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Four Prospects Still Playing in Junior Playoffs

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Four Coyotes prospects continue to play deep into the playoffs for their junior teams.

Dylan Strome. Photo by Getty Images.

Dylan Strome, whom Arizona selected third overall in last year’s NHL Draft, has notched 10 goals and eight assists in nine postseason games to lead the Erie Otters to the Western Conference Championship Series in the Ontario Hockey League. Strome produced five points (three goals, two assists) on Friday in Erie’s series-clinching win over Sault Ste. Marie.

Erie will play the London Knights in the conference final. London’s top line is anchored by Christian Dvorak, whom the Coyotes drafted 58th overall in 2014. Dvorak has produced six goals and 12 assists in 10 playoff games thus far.

London and Erie are meeting in the playoffs for a second straight year. Erie swept London out of the playoffs in 2015.

The OHL’s Eastern Conference Championship Series pits the Barrie Colts vs. the Niagara IceDogs. Brendan Perlini, whom the Coyotes selected 12th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, plays left wing for Niagara and has delivered five goals and two assists in nine playoff games. He netted two goals on Wednesday in Niagara’s series-clinching win vs. Kingston.

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Meanwhile, Coyotes prospect Conor Garland still is playing for the Moncton Wildcats as they compete in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. Garland has notched three goals and nine assists in 11 games for Moncton, which has reached the QMJHL semifinals.

The Coyotes picked Garland, who led the QMJHL with 128 points this season, with the 123rd overall pick at the 2015 draft.

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