In our previous update, Thomas Bordeleau had two assists in Michigan’s victory in the Big Ten tournament championship game, and goaltender Magnus Chrona stopped 44 of 47 shots in a two-game series.
In this edition of Next Wave, find out what our prospects have been up to and how they’ve made progress over the past few weeks.
Let’s dive into this week’s update to our Next Wave report, presented by Kaiser Permanente.
Points in the forecast
Jasper Weatherby has recorded a pair of multi-point games over the past two weeks, posting three assists on March 26 against Colorado and recording a “Gordie Howe hat trick” on March 30 against Ontario. He was named the game’s first star for his three-point performance on March 26.
Confrontation with four frozen
Thomas Bordeleau (Michigan) tied a season-high with three points (one goal, two assists) in Michigan’s 7-4 Regional Finals win over Quinnipiac on March 27. Bordeleau’s latest assist brought his points-per-game average down to 1.00 and gave him a career-best 25 assists on the year. He trails only 2021 first overall pick Owen Power and 2021 fifth overall pick Kent Johnson (both 29) in assists among Michigan skaters. Magnus Chrona (Denver) allowed just three goals on 43 shots (.930 SV%) over two games to help Denver win the West Regional. Chrona stopped 24 of 25 shots (.960 SV%) in a narrow 2-1 regional final win over Minnesota Duluth, including all 23 shots he faced over the past two periods. Michigan and Denver will face off in the Frozen Four on April 7 for a spot in the national championship game.
Hello Brandon Coe!
Brandon Coe (North Bay) is riding a four-game multi-point streak, including back-to-back three-point performances on March 31 and April 3. The forward assisted on both North Bay goals on March 27 to earn First Star of the Game honours, with his first assist of the night marking his 90th point this season. Coe has points in seven of his last eight games and now ranks fifth in OHL scoring. He needs extra help to double his 2019-20 tally and is just three points off 100 this campaign.
• Joachim Blichfeld recorded a three-game point streak from March 24-30, tied for his second-longest streak of the year and capped a scoring streak in six out of seven games. Barracuda added a power-play tally on March 30 to give him a career-best 11 on the year.
• Nick Cicek scored his first career AHL power play goal on March 26 to give him five goals this season. The defender got an assist on Mason Jobst’s first goal on April 2 at Stockton.
• Adam Raska scored his third two-point game of the season with a goal and an assist against Colorado on 26 March. Two days earlier, he had a game-high and career-best six shots against Abbotsford.
• Artem Guryev (Peterborough) scored back-to-back two-point games on March 31 and April 2 to mark his first career multi-point streak in the OHL and his second streak of at least one point of the season. Guryev was named the game’s second star in the latter of two contests.
• Danil Gushchin (Niagara) has found the scoresheet in each of his last eight games and is currently on a three-goal streak. Gushchin continues to lead Niagara in nearly every major offensive category, and he’s ranked in the OHL’s top 10 in goals (seventh) and points per game (eighth).
• On March 29, Linus Oberg (Orebro HK) scored the series-winning goal eight minutes from time in the third period of Game 3 against Brynas IF to help Orebro HK advance to the quarter-finals of the playoffs of the SHL. The 21-year-old forward has three points (two goals, one assist) in six postseason games this year.
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