HF Prospect of the Month for March, 2014

By Ian Altenbaugh

Johnny Gaudreau - Calgary Flames

Photo: Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau is Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month for March. Gaudreau was stellar in March, managing six goals and eight assists through six games. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for March. The player known as "Johnny Hockey" was a standout last month, managing six goals and eight assists through six games, including a six-point night against the University of Denver on March 29th.

Gaudreau has arguably been the top forward in college hockey all year. He leads the nation in points with 77, the highest total in NCAA Men's D-1 hockey in 20 years, and went on a 31-game point streak that began on November 1st, 2013, and ended on March 15th, 2014. The 20-year-old recently received the Walter Brown Award, which goes to the top American born player in New England, the Leonard Fowle Award, which goes to New England's most valuable player, and the Herb Gallagher Award, which is given to the best forward in New England. Gaudreau was also recently named one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the top player in all of college hockey.

Gaudreau and the rest of Boston College will compete for a national title against Union College on April 10th.

Andrey Vasilevskiy (TBL)
Salavat Yulaev Ufa – KHL

Known for his big game abilities, Andrey Vasilevskiy took his play to new heights over the month of March, and is one of the main reasons Salavat Yulaev is competing for a conference title in the KHL playoffs.

The 19-year-old goaltender was solid in his first full season of KHL hockey, posting a 14-8 record in 28 regular season games played, a .923 save percentage, and a 2.21 goals against average. He saved his best work for the March though, where through one regular season game and 13 playoff games, he had eight wins, a 2.17 goals against average, and a .934 save percentage.

For his efforts, Vasilevskiy was recently named the KHL Rookie of the Month for March.

Oliver Bjorkstrand (CBJ)
Portland Winterhawks – WHL

Danish forward Oliver Bjorkstrand had an outstanding month of March for the Portland Winterhawks. He finished the WHL regular season strong, with seven goals and six assists in his final eight games, including a hat trick on March 15th. He carried that momentum into the post-season, and managed four goals and four assists in a four-game opening round sweep of the Vancouver Giants. Through 12 total games played in March, Bjorkstrand managed 11 goals, 10 assists, and plus-13 rating.

On the season, Bjorkstrand has 50 goals, which is tied for second in the league, and 109 points. He currently has 15 points through eight playoff games, which ranks him fourth overall and second among Portland Winterhawks players.

Jonathan Drouin (TBL)
Halifax Mooseheads – QMJHL

Though he was extremely productive all season, Jonathan Drouin appeared to find another gear in the month of March. Drouin wrapped up the QMJHL regular season in a dominating fashion, posting five goals and 17 assists in his final six regular season games, including a six-point game on March 4th, and a seven-point game on March 15th. Drouin carried that momentum into the playoffs and managed six goals and seven assists in a four-game sweep of the Charlottetown Islanders.

Through 10 games in the month of March, Drouin managed 11 goals, 24 assists, and a plus-17 rating. Drouin was named the QMJHL first star of the Month for March, and was also recognized as the player of the week for March 10th to the 16th.

Drouin has 29 goals and 79 assists through 46 regular season games, ranking him third in the league in points. He currently leads the QMJHL in playoff scoring, with eight goals and 13 assists through seven games.

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