Prospect Ramblings: CHL Playoffs, NCAA Bracket & a few amateur tryouts… (Mar 23)

Paul Zwambag


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The CHL playoffs are beginning Thursday and Friday. The OHL has three series starting Thursday night, the QMJHL has one and all the other series start Friday or Saturday. Here are the entire OHL, WHL and QMJHL matchups with my predictions for the first round.

Eastern Conference

Erie Otters (1) vs. Sarnia Sting (8) – Prediction: Otters in 4

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (2) vs. Flint Firebirds (7) – Prediction: Greyhounds in 5

Owen Sound Attack (3) vs. Kitchener Rangers (6) – Prediction: Attack in 6

London Knights (4) vs. Windsor Spitfires (5) – Prediction: Spitfires in 6

Western Conference

Peterborough Petes (1) vs. Niagara IceDogs (8) – Prediction: Petes in 5

Mississauga Steelheads (2) vs. Ottawa 67’s (7) – Prediction: Steelheads in 6

Oshawa Generals (3) vs. Sudbury Wolves (6) – Prediction: Wolves in 6

Kingston Frontenacs (4) vs. Hamilton Bulldogs (5) – Prediction: Frontenacs in 7

East Division

Regina Pats (1) vs. Calgary Hitmen (2nd Wild Card) – Prediction: Pats in 5

Moose Jaw Warriors (2) vs. Swift Current Broncos (3) – Prediction: Broncos in 6

WHL – BC Division

Prince George Cougars (1) vs. Portland Winterhawks (1st Wild Card) – Prediction: Cougars in 6

Kelowna Rockets (2) vs. Kamloops Blazers (3) – Prediction: Rockets in 6

Central Division

Medicine Hat Tigers (1) vs. Brandon Wheat Kings (1st  Wild Card) – Prediction: Tigers in 6

Lethbridge Hurricanes (2) vs. Red Deer Rebels (3) – Prediction: Rebels in 6

US Division

Everett Silvertips (1) vs. Victoria Royals (2nd Wild Card) – Prediction: Silvertips in 4

Seattle Thunderbirds (2) vs. Tri-City Americans (3) – Prediction: Thunderbirds in 5

Saint John Sea Dogs (1) vs. Rimouski Oceanic (16) – Prediction: Sea Dogs in 4

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (2) vs. Halifax Mooseheads (15) – Prediction: Huskies in 6

Shawinigan Cataractes (3) vs. Val-d’Or Foreurs (14) – Prediction: Foreurs in 6

Charlottetown Islanders (4) vs. Baie-Comeau Drakkar (13) – Prediction: Islanders in 5

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (5) vs. Drummondville Voltigeurs (12) – Prediction: Armada in 5

Acadie-Bathurst Titan (6) vs. Quebec Remparts (11) – Prediction: Titan in 5

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (7) vs. Gatineau Olympiques (10) – Prediction: Screaming Eagles in 5

Chicoutimi Sagueneens (8) vs. Victoriaville Tigres (9) – Prediction: Sagueneens in 6


Enjoy all the CHL action, there is a lot of great series and will be a lot of scoring throughout the entire three leagues across Canada and the Northern U.S.


Don’t forget that the NCAA Road to the Championship bracket has been set. The first two rounds will be played all this weekend, the Frozen Four will be decided by Sunday evening.

I have filled out my bracket, reply on twitter with your filled out bracket or predictions, @zwambag.




There have been several updates for our “Undrafted – Under 20” players being updated by Managing Editor, Peter Harling, be sure to check out those players who are draft eligible in 2017!

Latest Profiles:

Cale Makar

Miro Heiskanen

Nick Suzuki

Cody Glass

Klim Kostin


Keep an eye out for new profile updates on our site to see if any CHL junior players are heading to the AHL now that their CHL teams have been eliminated.

A few amateur signings to point out from the last few days from the CHL, NCAA and European leagues:

Colin White (OTT) has signed an amateur try-out contract and will join the Binghamton Senators (AHL)

Filip Hronek (DET) has signed an amateur try-out contract and will join the Grand Rapid Griffins (AHL)

Brett McKenzie (VAN) has signed an amateur try-out contract and will join the Utica Comets (AHL)

Luke Green (WPG) has signed an amateur try-out contract and will join the Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Hudson Elyniuk (CAR) has signed an amateur try-out contract and will join the Charlotte Checkers (AHL)

Adam Ollas Mattsson (CGY) has signed an amateur try-out contract and will join the Stockton Heat (AHL)

Roy Radke (CHI) has signed an amateur try-out contract and will join the Rockford IceHogs (AHL)


Don’t forget to tune in to the latest episodes of Dobber Prospects Radio, myself and Peter Harling have special guest, TSN's Craig Button on this week’s DPR show. Coming out tomorrow. Check out all our episodes on iTunes or any other popular podcatcher, or visit our podcast homepage HERE!



Feel free to leave comments, questions or concerns below, have fun playing the game of Fantasy Hockey.


Paul Zwambag




Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Zayne Parekh 9.0 8.0
Gabriel Eliasson 6.0 2.0
Tory Pitner 5.0 5.0
Charlie Forslund 5.5 4.0
Liam Danielsson 5.0 3.5
Timur Kol 4.0 5.0
Viggo Gustafsson 4.5 5.5
Marcus Gidlöf 6.5 3.0
Kim Saarinen 6.0 4.5
Gian Meier 4.0 5.0