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Prospect Report: March 5, 2021

Lindberg named Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for second consecutive month; Swaney hat trick gives him 100 career points

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

A look at how Minnesota Wild prospects have performed up-to-date this season, from NCAA to international play.

University of Minnesota Duluth forward Nick Swaney, a 2017 NHL Entry Draft selection by the Wild, scored a hat trick on Saturday night to record 100 points in his college career. He becomes the 59th player in school history to hit the milestone.

Tweet from @UMDBulldogs: With that last goal, Swaney becomes just the 59th player in @UMDMensHockey history to score 100 career points. He is the latest player since Scott Perunovich did it last year and the latest forward since Alex Iafallo did it in 16-17...#BulldogCountry pic.twitter.com/b818cIRbtm

Swaney, a senior, scored three goals for No. 10 University of Minnesota Duluth in a 5-1 win over No. 6 St. Cloud State on senior night. He was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's Forward of the Week after the performance.

Tweet from @TheNCHC: Recording a 🎩🎩🎩 and 💯 career points in @UMDMensHockey's win over SCSU Saturday...Nick Swaney is the #NCHCHockey Forward of the Week!📰: https://t.co/VtKN82fxoy | #BulldogCountry pic.twitter.com/VLM7zVd2M0

In 23 games this season, Swaney has scored a team-high 13 goals and 14 assists. His 27 points ranks second in the NCHC.

Five Wild prospects suited up in Friday night's game between No. 1 Boston College and No. 9 University of Massachusetts. Goaltender Filip Lindberg, Minnesota's seventh-round pick in 2019, led UMass to a 3-2 overtime victory, saving 29 shots. Boston College forward Jack McBain, a 2018 Wild draft pick, scored his sixth goal of the season in the game, assisted by 2019 Wild draft pick Nikita Nesterenko. McBain ranks third on BC in scoring, with Nesterenko ranked fourth.

Tweet from @BCHockey: ������ Nikita >>> Bainer >>> Back Of Net pic.twitter.com/isIJ1NtB8W

Lindberg currently has a nation-best .945 save percentage and is ranked second with a 1.46 goals-against average. In his last six starts, he is 4-0-2, with a 0.80 goals-against average and has a .968 save percentage.

Lindberg was named the Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for February, the second straight month he was awarded the honor.

Tweet from @UMassHockey: 𝘽𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 🙌Filip Lindberg is once again your @hockey_east Goaltender of the Month after previously earning the honor in January 👏🔗: https://t.co/kksCh86Omb#NewMass | #Flagship 🚩 pic.twitter.com/h17xjmmGnH

Future Minnesota Wild Statistics - March 5, 2021

COLLEGE/USHL TEAM HT. / WT. D.O.B GP G A PTS +/- PIM
C Matt Boldy Boston College (H-East) 6-2 / 195 4/5/01 18 8 14 22 9 4
Leads team in assists, PPP (8) and shots (59), ranks T-1st in scoring, T-2nd in goals…Hockey East Co-Player of Week (2/15) after recording season-high five points (1-4=5) in 7-1 win vs. UMass Lowell (2/12)…Hockey East Player of Week (11/30)…Owns five multi-point games, two GWG, two PPG and two SHG…Tallied seven points (5-2=7) in seven games to help United States win gold medal at 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship…Led tournament with three PPG…Ranked T-1st on team in goals, second in TOI/game (18:31) and T-4th in scoring…Skating in sophomore season…Wild's first-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
LW Vladislav Firstov U. of Connecticut (H-East) 6-1 / 181 6/19/01 11 3 8 11 1 8
Did not play last week…Ranks T-3rd on team in assists and T-4th in scoring...Owns two multi-point games and one PPG…Tallied four points (2-2=4) in 6-5 OT win vs. New Hampshire (1/15)…Appeared in five games for Russia at 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship…Playing in sophomore season…Wild's second-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
F Sam Hentges St. Cloud State Univ. (NCHC) 6-0 / 190 7/26/99 21 7 7 14 -4 14
Ranks T-2nd on team in shots on goal (62)…Owns three multi-point games, two PPG and one GWG…Skating in junior season…Wild's seventh-round selection in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
F Jack McBain Boston College (H-East) 6-4 / 215 1/6/00 20 6 13 19 18 12
Leads team in FOW, ranks T-1st in plus/minus rating, second in shots (53), T-2nd in assists, third in scoring, T-3rd in blocked shots (18)…Named alternate captain (3/2)…Recorded 6-game point streak (3-7=10, 1/23-2/13)…Notched season-high 3 points (1-2=3) including GWG in 4-3 win at UMass Lowell (2/13)…Owns five multi-point games…Tallied 2 goals in 4-3 win vs. UMass (11/27)…Skating in junior season…Minnesota's third-round selection in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
C Bryce Misley U. of Vermont (H-East) 6-1 / 195 9/5/99 12 0 2 2 -9 0
Skating in senior season...Wild's fourth-round selection in 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
C Nikita Nesterenko Boston College (H-East) 6-2 / 176 9/10/01 20 7 11 18 15 12
Ranks fourth on team in scoring, T-4th in goals and plus/minus rating...Ranks T-9th in scoring and goals among NCAA freshmen…Owns five multi-point games and one SHG…Started college career with a five-game point streak (3-4=7)…Tallied SHG at Merrimack (1/17)…Tallied goal in first collegiate game, a 6-3 win at UMass (11/28)…Skating in freshman season…Minnesota's sixth-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
RW Nick Swaney U. of Minn. Duluth (NCHC) 5-11 / 175 9/9/97 23 13 14 27 10 10
Leads team in scoring, goals, assists and PPP (11), ranks second in shots on goal (100)…Ranks fifth in the NCAA in shots on goal, T-8th in goals, T-10th in scoring and T-11th in PPP…Owns eight multi-point games, three PPG, one GWG and one SHG…Named NCHC Forward of the Week (3/2)…Tallied hat trick (GWG) vs. St. Cloud State (2/27) to become 59th player in Bulldogs history to score 100 career points…Recorded six-game point streak (4-4=8, 1/23-2/6)…Skating in senior season...Wild's seventh-round selection in 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
D Marshall Warren Boston College (H-East) 5-11 / 175 4/20/01 19 2 5 7 13 25
Ranks second on team in PIM and fourth in blocked shots (17)…Third in scoring among team defensemen…Recorded GWG in 4-3 OT win vs. UConn (12/11)…Tallied assist and led team with plus-4 rating in sweep vs. UMass (11/27-11/28)…Skating in sophomore season…Wild's sixth-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
INTERNATIONAL TEAM HT. / WT. D.O.B GP G A PTS +/- PIM
C Matvey Guskov Krasnaya Armiya Moskva (MHL) 6-2 / 183 1/30/01 14 5 5 10 3 6
Also played two games with CSKA Moscow (KHL) and one game with Zvezda Moskva (VHL) this season…Minnesota's fifth-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
D Filip Johansson Frolunda HC (SHL) 6-1 / 176 3/23/00 40 5 5 10 -4 12
Ranks T-2nd among team defensemen in goals, third in scoring and shots on goal (83)…Skating in second season in Sweden's Elite League...Wild's first-round selection in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
D Simon Johansson Mora IK (SWE-1) 6-2 / 185 6/14/99 9 1 9 10 3 4
Also recorded four points (1-3=4) in 37 games with Djurgarden in Sweden's Elite League…Minnesota's fifth-round selection in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
F Alexander Khovanov Bars Kazan (VHL) 5-11 / 206 4/12/00 30 8 16 24 5 50
Tallied one assist in five playoff games…Led team in GWG (3), ranked second in scoring, assists and PIM during regular season…Tallied three PPG and five multi-point games…Also skated in seven games with Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)…Wild's third-round selection in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
C Marat Khusnutdinov SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) 5-11 / 176 7/17/02 12 0 2 2 -1 2
Out with upper-body injury (2/11)…Recorded 14 points (3-11=14) in 10 games with St. Petersburg (MHL) and one goal in four games for SKA-Neva St. Petersburg (VHL)…Tallied five points (3-2=5) in seven games for Russia at 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship…Recorded one PPG and one GWG…Ranked T-2nd on team in scoring and second amongst team forwards in TOI/game (17:26)…Minnesota's second-round selection in 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
C Pavel Novak Motor Ceske Budejovice (CZE) 5-9 / 170 4/16/02 15 0 1 1 -10 2
Has also tallied four points (1-3=4) in nine games with HC Stadion Litomerice (Czech 2)…Recorded three points (1-2=3) in five games for Czech Republic at 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship…Ranked T-2nd on team in scoring and shots on goal (13).
C Andrei Svetlakov CSKA Moscow (KHL) 6-0 / 202 4/6/96 48 7 13 20 16 38
CSKA Moscow finished first in regular season…Skating in sixth season with CSKA Moscow...Minnesota's sixth-round selection in 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
GOALTENDER TEAM HT. / WT. D.O.B GP MIN GAA RECORD SO GA SV%
Filip Lindberg U. Massachusetts (H-East) 6-1 / 188 1/31/99 8 493 1.46 4-1-3 2 12 .945
4-0-2 with 0.80 GAA,.968 SV% and two shutouts in last six games…Leads NCAA in SV%, ranks second in GAA…Named Hockey East Defensive Player of Week (2/1) after stopping 44 of 45 shots faced in a weekend sweep of UMass Lowell (1/29, 1/30)…Stopped 24-of-25 shots in 1-1 tie at Providence (1/23)…Stopped all 27 shots faced in 0-0 tie vs. Providence (1/22)…Skating in junior season…Minnesota's seventh-round selection in 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
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