The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason of the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 25 after earning 10 points (6G-4A) in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-eight.
Leason produced a trio of multi-point performances and earned first star honours in all three victories last week for the Raiders, who extended their winning-streak to a franchise record 16 games. On Tuesday, he scored his first career hat-trick as part of a 5-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes improving the Raiders undefeated home record to 13-0-0-0. Leason’s week continued Friday with two goals including a short-handed game-winner while adding two assists in a 7-3 road win against the Medicine Hat Tigers, then wrapped up Saturday with a goal and two assists in a 5-1 road victory against the Kootenay ICE. The Raiders remain the CHL’s top-ranked team with a 23-1-0-0 record.
A 19-year-old from Calgary, Alta., Leason is enjoying a breakout season atop the CHL scoring ranks with 54 points (25G-29A) in 24 games. He also carries a plus-40 rating, which leads all CHL skaters. These figures have already shattered his previous bests of 33 points (16G-17A), collected across 66 games between the Raiders and Tri-City Americans last season. In 159 WHL regular season games, Leason has 105 points (49G-56A).
Leason was originally selected by the Americans in the third round, 50th overall, of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6-foot-4, 199-pound forward was recently recognized by NHL Central Scouting with a ‘C’ rating for the 2019 NHL Draft.
Also considered for the award this week was Detroit Red Wings prospect Joseph Veleno of the Drummondville Voltigeurs who scored five goals and five assists for 10 points in three games, and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who scored twice with seven assists for nine points in three games.
The Raiders will look to extend their 16-game winning streak when they roll into Central Alberta to face the Red Deer Rebels Tuesday, November 27 (7:00 p.m. MT) at the Enmax Centrium.