Nikita Kucherov, Anton Zlobin and Jonathan Drouin were named today the
TELUS three stars of the week for the period extending from February 11
to 17, 2013.
Nikita Kucherov is this week’s most outstanding
player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, earning TELUS first
star honours after recording 4 goals and 8 assists for a total of 12
points in three games. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies’ talented forward
recorded incredible performances all week long, including a five-point
night last Wednesday in Victoriaville. Unfortunately, his one goal and
four assists weren’t enough to defeat the Tigres in a close battle that
ended 6-5 in a shoutout, although he did get the third star of the game.
In another tough battle on Friday night, André Tourigny’s squad were
defeated in overtime against the Voltigeurs in Drummondville 5-4.
Kucherov scored a goal and added an assist in the loss. Finally,
Kucherov was simply inspiring in Blainville-Boisbriand in a crucial duel
for the top spot in the TELUS Western Division standings. In the 7-5
win, Kucherov collected two goals and three assists for his second
five-point night of the week and his third of the season. He led the
Huskies to an important win by scoring the game-winner. The Huskies now
trail the division leaders by only four points. The Tampa Bay Lightning
propect has averaged two points per game so far this season. He has
registered 44 points in 22 games.
The TELUS second star goes to
Russian sensation Anton Zlobin. The Val-d’Or Foreurs’ forward registered
a total of 12 points in four road games. During the road trip, he
helped the Foreurs collect six out of a possible eight points in the
standings by recording 3 goals and 9 helpers. The Pittsburgh Penguins’
propect leads his team with 82 points and he is only 7 points behind the
league’s top scorer, Peter Trainor of the Rimouski Océanic. With
season’s end coming quickly, Val-d’Or is on a roll with seven wins in
their past ten contests.
They currently sit eighth in the overall
standings. If the Foreurs’ big guns such as Anthony Mantha and Anton
Zlobin keep playing like they are, you can bet the Foreurs will surprise
more than a few naysayers.
Halifax Mooseheads foward Jonathan
Drouin captures the TELUS third star after leading his team to four
straight wins. He scored 5 goals and added 5 assists while posting a +7
differential. With Nathan MacKinnon out of the lineup because of injury,
Drouin stepped up his game. He registered a hat-trick in a convincing
7-0 win over the PEI Rocket and was named the game’s first star. Friday
night, the Mooseheads collected a 6-3 victory over the Shawinigan
Cataractes in Halifax as Drouin collected two points and first star
honours for a second night in a row.
He recorded two assists the
next day in a rematch versus the Moncton Wildcats as Halifax avenged an
8-5 loss with a solid 5-2 win. Finally, he notched a goal and two
helpers in a 5-2 victory over the Rocket to bring his consecutive point
streak to 20 games. The former record holder was Jason King who tallied
points in 19 straight contests during the 2000-01 campaign. Drouin has
jumped to fourth place in the scoring race, 7 points behind Peter
Trainor who has 89. The young forward has averaged 2.10 points per game
so far this season.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)