As the Winnipeg Jets begin their play in the post-season, so to do many of their prospects. Here are three Jets prospects that are making a difference for their team in the playoffs.
Jamie Phillips, G – Michigan Tech (WCHA)
For the first time since the 1980-81 season, the Michigan Tech Huskies made the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, much to the credit of their keeper, Jamie Phillips. In his junior season, Phillips led the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a .933 save percentage and posted a 28-9-2 record. Phillips and the Huskies went into the tournament ranked fifth in the country, and fell in a tight overtime game to St. Cloud State.
Phillips was also named one of the five finalists for the 2015 Mike Richter Award, which honours the NCAA’s most outstanding goaltender. Another Jets prospect, Connor Hellebuyck won the inaugural Mike Richter Award for his play at UMass Lowell during the 2013-14 NCAA season.
Nikolaj Ehlers, F – Halifax (QMJHL)
Nikolaj Ehlers is leading all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League skaters with 26 points (8 G, 18 A) in the playoffs. He is nine points ahead of the next top scorer. Ehlers was pivotal in helping lift his team past their first round opponent — the Shawinigan Cataractes — as he scored the overtime winner in the seventh and deciding game of that series. In the QJMHL quarterfinals, Ehlers and the Halifax Mooseheads are tied 2-2 with the Moncton Wildcats. The two teams play game five tonight in Moncton.
Chase De Leo, F – Portland (WHL)
Chase De Leo has played in all nine Portland Winterhawks Western Hockey League playoff games. He is tied for the team lead with nine assists, and has also scored two goals. He is averaging 1.22 points per game. De Leo recorded 84 total points in 67 regular season games for the Winterhawks this year. The Winerhawks are now in the second round of the playoffs and lead the Everett Silvertips two games to one going into tonight’s matchup.