This week you're looking at a new format, with more information focusing on prospects. Let me know what you think. This week's update features both college and Swedish Elite League playoffs, as well as Binghamton's steady race towards their first playoff appearance since the lockout.
To the jump!
|Bryce Aneloski-Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA)||D||SO||38||2||17||19||14||1||0||0||+16||63|
|Ben Blood-North Dakota (WCHA)||D||JR||41||2||9||11||46||0||0||0||+32||54|
|Mark Borowiecki-Clarkson University (ECAC)||D||JR||31||3||9||12||67||3||0||1||-8||53|
|Louie Caporusso-Michigan (CCHA)||C||SR||37||10||18||28||20||2||1||1||+17||108|
|Jeff Costello-Notre Dame (CCHA)||LW||FR||41||11||6||17||54||6||0||3||-4||91|
|Derek Grant-Michigan State University (CCHA)||C||SO||38||8||25||33||44||2||1||1||+1||102|
|Michael Sdao-Princeton University (ECAC)||D||SO||27||3||6||9||65||2||0||1||-1||64|
|Chris Wideman-Miami University (CCHA)||D||JR||38||3||20||23||32||3||0||0||+9||64|
Ben Blood and North Dakota are advancing to the semifinal, with a win over Michigan Tech in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. They will go up against the Rensselaer Redhawks in the NCAA playoffs. Louie Caporusso and Bryce Aneloski will face each other in the NCAA playoffs, after Nebraska-Omaha defeated Bemidji State and Michigan defeated Jeff Costello and Notre Dame in separate first-round matchups. Michael Sdao and Princeton's season ended with a lost to St. Lawrence in the ECAC playoffs, and Chris Wideman helped Miami capture their first Mason Cup, which goes to the champion of the CCHA. Miami is set to play New Hampshire in the NCAA playoffs.
|Canadian Junior Skaters||GP||G||A||PTS||+/-||PIM||PP||SHG||Pt/G||PIMPG|
Binghamton's week got off to a tough start, with losses to Adirondack and Portland, where Binghamton only scored two goals in both games and both scored by a lone player (Roman Wick against Adirondack and Jim O'Brien against Portland). The streak continued against Springfield, but Binghamton was able shutout the Falcons, and Corey Locke scored both goals. Binghamton broke their habit by scoring four goals in a win against Bridgeport that went into overtime. Ryan Potulny got his first point as a Binghamton Senator, and Kaspars Daugavins won the game in overtime with just 47 seconds left.
Binghamton is still fifth in the East Division with 79 points, and still has a playoff spot with a three-point lead over the Worcester Sharks in the Atlantic Division.
No true Ottawa prospects in Elmira, but after the weekend they had, a little extra talent wouldn't hurt. Elmira was outscored 16-10 in their weekend series against rival Reading, winning only one game. The week started off great with the Jackals getting their first shootout win of the season over the Trenton Devils and a wild 8-5 win over Reading. However the next game Reading destroyed Elmira with a 9-2 loss that ended their season-long point streak at seven games, and Reading cliched the division on Sunday with a 2-0 shutout win over Elmira.
Elmira is second place in the Atlantic division, and seventh in the Eastern conference with 71 points.
Jared Cowen and Spokane Chiefs will start the WHL playoffs against the Chilliwack Bruins in the first round. Cowen finished the year second among Chiefs defencemen in scoring, sixth in overall team scoring, and sixth in the league in plus-minus. Mark Stone won five team awards (MVP, Top Manitoba-born player, Most Sportsmanlike player, Three-Star trophy and Top Scorer), and is the only Ottawa Senators prospect to score over 100 points in any league this season. Stone will face recently-signed junior prospect Wacey Hamilton and the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round of the WHL playoffs.
HV71 was swept by bottom seed AIK IF, 4-0. Andre Petersson wasn't able to play in any of the games with a leg injury that has kept him off the ice since January. David Rundblad finished the year as the league's top defensemen in scoring and third overall (behind teammates Joakim Lindström and Mikko Lehtonen). Skelleftea AIK defeated Linkopings HC in seven games, Rundblad had four points (1G/3A) and played in all seven games. Brynas IF season ended with a 4-1 series lost to Farjestads BK. Silfverberg played in all five games, and had four points (all assists).
Crooklyn's top 2011 NHL Entry Draft-eligible players
|Adam Larsson||D||11/12/1992||SEL||Skelleftea HC||37||1||8||9||0.24||+12|
|Sean Couturier||C||12/7/1992||QMJHL||Drummondville Voltigeurs||58||36||60||96||1.66||+55|
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||C||4/12/1993||WHL||Red Deer Rebels||69||31||75||103||1.54||+29|
|Gabriel Landeskog||RW||11/23/1992||OHL||Kitchener Rangers||52||36||30||66||1.27||+28|
|Matt Puempel||LW||1/24/1993||OHL||Peterborough Petes||55||34||35||69||1.25||-33|
|Ryan Murphy||D||3/31/1993||OHL||Kitchener Rangers||62||26||53||79||1.27||+22|
|Jonathan Huberdeau||C||6/4/1993||QMJHL||Saint John Sea Dogs||67||43||62||105||1.57||+59|
|Duncan Siemens||D||9/7/1993||WHL||Saskatoon Blades||72||5||38||51||0.57||+40|
|Joel Armia||F||5/31/1993||SM-liiga||Assat Pori||48||18||11||29||0.6||+9|
|Ryan Strome||C||7/11/1993||OHL||Niagara IceDogs||65||33||73||106||1.63||+28|
|Brandon Saad||LW||10/27/1992||OHL||Saginaw Spirit||59||27||28||55||0.93||+8|
|Sven Bartschi||LW||10/5/1992||WHL||Portland Winterhawks||66||34||51||85||1.29||+23|
|Dougie Hamilton||D||6/17/1993||OHL||Niagara IceDogs||67||12||46||+35||0.87||+32|
|David Musil||D||4/9/1993||WHL||Vancouver Giants||62||6||19||25||0.87||+1|
|Mark Scheifele||C||3/15/1993||OHL||Barrie Colts||66||22||53||75||1.14||-22|