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Forwards Hintz, Tufte, and Caamano have strong weeks

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Forward prospect Roope Hintz continues to roll in Finland's top league. The second-round pick (49th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft notched a hat trick in HIFK's 6-0 win over Assat on Saturday, giving Hintz ten goals in his past 12 games.

The 20-year-old forward has registered 30 points (19 goals, 11 assists) in 44 games and ranks seventh in the league in goal scoring despite missing the first eleven games of the season due to a back injury. Hintz is tied for the HIFK team lead in goals and ranks second in points.

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 44 GP |19 G | 11 A | 30 PTS | +10 | 18 PIM

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

Ontario Hockey League

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) tallied five goals in three games over the past week for Flint in the OHL, scoring two goals in a game twice over the weekend. Caamano now has 62 points (34 goals, 28 assists) in 62 games and is tied for 14th in the OHL in goal scoring.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL) | 64 GP | 34 G |28 A | 62 PTS | -6 | 63 PIM

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) tallied four points (two goals, two assists) and a plus-six rating in three games for Ottawa, giving him 15 points (five goals, ten assists) in 52 games in the OHL this season.

Martenet Stats: London/Ottawa (OHL) | 52 GP | 5 G |10 A | 15 PTS | +12 | 60 PIM

Western Hockey League

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) recorded two assists in two games for Kamloops over the past week. Vala, who was suspended one game for a knee-on-knee hit, has 25 points (ten goals, 15 assists) in 58 games for the Blazers.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 58 GP | 10 G | 15 A | 25 PTS | +12 | 89 PIM

NCAA

*C Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) scored two goals as Minnesota Duluth defeated Miami, 5-4, in game one of the NCHC quarterfinals Friday. Tufte did not score in game two on Saturday as UMD won, 5-3, to sweep the best-of-three series and advance to the semifinals. Tufte, a freshman, has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 31 games. No. 7 Minnesota Duluth takes on No. 3 Western Michigan in the NCHC Tournament semifinals this weekend.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 31 GP | 7 G | 5 A | 12 PTS | +10 | 20 PIM

*C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) registered one goal and one assist in two games as North Dakota swept its best-of-three NCHC quarterfinal series against St. Cloud State over the weekend. Gardner, a sophomore, has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 35 games. Up next in the tournament for North Dakota is No. 1 Denver.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCAA) | 35 GP | 7 G | 13 A | 20 PTS | +2 | 67 PIM

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) picked up one assist and a plus-four rating in two games for Michigan over the weekend. Cecconi, a sophomore, has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 32 games for Michigan, which plays Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament this week.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (NCAA) | 32 GP | 1 G | 7 A | 8 PTS | -2 | 18 PIM

Europe

*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) played three games in Finland's second league last week, posting a 1-2- 0 record and stopping 92 of 99 shots including 39 of 40 in a 3-1 win over LeKi. Over his past ten games in the second league, Ruusu has a 2.48 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. He has a 1.67 GAA and .938 in seven games in the top league.

Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 5-2-0 | 1.67 GAA | .938 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Finland-2) | 9-12-2 | 3.43 GAA | .887 SV%

Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) did not register any points in two games for Assat in Finland's top league over the past week. Makela has two assists in 47 games.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) | 47 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | -12 | 26 PIM

*Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) registered one goal in four postseason games for AIK in Sweden's second league last week. He finished the regular season with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 45 games.

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 45 GP | 9 G | 15 A | 24 PTS | -2 | 4 PIM
Playoffs: (AIK SWE-2) | 4 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | E | 0 PIM

*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) is back in juniors now that his season with MODO in Sweden's second league has ended. Stenqvist recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in three games in juniors, where he has tallied 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 17 games. He tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in 41 games in the second league.

Stenqvist Stats: MODO (SWE-2) | 41 GP | 2 G |4 A | 6 PTS | -4 | 22 PIM
MODO (SWE-JR) | 17 GP | 3 G | 14 A | 17 PTS | +4 | 10 PIM

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) had no points in two games for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League, finishing the regular season with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 47 games. Nyberg and Frolunda play Skelleftea in the quarterfinals of the SHL playoffs.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 47 GP | 7 G | 8 A | 15 PTS | +8 | 32 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) had no points in one game for HV 71, finishing the regular season with eleven points (one goal, ten assists) in 46 games. HV 71's opponent in the quarterfinals of the SHL playoffs is still to be determined.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 46 GP | 1 G | 10 A | 11 PTS | -4 | 12 PIM

Season Ended

*G Colton Point (5th round/2016) finished his freshman season at Colgate with a 2-5-2 record, 2.45 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. Point missed extended time with mono this season, but the Stars liked what he did once he got healthy.

"He came back and played well," said Dallas GM Jim Nill. "He had good stats. They had a senior goalie this year, but [Point] will probably be the starting goalie there next year. We'll see where he goes."

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 2-5-2 | 2.45 GAA | .918 SV%

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) registered 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 36 games for Rensselaer (RPI). Prapavessis, a junior, ranked second among RPI defensemen in scoring.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (NCAA) | 36 GP | 2 G | 14 A | 16 PTS | -28 | 34 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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