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Prospect Report: Heiskanen continues to produce in Finland's top league

Three-point week gives the defenseman eight points in his first eight games this season

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars defense prospect Miro Heiskanen continues to rack up the goals and points in Finland's top league.

Heiskanen, the Stars' first-round pick (third overall) in the 2017 draft, scored two goals and added an assist in three games the past week, giving him eight points (four goals, four assists) in eight games since returning from a concussion that sidelined him the first eleven games of the season.

The 18-year-old scored his third goal of the season Wednesday, tallying from the top of the left circle in HIFK's 5-1 win over KalPa. He also had an assist in that game. On Friday, he circled behind the net and scored from just above the goal line in a 3-2 win over HPK.

Despite missing the first 11 games of the season, Heiskanen is tied for fourth in goals among league defensemen. His 23:27 of ice time per game is tops on HIFK and ranks eighth among all players in the league.

On Monday, Heiskanen was named to Finland's roster for the Karjala Cup, a tournament that is part of Finland's process for selecting teams for the 2018 Olympics and 2018 World Championship. The tournament, which will feature teams from Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Canada, will be played Nov. 8-12 in Helsinki, Finland and Biel, Switzerland.

Heiskanen Stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 8 GP | 4 G | 4 A | 8 PTS | +5 | 4 PIM

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



G Colton Point (5th round/2016) is off to an outstanding start with Colgate University in the NCAA. Point stopped 40 of 41 shots this weekend as Colgate went 1-0-1 against Arizona State, winning 3-0 in the first game and tying 1-1 in the second. Point, a sophomore, is 3-0-3 this season and ranks second in the nation in both goals against average (1.28) and save percentage (.955). He has stopped 162 of 170 shots.

Point Stats: Colgate (ECAC) | 3-0-3 | 1.28 | .955

LW Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) scored one goal in both games as No. 10 Minnesota Duluth swept a two-game series against Maine over the weekend. Tufte, a sophomore, has seven points (five goals, two assists) in eight games and leads the Bulldogs in goals and is tied for the team lead in points.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) | 8 GP | 5 G | 2 A | 7 PTS | +3 | 10 PIM

C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) picked up two assists in two games as No. 4 North Dakota split a weekend series with Colorado College. Gardner, a junior, has six points (two goals, four assists) in eight games.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCHC) | 8 GP | 2 G | 4 A | 6 PTS | +4 | 4 PIM

G Jake Oettinger (1st round/2017) went 0-2-0 in his two starts as No. 6 Boston University fell 4-3 to No. 1 Denver and then lost 3-0 to Providence. The sophomore netminder, who stopped 43 of 50 shots in the two games, is 3-4-1 with a 2.83 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Oettinger Stats: Boston University (Hockey East) | 3-4-1 | 2.83 | .907

D Joe Cecconi (5th round/2015) recorded two assists in two games as the University of Michigan split a weekend series with Penn State. Cecconi, a junior, has four assists in six games.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (Big Ten) | 6 GP | 0 G | 4 A | 4 PTS | -3 | 8 PIM

D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) registered one assist in two games as RPI lost two games to Union. Prapavessis, a senior, has three assists in six games.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (ECAC) | 6 GP | 0 G | 3 A | 3 PTS | E | 8 PIM


North American Juniors

LW Jason Robertson (2nd round/2017) scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Kingston defeated Saginaw 3-2 in the Ontario Hockey League on Sunday. Robertson has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 14 games and leads Kingston in goal scoring.

Robertson Stats: Kingston (OHL) | 14 GP | 8 G | 5 A | 13 PTS | -1 | 12 PIM

RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) recorded one goal and one assist in three games for Flint in the OHL over the past week. Caamano has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 14 games.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL) | 14 GP | 5 G | 8 A | 13 PTS | -1 | 25 PIM

C Liam Hawel (4th round/2017) tallied three assists in three games for Guelph in the OHL over the past week giving him six points (two goals, four assists) in 13 games.

Hawel Stats: Guelph (OHL) | 13 GP | 2 G | 4 A | 6 PTS | -3 | 4 PIM

C Brett Davis (6th round/2017) recorded two goals and one assist in three games for Kootenay of the Western Hockey League. Davis has ten points (six goals, four assists) in 15 games and ranks second on Kootenay in goal scoring.

Davis Stats: Kootenay | 15 GP | 6 G | 4 A | 10 PTS | -1 | 4 PIM

D Ondrej Vala (Free agent/2016) scored one goal in two games for Kamloops of the WHL over the past week. Vala has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 15 games.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 15 GP | 3 G | 5 A | 8 PTS | -6 | 20 PIM 



LW Valeri Nichushkin (1st round/2013) scored one goal in two games for CSKA in Russia's KHL over the past week. Nichushkin, who has scored seven goals in his past 12 games, has ten goals and four assists in 22 games this season and is tied for 14th in the KHL in goal scoring.

Nichushkin Stats: CSKA (KHL) | 22 GP | 10 G | 4 A | 14 PTS | +7 | 8 PIM

C Jacob Peterson (5th round/2017) registered three assists in two games for Frolunda in Swedish juniors giving him 17 points (seven goals, ten assists) in 17 games. He leads his team in scoring and ranks sixth in the league.

Peterson Stats: Frolunda (Sweden, Jr.) | 17 GP | 7 G | 10 A | 17 PTS | -7 | 8 PIM 
Frolunda (SHL) | 2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | -1 | 0 PIM

LW/C Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) recorded his first points of the season in the Swedish Hockey League, tallying one goal and one assist in Linkoping's 6-0 win over Rogle last week. Karlstrom now has two points (one goal, one assist) in 15 games.

Karlstrom Stats: Linkoping (SHL) | 15 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS | -1 | 4 PIM 
Linkoping (Sweden, Jr.) | 2 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | -1 | 4 PIM

D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) had no points in three games for Frolunda in the SHL. He has four points (one goal, three assists) in 14 games and is averaging 18:42 of ice time per game.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 14 GP | 1 G | 3 A | 4 PTS | -1 | 22 PIM

D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) did not register any points in two games in Sweden's second highest league. Stenqvist has seven assists in 13 games and is averaging 17:21 of ice time per game.

Stenqvist Stats: Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan) | 13 GP | 0 G | 7 A | 7 PTS | -2 | 4 PIM

G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) got one start in Finland's top league last week stopping 24 of 25 shots in Ilves' 2-1 win over KalPa. Ruusu is 5-5-0 with a 3.61 goals against average and .858 save percentage.

Ruusu Stats: Ilves (Liiga) | 5-5-0 | 3.61 | .858

D Miro Karjalainen (5th round/2014) recorded one assist in two games for HPK in Finland's top league giving him three assists in 12 games.

Karjalainen Stats: HPK (Liiga) | 12 GP | 0 G |3 A | 3 PTS | -1 | 54 PIM

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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