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Let’s take a look at how some former UND hockey players are doing in the NHL. Stats through 10/31/2019.
Rhett Gardner (Dallas Stars) — Played in seven games and has yet to score a point. Currently, Gardner is with the Texas Stars where he has played in four games scoring (2g-1a–3pts). In four games, he’s only taken a single minor penalty.
Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks) — He leads the Canucks in goals with seven. Boeser is second in points (7g-7a–14pts) behind forward Elias Pettersson (4g-14a–18pts). Currently, Boeser is tied for 16th in the NHL’s scoring race with J.T. Miller and Morgan Rielly.
Travis Zajac (New Jersey Devils) — Played in 10 games scoring (1g-3a–4pts), he’s also a plus-one. He’s pointless in his last three games. Zajac is zeroing in on 1,000 NHL games. To date, Zajac has played in 932 games, scoring (187g-324a–511pts).
Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) — Some in the in the NHL media have referred to the month of October as “Brocktober” after Nelson’s quick start to the 2019-20 season. During the month of October, Nelson has played in 11 games, and is the Islanders leading scorer (4g-6a–10pts). Two of Nelson’s four goals are game-winning goals.
Zach Parise (Minnesota Wild) — Much like his Minnesota Wild teammates, Parise has struggled scoring (3g-0a–3pts) in 13 games. The Wild are a dumpster fire, they’re horrendous. After 13 games, the Wild are 4-9-0 (.307) record, and are tied for dead last in the Western Conference standings with the L.A. Kings. Some Wild fans are already dreaming of the first overall pick in the 2020 draft. Parise is fourth on the Wild in goal scoring.
Nick Schmaltz (Arizona Coyotes) — In 12 games Schmaltz is the Coyotes leading scorer with (4g-7a–11pts). Two of Schmaltz’s four goals are game-winning goals.
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) — To date, the 2019-20 season hasn’t been very kind to Toews. The Blackhawks captain has gotten off to a slow start, in the first 11 games of the season, Toews has scored (1g-1a–2pts).
Derek Forbort (Los Angeles Kings) — Suffered a back injury and has yet to play this season According to L.A. King head coach Todd McLellan, “He’s not anywhere near playing, but the positive sign is the improvement,” said the Kings bench boss. “He’s got a little spark in him now.” He hasn’t played yet this season due to a back injury.
According to the Kings Insider Jon Rosen, Fortbort is back on the ice skating by himself.
Christian Wolanin (Ottawa Senators) — Injured reserved. Was supposed to challenge for a spot in the Senators d-corp. Instead, he’s out four to nine months shoulder injury.
“Everything is great,” Wolanin said on October ninth. “It’s getting better every day. That’s the approach I wanted to take going into it … that positive mindset and I actually do feel it’s getting better every day. It’s all I can ask for right now.
Troy Stecher (Vancouver Canucks) — Has played in 12 games for the Canucks scoring (1g-1a–2pts), he’s a plus-four. To begin the 2019-20 season, Stecher’s ice time has taken a big hit. Through 10 games, Stecher has averaged 12:53 minutes a game.