Calgary Flames prospect Ryan Culkin will be one of the blueliners Quebec Remparts head coach Patrick Roy will lean heavily on in his team's first round playoff matchup with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.
The Flames fifth round draft pick in 2012 has logged a lot of minutes this season, is utilized in all situations by the Quebec coaching staff and can be classified as a cornerstone piece on the Remparts backend.
The self-described two-way defencemen set new career-highs offensively this year as well, notching 5 goals and 45 points through 67 games to lead all Remparts defencemen in scoring - a feat the 19 year-old wasn't expecting heading into the season.
"A little surprising," he told CalgaryFlames.com earlier in the year. "I hope I can maintain consistency and continue producing."
The Remparts would to see that kind of offensive production throughout the postseason. Quebec, who will have home ice advantage after securing fifth place in QMJHL and with a 42-21-5 record, will host the Saguenéens at 7:00 PM ET at the Colisée Pepsi arena. While Chicoutimi wasn't an offensive dynamo like the Remparts were this year, they still managed to keep up with Quebec in the regular season series. The Remparts won the season series 4-2 but the Saguenéens kept pace offensively, scoring 16 goals against Quebec.
Culkin played in all six games against Chicoutimi this year, recording five points. He was held pointless in four of the contests but put up a season-high four points in the opening game of the series.
The Montreal, QC native also took part in the Subway Super Series with Team QMJHL last fall, skating against the Russian World Junior Championship squad.