Prospect Weekly: Henry Wants a Contract

As fall begins to fade into winter, several Avalanche prospects are heating up. Nick Henry just keeps rolling as he is currently riding his nine game point streak good for 29 points in 19 games including eight goals and tied for eighth in league scoring. His four point night against Tri-City in a 5-1 victory was the highlight of the week and then he added a fifth assist to round out the weekend, all seen below. Henry is leading Regina in scoring and part of a super top line with Jake Leschyshyn and Austin Pratt. This performance should go a long way in earning that Entry Level Contract in March from the Avalanche.


A unique experience for any NHL prospect is to get invited to participate in the CHL Canada Russia Series. Danila Zhuravlyov was selected and has been playing for the Russian team in North America over the last week. As one of the only two year 2000 born players on the team he has been given a fairly large role on the second pair and with time on both special teams units. Zhuravlyov looks comfortable on small ice and grows more confident by each game. His focus this season back home for Bars in the VHL has been on his defensive game and it has shown in this event. As seen below, Zhuravlyov made a defensive play to stop Kirby Dach on a breakaway.


Zhuravlyov can also provide offense, as seen below in the second goal in the clip. He is a strong puck mover and has a blistering shot which he has become much too selective in using. He scored his first point of the season getting a secondary assist in Russia’s 3-1 win over the WHL in game two. The Russian team concludes their trek through Canada with a pair of games against the QMJHL on Tuesday November 13th and Thursday, November 15th.


Nikolai Kovalenko also was in international action as he travelled to the Czech Republic for a three game tournament over the weekend with matches against Finland, Sweden and the host Czechs in the Four Nations event. The second game against the Czechs was his best as Russia’s offense exploded in a 6-5 win and Kovalenko converted four assists in the contest. Below is one of those assists as he begins the play in the offensive zone with a great cross-ice pass in his signature tenacious pitbull type style.

Kovalenko was wearing an alternate captain’s letter and was the top line right wing with his Lokomotive teammate Grigori Denisenko and later Vitaly Kravtsov was added to center the line. This event is part of the evaluation for World Junior Championship team selection and is comprised of many top end Under-20 players who are playing in Europe. The fact that Kovalenko was given a large role and performed well with top players bodes well for his selection to the team.


Boston University only played one game over the weekend but they made it count with a 3-2 win in overtime against New Hampshire. It’s been a tough start for the Terriers but they’ve added a couple wins lately. That slow start for the team has impacted the start of the season for Shane Bowers as he entered this contest with only two points on the season despite his best game coming in exhibition and therefore did not count. Bowers should calm some of those worries with a two goal performance in this contest including a fabulous shorthanded marker in overtime as seen below.


Josh Dickinson waited for the perfect moment to score his first professional goal. This individual effort as seen below was a great shorthanded play and backhand finish. That tally tied the game for the Colorado Eagles but they unfortunately went on to fall 4-3 in San Diego.

The following night the Eagles would not fare better as they trailed the entire game but two goals from Andrew Agozzino kept the Eagles within striking distance. Agozzino leads the team in scoring with 14 points in 12 games and is on a six game point streak. It is great to see him contributing and leading the team after going missing for a long stretch last season. The team certainly noticed AJ Greer‘s absence this weekend as well.


Credit to Regina Pats and @keithhershphoto for the photo 


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