2020 NHL Draft: 3 Stars Of Week 15
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. This week’s three stars feature a probable top ten draft selection from the Ontario Hockey League, along with a Finnish sniper and a Western Hockey League goaltender.
1. Cole Perfetti
The Saginaw Spirit are currently tied for the top spot in the Western Conference of the OHL standings. Cole Perfetti has played a prominent role, particularly this past week. The Spirit won three of the four games they played, and Perfetti managed ten points in those games. With 66 points in 39 games, he is now third in league scoring.
Among his superb performances, this past week was a five-point effort versus the Oshawa Generals. While on the powerplay, Perfetti jammed home a rebound for his 21st goal of the season midway through the first period to tie the game 1-1. He later displayed his elite playmaking ability adding four assists as the Spirit would prevail 8-4.
The next game, a 5-3 victory over the Sarnia Sting, Perfetti once again found the mark to tie the game 1-1. He then assisted on the go-ahead goal with a terrific goal mouth pass.
In a home-and-home series with the Flint Firebirds, which the teams would split, Perfetti again dazzled with his exceptional passing ability with three more helpers.
2. Veeti Miettinen
With the regular season finished in the Finnish junior league, the Kiekko-Espoo U20 Blues are now involved in the relegation round. The play of their star forward, Veeti Miettinen will be significant in determining the club’s fate. Miettinen is the team’s scoring leader with 29 goals and 51 points in 38 games.
The Blues won all three relegation round games they played during the week. Miettinen scored five goals while adding three assists in those contests, which earned him the second star of the week honour.
Miettinen is committed to St. Cloud State University for the 2020-2021 season.
3. Dylan Garand
Kamloops Blazers netminder Dylan Garand backstopped the Blazers to a pair of victories this past week, stopping 40 of 42 shots for a .952 save percentage. Garand is, in my opinion, the top draft-eligible goaltender in the Western Hockey League for the 2020 NHL draft. His .920 save percentage and 2.30 goals-against average have helped propel the Blazers to the top spot in the BC Division. The Victoria, B.C. native was selected by the Blazers in the third round of the 2017 WHL bantam draft.
Quinton Byfield had five points in the Sudbury Wolves 8-2 pounding of the North Bay Battalion on Friday night.
The OHL scoring leader, Marco Rossi, continued his scorching pace with seven points this past week.
Portland Winterhawks forward Seth Jarvis likewise managed a seven-point week.
Rick Warman is a Vancouver Canucks and prospects contributor for Overtime Heroics. Follow him @statman1956 on Twitter
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