Bruins junior prospects update: Spooner’s sizzling

Spooner/By S. Bradley

In the NHL, Tyler Seguin is the hottest young Bruins player on the ice. Down at the major junior level, however, that title belongs to Ryan Spooner.

Spooner today was named as the Player of the Week in the Ontario Hockey League.

Spooner totaled four goals and six assists in three games. He was also plus-8. Spooner has helped Kingston to its first three-game winning streak of the season. His best outing of the week was a five-point performance in a 5-3 win over Saginaw. Outside of league play, Spooner also accumulated three assists to help Team OHL defeat Team Russia, 10-7, Thursday night in the 2011 SUBWAY Super Series game played in Ottawa.

One of Boston’s two second-round picks in 2010, Spooner is second on his team with 19 points in 19 games.

Here are a couple other notes on Bruins prospects in junior hockey:

2011 second-round pick Alexander Khokhlachev is 13th in the OHL with 28 points in 22 games. The Windsor winger racked up four assists in a rout of Sault Ste. Marie Sunday and scored two goals in a win over Erie Friday.

Goaltender Zane Gothberg, a 2010 sixth-round pick skating for Fargo of the USHL, helped Team USA finish in third place at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge in Langley, B.C. He made 23 saves in a 4-0 shutout against Sweden in the third-place game. Gothberg previously made 23 saves in a 1-0 loss to Sweden to open the U.S. team’s entry into the tournament. With Fargo this season, Gothberg has a .911 save percentage and 2.83 goals-against average in eight gams.

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