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Flyers Prospects Go Deep in Junior League Postseason

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Bartulis, Beaulieu and Duchesne advance in Canadian junior league playoffs

Oskars Bartulis
Three Philadelphia Flyers prospects advanced to the third round of the Canadian junior league playoffs.

Defenseman Oskars Bartulis of Cape Breton (QMJHL), goaltender Jeremy Duchesne of Val-d’Or (QMJHL) and forward Josh Beaulieu of London (OHL) all made it to the semifinals in their respective leagues. Val-d’Or defeated Cape Breton in its series in seven games. London was eliminated by Plymouth in five games.

Beaulieu was drafted by the Flyers in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Not known for his scoring, he plays the role of an agitating defensive forward that brings energy to the lineup for London. He is also counted on as a key penalty killer for the Knights. The 6-1, 190-pound left wing had 10 goals and six assists for 16 points and 93 penalty minutes in 44 games in the regular season. In five playoff games, he has one goal and six assists for seven points and eight penalty minutes.

For a video profile of Beaulieu, click here!

Bartulis was taken in the third round by Philadelphia in the 2005 draft. He has had a solid year for Cape Breton, and was named as a second team All-Star by the QMJHL at the conclusion of the regular season. The 6-2, 190-pound Latvian native inked a three-year contract with the Flyers last September and could turn pro next season, most likely beginning the year with the Philadelphia Phantoms. In 55 regular season games for Cape Breton, Bartulis tallied 13 goals and 35 assists for 49 points and 52 penalty minutes. In nine playoff games so far, Bartulis has two goals and seven assists for nine points and 14 penalty minutes.

For a video profile of Bartulis, click here!

Duchesne was acquired by Val-d’Or midway through the season from Halifax, and has been a solid addition to the club as its starting goaltender. In 32 games for his new club, Duchesne went 13-10 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Even more impressive, Duchesne is 8-1 in the playoffs with a 2.70 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Due to a personal tragedy, however, Duchesne missed the first two games of the series. His father, former NHL player Gaetan Duchesne, recently passed away.

Below are the series schedules/results.

OHL Semifinals - London vs. Plymouth

Plymouth wins series four games to one

Thu, Apr 19, 2007London Knights 1 vs. Plymouth Whalers 5
Fri, Apr 20, 2007London Knights 1 vs. Plymouth Whalers 5
Mon, Apr 23, 2007London Knights 2 vs. Plymouth Whalers 5
Tue, Apr 24, 2007London Knights 5 vs. Plymouth Whalers 2
Thu, Apr 26, 2007London Knights 1 vs. Plymouth Whalers 4

QMJHL Semifinals - Cape Breton vs. Val-d’Or

Fri, Apr 20, 2007Cape Breton 3 vs. Val d’Or 2
Sat, Apr 21, 2007Cape Breton 2 vs. Val d’Or 4
Tue, Apr 24, 2007Val d’Or 4 vs. Cape Breton 5
Wed, Apr 25, 2007Val d’Or 3 vs. Cape Breton 5
Fri, Apr 27, 2007Val d’Or 3 vs. Cape Breton 2
Mon, Apr 30, 2007Cape Breton 2 vs. Val d’Or 3
Tue, May 1, 2007Cape Breton 2 vs. Val d’Or 4
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