Prospect Report – Playoff Edition
With the regular-season now in the rearview mirror for the Canadiens prospects, here’s a playoff update on each player in our Prospect Report as post-season action continues into April.
Jeremiah Addison: After setting new career highs in goals (27), assists (29) and points (56) in 66 games with the Ottawa 67’s this season, Addison’s hot streak extended into the post-season with a three point night in Game 1 against the Niagara IceDogs. However, Addison and the 67's will need to mount a comeback as they are currently down 2-1 in their opening round series against Niagara. Game 4 is set for March 30, 2016.
Michael McNiven: Despite a 23-save shutout in Game 2 and 36-save performance by McNiven in Game 3’s loss, the Owen Sound Attack trail 2-1 in their first round match-up against the London Knights in the OHL playoffs. Game 4 is set for March 30, 2016.
Simon Bourque: Captain Simon Bourque and his Rimouski Oceanic split the first two games in their series against the Charlottetown Islanders in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs, before suffering an 8-2 defeat in Game 3. The 177th pick in the 2015 draft has registered assists in each of the Oceanic’s first three games against Charlottetown. Game 4 is scheduled for March 30, 2016.
Daniel Audette: The Sherbrooke Phoenix forward collected a goal and an assist helping lead his club to a 3-2 victory in Game 1 against Shawinigan. However, after back-to-back losses in Game 2 and Game 3, Sherbrooke now trails the Cataractes 2-1. Game 4 is scheduled for March 30, 2016.
Noah Juulsen: A terrific start to the post-season has given the Habs 2015 first-round draft pick and his Everett Silvertips a 3-0 lead in their first round series against the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL playoffs. Game 4 is scheduled for March 30, 2016.
Matthew Bradley: Bradley and the Medicine Hat Tigers’ season concluded on March 22, after the club lost a single elimination wild-card game against the Edmonton Oil Kings with the eighth seed in the WHL's Eastern Conference up for grabs.
Artturi Lehkonen: The Finnish sensation racked up seven points in his first four playoffs games in the SHL this post-season, culminating in the elimination of fellow Habs prospect Lukas Vejdemo and Djurgardens IF from the SHL playoffs. Lehkonen and Frolunda will move on to face Luleå.
Lukas Vejdemo: The Habs former 3rd round pick's playoff run came to an end thanks to a first round elimination at the hands of Artturi Lehkonen's Frolunda Indians. This year’s post-season was the first professional playoff action that Vejdemo has faced in his career.
Martin Reway: Martin Reway and his club Fribourg-Gotteron's season came to a close as they were eliminated in a seven-game playoff series by Genève-Servette HC.
Jake Evans: After a superb season where he finished second on the team in scoring, Jake Evans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were eliminated from the first round of the NCAA Tournament thanks to an overtime loss to the Michigan Wolverines on March 25.
Hayden Hawkey: In similar fashion, Hawkey and Providence College were eliminated from the tournament in double overtime by Minnesota Duluth, in what is now the longest NCAA Northeast Regional game in history.
Colin Sullivan: With regards to the NCHC, Sullivan's campaign was halted thanks to the University of Minnesota Duluth, who eliminated Sullivan’s Miami University with a season-ending 3-1 loss in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Playoffs.
Nikolas Koberstein: Meanwhile, in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Koberstein's rookie campaign with the University of Alaska Fairbanks came to a close after as the Nooks dropped their Western Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal playoff game to the Michigan Tech Huskies.