Prospect Ramblings: CHL Playoff Finals, AHL Round 2 and World Championships (May 04)

Paul Zwambag



The World Championships begin tomorrow, a few notable prospects I will be keeping an eye on throughout the tournament include:

FinlandJesse Puljujarvi (EDM)

SwedenJoel Eriksson Ek (MIN)

RussiaIlya Sorokin (NYI), Igor Shestyorkin (NYR), Ivan Telegin (WPG, unsigned), Kirill Kaprizov (MIN) and Valeri Nichushkin (DAL)

*Telegin was suspended by the Jets last season for not reporting to the Jets AHL team, but he gained interest after a pretty good World Cup with Russia before the season started. Maybe he finds another team and gets a ‘restart’ in terms of reputation.

SwitzerlandDenis Malgin (FLA)

United StatesAnders Bjork (BOS), Clayton Keller (ARI), JT Compher (COL), Jordan Greenway (MIN), Charlie McAvoy (BOS), Daniel Brickley (undrafted) and Cal Petersen (BUF)

CanadaEric Comrie (WPG), Josh Morrissey (WPG)

Some of the more prominent teams still have gaps to fill with their lineups, they usually add players from eliminated Stanley Cup playoff teams after round 2 is complete. Team USA has brought a very young team, but when you look over the entire rosters at, you will see every team has brought pretty young teams so it isn’t that surprising, the World Championships have moved more towards developing players for their countries programs rather than bringing the veteran guys who played in Olympics or World Cup. It will be interesting to see how the trend goes now that the NHL is not attending the 2018 Olympics and if that will change countries mindsets of bringing amateur players over professionals to these World Championship tournaments.

Find the entire schedule HERE. As well as, the TSN listings and NHL Network listings to find out where you can watch the games. My PVR is already set!


Below I have posted my record for the three rounds of CHL predictions as well as my Final predictions for all three leagues; OHL, WHL and QMJHL.


(6-2 in first round, 4-0 in second round, 1-1 in third round)

J. Ross Robertson Cup Final

Erie Otters (W1) vs. Mississauga Steelheads (E2) – Prediction: Otters in 6