• PROSPECT-UPDATE ARCHIVE
Mondays are traditionally very quiet days for the hockey world during the season, and this time all of the action was confined to Europe.
So Mondays provide an opportunity to feature players outside of North America. Here's a look at the three best performances by those few in action:
KRYSTOF HRABIK -- Hrabik is one of the top-rated Czech prospects for the 2018 draft. The hulking left wing played in last spring's World Under-18 tournament, and has stepped up to the Czech WSM Liga, the nation's second-best league. In other words, Hrabik, who turned 18 on Sunday, is already playing against men. He certainly held his onw on Monday with two assists for Benatky nad Jizerou in a 4-2 win over Prostejov. He also saw 12:08 of ice time and now has three assists in just four games -- against men, which is a big plus in the scouts' eyes.
DANIIL ISAYEV -- Yaroslavl Loko's netminder was very sharp at St. Petersburg, notching a 4-1 win over SPB. Isayev stopped 25 shots in the matchup of two MHL heavyweights. One half of a goaltending tandem, Isayev is making a case to be the true No. 1. Through his first six starts, he has four wins, including one shutout, no games with more than two goals allowed, and a .945 save percentage. At this rate, he's sure to be some NHL team's property by the end of June.
EVGENY KALABUSHKIN -- Two months shy of his 18th birthday, Kalabushkin, a good-sized defenseman at just over 6-foot-1 is boosting his stock as a draft prospect. On Monday, the MHL rookie picked up his third goal of the season in St. Petersburg SKA-1946's 3-2 shootout loss to Cherepovets. The goal came at the very moment his team's power play expired. He also saw a season-high 24:05 of icetime. As the icetime increases, scouts pay more attention. Kalabushkin is clearly a player on the rise.