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From ESPN - January 9, 2018

ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week. If there's a player you'd like to nominate, from your local team to a high school team to your beer league, email us here.

Best player in the world of the week (for the week ending Jan. 7)

The nominees:

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins (NHL)

The best player on the best line in hockey had himself a week. Bergeron scored five goals in three games, and added two assists, as the Bruins extended their point streak to 11 games and 8-0-3 overall. He scored four goals and added an assist in a 7-1 trouncing of the Carolina Hurricanes, becoming the first Boston player in nearly 20 years to tally four times in a game. Dave Andreychuk was the last one to do it, on Oct. 28, 1999.

Kalle Kossila, San Diego Gulls (AHL)

Kossila had a goal and six assists in three games for the Gulls last week, including a franchise-record performance with four assists in a 4-3 win over Texas. Granted, six of his seven points came on the power play, but points are points. You might also remember Kossila from our Goals of the Year countdown, where we lauded his lacrosse goal.

Lukas Craggs, Bowling Green (NCAA)

Tonight, @BGFalconHockey prevailed over @mtuhky for the #GLi53 title.


MiHockey (@MiHockeyNow) January 3, 2018

Gabriel Vilardi, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

Vilardi is a heck of a story. He was taken 11th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2017 NHL draft. But a back injury, which he had suffered while playing for the Windsor Spitfires earlier that year, kept him out of game action for six months. The Kings cleared him to return to action ... just in time for Windsor to trade him to Kingston.

Vilardi saw his first game action since last spring with a brand-new team this past weekend -- and, as reader Billy Thee noted in his nomination, played three games in three days. Vilardi posted two goals and four assists during that span. "Not only did Vilardi not miss a step, he seems to be exceeding his already high expectations for the season," Thee said.

Owen Tippett, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)

Two Ontario Hockey League players? Well, Tippett sorta forced our hands by scoring seven goals and adding three assists in three games last week. The Florida Panthers prospect has scored 17 goals with 19 assists for 36 points in 23 OHL games since Nov. 10. A player so good offensively that we fully expect the Panthers to trade him to the Vegas Golden Knights at some point.


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