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Cats Prospects: CHL Playoff Update

Panthers prospects helped their teams into the second round of their respective CHL playoffs.

Tuesday, 04.1.2014 / 4:20 PM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Cats Prospects: CHL Playoff Update
Panthers prospects helped their teams into the second round of their respective CHL playoffs.
Victoria center Steven Hodges (left) celebrates a goal earlier this season (Getty Images)

Panthers prospects are cleaning up on both sides of the border. In addition to the four prospects competing in the NCAA Frozen Four, the Cats have a number of talented youngsters participating in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) playoffs. With the first rounds all but finished, here is a quick update on where everyone stands:

QMJHL:

(2) Halifax Mooseheads def. (15) Charlottetown Islanders 4-0

Halifax glided through their first round matchup against Charlottetown as the Mooseheads outscored the Islanders 28-8 in a four-game sweep. Florida’s 2013 seventh round draft pick MacKenzie Weegar was instrumental in the sweep as the Moosheads defenseman recorded two goals and six assists in the four games against Charlottetown.

The Moosheads will move on to face the eight seed Gatineau Olympiques in the quarterfinals. The series gets underway this Friday.

(5) Blainville-Boisbriand Armada def. (12) Moncton Wildcats 4-2

After leading the Armada in scoring during the regular season with 62 points (26-36-62), Florida’s 2013 fifth round draft pick, Christopher Clapperton, tallied five assists in his team’s playoff series victory over the Moncton Wildcats. The Wildcats made it a series, defeating the Armada twice, but in the end the Armada had too much firepower as they wrapped up the series in six games.

The Armada will take on the four seed Rimouski Oceanic starting on Thursday.

(10) Rouyn-Noranda Huskies def. (7) Quebec Remparts 4-1

The Huskies pulled off a minor upset dispatching the Quebec Remparts in just five games. LW Francis Beauvillier (6th round, 2012) contributed to the victory with two goals and four assists in the five game series. Rouyn-Noranda will have to capture some more of that magic as they move on to face the top seeded Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the quarterfinals.

WHL:

(4) Seattle Thunderbirds def. (5) Everett Silvertips 4-1

The Thunderbirds got off to a fast start on the road to the Ed Chynoweth Cup as they took care of the Silvertips in five games. F Alexander Delnov (4th round, 2012) scored one goal in the series, helping Seattle advance to the quarterfinals where they will take on the top seed Kelowna Rockets. The Rockets will be a tough out as the team finished the regular season with a record of 57-11-0-4 before taking care of their first round opponent, the Tri-City Americans, in five games.

(3) Victoria Royals def. (6) Spokane Chiefs 4-0

Steven Hodges, a third round Panthers draft pick in 2012, was helper happy in the Royals four game sweep of the Chiefs. The 19-year-old center racked up four assists in the first round dismantling. Hodges tallied 21 goals and 26 assists this season, his third year with the Royals.

Up next are the second seeded Portland Winterhawks who are coming off a first round sweep of their own. The quarterfinal series will kick off on Friday.

OHL:

(1) Oshawa Generals def. (8) Mississauga Steelheads 4-0

After cruising to the top of the Eastern Conference with a regular season record of 42-20-0-6, the Generals continued their domination of the OHL with their four game sweep of the Mississauga Steelheads. Generals team captain Josh Brown (6th round, 2013) was limited to just two games due to injury, but Oshawa still had enough firepower to take down the Steelheads.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 72 15 26 -3 41
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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