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Prospect Report: Desrosiers Shines as Rimouski Wins QMJHL Title

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars goaltending prospect Philippe Desrosiers had a bumpy ride in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs, but he came up big at the right time for the Rimouski Oceanic. Desrosiers stopped 47 of 48 shots as Rimouski defeated Quebec in double overtime in Game 7 Monday night to win the QMJHL’s President’s Cup.

Desrosiers, who had the best goals-against average in the league during the regular season, had to battle with Louis-Philip Guindon for playing time during the postseason and played in only nine of Rimouski’s 20 playoff games. But Desrosiers’ relief effort helped Rimouski win Sunday to force a seventh game, and he was stellar again Monday night.

The 19-year-old, Dallas’ second-round pick in 2013, was superb early in the game Monday when Quebec dominated play. He stopped 18 shots in the first period as Rimouski was outshot 19-7 but headed into the intermission tied 1-1. He and Quebec goaltender Zachary Fucale stayed perfect through the second and third periods and a full 20-minute overtime before Rimouski’s Michael Joly banged home a rebound 2:13 into the second OT.

In Sunday’s Game 6, Desrosiers took over for Guindon early in the second period and stopped six of seven shots as Rimouski rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime to force a seventh game.

Desrosiers finished the QMJHL playoffs with a 5-3 record, 2.48 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

Up next, for Desrosiers and Rimouski is the Memorial Cup in Quebec City. The tournament will also feature the Oshawa Generals (OHL champions), Kelowna Rockets (WHL champions) and Quebec Remparts (host team). The tournament begins Friday. Rimouski’s first game is Saturday against Oshawa.

Ontario Hockey League

*LW Remi Elie (second round/2013) registered four points (one goal, three assists) in three games over the past week but Erie lost to Oshawa in the OHL championship series, 4-1.

Elie had one goal and one assist as Erie won Game 3 of the series, 4-3, to cut Oshawa’s lead to 2-1. He had an assist in both the fourth and fifth games, which Oshawa won to take the series and advance to the Memorial Cup.

Elie ranked fifth in OHL playoff scoring with 24 points (four goals, 20 assists) in 20 games.

United States Hockey League

*RW Matej Paulovic (fifth round/2013) scored one goal, but Muskegon fell, 4-2, Friday to Sioux Falls, who swept the Clark Cup Finals in three games. Paulovic, who scored two goals in three games during the Finals, ended the USHL playoffs with eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 games.

Season completed

Below are the prospects who have finished their seasons in juniors, college and Europe.

*D Mattias Backman (trade/2015) – 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) with Linkoping of Swedish Hockey League. Played one regular-season game and two playoff games with Texas Stars (AHL).

*D Ludwig Bystrom (second round/2012) – Five points (one goal, four assists) in 38 games with Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League. Played 12 regular season games with Texas Stars (AHL).

*C Jason Dickinson (first round/2013) – 71 points (27 goals, 44 assists) in 56 games with Guelph (OHL). Played two regular-season games and three playoff games with Texas Stars (AHL).

*D Niklas Hansson (third round/2013) – 21 points (two goals, 19 assists) with Rogle of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan.

*D Aaron Haydon (sixth round/2014) – 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) with Niagara (OHL).

*C Mattias Janmark (trade/2015) – 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) with Frolunda of Swedish Hockey League. Played one playoff game with Texas Stars (AHL).

*D Miro Karjalainen (fifth round/2014) – One assist in ten games with HIFK in Finland juniors. Missed extended time with injury/illness.

*D Esa Lindell (third round/2012) – Registered 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 57 games with Assat in Finnish Elite League. Won the Pekka Rautakallio Trophy as the top defenseman in the league. Played five games with Texas Stars (AHL), picking up one assist. Currently playing with Finland at World Championship.

*D Aleksi Makela (seventh round/2013) – Six assists in 30 games with Ilves of Finnish Elite League.

*LW Emil Molin (fourth round/2011) – Nine assists in 50 games with Rogle of Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan.

*G Brent Moran (fourth round/2014) – 18-18-1 record, 3.46 goals-against average and .891 save percentage with Niagara (OHL).

*D John Nyberg (sixth round/2014) – 17 points (seven goals, ten assists) in 25 games in Swedish juniors. One assist in 16 games with Frolunda of Swedish Hockey League.

*D Alex Peters (third round/2014) – Four assists in eight games with Plymouth (OHL). Missed most of the season with knee injury.

*LW Brett Pollock (second round/2014) – 62 points (32 goals, 30 assists) with Edmonton (WHL). Spent time with Texas Stars of the AHL, but did not play.

*D Michael Prapavessis (fourth round/2014) – Eight points (one goal, seven assists with RPI (NCAA).

*D Patrick Sanvido (seventh round/2014) – Eleven points (three goals, eight assists) with Windsor (OHL).

*C Devin Shore (second round/2012) – 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games with the University of Maine (NCAA). Played 19 regular-season games and three playoff games with Texas Stars (AHL).

*D Dmitry Sinitsyn (seventh round/2012) – Nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 20 games with Dynamo Moscow (KHL).

*LW Cole Ully (fifth round/2013) – 94 points (34 goals, 60 assists) in 69 games with Kamloops (WHL). Played two regular-season games with Texas Stars (AHL).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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