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Prospect Need to Know: Daccord has Sun Devils on point

The Ottawa Senators pick has been stellar in net for Arizona State. Learn about him and more hot prospects in our weekly wrap

There was a raft of International tournaments in the past week, enveloping all different age levels. The CHL-Russia series is actually still going on, with the six-game stand making its way to QMJHL territory for the final two showdowns. I was in Oshawa Monday night for Game 4, which Russia won easily over Team OHL. We also had a Five Nations under-18 tournament and a Four Nations under-20 meeting in Czechia, plus the end of the World Under-17 Challenge in Canada. Not only that, but some big NCAA news coming out of the desert, so let’s get to the movers and shakers in the prospect world.

Joey Daccord, G, Arizona State Sun Devils (NCAA): The Sun Devils are nationally ranked for the first time ever and they’re getting excellent goaltending from Daccord. The Ottawa Senators prospect is rocking a .930 save percentage, but more importantly a 9-3-0 record. He has played in every game for ASU and has three shutouts on the season. NHL arrival: 2022-23

Aleksi Heponiemi, C, Karpat Oulu (Fin.): He dazzled during his time with WHL Swift Current and Heponiemi hasn’t stopped since returning to Finland. The Florida Panthers pick had five points in three games for Finland at the Four Nations in Czechia and has put up 17 in 19 games back with Oulu in the Liiga. He’ll be one to watch at the world juniors. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Alexander Romanov, D, CSKA Moscow (KHL): Romanov has also lined up as a forward in his young career, so it’s probably not surprising that he’s a great skater with excellent rushing ability. But the Montreal Canadiens draft pick also defends well and he was a standout against Team OHL in Oshawa. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Pavel Shen, C, Tolpar Ufa (Rus.): Nasty to play against, Shen is a physical and responsible center who can also produce offense. The Boston Bruins pick is captain of Team Russia for the CHL Series and definitely leads by example. It’s hard not to see him on the world junior team come December. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Declan Chisholm, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL): As a 2000 birthday, Chisholm may have to wait until next year to crack Canada’s world junior squad, but he showed a ton of poise and potential against the Russians. The Winnipeg Jets pick was one of the lone standouts in Oshawa and has fantastic tools on the back end. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Cole Caufield, RW, U.S. NTDP (USHL): His size will be a question, as Caufield is just 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds, but that is less a concern now than it once was. With nine points in four games at the Five Nations U18s, the 2019 draft prospect and University of Wisconsin commit confirmed that he is one explosive offensive weapon. NHL arrival: 2023-24

Connor McClennon, RW, Kootenay Ice (WHL): The top scorer at the World Under-17 Challenge with 11 points in five games, McClennon has an excellent motor and anticipation, which makes him a constant danger without the puck. With the puck, he’s a deadly goal-scorer and the Ice have another great building block. NHL arrival: 2022-23

Nathan Legare, RW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL): Playing with San Jose pick Ivan Chekhovich, Legare is getting a great opportunity this season and he’s making the most of it. The 2019 draft prospect has 33 points through 22 games, putting him fifth in the league and first among draft-eligible players. NHL arrival: 2021-22

Jeremy Davies, D, Northeastern University Huskies (Hockey East): Davies is up to his old tricks again with 10 points in 10 games for the Huskies, who sit behind only UMass in the conference standings. The New Jersey Devils prospect is an excellent producer from the back end, playing a modern-style game. NHL arrival: 2020-21

Massimo Rizzo, C, Penticton Vees (BCHL): Rizzo has been under the radar since the start of his campaign was delayed by an upper-body injury, but the University of North Dakota commit has come back with eight points in his first six games. The 2019 draft prospect has great vision and hockey sense and he’s playing in a great system with Penticton. NHL arrival: 2021-22

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