Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that
Valentin Zykov of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar is the CHL Player of the Week
for the week ending January 13 after recording 10 points in three games
scoring three goals and seven assists with a plus-minus rating of
Zykov continued his brilliant start to the New Year by producing
three multi-point games last week to give him six straight to open
2013. Last Wednesday night he scored a goal and an assist as part of a
4-3 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix, then did the same against the
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday night despite a 4-3 overtime loss. The
Drakkar rebounded the following evening against the Huskies led by Zykov
who produced a career-high six points scoring once with five assists as
first star of the 7-0 win.
Zykov, a 17-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia, is playing in his
first QMJHL season. The 2013 NHL Draft prospect has been ranked eighth
among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and currently leads
all QMJHL rookies in scoring with 28 goals and 25 assists for 53 points
in 43 games. Zykov is currently in Halifax as a member of Team Cherry
set to compete in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
tonight at 7PM Eastern on Sportsnet and the NHL Network U.S.
Also considered for the award this week was Garret Ross of the
Saginaw Spirit who scored three goals and four assists for seven points
in three games, and Troy Rutkowski of the Portland Winterhawks who
scored six goals and four assists for 10 points in four games.
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