74 | .944

C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) finished his junior season with 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) in 33 games for the University of North Dakota.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCHC) | 33 GP | 7 G | 13 A | 20 PTS | +6 |48 PIM

D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) finished his senior season with 19 assists in 37 games for RPI. He signed an amateur tryout contract with the Cincinnati of the ECHL.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (ECAC) | 37 GP | 0 G | 19 A | 19 PTS | -10 | 18 PIM

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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