Prospect Report 4/21/12: Playoff Updates
With the Canadian Junior playoffs still ongoing some of the Islanders prospects still have a chance to win the memorial cup while others are starting their summers early. I will take a look at some of the prospects that are still fighting for a championship and others that are practicing on their golf swing.
Ryan Strome and Mitchell Theoret both play for the Niagara Ice Dogs who recently won their second round match up and advanced to the OHL semi-finals where they will play the Ottawa 67s. Strome is continuing his strong post-season where he is third in the OHL in scoring with 17 points (6 goals, 11 assist) in just 10 games. He is a leader for the Ice Dogs offense and someone the team will rely upon as the playoffs continue. Theoret isn’t showing up on the score sheet as much as Strome but still has contributed two assist in seven games.
Kirill Kabanov was also part of a second round match up in the QMJHL playoffs where his Shawinigan Cataractes were unfortunately eliminated after a 7 game series. Kabanov finished the playoffs leading his team in scoring with 13 points (4 goals, 9 assist) in 11 games. Shawinigan’s season is completely over just yet, since they are hosting the Memorial cup tournament they have received an automatic bid. So look for Kabanov and the Cataractes again once the Memorial cup starts. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Islanders Hockey Blog)
Andrey Pedan’s season also unfortunately came to an end recently when his Guelph Storm was eliminated in their first round match up in the OHL playoffs against the Plymouth Whale. Pedan led all Storm defensemen in scoring during the series with 4 point (1 goal, 3 assist) in 6 games. The next time we see Pedan should be at the Islander’s prospect camp this summer.
All of these prospects have had great seasons so it is no surprise to see them playing in the post season. It is unfortunate for some that their season had to end early. Keep checking The Checking Line Isles Edition for more updates on the Islanders prospects in the post season.
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