It was a bit of a roller coaster week for Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect Veeti Miettinen. On Thursday he was named the NCHC Rookie of the Year after leading the St. Cloud Huskies in points as a rookie on their third line.
Unanimous All-Rookie Team Selection: ✅— SCSU Men's Hockey (@SCSUHUSKIES_MH) March 11, 2021
Second Team All-Conference: ✅
NCHC Rookie of the Year: ✅
This guy is pretty good, don't you think?
Congrats Veeti Miettinen on being named the NCHC Rookie of the Year!#unleashSCSU #NCHCHockey #SCSUHuskies pic.twitter.com/0YHYf68Nnf
For those not familiar with the NCAA hockey world, the NCHC is one of the major conferences for Division I ice hockey. It is considered one of the top conferences from a competitive standpoint. This award was not the NCAA rookie of the year award, which has yet to be given out. Miettinen will have competition with some of the top prospects in this year’s draft that played for Michigan, like Owen Power and Matthew Beniers.
On Friday, Miettinen and St. Cloud played their first playoff game of the season, where he dealt with a scary looking injury:
Zach Berzolla of Colorado College with a bad hit on Leafs prospect Veeti Miettinen.— Nick DeSouza (@NickDeSouza_) March 12, 2021
Miettinen is still down on the ice. He has 23 points in 24 games this year. pic.twitter.com/ArWjJCnEph
The good news is that the injury does not seem to be too serious — he is listed as a game time decision for their NCHC semi-final playoff game on Monday and says he is ‘hopeful’ of being ready for it. Even if he doesn’t play in it, even being considered hopeful is a lot better than I was worried about when I saw the injury.
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Another Leafs’ late round prospect, Joe Miller, had himself a game last night with two points, including this nice goal:
In #USHL action, #LeafsForever prospect Joe Miller scores off the rush for his 5th goal of the season. pic.twitter.com/kiw6nm9Rra— Josh Simpson (@joshsimpson77) March 13, 2021
AROUND THE HOCKEY WORLD
Alex Iafallo is not on the ice for the Kings for pregame warmups. #Avs #Kings— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) March 13, 2021
Pierre LeBrun (The Athletic) reporting that the #Preds have had discussions about #NHLJets Sami Niku, who just hasn’t been able to stick in the lineup. He wonders if a 1st rd pick & Niku would be enough to acquire Mattias Ekholm, a player he thinks can put Winnipeg over the top.— Spinorama 🔄 Hockey (@spinohockey) March 12, 2021
In my weekend piece, I put my GM hat on. Trades that would make sense for Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Washington and Carolina. https://t.co/Xkq9FCWB1a— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 12, 2021