The Snapshot, January 20th, 2020

Welcome to the first Snapshot of 2020, as we continue to take a look at the news from the world of junior hockey.

We released our January rankings this past week. Our Top-31 can be seen here.

Our members have access to our Top-65.

HockeyProspect.com’s Mark Edwards recorded a HP podcast as well, answering some of your questions. 

HockeyProspect.com has learned that Noel Gunler will play for Sweden at the upcoming U20 Five Nations tournament in Germany. This will be the first time this year that he gets the opportunity to play for his country in international hockey. Gunler was ranked 10th in our January rankings for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

The Hamilton Bulldogs announced the signing of Jan Mysak. The Czech forward played for his country at the recent World Junior Hockey Championships and was ranked 30th overall in our January NHL Draft Rankings.

The Kingston Frontenacs announced the signing of Slovak forward Martin Chromiak. The 17-year-old was the 2nd overall pick in the CHL Import Draft last June.

The Soo Greyhounds also announced the signing of Nick Malik. The 17-year-old goaltender from the Czech Republic is eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother Zack played in the OHL for Sudbury and North Bay, and his father Marek was a long-time NHLer.

The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies announced the signing of Slovak forward Oleksii Myklukha. The Huskies drafted him with the 54th overall pick in last June’s CHL Import Draft. He’s eligible for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

The Winnipeg Ice will be without forward Connor McClennon for 8-10 weeks. He suffered a broken collarbone. McClennon is a 2020 draft-eligible prospect, who this season put up 49 points in 42 games for the Ice. He also played for Canada during the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August.

The Chicoutimi Saguenéens will be without forward Samuel Houde for 6-8 weeks. The Montreal Canadiens’ prospect was having his best year, with 47 points in 40 games. Houde established career highs in goals, assists and points this season. Houde was a 5th-round selection of the Canadiens in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Arizona prospect Valentin Nussbaumer elected not to return to the QMJHL and the Shawinigan Cataractes after the World Juniors, signing with EHC Biel-Bienne in the Swiss-A league. Nussbaumer had just played in his 3rd World Junior Hockey Championships and was selected in the 7th round by the Coyotes this past June.

Flyers’ prospect Egor Zamula will miss the remainder of the season due to back surgery. He played through the injury at the World Junior Hockey Championships for Team Russia. Zamula played the past 3 seasons with the Calgary Hitmen and the Regina Pats in the WHL.