The Hockey News player of the week for the period of March 1-7, 2010 is Colorado Avalanche right winger Chris Stewart.
The 22-year-old sophomore is having a breakout sophomore season and is one of the big reasons the underdog Avs have skyrocketed above expectations this season. And he added to his stellar campaign with nine points in four games on the week.
Returning from time off over the Olympic break, Stewart notched a goal and an assist and was plus-2 in 20:23 of ice time versus the Detroit Red Wings. With two points, Stewart was in on both of Colorado’s goals in the 3-2 loss.
Two nights later the Avs visited Anaheim, downing the Ducks 4-3. Stewart was on his game again, recording one goal and two assists with a plus-1 rating in 19:51 of ice time.
Stewart’s only scoreless game came Thursday night in Phoenix, where he was a minus-1 with two penalty minutes in 17:53 of ice time as the surprising Coyotes came out on top 3-1. This matchup occurred one day after the Avs sent Wojtek Wolski to Phoenix for Peter Mueller and prospect Kevin Porter at the NHL trade deadline.
To top off the week, Stewart popped in a hat trick plus an assist in 17:14 of ice time as the Avalanche rolled over the Blues 7-3 on Saturday.
With two wins on the week, Colorado is 37-22-6 with 80 points and sit sixth in the Western Conference, seven points ahead of ninth-place Calgary.
After scoring 19 points in 53 games with the Avs last season, Chris Stewart has 24 goals and 51 points in 60 games this season and is on pace for 64 points.