Prospect Weekly: Happy Hour

First of all, the big prospect news of the week is that the Avalanche signed Nick Henry to his Entry Level Contract, which begins in the 2019-2020 season. For now he will continue his season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and if they are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs he could join the Colorado Eagles on a try-out. Henry now has 87 total points in 64 games this season as he celebrated the contract signing with a duo of multi-point games over the weekend.

For speculation on other possible prospect contracts on the horizon go HERE

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It is already the post season in the KHL with the other Russian leagues soon to follow. Nikolai Kovalenko helped Lokomotiv Yaroslavl win their first playoff game in overtime with a quick shot seen below which created a rebound and a 4-3 victory over Sochi. Lokomotiv currently sits in a 2-2 series tie after dropping both games in Sochi.

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Danila Zhuravlyov‘s post season unfortunately ended before it even started. Once his VHL team Bars Kazan failed to qualify for the playoffs, Zhuravlyov was sent down to the MHL squad Irbis Kazan to finish out their season but they didn’t make the playoffs either. Meanwhile the defending champion KHL parent club AK Bars Kazan was swept in the first round in their playoff series so it looks like Zhuravlyov’s season is now complete. Below is a clip of him scoring in the shootout in one of the final games for Irbis in a 5-4 win over Stalnye Lisy.

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Each week is a milestone for Cale Makar and this week he helped UMass capture the Hockey East regular season title and top seed for the upcoming conference tournament with a 4-2 win against Merrimack. In that game Makar scored a power play goal as seen below, which amazingly was his first on the man advantage of the season, plus another goal shorthanded and an assist. For a follow up in a 6-0 win over Maine Makar chipped in an assist which put him at the 40 point plateau on the season. For his efforts Makar was named the Hockey East Defenseman of the week, which is his fourth weekly honor of the season.

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Shane Bowers scored in his favorite spot right at the net on a rebound as seen below in a 1-1 tie with Providence. Offense has been tough to come by for BU but Bowers added an assist in a 5-1 win over Merrimack. Both Bowers and Makar have one more regular season contest before the hockey east tournament begins the following week.

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After a light week in the schedule the Colorado Eagles enjoyed a four game week at home and began with a 5-3 win over their old affiliate San Antonio. AJ Greer and Dominic Toninato wasted no time in sending a post-deadline message as they converted on three goals together in this contest. The second of which seen below has Toninato burying a feed from Greer on a two on one. Both players looked as dominant live as they did on the scoresheet.

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The following evening was no contest as the Eagles went on cruise control and shutout the Rampage 6-0. In one of several highlight reel goals in the contest Andrew Agozzino received a fantastic stretch pass from Julien Nantel as seen below and was the second goal in what would eventually become a hat trick. This game wasn’t without drama as Pavel Francouz aided in a very late period scum by skating to the opposite end pushed San Antonio goalie for good measure. Spoiler Alert: Francouz was also named AHL player of the week with the shutout, four wins plus a 1.48 GAA and .959 save percentage to boot.

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For the weekend the Eagles needed a big series to beat their main rival and the team which they were tied with in the standings. The Eagles did just that in a 3-2 overtime win against Tucson. Sergei Boikov opened the scoring and converted his first goal of the season as seen below on a long range shot that found the back of the net.

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Nicolas Meloche was the hero in the final game of the weekend as he scored the eventual game winning goal to put the Eagles up 2-1 and after the final horn three points ahead of Tucson. The win leaves the Eagles the in fourth playoff spot in the Pacific division before they face some tough competition in California. The goal gives Meloche his sixth tally and 20th point on the season, both career highs for him and in total of 104 AHL games. He’s leaned on heavily in a big role on defense and begs the question of what more does he need to do to get a look with the Avalanche?

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queenjk

Aka tigervixxxen, prospect junkie.

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