Each week I will be featuring the top three performers among first time eligible players for the 2020 NHL draft. Along with the occasional honourable mention for other noteworthy accomplishments. For my second segment, here are my three stars for the period from Saturday, September 21st through Friday, September 27th.
1. Carter Savoie
My first star of the week honours goes to Carter Savoie. The Sherwood Park Crusader winger had an outstanding week. Savoie recorded a goal and an assist, both on the powerplay in a 4-1 victory over the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in his first game of the week.
He followed that up with an impressive five-point effort in a 6-3 drubbing of the Drumheller Dragons. His two-goal and three-assist performance was part of the Alberta Junior Hockey League Showcase event. Below is a clip of his first goal of the game.
With his scoring outburst, Savoie has six goals and eight assists in only six games played. Savoie will be attending the University of Denver for the 2020-21 season.
2. Zion Nybeck
Nybeck scored three goals including the overtime winner and added an assist in a 6-5 victory for HV 71 over Orebro. He followed that up with a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win versus Farjestad BK a day later. Nybeck currently leads all players in the J20 SuperElit league in scoring.
HV 71 were 1-0 victors in their third game of the week in which Nybeck was held pointless.
3. Jamie Drysdale
Erie Otters star Jamie Drysdale is a strong candidate to be the first defenceman taken at the 2020 NHL draft. With his five-point effort versus the Hamilton Bulldogs, he tied the Erie Otters franchise record for points in a game for a defenceman. The Otters won the game 8-5 to move to 2-0 on the season.
Drysdale was held off the scoresheet in his second game of the week, a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Windsor Spitfires.
There were many outstanding achievements by the 2020 NHL draft class this past week. Here are some of the numerous noteworthy performances.
Defenceman Michael Benning of the Sherwood Park Crusaders had a goal and four assists for the week in the two games that he played. Benning is the nephew of Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning.
Emil Andrae, a defenceman for HV 71 a team in the Swedish SuperElit J20 had five points in three games.
Playing as a first-time draft-eligible prospect in the Finnish men’s Liiga is an accomplishment in itself. However, scoring three times in two games is exceptional and that is what Anton Lundell was able to do this past week.
Portland Winterhawks forwards Simon Knak and Cross Hanas each contributed five-points as the Winterhawks went 3-0 in games this past week. Among the points that Hanas had was this spectacular goal seen in the clip below.
My final mention of the week goes to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Jaromir Pytlik, who had two goals and three assists in a pair of wins. Pytlik currently sits tied for third in Ontario Hockey League scoring.
Rick Warman is a Vancouver Canucks and prospects contributor for Overtime Heroics. Follow him @statman1956 on Twitter
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