Stars forward prospect Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) put together a strong regular season in Finland's top league, and now it's the same story in the playoffs. Hintz registered four points (one goal, three assists) last week as HIFK won Games 5 and 6 to win its quarterfinals series against TPS, 4-2.
Hintz came up big in Game 5 as HIFK scored three unanswered goals in the third period to turn a 2-2 tie into a 5-2 victory and take a 3-2 series lead. Hintz assisted on the first two goals in the period and then sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.
He then registered one assist as HIFK won Game 6 and advanced to the semifinals, where they will play Tappara.
Hintz has seven points (two goals, five assists) in eight playoff games and is tied for the league lead in playoff scoring. He is tied for second in both assists and plus/minus rating (plus-six).
Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 44 GP |19 G | 11 A | 30 PTS | +10 | 18 PIM
Playoffs (HIFK): |8 GP | 2 G | 5 A | 7 PTS | +6 | 2 PIM
Here's a look at how other Dallas prospects playing in Europe, juniors, and college fared over the past week.
*C Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) tallied a hat trick to help AIK advance to the semifinals in the playoffs in Sweden's top junior league and then after AIK lost in the semis, he registered one assist as AIK won the bronze medal game. Karlstrom registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in five junior playoff games for AIK after his season in the second league ended.
Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 45 GP | 9 G | 15 A | 24 PTS | -2 | 4 PIM
Playoffs: (AIK SWE-2) | 7 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | E | 0 PIM
Playoffs: (SWE-JR) | 5 GP | 3 G | 4 A | 7 PTS | +2 | 0
*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) did not register any points as HV 71 defeated Malmo, 5-2, in Game 1 of the semifinals in the Swedish Hockey League playoffs. Hansson has no points in two playoff games.
Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 46 GP | 1 G | 10 A | 11 PTS | -4 | 12 PIM
Playoffs (HV 71): | 2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS| +1 | 0 PIM
*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) had no points in three playoff games for Frolunda in the SHL playoffs. Frolunda won Game 7 over Skelleftea in the quarterfinals and is down 1-0 to Brynas in the semifinals. Nyberg has no points in eight playoff games.
Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 49 GP | 7 G | 8 A | 15 PTS | +8 | 32 PIM
Playoffs (Frolunda): | 8 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS| -2 | 8 PIM
*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) did not play over the past week.
Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 5-2-0 | 1.67 GAA | .938 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Finland-2) | 9-12-2 | 3.43 GAA | .887 SV%
Western Hockey League
*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) did not register any points in four games as Kamloops was eliminated in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs, 4-2. Vala had one goal in six games for the Blazers.
Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 60 GP | 10 G | 15 A | 25 PTS | +11 | 89 PIM
Playoffs (Kamloops): | 6 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | -1 | 6 PIM
Ontario Hockey League
*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) had no points in three games as Flint was eliminated by Sault Ste. Marie in the first round of the Ontario Hockey playoffs, 4-1. Caamano had three assists in the series, which Sault Ste. Marie won, 4-1.
Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL) | 67 GP | 35 G |29 A | 64 PTS | -6 | 63 PIM
Playoffs (Flint): | 5 GP | 0 G | 3 A | 3 PTS | -3 | 8 PIM
*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) had no points in four games as Ottawa was eliminated in its first-round OHL playoff series by Mississauga in six games. Martenet had one assist in the series.
Martenet Stats: London/Ottawa (OHL) | 55 GP | 5 G |11 A | 16 PTS | +12 | 60 PIM
Playoffs (Ottawa): | 6 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | -3 | 2 PIM
*C Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) had this week off. Tufte and Minnesota Duluth play Harvard in the semifinals of the Frozen Four on Thursday.
Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 35 GP | 8 G | 7 A | 15 PTS | +14 | 26 PIM
*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) played in both Sweden's second highest league and juniors this season. He saw 41 games in the second league, registering six points (two goals, four assists). He recorded 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 17 games in juniors.
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
*C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) registered 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in his sophomore season at North Dakota. He ranked seventh on the team in points.
Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCAA) | 38 GP | 8 G | 13 A | 21 PTS | +2 | 69 PIM
*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 33 games as a sophomore at the University of Michigan. Cecconi also won a gold medal with the United States at the 2017 World Junior Championship. He had two assists in seven games at the tournament.
Cecconi Stats: Michigan (NCAA) | 33 GP | 1 G | 7 A | 8 PTS | -5 | 18 PIM
*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 time due to illness this season. Could be in the running to be the No. 1 goalie at Colgate next season.
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
*D Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) played 48 games with Assat in Finland's top league, registering two assists. He had no points in three playoff games.
Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) | 48 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | -13 | 26 PIM
Playoffs (Assat) | 3 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | +1 | 0 PIM
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