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Defenseman Niklas Hansson comes up big in Swedish Hockey League over the weekend

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defense prospect Niklas Hansson scored his first goal of the season, tallying the game-winner in the shootout as HV 71 rallied to defeat Vaxjo, 4-3, in the Swedish Hockey League on Saturday.

Hansson also picked up an assist on a power-play goal late in the second period that cut Vaxjo's lead to 3-1 as HV 71 began its rally from a three-goal deficit.

In the shootout, Hansson swept a forehand shot into the net in the sixth round to give HV 71 its eighth win in the past 13 games.

Shootout winners count in a player's goal totals in the SHL. It was Hansson's first goal since Feb. 27, 2016, and ended a 17-game regular season goal scoring drought for the offensive-minded defenseman.

Hansson, a third-round pick (68th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, now has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 14 games this season. He is averaging 15:14 of ice time per game this season.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 14 GP | 1 G | 3 A | 4 PTS | -3 | 6 PIM

Photo credit: HV 71

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

Europe

*Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) scored a power-play goal in AIK's 4-3 shootout win over MODO in Sweden's second highest league on Friday. Karlstrom now has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 15 games and is tied for the team lead in scoring and ranks third in scoring among junior players in the league.

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 15 GP | 5 G | 6 A | 11 PTS | +2 | 2 PIM

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) returned after missing three games with a facial injury and recorded two assists in two games for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. Nyberg has 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 14 games. Nyberg, who is a plus-4 in his past 4 games, is averaging 14:56 of ice time per game this season.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 14 GP | 2 G | 2 A | 4 PTS | +1 | 6 PIM

*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) did not register any points in two games with MODO in Sweden's second league over the past week. He has no points in nine games in the second league and 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 12 junior games.

Stenqvist Stats: MODO (SWE-JR) | 12 GP | 1 G | 9 A | 10 PTS | -2 | 6 PIM
MODO (SWE-2) | 9 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | +1 | 4 PIM

*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) played one game in Finland's second highest league last week, stopping 26 shots in regulation and overtime and then all three shots in the shootout as JYP-Akatemia defeated Hokki, 3-2. Ruusu is 5-4-1 in the second league with a 3.88 goals-against average and .875 save percentage. He is 2-1-0 in Finland's top league with a 2.53 GAA and .919 SV%

Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 2-1-0 | 2.53 GAA | .919 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Mestis) | 5-4-1 | 3.88 GAA | .875 SV%

*LW Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) recorded an assist on an empty-net goal in HIFK's 3-1 victory over KalPa on Saturday. He played 20:05 in the game and registered four shots on goal. Hintz, who missed the first 11 games of the season due to injury, has 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 7 games.

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 7 GP |1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS | E | 0 PIM

*D Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) did not register in two games for Assat in Finland's top league. He played a season-high 15:40 in Thursday's game against HIFK. Makela has no points in 16 games and is averaging 11:11 of ice time per game.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) 16 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | +1 | 4 PIM

NCAA

*C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) picked up one assist in two games over the weekend for the University of North Dakota. He centered North Dakota's second line in his last game. Gardner, a sophomore, has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in 9 games this season.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCAA) | 9 GP | 3 G | 2 A | 5 PTS | -3 | 20 PIM

*C Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) did not score in two games for No. 1 Minnesota Duluth, which split a weekend series with Western Michigan. Tufted played left wing on the third line this weekend. Tufte, a freshman, has no points in eight games this season.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 8 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | +2 | 6 PIM

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) played one game for RPI over the weekend and did not score and was a minus-3 in a 5-2 loss to Clarkson on Friday. Prapavessis, who played on the top defense pair in the loss to Clarkson, was a scratch in Saturday's game against St. Lawrence. Prapavessis, a junior, has registered 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 10 games.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (NCAA) | 10 GP | 1 G | 2 A | 3 PTS | -6 | 10 PIM

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) did not record any points in two games for the University of Michigan this past week. The defensive defenseman has been playing on Michigan's second defense pair. Cecconi, a sophomore, has 1 point (0 goals, 1 assist) in 10 games for the Wolverines.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (NCAA) | 10 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | -2 | 8 PIM

*G Colton Point (5th round/2016) did not play for Colgate this past week. The freshman netminder has played in one game this season.

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 0-0-1 | 3.73 GAA | .911 SV%

Western Hockey League

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) did not pick up any points in two games for Kamloops last week. He has registered 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) and a plus-8 rating in 22 games.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 22 GP | 4 G | 5 A | 9 PTS | +8 | 32 PIM

Ontario Hockey League

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) did not score in two games over the past week for Flint in the OHL. Caamano has 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 20 games, ranking second on the Firebirds in scoring.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL): 20 GP | 9 G |15 A | 24 PTS | +7 | 24 PIM

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) returned from a three-game suspension and was a plus-two in two games for London. Martenet has 1 point (0 goals, 1 assist) in 7 games this season.

Martenet Stats: London (OHL) | 7 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | +2 | 11 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 DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

Photo courtesy of HV71 of the Swedish Elite League

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