The regular season is over in most leagues and playoffs have began, so this will be the final regular season statistics update. Next month will be playoff stats only.
For the sixth month in a row and final regular season update, Dan O'Regan finishes at the top in NHLE. His play has improved tenfold from last year and not just because he's playing with Jack Eichel. Although that certainly helps. O'Regan's BU team is headed to the Frozen Four where he will play a key part if Boston University hopes to secure victory. The CHL big guns Labanc, Jevpalovs, and Chartier have kept up their steady production and are all in the playoffs. Chris Tierney is doing absolutely amazing at the NHL level and he's been racking up points the last few games. Ever since his second call-up Tierney has been stellar and may have more upside than originally thought. Along with Hertl, the first two picks of the 2012 draft have the potential to become top-6 centers. Gabryel Boudreau has returned to action in the playoffs. Goldobin's season has ended in Liiga, but he had a solid finish. The 2014 first round pick may see some NHL or AHL action in North America. Kuraly has done great with his Miami team. Colin Blackwell has returned from injury and will attend Harvard for a fifth year next season. Tarasov was sent back to the AHL after doing absolutely nothing for the Sharks.
Joakim Ryan has claimed the top NHLE spot for defenseman. If he hits his potential, he can become a Torey Krug like player who is a offensive PP specialist. Ryan recently signed his ELC for the Sharks. Bergman had a solid finish to his regular season in London. Abeltshauser was assigned to the ECHL as his season went from bad to worse. It's not quite clear what that situation is but he was probably in Sommers' dog house in Worcester. Tennyson has also fallen off a bit after a promising NHL appearance. Taylor Fedun was called up over him recently. Meanwhile, Mirco Mueller is likely out for the season in San Jose. The Sharks could use some defensive help in the offseason/draft.
Joel Rumpel has joined the Sharks shallow pool of goaltending prospects. Rumpel will play for the Allen Americans (ECHL) the rest of this season and might compete for a job in Worcester next season. Bergvik has had a resurgence in the second half of his season in Sweden. He is doing much better and has finally had a stable opportunity after being moved/loaned earlier. Stay tuned for playoff updates next month.