CALGARY, AB -- The Canadian Hockey League playoffs are underway and we are just days from the start of the second round. The Calgary Flames prospect pool was well represented, having seven players playing with their junior clubs in the first round of the postseason. There were some winners and some losers, but each of the Flames prospect contributed to their team’s success.
Ryan Culkin – Defence, Drummondville Voltigeurs
The Montreal product lead all Voltigeurs defenceman in scoring with seven assists in five games. He had three multi-point games and got a point in each of Drummondville’s wins. Culkin was held pointless in the Voltigeurs Game 1 loss to the Victoriaville Tigers, but that would be the Voltigeurs only loss of the series as the went on to eliminate the Tigers 4-1. Culkin and the Voltigeurs will meet up with the Val d’Or Foreurs in the second round of the QMJHL playoffs.
Keegan Kanzig – Defence, Victoria Royals
The big man from Athabasca had a solid series against the Spokane Chiefs, earning one assist and two penalty minutes in the four-game sweep. Kanzig is also tied for third on the team in plus/minus, posting a plus-four in the series. The Royals swept the Chiefs 4-0. Kanzig and the Royals will face the Portland Winterhawks in the second round of the WHL playoffs.
Eric Roy – Defence, Brandon Wheat Kings
The blueliner played in three of Brandon’s four games against the Regina Pats. During the series, Beauville, SK native had two assists and was a plus-three against the high scoring Pats. The Wheat Kings swept Regina 4-0 and will play the Edmonton Oil Kings in the next round of the WHL playoffs.
Emile Poirier – Left Wing, Gatineau Olympiques
Calgary’s second first-round pick in 2013 is off to a hot start in the QMJHL playoffs, scoring 6 goals and adding two helpers in the four-game sweep of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Poirier had a point in every game for the Olympiques including a hat trick in Game 2 of the series. The Montreal product also scored two of the four game-winning goals in the series. Gatineau swept Cape Breton 4-0 and will face the defending Memorial Cup Champion Halifax Moosehead in the second round.
Coda Gordon – Left Wing, Swift Current Broncos
In a six game series with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Gordon tied for the team lead with three assists and was fourth on the team in points with three. He was even and had six penalty minutes as he and the Swift Current Broncos fell to the Tigers 4-2.
Morgan Klimchuk – Left Wing, Regina Pats
The young man from Calgary had three goals and two assists in four games during the first round. Klimchuk was tied for second on the team in points with five. He and the Pats were swept by the Wheat Kings 4-0. Klimchuk will now report to Abbotsford where he will play for the Heat as they make a push to the AHL postseason.
Brett Kulak – Defence, Vancouver Giants
The blueliner from Stoney Plain, Alberta lead his team in points with 3 and was tied for the Giants team lead in goals with in their first round series with the Portland Winterhawks. Kulak was also even against the highly offensive Winterhawks. He and the Giants were swept by Portland 4-0. He, like Klimchuk, will be heading to Abbotsford for the remainder of the AHL season and the playoffs.