Lukas Dostal’s time in the Finnish SM-liiga has been nothing short of dominant this season as he leads the league in GAA (1.64) and SV% (.941) by quite a large margin. However, his time there has come to an end as Ilves, the team he was on loan to, announced that the Ducks have recalled him, suggesting that they believe that NHL training camps are going to be getting underway soon despite the lack of discussions between the league and NHLPA in recent days. The 20-year-old was a third-round pick of Anaheim back in 2018 (63rd overall) but has yet to play in North America, instead spending last year with Ilves and his post-draft year with them and three different levels in the Czech Republic.
More prospect news from around the hockey world:
- Maple Leafs prospect Nick Abruzzese is someone that isn’t lamenting the cancellation of the Ivy League season. As Postmedia’s Terry Koshan notes, the forward was likely to miss most of the 2020-21 season anyway as he works his way back from hip surgery. His recovery is on track but instead of rehabbing towards trying to return for the NCAA playoffs, he can focus on prepping for next season already. The 21-year-old led Harvard in scoring last season with 14 goals and 30 assists in 31 games, good for a tie for third-overall among Division I scorers.
- Avalanche prospect Matthew Stienburg suffered a broken leg while playing with West Kelowna of the BCHL, reports Mike Chambers of The Denver Post. As a result, the Colorado third-rounder (63rd overall in 2019) was going to miss all of the NCAA season before the Ivy League shut things down. Stienburg played his rookie season with Cornell and will return there for the 2021-22 campaign as his time in the BCHL did not affect his college eligibility.