Prospect Ramblings, CHL playoffs and prospects assigned to AHL, OHL draft preview

Peter Harling

2016-04-04

OHL draft

The playoffs in the CHL continue and most of the first round series have concluded. Updating the leagues from East to West…

In the QMJHL Cape Breton Screaming Eagles hold a 3-2 series lead over the Chicoutini Sagueneens with game six tonight, and if necessary game seven on Tuesday. Clark Bishop of the Screaming Eagles signed his ELC with the Carolina Hurricanes today. Bishop has developed significantly since being drafted in fifth round in 2014. Originally pegged as a defensive specialist, he scored 39 points in 50 games this year  as the team captain.

In the OHL there are three game sevens, all scheduled for Tuesday night. The Sarnia Sting will look to complete the comeback after trailing the series 3-1 and having lost Philadelphia prospect Travis Konecny. Konecny flew to Philadelphia to be examined for an upper body injury (perhaps the same shoulder that gave many scouts concerns with drafting him) but has returned to Sarnia and reportedly does not require surgery. He did not play in game six and remains doubtful for game seven. The Peterborough Petes will travel to North Bay for game seven of their series. Perhaps the most intriguing series in the first round features the Barrie Colts and the Mississauga Steelheads, two teams with the potential to compete in the Eastern Conference Final and one will go down in the first round. There are plenty of prominent players in this series with 2016 NHL Draft eligible prospects Michael McLeod, Alexander Nylander, and Sean Day on the Steelheads. The Barrie Colts feature more established prospects led by Kevin Labanc and Dylan Sadowy (San Jose Sharks), Andrew Mangiapane and Rasmus Andersson (Calgary Flames) and Mackenzie Blackwood. Keep an eye on Cameron Lizotte who (surprisingly) went undrafted in the 2015 draft. He was invited to the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie camp this past summer. Lizotte is a big man who has drastically improved his skating since joining the OHL with the Peterborough Petes. He plays a defensive game but would have fantasy value in deeper leagues with hits, blocks and penalty minute categories.

The WHL has two series yet to be decided, the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers will determine their series tonight in game seven in Kelowna. The WHL player of the month Jayce Hawryluk (Florida Panthers) and Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia Flyers) of the Brandon Wheat Kings will look to eliminate the Edmonton Oil Kings in game six or seven either Tuesday or Wednesday in Brandon.

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As some series have concluded, some prospects will get the chance to join their affiliate clubs in the AHL for a sneak preview. These are always important viewings as it gives fantasy owners an indication of how close their prospect could potentially be to playing in the NHL.

Brendan Lemieux (Winnipeg Jets) has been assigned to the Manitoba Moose. The