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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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