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Canadiens well-represented in CHL playoffs

Three Habs prospects are competing in their respective league championships starting this week

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Forwards Nick Suzuki, Joel Teasdale, and Cole Fonstad will each have the chance to take home their respective league championships starting this week.

Nick Suzuki

First off, Suzuki and the Storm made it to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) final by disposing of the Spirit in seven games. Guelph came back from a 3-1 series deficit to take it against Saginaw. That win came not long after George Burnett's squad completed an historic turnaround after trailing the London Knights 0-3 in the previous round.

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🏆 Western Conference Champs ���#IamtheSTORM pic.twitter.com/wV0cwqxNcs

Suzuki has been quite simply dominant these playoffs. The Vegas Golden Knights first-round pick (13th overall) in 2017 is the top scorer in the OHL, Western Hockey League (WHL), and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with 31 points in just 18 playoff games. His 13 postseason goals are also tops in the OHL.

Tweet from @OHLHockey: Wow moment by @nsuzuki_37 😱@CanadiensMTL prospect goes spin-o-rama backhand roof on the one-on-one in #BestOfOHL style securing a Game 7 for @Storm_City.#OHLPlayoffs | #SAGvsGUE pic.twitter.com/8iUx48FrMv

In the regular season, the centerman finished with 34 goals and 94 points in 59 games with Guelph and the Owen Sound Attack.

Tweet from @Storm_City: .@nsuzuki_37 looks like he's playing NHL 19 on rookie mode today 😳😅#GUEvsSAG pic.twitter.com/9zpRzd2Sml

Suzuki and the Storm face a big test in the final, as they'll be taking on an Ottawa 67's team that has yet to lose a playoff game this spring. Andre Tourigny's troops have a 12-0-0 record in playoff action so far.

The first game in the 67's-Storm series gets underway at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at TD Place in Ottawa.

Joel Teasdale

Over in the Q, Teasdale and the Huskies match up against the Mooseheads in the QMJHL final. Rouyn-Noranda is actually already assured a spot in the Memorial Cup because the annual event is being held in Halifax this time around.

The Huskies finished first in the CHL in the regular season with a 59-8-0-1 record.

Teasdale currently leads his team with 11 goals and 26 points in the playoffs, which is good for second in QMJHL scoring.

The left winger finished the regular season with 43 goals and 80 points in 66 games with the Huskies and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

Tweet from @HuskiesRn: Jo��l Teasdale est la vedette de notre lundi au ralenti alors qu'il contourne les d��fenseurs pour d��jou�� le gardien en plongeant devant le filet!!#SloMoMonday#LundiAuRalenti pic.twitter.com/GJhxDKj5Dn

The native of Lavaltrie was never drafted to the NHL. He signed a three-year entry-level contract on September 21 after taking part in Canadiens training camp on a try-out invitation.

The Huskies-Mooseheads series gets underway on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Rouyn-Noranda.

Tweet from @HuskiesRn: La Ville Est Huskies et en mode FINALE de la Coupe du Pr��sident d��s jeudi!Billets ici -> https://t.co/cHpfflDB0a#LaVilleEstHuskies#SeriesLHJMQ pic.twitter.com/U7u52Cv4El

Cole Fonstad

Fonstad and the Raiders will battle the Giants for WHL supremacy. Prince Albert (54-10-2-2) and Vancouver (48-15-3-2) finished first and second, respectively, in their league in the regular season.

Tweet from @PARaidersHockey: The Prince Albert Raiders won Game 6 to clinch the 2019 Eastern Conference Championship.📲Get the recap on the Raiders App, or online here: https://t.co/zBEetbJ9ms📸Marko Ditkun/Edmonton Oil Kings#PAvsEDM #GoRaidersGo #WHLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/WOl7vfXpdu

Fonstad has one goal for four points in 14 playoff games so far. The Canadiens' fifth-round pick (128th overall) in 2018 has missed two postseason games due to injury.

In the regular season, the Estevan, SK native finished third in team scoring with 29 goals and 73 points in 67 games.

Tweet from @PARaidersHockey: New champion Noah Gregor (@n_gregs20) takes on Cole Fonstad and Kaiden Guhle (@kguhle_4) in this week's edition of Raider vs. Raider.Check out the plays below ��� pic.twitter.com/PCi9vcATxW

The Raiders-Giants series begins on Friday at 7:00 p.m. (PT) in Prince Albert.

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