Hintz, Dallas’ second-round pick in 2015, picked up one assist in his first game back with HIFK, giving him seven points (one goal, six assists) in 15 games. He’s been limited to only 15 games this season because he missed the first seven weeks of 2015-16 due to a back injury.
“Hintz has had a good first half of the year,” said Stars scout Rickard Oquist. “He came back from injury and didn’t look like he missed anything. He’s been playing really well. He can really fly, and he’s put on some muscle this year. And he was really good at the World Juniors.”
Hintz had a strong showing at the World Juniors, registering four points (three goals, one assist) in seven games as the Finns won gold for the second time in three years. Hintz, who has been primarily playing wing this season, played center at the World Juniors. Oquist said versatility is one of many things to like about Hintz.
“[He has] speed, obviously. Great skills,” Oquist said. “He’s a smart player. He can see the play develop before it develops. Many times he can be a step ahead of the game. And the way he can move the puck and distribute the puck. He’s an exciting prospect.”
Here’s an update on how other Dallas Stars prospects playing in Europe, juniors and colleges fared over the past week.
*D Niklas Hansson (third round/2013) registered two assists in two games for HV 71 in the Swedish Hockey League over the past week. The assists were the first points for Hansson since he returned from a shoulder injury that kept him out for eight games.
“He’s doing really well,” said Stars scout Rickard Oquist, who is based in Sweden. “He just came back from a shoulder injury but before that, he was logging the most minutes in the league and putting up points.”
Despite missing the eight games, Hansson still ranks 11th in scoring among league defensemen with 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 24 games.
*D John Nyberg (sixth round/2014) had no points in two games for Oskarshamn in Sweden’s second highest league. Nyberg has six points (one goal, five assists) in 37 games.
“He’s getting a lot of ice time. He’s getting the opportunity to play on both special teams, so he is in a good spot. He is moving forward,” Oquist said. “He has two-way attributes. He skates well, and he can really shoot that puck. He makes a first good pass, and he also defends well.”
*RW Denis Gurianov (first round/2015) did not score in three games for Lada Togliatti in the KHL over the past week. Gurianov has five points (four goals, one assist) in 36 games.
*D Miro Karjalainen (fifth round/2014) picked up one assist in two games in Finnish juniors, giving him seven points (one goal, six assists) in 16 games.
*D Aleksi Makela (seventh round/2013) played two games for Leki in Finland’s second highest league, recording no points. Makela has two assists in eight games with Leki this season.
*D Troy Vance (fifth round/2011) did not register any points in two games with Assat in Finland’s top league. Vance has 11 assists in 36 games.
*G Henri Kiviaho (fifth round/2012) played one game for Ilves in Finland’s top league, stopping 20 of 22 shots in a 2-1 loss to JYP. Kiviaho is 0-6-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Kiviaho is not getting much goal support. His team is averaging 1.00 goals per game in his starts.
*G Markus Ruusu (sixth round/2015) played one game for JYP-Akatemia in Finland’s second highest league, stopping 29 of 33 shots in a 5-2 loss to SaPKo. Ruusu is 3-8-0 with a 3.34 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.
*LW Brett Pollock (second round/2014) registered one goal and two assists in Edmonton’s 3-1 win over Vancouver on Wednesday, extending his points streak to seven games (six goals, seven assists). The points streak ended Saturday for Pollock, who leads the Oil Kings in scoring with 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) in 42 games.
*D Aaron Haydon (sixth round/2014) recorded two assists in three games for Niagara over the past week, giving him six points (one goal, five assists) in 37 games.
*D Patrick Sanvido (seventh round/2014) had no points and a plus-two rating in three games for Windsor. Sanvido has six points (one goal, five assists) and a plus-16 rating in 22 games. He has been an even or plus player in 18 straight games.
*D Chris Martenet (fourth round/2015) had no points in two games for London. Martenet has seven assists and a plus-27 rating in 38 games. He is tied for fifth in the league in plus/minus rating.
*D Alex Peters (third round/2014) had no points in three games for Flint. Peters has seven points (one goal, six assists) in 29 games.
*G Brent Moran (fourth round/2014) played three games for Flint, going 0-2-1 while stopping 111 of 120 shots in the three games. Moran is 0-6-2 since being acquired by Flint with a 3.83 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. He is facing 39.7 shots per 60 minutes played.
*D Michael Prapavessis (fourth round/2014) did not record any points in two games for RPI over the past week. Prapavessis has ten points (one goal, nine assists) in 22 games.
*D Joseph Cecconi (fifth round/2015) did not register any points in two games for the University of Michigan. Cecconi has five assists and a plus-11 rating in 19 games.
|Denis Gurianov ||RW ||Lada Togliatti (KHL) ||36 ||4 ||1 ||5 ||-7 ||4 |
|Roope Hintz ||RW ||HIFK (Liiga) ||15 ||1 ||6 ||7 ||0 ||2 |
|Miro Karjalainen ||RW ||HIFK (Jr.) ||16 ||1 ||6 ||7 ||+2 ||103 |
| || ||HIFK (Liiga) ||2 ||0 ||0 ||0 ||0 ||0 |
|Aleksi Makela ||D ||Ilves (Liiga) ||21 ||0 ||1 ||1 ||-4 ||10 |
| || ||Leki (Finland-2) ||8 ||0 ||2 ||2 ||0 ||8 |
|Troy Vance ||D ||Assat (Liiga) ||36 ||0 ||11 ||11 ||0 ||28 |
|Niklas Hansson ||D ||HV 71 (SHL) ||24 ||4 ||12 ||16 ||-5 ||10 |
|John Nyberg ||D ||Oskarshamn (Sweden-2) ||37 ||1 ||5 ||6 ||0 ||28 |
|Brett Pollock ||LW ||Edmonton ||42 ||17 ||29 ||46 ||+17 ||44 |
|Aaron Haydon ||D ||Niagara ||37 ||1 ||5 ||6 ||+7 ||32 |
|Chris Martenet ||D ||London ||38 ||0 ||7 ||7 ||+27 ||49 |
|Alex Peters ||D ||Flint ||29 ||1 ||6 ||7 ||-4 ||34 |
|Patrick Sanvido ||D ||Windsor ||22 ||1 ||5 ||6 ||+16 ||14 |
|Michael Prapavessis ||D ||RPI ||22 ||1 ||9 ||10 ||-5 ||12 |
|Joseph Cecconi ||D ||Michigan ||19 ||0 ||5 ||5 ||+11 ||8 |
| || || || || || || || || |
|Henri Kiviaho ||G ||Leki (Finland-2) ||4 ||210 ||0-3-1 ||13/85 ||3.71 ||.867 |
| ||G ||Ilves(Liiga) ||7 ||358 ||0-6-0 ||14/147 ||2.35 ||.913 |
|Markus Ruusu ||G ||JYP (Jr.) ||12 ||605 ||2-10-0 ||48/318 ||4.75 ||.869 |
| ||G ||JYP-Akatemia (Finland-2) ||12 ||683 ||3-8-0 ||38/318 ||3.34 ||.893 |
|Brent Moran ||G ||Niagara (OHL) ||18 ||1013 ||9-7-1 ||51/414 ||3.02 ||.890 |
| ||G ||Flint (OHL) ||10 ||516 ||0-6-2 ||33/308 ||3.83 ||.903 |
| ||G ||OHL Total ||28 ||1529 ||9-13-3 ||84/722 ||3.29 ||.896 |
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