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Cats Prospects: To The CHL Semifinals

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

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 10:00 AM / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Cats Prospects: To The CHL Semifinals
Panthers prospects helped their teams into the Conference Finals of their respective CHL playoffs.
Defenseman Mackenzie Weegar has posted 14 points in the first nine games for Halifax in leading the Mooseheads to the QMJHL semifinals. (David Chan - Halifax Mooseheads)

The CHL playoffs have advanced to the Conference Finals. In the process of cutting down from eight to four teams, some Panthers prospects advanced while some were sent home. The Cats have two prospects still alive in the QMJHL, and one prospect still going in the OHL. Here is a look at how the matchups have shaken out.

QMJHL

(2) Halifax Mooseheads def. (8) Gatineau Olympiques 4-1

The Halifax Mooseheads continued their march through the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs, stomping out the Gatineau Olympiques in five games. Florida’s 7th round pick in the 2013 draft, MacKenzie Weegar, played a central role for the Mooseheads, quarterbacking the Halifax offensive attack from the blueline while recording six points (2-4-6) in the process. With 14 points through nine games, Weegar is tied for 8th in QMJHL playoff scoring. The Mooseheads will take on the third ranked Val-d’Or Foreurs in the QMJHL semifinals.

(1) Baie-Comeau Drakkar def. (10) Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4-0

Francis Beauvillier (6th round, 2012) and the 10th ranked Rouyn-Noranda Huskies made a surprising run past the first round but their potential Cinderella story ran out of legs against the top ranked Drakkar. Beauvillier recorded an assist in the series stretching his playoff total to seven points (2-5-7) in nine games.

(5) Blainville-Boisbriand Armada def. (4) Rimouski Oceanic 4-3

In one of the few second round series to extend past five games, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated Rimouski Oceanic in a thrilling seven game series that ended with an 8-7 overtime victory for the Armada in game seven. Forward Christopher Clapperton (5th round, 2013) scored a second period goal in the win giving him six points (3-3-6) in the series. The Armada have a tough test ahead in the third round as they will face the top-seeded Drakkar who have gone undefeated through their first two rounds.

WHL

(1) Kelowna Rockets def. (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 4-0

The Seattle Thunderbirds were swept by the top-ranked Kelowna Rockets but it was not due to lack of production from forward Alexander Delnov (4th round, 2012). Delnov fired home three goals in the four game series accounting for three of the Thunderbirds’ 11 goals scored. Delnov finished his playoffs with four goals in nine games.

(2) Portland Winterhawks def. (3) Victoria Royals 4-1

Forward Steven Hodges (3rd round, 2012) had a productive series against the Portland Winterhawks, accumulating four goals and two assists in the five game series, but his Victoria Royals were knocked out by Portland in five games. Hodges finished the playoffs tied for the team scoring lead with ten points (4-6-10) in nine games.

OHL

(1) Oshawa Generals def. (6) Peterborough Petes 4-0

The top-ranked Oshawa Generals took care of the Peterborough Petes, sweeping the quarter-final series in four straight. The Generals have marched through the first two rounds of the OHL playoffs, using consecutive sweeps to advance to the semis. Generals defenseman and team captain Joshua Brown (6th round, 2013) held things down on the defensive end, helping limit the Petes to just three goals during the four game series. Brown finished the four game series with a +8 rating. Brown and the Generals will take on the second seeded North Bay Battalion in the semi-final.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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