Rossy’s Prospect Ramblings



Tuesday, May 29th @ 9:30pm EST


Congratulations to the Shawinigan Cataractes as they defeated the London Knights’ in a thrilling overtime game 2-1 to become the 2012 CHL MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions Sunday night!


Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect Michael Chaput was simply dominant when it mattered most ending the tournament as the top scorer with 5 goals and 12 points in six games.


The second leading scorer left a huge impression with draft scouts as Anton Zlobin (2012) scored both of Shawinigan’s goals in the championship game finishing with 5 tallies and 9 points. Zlobin was passed over last year at the draft but that won’t happen a second time.


Brandon Gormley was tied for second with teammate Zlobin in tournament scoring and was the top scoring defenseman with 3 goals and 9 points.


Rounding out the top five in Memorial Cup scoring was Jonathan Huberdeau (Panthers) and Michael Bournival (Canadiens) as both finished with 7 points.


Former WHLer Kelly Friesen takes a look at some draft eligible prospects that improved their draft stock at the 2012 CHL Memorial Cup.


Memorial Cup Award Winners:

Michael Chaput (Shawinigan/Columbus) – Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer

Zack Phillips (Saint Johns/Minnesota) – Most Sportsmanlike

Gabriel Girard (Shawinigan/undrafted) – Most Outstanding Goaltender



Mastercard Memorial Cup All-Stars:


F: Michael Chaput, Austin Watson (London/Nashville), Henrik Samuelsson (Edmonton/2012)

D: Brandon Gormley (Shawinigan/Pheonix), Jarred Tinordi (London/Montreal)

G: Michael Houser (London/2012)



The AHL Calder Cup Final is about to begin between the Toronto Marlies and Norfolk Admirals but Toronto learned today that they’d be without their best offensive player as Matt Frattin (Leafs) will miss the remainder of the playoffs with a knee injury that requires surgery.



To add to the Marlies’ injury troubles, Nazem Kadri (Leafs) and Mike Zigomanis are questionable after missing practice the past two days. Kadri has been rumoured to be out a minimum of two weeks with his undisclosed injury.


There is a chance that Dallas Eakins will call up AHL rookies Spencer Abbott (Leafs) and Greg McKegg (Leafs) to fill the open roster spots. Abbott was signed earlier this year out of the University of Maine and posted 62 points as an undersized 5’9” forward.


Greg McKegg recently wrapped up his major junior career as a member of the London Knights winning an OHL Championship and lossing in the Memorial Cup Sunday night.



With the June 1st deadline approaching to sign 2010 drafted prospects (non-NCAA and non-KHL/MHL prospects), there were several players inked today as well as several interesting players that remain unsigned. If these draftees remain unsigned