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Forwards Roope Hintz, Fredrik Karlstrom shine in Europe

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars forward prospect Roope Hintz had a good week in Finland's top league, picking up three points (one goal, two assists) in three games.

Hintz tallied one goal and one assist in HIFK's 3-1 win over Ilves on Tuesday. He had the primary assist on HIFK's goal that snapped a 1-1 tie late in the second period and then he scored on the power play in the third period to extend the lead to 3-1. Hintz picked up a power-play assist in HIFK's 4-2 loss to TPS on Thursday.

The second-round pick (49th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft has registered 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 10 games since returning from an injury that kept him out of HIFK's first 11 games of the season. He is averaging 18:09 of ice time per game, which ranks fifth among HIFK forwards.

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 10 GP |2 G | 3 A | 5 PTS | E | 0 PIM

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) continues to put up impressive numbers for AIK in Sweden's second highest league. Karlstrom registered four points (one goal, three assists) in a 5-2 win on Wednesday and then chipped in another assist in a 4-3 win Saturday. Karlstrom has 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in 17 games, ranking second in scoring among junior players in the league. He is tied for eleventh in scoring among all players in the league.

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 17 GP | 6 G | 10 A | 16 PTS | +5 | 2 PIM

*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) scored his first career goal in Sweden's second highest league, tallying the first goal of the game in MODO's 4-3 win on Thursday. Stenqvist has one goal in 12 games in the second league this season. He has recorded 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 12 games in Sweden's top junior league.  

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

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) registered one assist in three games for Frolunda in Sweden's top league over the past week. Nyberg has 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 17 games and is averaging 15:19 of ice time per game.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 17 GP | 2 G | 3 A | 5 PTS | +2 | 6 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) did not register any points in three games over the past week for HV 71 in Sweden's top league. Hansson has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 17 games and is averaging 15:23 of ice time per game.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 17 GP | 1 G | 3 A | 4 PTS | -5 | 6 PIM

*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) played in two games over the past week and went 0-2-0 for JYP-Akatemia in Finland's second highest league, stopping 45 of 53 shots. Ruusu is 5-6-1 in the second league with a 3.90 goals-against average and .871 save percentage. He is 2-1-0 in the 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) | 5-6-1 | 3.90 GAA | .871 SV%

*D Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) had no points in three games for Assat in Finland's top league. He has no points in 19 games this season and is averaging 11:22 of ice time per game.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) 19 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | -1 | 6 PIM

Western Hockey League

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) scored his fifth goal of the season, tallying in Kamloops' 6-5 win over Tri-City on Saturday. Vala has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) and a plus-9 rating in 25 games this season.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 25 GP | 5 G | 5 A | 10 PTS | +9 | 38 PIM

Ontario Hockey League

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) scored one goal in two games this past week for Flint of the OHL. Caamano has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 22 games and is tied for 19th in the OHL in scoring.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL): 22 GP | 10 G |15 A | 25 PTS | +4 | 24 PIM

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) picked up one assist in four games for London over the past week. Martenet has registered two assists in 11 games this season.

Martenet Stats: London (OHL) | 11 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | +3 | 19 PIM

NCAA

C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) registered one goal and one assist in North Dakota's 3-0 win over St. Cloud State Saturday. Gardner, a sophomore, has 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 11 games.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCAA) | 11 GP | 4 G | 3 A | 7 PTS | -2 | 22 PIM

*C Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) did not score in two games for Minnesota Duluth over the weekend. Tufte, a freshman, has no points in ten games this season.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 10 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | +2 | 6 PIM

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) had no points in two games for RPI. Prapavessis, a junior, has 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 12 games.

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) and Michigan played an exhibition game against the USA Under-18 team on Friday. Cecconi had two assists and a plus-3 rating. Cecconi, a sophomore, has one assist in ten regular season games for Michigan.

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

*G Colton Point (5th round/2016) did not play over the past week. Point, a freshman, has been in goal for one game at Colgate this season.

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

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.

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