Prospect Ramblings: Knights’ first line, Matthews’ Lions swept, Wednesday night CHL recap

Paul Zwambag

2016-03-10

Tkachuk, Dvorak, Marner - courtesy OHL.com

The London Knight trio all surpass the century mark in points, Matthews’ Zurich Lions swept in the first round of NLA, the Finnish kids begin their Liiga playoffs and a recap of the CHL and AHL Wednesday games…

 

Auston Matthews and the Zurich Lions have been upset by SC Bern in the first round of the Swiss National A league playoffs, getting swept 4-0. In the four game playoff series, Matthews only had three assists and wasn’t able to find the back of the net. This really shouldn’t hurt his draft stock, but it gives the two Finnish kids a chance to keep impressing and leave a lasting impression.

As for those two Finnish kids, the Liiga wraps up their regular season today. Patrik Laine (2016 Draft Eligible) went cold at the end of the year, Laine wasn’t able to find the scoresheet in his final four games, last scoring on February 27th. Laine finished with 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 46 games played for Tappara. Tappara finished third in the league and will start their Liiga playoffs on March 18th.

Jesse Puljujarvi (2016 Draft Eligible) finished the year with 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 50 games played. He was injured in a game on March 4th, he is likely out a few weeks, Puljujarvi missed Karpat’s final three games and hopes to return for Karpat’s first playoff series, which begins on March 18th. As for Puljujarvi’s linemate, Sebastian Aho (CAR), he finished the season as Karpat’s top scorer with 45 points in 45 games played (20-25). Aho finished as a top 10 scorer in the Liiga and will look to make the Hurricanes in 2016-17 season.

As for the top North American ranked draft eligible player, Matthew Tkachuk has hit the century mark, 100 points (25-75), along with his London Knight’s line mates Christian Dvorak (ARI) (49-66-115) and Mitch Marner (TOR) (39-70-109), who have got to be the best line in CHL hockey right now. Tkachuk and his line mates are in pretty good company at the top of the point’s leaderboard, the Barrie Colts’ Kevin Labanc (SJS) (38-83-121) and Erie Otters Dylan Strome (ARI) (33-63-96) are the other players that round out the top 5 in the OHL.

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On that note, let’s dive right into Wednesday night’s CHL action. Starting in the OHL, the Barrie Colts smoked the Owen Sound Attack 8-1, Andrew Mangiapane (CGY) finished the night with four points (1-3), The Colts ended up with eight different goal scorers on the night. Mangiapane is now sixth in OHL scoring with 94 points (47-47) in 54 games played. Leading scorer Labanc