Stars forward prospect Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) ended his season in the Finnish Elite League with a bang, registering five points (one goal, four assists) in the bronze medal game on Friday. But his big night wasn't enough as HIFK fell to JYP, 6-5, in overtime.
HIFK overcame 2-0, 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 deficits to force overtime with Hintz factoring in on all five of his team's goals. Among his points in the game were a goal in the second period to make it a 3-3 game and an assist on the game-tying goal with 2:29 left in regulation.
Hintz currently leads the Finnish Elite League playoffs in scoring with 14 points (three goals, eleven assists) in 14 games played, but Tappara and KalPa are three games into their best-of-seven championship series so somebody could end up passing him.
As expected, once his season ended, the 20-year-old forward joined Finland's national team this weekend in hopes of making the roster for the upcoming World Championship. Hintz joins Stars defenseman Julius Honka on Finland's preliminary roster for the tournament.
Finland, Sweden, Russia and Czech Republic will play later this week at the Carlson Hockey Games, which is part of the Euro Hockey Tour and a tune-up for next month's World Championship in France and Germany. Stars defenseman John Klingberg is on Sweden's roster for the tournament and forward Valeri Nichushkin, who has been playing for the Russia national team recently, likely will play for Russia.
Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 44 GP |19 G | 11 A | 30 PTS | +10 | 18 PIM
Playoffs (HIFK): |14 GP | 3 G | 11 A | 14 PTS | +5 | 4 PIM
*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) did not play in HV 71's three games in the Swedish Hockey League championship series over the past week. Hansson has played in just two of 13 playoff games for HV 71, registering no points and a plus-one rating. HV 71 and Brynas are tied 2-2 in the championship series.
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
Here's a brief recap of players whose seasons have ended in juniors, Europe, and college.
*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) recorded 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) and averaged 17:08 of ice time in 49 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. He picked up one goal in 14 SHL playoff games with Frolunda.
Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 49 GP | 7 G | 8 A | 15 PTS | +8 | 32 PIM
Playoffs (Frolunda): | 14 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT| -5 | 10 PIM
*C Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) played in both Sweden's second highest league and juniors. He recorded 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 45 games for AIK in Sweden's second highest league, tying for third among junior players in the league in scoring. He had one goal in seven postseason games. Karlstrom also played in five playoff games in juniors, registering seven points (three goals, four assists) as AIK won a bronze medal in Sweden's top junior league. Karlstrom played for Sweden at the 2017 World Junior Championship, registering three points (one goal, two assists) in seven games.
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 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
*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) played in both the top league and second highest league in Finland. In the top league, he posted a 5-2-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .938 save percentage while playing for both JYP and KooKoo. In the second league, he was 9-12-2 with a 3.43 goals-against average and .887 save percentage with JYP-Akatemia.
Ruusu Stats: JYP/KooKoo (Liiga) | 5-2-0 | 1.67 GAA | .938 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Finland-2) | 9-12-2 | 3.43 GAA | .887 SV%
*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) recorded 64 points (35 goals, 29 assists) in 67 games with Flint of the Ontario Hockey League and three assists in five playoff games. Signed an entry-level contract with Dallas in early April. He finished the season with the Texas Stars, registering three assists in six games.
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) played with both London and Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League, tallying 16 points (five goals, eleven assists) in 55 games and one assist in six playoff games. He finished the season with the Texas Stars (AHL) and had no points in three games.
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
*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) recorded 25 points (ten goals, 15 assists) in 60 games with Kamloops of the Western Hockey League and one goal in six playoff games. He also played three games with the Texas Stars (AHL), registering one assist.
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
*C Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) tallied 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 37 games in freshman season at University of Minnesota Duluth. Among Tufte's points were four goals and two assists in eight postseason tournament games as Minnesota Duluth advanced to the NCAA championship games.
Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 37 GP | 9 G | 7 A | 16 PTS | +15 | 26 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, who missed time due to illness this season, should 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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