As the CHL kicked off their first weekend there were many highlights from three Colorado Avalanche prospects who returned just in time for their opening night and look poised to put up big point totals, thus the need for a special update. Once the regular season gets into full swing across all leagues in October this feature will take on a new and different format…stay tuned.
Alex Beaucage was in uniform for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies less than 48 hours after participating in his first NHL preseason contest in Colorado. The quick turn around allowed him to play in the season opener and to witness the triple banner raising ceremony into the Huskies’ rafters. Beaucage had an eventful evening scoring his first goal of the season on an incredible individual effort seen below. That was not the first puck he deposited into the back of the net in the match as Beaucage had a goal waived off for scoring with a broken stick and also broke a puck in half one shift later. Unfortunately the Huskies fell 5-4 in a third period collapse but Beaucage was back at it the following night in a 6-3 victory and added two goals and an assist for a four point weekend.
Welp Avs prospect Alex Beaucage certainly didn't have any trouble scoring tonighthttps://t.co/uxJilZDrDT
— Nathan Rudolph (@Nathan__Rudolph) September 20, 2019
Not to be outdone over in the WHL Sasha Mutala jump started his season with a four point effort of his own with three assists and an empty net goal, most seen below, as Tri-City grabbed a 4-2 opening victory. Mutala especially showed some keen vision and playmaking to create those goals.
3 of Mutala's 4 points on the night. (Audio issues are on the source's end unfortunately)https://t.co/KkqXR6jWjn
— Nathan Rudolph (@Nathan__Rudolph) September 21, 2019
Luka Burzan joined the Brandon Wheat Kings in time to split a home-and-home with the debut of the Winnipeg Ice. He had a notable weekend of his own first starting off with two assists and then the next night added two goals, one of which seen below on a steal and breakaway.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) September 22, 2019
Goalies have highlights too as Trent Miner was in net and grabbed the first victory of the season for the Vancouver Giants in a 5-3 final score as they hold the fort down waiting for Bowen Byram’s possible return. Miner made 20 saves including this highlight reel (literally) stop seen below and added an assist as well.
— EP Rinkside (@EPRinkside) September 23, 2019
Also not to be forgotten, the KHL’s regular season began on September first and Danila Zhuravlyov has had a strong start to his season in Russia with Ak Bars Kazan. After collecting his first KHL point a couple weeks ago he added this assist seen below on the power play in a 4-1 win over Niznekamsk. Zhuravlyov has been a mainstay on a very strong team off to a 6-2-0 start playing 15 or more minutes a night and seeing roughly second pair action.
Nothing fancy but Zhuravlyov picks up a PP assist from the pointhttps://t.co/7JBWl7wkLI
— Nathan Rudolph (@Nathan__Rudolph) September 19, 2019
In other news, another Russian but one who has travelled stateside to play in the USHL. Shamil Shmakov didn’t get to the regular season with the team that drafted and imported him as the Lincoln Stars moved him to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Import rules are strict in the USHL which is also a league that isn’t shy about trading (recall Nate Clurman’s two moves) so it is difficult to understand what the ultimate plan for Shmakov is but he should get in the net somewhere when the regular season begins the first week of October.
Credit Tri-City Americans for the photo