Prospects Rambling: CHL Playoffs Update

Kevin LeBlanc

2017-05-10

Today in the Ramblings we take some time to take a closer look at the OHL, QMJHL and WHL Finals. Updating where the three series stand, who has been producing and which teams needs to step their game up. 

OHL – Mississauga Steelheads vs Erie Otters – Erie leading series 2-1

After Erie took the first two games of the seven game series at home, Mississauga got one back on Monday as the series shifted to Ontario. The Steelheads came from behind led by two New Jersey Devils 2016 NHL Entry Draft selections in Michael McLeod (12th) and Nathan Bastian (41st) who scored third period goals to secure the game three victory. A pivotal game four is tonight. 

Erie has the four leading scorers in the OHL Playoffs in Alex DeBrincat (35), Dylan Strome (29), Taylor Raddysh (28) and Anthony Cirelli (27) all of whom have averaged over a point-per-game over their 20 playoff games. Warren Foegele has also been a standout for the Otters playing a terrific two-way game and chipping in with 20 points in 20 games. He continues to make plays like this…

 

 

 

Unsurprisingly, Mississauga has been led by McLeod, who has 10 goals and 16 assists in 18 games. He has scored at pivotal moments with four game winning goals, and has won 61% of his faceoffs. Two 2018 eligible prospects in Ryan McLeod and Owen Tippett have played well, and are in the top four Steelhead point-producers in the playoffs. Tippett continued to show off his first round potential with his goal on Monday. 

 

 

QMJHL – Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Blainville-Boisbriand – Saint John leading series 3-0

Saint John have been the class of the Q all season, so the Sea Dogs being up 3-0 in their playoff series is not a huge shock. Through three games, there has not been much question which team is superior, as the Sea Dogs have outscored their opponents 12-3, holding the Armada to a goal per game. Blainville-Boisbriand has one last opportunity to keep the series alive at home tonight in game four. 

Callum Booth has continued his stellar play from his breakout 2016-17 season, stopping 73 of 76 shots in his three series victories, including shutouts in games two and three. The Canes prospect was a trade deadline acquisition by the Sea Dogs, and has paid dividends in the playoffs.

As they have been all year, Saint John has been aided by their balanced scoring, with five of their players averaging over a point-per-game. Tampa’s Mathieu Joseph and Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot have led the way with 28 and 21 points respectably in their 17 playoff games. Here’s a closer look at Chabot’s potential that he has shown all season. He will