Prospect Ramblings: Heponiemi’s Streak, CHL Top Prospects Game and More

Cam Robinson

2018-01-21

Mathew Barzal, Ty Smith and Oliver Wahlstrom

 

As we finally start getting used to writing 2018, players are also adapting back to life after the World Junior Championships. Not only are the returnees adjusting, but those players who were left behind to fill in on the top roles are now back in their usual secondary spots.

 

It was a great opportunity for some draft-eligible players to showcase what they can accomplish with further ice and better deployment and with it, came the hope for more opportunities as the season wears on.

 

Keep an eye out for some changes in CHL lineups as the separation in the standings has made itself more prominent post-deadline season. Youngsters on bottom feeders will get their chances, but their quality of line mates has diminished greatly.

 

Conversely, a team like Kingston has loaded up with talented players like Cliff Pu, Gabe Vilardi, Max Jones and Sean Day. This means a player like Jason Robertson may see his deployment diminished.

 

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There are a couple of impressive point streaks going on in the WHL these days.

 

Vancouver Canucks’ prospect, Kole Lind is riding a nice little 15 game, 28-point streak

 

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Lind has been held off the scoresheet just four games this season and is surely making a few GM’s unhappy for passing him up in round one last June.

 

However, it’s Aleksi Heponiemi who is leading the way with an incredible 27 gamer to the tune of 67 points. You heard that right, 67 points.

 

 The Florida Panthers’ prospect has racked up 18 goals and 49 assists over the course of this run and has missed the scoresheet just twice in 34 contests. He currently sits with 23 goals and 88 points.The 5’10 141lbs left-winger totalled 86 points in 72 games during his WHL Rookie of the Year campaign in 2016-17.

 

Do you think he's enjoyed his time in Swift Current thus far?

 

Heponimi leads the CHL in points-per-game with 2.51, with the next closest competitor (teammate, Tyler Steenbergen) sitting at 2.19.

 

It’s been a historic season thus far f