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Prospects Playoff Update: May 1

by David DiCenzo / Columbus Blue Jackets

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads vs Gatineau Olympiques
Gatineau Sweeps Series 4-0

Jakub Voracek, Columbus' first pick (seventh overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, had a tough time finding the net, as well as helping to keep the puck out of his own, in a four-game semi-final sweep of his Mooseheads by Gatineau. The future Blue Jacket had a decent playoff run overall for Halifax, scoring five goals to go along with 13 assists in 15 playoff games this season.


Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes vs Spokane Chiefs
Series begins May 2 in Spokane

Defenseman Ben Wright, the Jackets' fourth round selection (113th overall) in the 2006 Entry Draft, has a goal and nine assists in 15 playoff games so far this season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Hurricanes' captain was +15 in 69 regular season games and is already +13 overall in the post-season.


Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers vs. Belleville Bulls
Kitchener Leads Series 1-0

World Junior Championship gold medalist goaltender Steve Mason, selected 69th overall by Columbus in the 2006 Entry Draft, will miss the remainder of the playoffs after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a minor tear. Acquired by the Rangers from the London Knights earlier this season, Mason will be unable to play in the Memorial Cup, which Kitchener will host May 16-25. According to The Hockey News, Mason limped off of the ice in game three of the Rangers' semi-final match-up with the Sarnia Sting. He never returned to action and finished 5-0 with a 1.92 goal against average and a .946 save percentage in six post-season appearances. Josh Unice, a native of Holland, Ohio, has replaced the star netminder.


USHL Playoffs

Chicago Steel vs Waterloo Black Hawks
Waterloo Wins Series 3-0

Columbus draft pick Will Weber, a big defenseman chosen 53rd overall in the 2007 Draft, has been unable to compete in the playoffs for Chicago after undergoing surgery on his left wrist three weeks ago. Weber suffered a fracture in the wrist earlier this season but eventually returned to the lineup. As the playoffs approached, Weber couldn't suit up. "He felt some pain in his wrist that just wasn't going away," says Steel head coach Steve Poapst. Surgery was therefore a necessity and though Weber is ahead of schedule, he isn't expected to participate in the remainder of the USHL post-season.

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