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Prospect Report: Playoff update

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Noah Juulsen

Montreal Canadiens 2015 first round draft selection Noah Juulsen and the Everett Silvertips are presently squaring off against the Seattle Thunderbirds in the second round of the WHL playoffs. After splitting the first two games of the best-of-seven series, the teams now head to Everett, where Game 3 is set for Wednesday night.

The Habs’ prized blue-line prospect, who amassed seven goals and 21 assists in his third season of WHL hockey, has let his defensive game do his talking for him this season. Juulsen and the defensively-sound Silvertips made short work of the Portland Winterhawks, completing the four-game sweep of their U.S Division opponent in the first round of the WHL playoffs.

The Silvertips’ defensive dominance extended into the second round, where Everett kicked off their series against the Seattle Thunderbirds, with a 3-0 victory in Game 1. The young blue-liner chipped in with an assist while helping netminder Carter Hart shut down the Thunderbirds en route to a 26-save shutout performance.

Puck drop for Game 3 in Everett is set for 7:05 p.m. PDT.

Artturi Lehkonen

Habs prospect Artturi Lehkonen’s impressive playoff harvest of12 postseason points in just 11 games recently launched the former second-round pick into a tie for top spot on the Swedish Hockey League’s playoff scoring leaderboard.

Lehkonen has continued to stand out in Frolunda’s Semi Finals series against Lulea having lit the lamp on April 8 and April 10, before adding an assist in the series clinching victory in Game 6 on Tuesday afternoon. Frolunda will move on to face either Skelleftea or Vaxjo in the finals.

Earlier this season, the 20-year-old winger claimed the Champions Hockey League title as his Indians bested Finland’s Oulun Karpat by a score of 2-1 in the championship tilt.

As chance would have it, Lehkonen drew fellow Habs prospect Lukas Vejdemo’s Djurgardens IF as a first round opponent, which ended Vejdemo’s postseason run.

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