The NHL regular season gets underway this week, but Dallas Stars prospects playing in Europe and juniors already have started their seasons. Here’s the first of our weekly updates on Stars prospects.
RW Denis Gurianov missed the first eight games of the KHL season due to a shoulder injury, but since returning in the middle of September he has been a regular player in the lineup for Lada Togliatti. Gurianov, Dallas’ first-round pick (12th overall) in 2015, has registered one goal and one assist in eight games while averaging 11:42 of ice time per game. Gurianov, who has been playing on the second line recently, picked up his goal and assist in a 5-4 win over HC Sibir on Sept. 27. That performance earned Gurianov KHL Rookie of the Week Honors.
Gurianov stats: Lada Togliatti/KHL, 8 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 PTS, -1 rating, 0 PIMS
*After spending the past two seasons playing in Sweden’s second-highest league, D Niklas Hansson (third round/2013) made the jump to the top league, the Swedish Hockey League. He talked about the move this summer during Dallas Stars development camp.
“It’s a tougher and a better league, so I am going to have to work even harder to get my spot and get my ice time,” Hansson said.
Well, so far he has earned his spot and his ice time. Hansson leads HV71 and ranks third in the league with 22:48 of ice time per game. He’s also tallied four assists in his first six games and is tied for ninth among SHL defensemen in scoring.
Hansson stats, HV71/SHL: 6 GP, 0 goals, 4 assists, 4 points, -1 rating, 4 PIMS
*D John Nyberg (sixth round/2014) scored his first professional goal, tallying what proved to be the game-winner in Oskarshamn’s 3-2 win over Karlskoga in the HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second-highest league. Nyberg has one goal, one assist in eight games this season.
Nyberg stats: Oskarshamn/HockeyAllsvenskan, 8 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 PTS, -2 rating, 6 PIMS
*LW Roope Hintz (second round/2015) has yet to play for HIFK in Finland’s top league. Hintz has been out with a back injury. It’s apparently the same injury that kept Hintz from attending Dallas’ development camp in July. Hintz is said to be getting closer to a return.
*D Aleksi Makela (seventh round/2013) has played for both Ilves in Finland’s top league and Leki in the Mestis, Finland’s second-highest league. He has one assist in four games with Leki, where he is currently playing.
Makela stats: Leki/Mestis, 4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 PT, +1 rating, 0 PIMS
Makela stats: Ilves/Liiga, 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, 0 rating, 2 PIMS
*D Miro Karjalainen (fifth round/2014) is playing in juniors for HIFK in Finland. He has picked up one assist in three games and ranks second in the league with 52 penalty minutes.
Karjalainen stats: HIFK/Junior, 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 PT, +1 rating, 52 PIMS
*D Troy Vance (fifth round/2011), who played for Idaho and Missouri of the ECHL last season, is with Assat in Finland’s top league this season. He’s played nine games, registering one assist.
Vance stats: Assat/Liiga, 9 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 PT, 0 rating, 4 PIMS
*G Henri Kiviaho (fifth round/2012), who played with Idaho (ECHL) last season, is with Leki in Finland’s second-highest league this season. He has played two games, posting a 0-1-1 record and stopping 52 of 58 shots.
Kiviaho stats: Leki/Mestis, 2 GP, 0-1-1, 6 GA/52 SVS, 2.98 GAA, .897 SV%
*G Markus Ruusu (sixth round/2015) is playing for JYP in Finnish juniors, posting a 2-7-0 record, 4.23 goals-against-average and .883 save percentage.
Ruusu stats: JYP/Junior, 9 GP, 2-7-0, 35 GA/265 SVS, 4.23 GAA, .883 SV%
*LW Brett Pollock (second round/2014) scored the game-winner in overtime as Edmonton defeated Swift Current, 3-2, Sunday night in the WHL. Pollock, who is one of five assistant captains for the Oil Kings this season, has four points (two goals, two assists) in four games.
Pollock stats: Edmonton/WHL, 4 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 PTS, -2 rating, 6 PIMS
*D Patrick Sanvido (seventh round/2014) has registered three assists in four games for Windsor, all the helpers coming in a 7-1 win over Saginaw on Thursday. Sanvido is in his second season as captain of the Spitfires.
Sanvido stats: Windsor/OHL, 4 GP, 0 G, 3 A, 3 PTS, +1 rating, 6 PIMS
*D Alex Peters (third round/2014) has no points in five games for Flint. Peters, who missed almost all of last season with a knee injury, is the captain of the Firebirds this season.
Peters stats: Flint/OHL, 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, -1 rating, 4 PIMS
*D Chris Martenet (fourth round/2015) has no points and a plus-two rating in four games for the London Knights.
Martenet stats: London/OHL, 4 GP, 0 G, O A, 0 PTS, +2 rating, 8 PIMS
*D Aaron Haydon (sixth round/2014) has no points in five games for Niagara. Haydon is serving as assistant captain this season.
Haydon stats: Niagara/OHL, 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, -2 rating, 7 PIMS
G Brent Moran (fourth round/2014) has started four of five games for Niagara, posting a 1-3-0 record and 3.52 goals-against average.
Moran stats: Niagara/OHL: 4 GP, 1-3-0, 14 GA/103 SVS, 3.52 GAA, .880 SV%
The Stars have two prospects playing in college this season. D Michael Prapavessis (fourth round/2014) is a sophomore at RPI and D Joseph Cecconi (fifth round/2015) is a freshman at the University of Michigan. The regular season for both players starts later this month, but both have started exhibition play. Prapavessis had no points and two shots in a 3-2 OT loss to St. Thomas on Saturday. Cecconi had one assist in Michigan’s 8-1 victory over the University of Toronto on Sunday.
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