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Prospects in the Post-Season

Seven Devils prospects faced off in post-season matchups in North America

by Caela McLoughlin @NJDevils /

Seven New Jersey Devils prospects faced off in a post-season run in North America. Three of the prospects, Jeremy Davies, Reilly Walsh, and Matthew Hellickson, faced off in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey playoffs. The other four prospects, Ty Smith, Mitchell Hoelscher, Xavier Bernard, and Jocktan Chainey, are facing off in Canadian Junior hockey post-seasons in the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL.  

Jeremy Davies, Northeastern Huskies, NCAA (2017, 7th round, #192)

Jeremy Davies ended his Junior season at Northeastern with 35 points, recording eight goals and 27 assists. He helped the team to a record-high 27 wins during the regular season, as well as Beanpot and Hockey East Conference Championships, landing the team a spot in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Post-Season. This past season marked the second consecutive year the defenseman helped the Huskies to Beanpot and Hockey East titles. Northeastern faced off against Cornell on Saturday, March 30, but were defeated 5-1 to end their post-season run. Davies earned one assist during the game.

Reilly Walsh, Harvard Crimson, NCAA (2017, 3rd Round, #81)

Harvard faced off against University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, March 29, but were defeated by the Minutemen 4-0 to end their post-season run. Devils' prospect and 2018 NHL Entry Draft pick Reilly Walsh earned 20 points in 33 games-played during his freshman season at Harvard and topped that with 31 points in 32 games-played during his sophomore year with 12 goals and 19 assists on the season. 

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Matthew Hellickson, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA (2017, 7th round, #214)

Notre Dame defeated Clarkson on Friday, March 29 in a 3-2 victory to advance to the top eight in the NCAA Tournament. In the second round, the Fighting Irish dropped their Saturday matchup on March 30 to University of Massachusetts Amherst, 4-0. Hellickson ended the regular season with 16 points in 39 games-played with four goals and 12 assists.

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Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs, WHL (2018, 1st round, #17)

The Chiefs advanced to the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs after defeating the Portland Winterhawks Saturday in the best-of-seven series. The Chiefs took the first game in Spokane, but the Winterhawks tied the series in Game 2. The Chiefs then pulled ahead in Game 3 on March 26 and then went ahead 3-1 in the series after Game 4's overtime win Wednesday. Smith netted the first goal of Wednesday's game just 31 seconds into the matchup. On Saturday, the Chiefs recorded a 4-1 victory to secure their spot in the second round. Smith ended the 2018-19 regular season with 69 points, 7 goals and 62 assists, in 57 games-played, and was named WHL Western Conference Defenseman of the Year. So far, the defenseman has three points on the post-season with one goal and two assists. The Chiefs' kick off the second round on Saturday, April 6 against the Everett Silvertips in Everett, Washington for a 7PM puck drop.

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Mitchell Hoelscher, Ottawa 67's, OHL (2018, 6th round, #172)

The Ottawa 67's earned the number one seed in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs where they faced off against the Hamilton Bulldogs in Round 1 of the post-season. The 67's swept the Bulldogs 4-0 in the best-of-seven series, securing their spot in the second round after a 7-2 victory on Wednesday, March 27. During the first round, Hoelscher earned four points, with three goals and one assist in the four post-season games-played so far. Hoelscher ended the 2018-19 regular season with 40 points, recording 10 goals and 30 assists, in 68 games-played. The second round of the 67's post-season run will kick off Friday, April 5 for a 7PM puck drop against the Sudbury Wolves in Ottawa.

Xavier Bernard, Charlottetown Islanders, QMJHL (2018, 4th round, #110)

Bernard was traded to Charlottetown half-way through the 2018-19 regular season after playing with the Drummondville Voltigeurs for two and a half seasons. With Drummondville during the 2018-19 regular season, Bernard earned 16 points, recording five goals and 11 assists in 32 games-played. Bernard ended the regular season with nine points in Charlottetown, earning one goal and eight assists in 34 games-played. The Islanders faced off against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the first round of the best-of-seven series in the QMJHL Playoffs but dropped the round 4-2 to end their post-season run. In six post-season appearances, the defenseman earned one assist.

RELATED: In the Pipeline: Xavier Bernard

Jocktan Chainey, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2017, 7th round, #191)

The Halifax Moosehead are the top seed in the East in the QMJHL Playoffs and will host the Memorial Cup, which is where the champions of the WHL, OHL, QMJHL and host club face off for the prestigious title. The Mooseheads are currently in the first round of their post-season run, facing off against the Quebec Remparts in the best-of-seven series. The Remparts had a 3-2 lead in the series heading into Monday night's matchup. On April 1, the Mooseheads tied the series at 3, forcing a Game 7, which will be played Tuesday, April 2, at 7PM in Halifax. Chainey ended the 2018-19 regular season with nine points, recording one goal and eight assists, in 32 games-played. So far in the 2019 Playoffs, the defenseman has one assist in six appearances.

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