The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dennis Yan of the Shawinigan Cataractes is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 11 after recording 10 points in two games scoring six goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.
Yan produced back-to-back career-high five-point performances for the Cataractes who continued their strong start to the 2015-16 QMJHL season winning both games last week to improve their record to 9-2-0-0. On Friday night, Yan scored his second career hat-trick and added two assists including the helper on Anthony Beauvillier’s game-winning goal to claim second star honours in a wild 8-7 overtime victory against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Then on Saturday, Yan repeated his offensive effort with another hat-trick and two assists this time claiming first honours in a 5-2 win over the Val-d’Or Foreurs.
Yan, an 18-year-old from Portland, OR, is playing in his second career QMJHL season. Selected by the Lightning in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Yan has nine goals and seven assists for 16 points in seven games so far this season after scoring 33 goals and 31 assists for 64 points in 59 games as a rookie last season.
Also considered for the award this week was fellow Lightning prospect Brayden Point of the Moose Jaw Warriors who scored five goals and four assists for nine points in three games, while Hunter Garlent of the Peterborough Petes scored twice with six assists for eight points in three games.
2015-16 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Dennis Yan (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 27: Alex Forsberg (Victoria Royals)