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Forward Roope Hintz returns from injury, scores in second game back

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

After missing the first 11 games of the season due to injury, Stars forward prospect Roope Hintz returned to action this weekend for HIFK in Finland's top league.

Hintz played 17:04 and registered no points and two shots on goal in his first game on Friday, a 2-0 loss to Assat.

In his next game, a 2-1 shootout win over HPK, Hintz scored his first goal of the season, had five shots on goal and played 23:34, which was second highest among HIFK forwards.

Hintz, who centered the second line, took a pass in the neutral zone, split two HPK defenders and then scored on a wrist shot as he broke in alone on net to tie the game 1-1 in the second period.

"Most important thing was that there isn't another scoreless game," Hintz told jatkoaika.com.

This weekend's games were the first for Hintz since he was injured at a Champions Hockey League tournament game on Sept. 11.

"It is feeling better game after game," said Hintz, Dallas' second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. "It's always nicer to be on the ice rather than the press box."

Hintz Stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 2 GP |1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | +1 | 0 PIM

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

NCAA

C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) returned from a lower-body injury and registered one goal and one assist in top-ranked North Dakota's 5-4 win over Bemidji State on Saturday. Gardner's goal gave North Dakota a 5-1 lead early in the third period and proved to be the game-winner as Bemidji State scored three goals to make it close. Gardner has 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in 3 games.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCAA) | 3 GP | 2 G | 1 A | 3 PTS | +1 | 4 PIM

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) registered his first point of the season, scoring a power-play goal in RPI's 6-3 win over RIT on Friday. Prapavessis has 1 point (1 goal, 0 assists) in 5 games this season.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (NCAA) | 5 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | -3 | 6 PIM

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) picked up his first point of the season, assisting on Michigan's first goal in a 4-3 win over Michigan Tech on Friday. Cecconi has 1 point (0 goals, 1 assist) in 5 games for the Wolverines.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (NCAA) | 5 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | +2 | 2 PIM

*C Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) had no points as Minnesota Duluth played an exhibition game against the USA Under-18 team over the weekend. Tufte, who returned from a wrist injury earlier this month, has no points in two regular season games.

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

*G Colton Point (5th round/2016) did not play this past week for Colgate. He has played one game, stopping 41 shots in his college debut.  

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

Western Hockey League

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) registered a goal and an assist as Kamloops defeated Saskatoon, 5-1, on Friday. Vala has 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 13 games with the Blazers this season.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 13 GP | 3 G | 4 A | 7 PTS | +6 | 20 PIM

Ontario Hockey League

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) returned to action Sunday after missing three weeks with an upper-body injury. He picked up one assist and a plus-two rating in London's 7-2 win over Hamilton. Martenet has 1 point (0 goals, 1 assist) in 3 games.

Martenet Stats: London (OHL) | 3 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | +1 | 4 PIM

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) registered one assist in three games for Flint over the past week. Caamano has 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 13 games and is tied for eighth in scoring in the OHL.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL): 13 GP | 6 G |12 A | 18 PTS | +7 | 16 PIM

Europe

*Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) recorded one assist in two games for AIK in Sweden's second highest league. Karlstrom has 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 12 games and ranks third in scoring among junior players in the league.

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 12 GP | 3 G | 5 A | 8 PTS | +1 | 0 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) did not register any points in two games for HV 71 in the Swedish Hockey League. Hansson played a season-high 23:48 on Tuesday. Hansson has 1 assist in 9 games this season and is averaging 16:55 of ice time per game.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 9 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | -2 | 2 PIM

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) did not pick up any points in three games for Frolunda in the SHL over the past week. Nyberg has scored 2 goals in 12 games this season and is averaging 14:43 of ice time per game.  

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 12 GP | 2 G | 0 A | 2 PTS | -1 | 6 PIM

*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) played two games for MODO in Sweden's second highest league and did not score. He has no points in four games in the second league. Stenqvist has 11 points (1 goal, 7 assists) in 11 junior games.

Stenqvist Stats: MODO (SWE-JR) | 11 GP | 1 G | 7 A | 8 PTS | -3 | 6 PIM
MODO (SWE-2) | 4 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | +1 | 2 PIM

*D Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) played three games with Assat in Finland's top league and did not register any points. Makela has no points in 12 games and is averaging 10:23 of ice time.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) 12 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | +4 | 0 PIM

*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) did not play this past week. He is 2-1-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in three games with JYP in Finland's top league.

Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 2-1-0 | 2.53 GAA | .919 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Mestis) | 3-2-0 | 4.27 GAA | .852 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.

Photo credit: Riku Laukkanen / IFK Helsinki

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