Prospect Ramblings: WHL Playoffs Primer

Hayden Soboleski




We have a few more weeks to go in the NHL, but in the Canadian Junior Leagues its finally playoff time!


To kick off the coverage, here’s a rundown of the prospects to keep an eye on as fantasy risers/fallers in the WHL first round match-ups:


Prince Albert Raiders vs Red Deer Rebels

  • Ian Scott (TOR) continues his breakout season in the crease, but a disappointing playoffs could temper the hype.
  • Brett Leason (2019 Draft Eligible) and Noah Gregor (SJS) will lead the offensive charge, with help from Cole Fonstad (MTL).
  • If healthy, Alex Alexeyev (WSH) is the type of d-man whose stock could skyrocket from a strong all-around performance. 
  • He’s not considered a top prospect just yet, but after his 102-point season keep an eye on Brandon Hagel (CHI) who will turn pro next season.


Saskatoon Blades vs Moose Jaw Warriors

  • Jett Woo (VAN) will be be trying prove he’s ready for pro after signing his ELC recently, and is currently a fantasy riser.
  • Josh Brook (MTL) has been a riser all season, and big-minute d-men have the chance to look really, really good in the playoffs. 
  • It’s hard to gauge pro-readiness when an over-ager is playing against younger competition, but big playoff performances would do wonders for Justin Almeida (PIT) and Tristin Langan (undrafted).
  • Brayden Tracey (2019 Draft Eligible) could boost his draft position with a good run, while Kirby Dach (2019 Draft Eligible) is already expected to be a very high pick, so has more to lose from a poor showing.

Edmonton Oil Kings vs Medicine Hat Tigers


Lethbridge Hurricanes vs Calgary Hitmen


Vancouver Giants vs Seattle Thunderbirds

  • Milos Roman (CGY) has had a sneaky good year and could earn an ELC if he keeps it up. Could be a sleeper pick long-term if he keeps up his pace.
  • Bowen Byram (2019 Draft Eligible) is yet another highly-ranked prospect vying for an improved draft position in the playoffs.


Victoria Royals vs Kamloops Blazers

  • Kamloops’ cinderella run continues with a potential goalie controversy. Dylan Ferguson (VGK), returning from injury, will try and make it an easy decision.
  • Griffen Outhouse (undrafted) has been a rock in net for a few years and never got signed. He has one more shot to peke some pro interest.


Everett Silvertips vs Tri