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Stenqvist shines on international stage, Ruusu pitches shutout in Finland's top league

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defense prospect Jakob Stenqvist suited up for Sweden on the international stage last week, recording five points (one goal, four assists) in four games at the U19 5-Nations Tournament in Switzerland.

Stenqvist registered one goal and one assist in a 6-3 win over Czech Republic and then picked up three assists in a 7-2 win over Germany for the Swedes, who went 3-1-0 at the tournament, finishing in second place. Stenqvist ranked second in scoring among defensemen at the tournament.

The 18-year-old Stenqvist, a sixth-round pick (176th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, has had a strong season in Sweden. He started in juniors, where he scored ten points (one goal, nine assists) in his first 12 games. He then moved up to the second league, where he has played 32 games for MODO, registering five points (two goals, three assists) and a plus-one rating while averaging 15:45 of ice time per game.

Stenqvist Stats: MODO (SWE-2) | 32 GP | 2 G |3 A | 5 PTS | +1 | 18 PIM
MODO (SWE-JR) | 14 GP | 2 G | 11 A | 13 PTS | +2 | 6 PIM

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

Europe

*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) made two starts in Finland's top league over the past week and registered his second shutout of the season. He played for KooKoo on Wednesday, stopping 21 shots in a 2-1 loss to TPS. Then he was back with his regular team, JYP, on Friday and stopped all 14 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over SaiPa. Ruusu has won four of six games in the top league this season, posting a 1.62 goals-against average and .941 save percentage.

Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 4-2-0 | 1.62 GAA | .941 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Finland-2) | 6-10-2 | 3.79 GAA | .872 SV%

Photo credit: Jiri Halttunen 

*LW Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) played last week for the Finnish national team at the Sweden Hockey Games, a four-team tournament. Hintz had no points in three games and won 19 of 36 faceoffs for Finland, which went 1-2-0 and finished fourth in the tournament. Hintz has 19 points (eleven goals, eight assists) in 34 games with HIFK in Finland's top league.

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 34 GP |11 G | 8 A | 19 PTS | +4 | 16 PIM

*C/LW Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) played one game in Sweden's second league last week, registering no points. Karlstrom has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 37 games.

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 37 GP | 7 G | 13 A | 20 PTS | E | 4 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) and D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) did not play last week since the Swedish Hockey League was on a break. Hansson has ten points (one goal, nine assists) in 40 games and Nyberg has eleven points (four goals, seven assists) in 38 games.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 38 GP | 4 G | 7 A | 11 PTS | +9 | 26 PIM

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 40 GP | 1 G | 9 A | 10 PTS | -2 | 12 PIM

*D Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) remains out with injury for Assat in Finland's top league. He has two assists in 40 games this season.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) | 40 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | -8 | 24 PIM

Western Hockey League

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) scored two goals in three games for Kamloops over the past week. Vala scored in his first two games of the week, extending his goals scoring streak to three games. That streak ended Saturday. Vala has 20 points (nine goals, eleven assists) and a plus-12 rating in 49 games for the Blazers.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 49 GP | 9 G | 11 A | 20 PTS | +12 | 70 PIM

Ontario Hockey League

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) tallied one goal and one assist in Flint's 5-3 win over Sault Ste. Marie Saturday, giving him 50 points (26 goals, 24 assists) in 51 games. He ranks third on the Firebirds in both goals and points.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL) | 51 GP | 26 G |24 A | 50 PTS | -7 | 57 PIM

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) picked up two assists in three games for Ottawa over the past week. Martenet has ten points (two goals, eight assists) in 40 games with both Ottawa and London this season.

Martenet Stats: London/Ottawa (OHL) | 40 GP | 2 G |8 A | 10 PTS | +7 | 48 PIM

NCAA

*G Colton Point (5th round/2016) won his second game of the season, stopping 20 shots in a 2-1 win over Brown on Saturday. Point, a freshman, is 2-4-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 2-4-1 | 2.49 GAA | .912 SV%

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) registered three assists in two games for the University of Michigan over the weekend. Cecconi, a sophomore, has five assists in 24 games for the Wolverines.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (NCAA) | 24 GP | 0 G | 5 A | 5 PTS | -5 | 16 PIM

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) played one game over the past week for RPI and did not register any points. Prapavessis, a junior, has 12 points (two goals, ten assists) in 30 games.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (NCAA) | 30 GP | 2 G | 10 A | 12 PTS | -25 | 28 PIM

*C Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) and Minnesota Duluth did not play this past week. Tufte, a freshman, has nine points (five goals, four assists) in 24 games.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 24 GP | 5 G | 4 A | 9 PTS | +8 | 12 PIM

*C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) and North Dakota did not play this past week. Gardner, a sophomore, has 15 points (five goals, ten assists) in 27 games.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCAA) | 27 GP | 5 G | 10 A | 15 PTS | -1 | 65 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.

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