Kyle McCar | Photo: Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kyle Makar, Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the National Hockey League’s (NHL) players of the week, the NHL announced Monday.
Makar has been recognized as the first “star”, who collected eight points in the three games played, making seven assists. He was the most productive hockey player in the league last week, collecting three assists in a match twice, as well as helping the Avalanche to win all three games and take fifth place in the Western Conference with 22 points in 16 games.
Nylander was named player of the week for the second week in a row. Seven days ago, he was the third best player of the week in the league. Nylander helped the Maple Leafs win both games in his home country of Sweden, collecting five (2+3) assists. He has already scored in 17 games since the start of the season, continuing to tie the team record for assists and tied for eighth in league history.
The Maple Leafs are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 22 points in 17 games. Crosby, on the other hand, collected seven (5+2) points in four games. Crosby, 36, had four points (3+1), including his 13th hat trick, 38th four-point performance and 88th game-winning goal in the league, in a 5-3 victory over Elvy Merzlikin’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
“Penguins” won two and with 18 points in 17 games they are in tenth place in the Eastern Conference.