HF Prospect of the Month for October, 2013

By Ian Altenbaugh

Oscar Dansk - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Goaltending Oscar Dansk went an impressive 8-0 for the month of October. Dansk was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Erie Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk (CLB) is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for October of 2013. In eight starts, the Swedish goaltender posted an 8-0 record, a 1.75 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage, and two shutouts.

A second-round selection by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2012 NHL Draft, Dansk has been a big part of Erie's turnaround season, and a big reason they had a perfect record of 10-0 through October. He earned back-to-back shutouts on October 11th and the 14th, and has been otherwise steady for a star-studded team that does not allow a lot of shots. He was recognized as the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month for his accomplishments.

On the season, Dansk has a 10-2-1 record, 2.31 goals-against average, and a .914 save percentage, all of which rank among the top 10 in the OHL. He is already one win away from matching his 2012-13 season total of 11.

Honorable Mentions

Anthony Mantha (DET)
Val d'Or Foreurs – QMJHL

The 6'5 center has taken his game to another level this season. The top goal-scorer in the QMJHL last year, Mantha is off to a torrid start, managing 20 goals through 17 games. His month of October was particularly impressive, where he managed 11 goals, 14 assists, and 53 shots on net through 10 games.

For his efforts, the 19-year-old was honored as the QMJHL First Star of the Month in both September and October. He was also named the Telus CHL Player of Week for October 7th-13th, a stretch where he managed 10 points in just two games.

On the season, Mantha has 20 goals, 23 assists, and 108 shots through 17 games. His 43 points lead the QMJHL by a fairly wide margin as well.

Kevin Roy (ANA)
Northeastern Huskies – Hockey East

Roy started his sophomore year with a bang, scoring a hat trick in the Huskies season opener. The 20-year-old forward led the nation in scoring in October, posting seven goals, five assists, and 30 shots through six games. He managed at least one point in all six of his games last month and had four multi-point affairs. He was recognized as the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Player of the Month, as well as the Warrior Hockey Player of the Month.

A fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Roy has seven goals and six assists through eight games on the season.

Nikita Kucherov (TB)
Syracuse Crunch – AHL

The Russian-born Kucherov started his professional career with a bang, managing eight goals and seven assists through the first eight games the season. He had five multi-point games in October, including a hat trick in the Crunch's home opener. His 15 points in eight games led all rookies for the month. He was named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for October.

A second-round pick in 2011, Kucherov managed 63 points through 33 games in the QMJHL last year, so he was an established offensive commodity. Still, few could have foreseen this type of production this early on, playing against grown men who are bigger, stronger, and faster. He currently leads the AHL in goals, points, and powerplay goals.

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