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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 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 29 12 7 3 19
A. Ekblad 29 5 13 6 18
J. Jokinen 28 3 13 -1 16
B. Boyes 29 5 9 0 14
J. Hayes 22 7 6 2 13
J. Huberdeau 26 3 9 3 12
V. Trocheck 19 2 9 4 11
S. Bergenheim 19 5 4 2 9
T. Fleischmann 27 3 5 8 8
S. Upshall 18 3 5 0 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 2 2 2 .915 2.27
R. Luongo 11 6 6 .925 2.30
 
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