Prospect Ramblings: IIHF Quarter finals, AHL Conference finals and contracts signed (May 19)

Paul Zwambag

2016-05-19

IIHF 2016 Logo - photo courtesy: fhr.ru

Quarter finals of the IIHF,  AHL Conference Finals begin and a few more entry-level contracts signed…

 

Auston Matthews scores the game tying goal for the USA and also scored the shootout winner, upsetting Group A’s first place team, Czech Republic. A beautiful goal. (below is the highlight of his goal and shootout goal) Once again, @myregularface kills it with every highlight for every hockey game. Give her a follow if you can’t watch the game live on tv, just go on her twitter feed.

Not all the credit can be given to Matthews for the victory, Keith Kinkaid (NJD) was outstanding, the Americans have pretty bad goaltending numbers, but Kinkaid stepped up in the right game. He stopped every shot faced, 26, except the penalty shot by Tomas Zohorna. Kinkaid stopped all three shootout attempts to help the USA to a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic.

 

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Not to be outdone, Patrik Laine sniped one on Danish netminder Sebastian Dahm. (highlight below) Laine has outscored Matthews, both have played eight games, Laine (7-4-11) and Matthews (5-3-8). Finland defeated the Danish 5-1 to move into the semifinals.

 

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It was mentioned on twitter (courtesy Michael Traikos) that Mike Babcock was watching the Finland-Denmark game, cue the conspiracy theorists suggesting Leafs could select Laine. Just hold on one second, Canada plays Sweden in the same barn, Yubileiny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, later in the day. Mark Hunter was tuned into the games happening in Moscow. The Leafs are obviously doing their due diligence watching both Laine and Matthews. It is crazy to think this was a three horse race, what happened to Jesse Puljujarvi? He tore up the U18 World Championships and helped Finland take the title, but wasn’t added to the Finnish World Championship roster, which is why he is the forgotten man. I’m sure Columbus will be happy with Puljujarvi ‘falling’ to them at No.3.

Canada defeated Sweden 6-0, not many prospects playing in this game,