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Saturday, 30 April 2011

04/30/11 12.2 Playoff Updates

Here's some quick hits from the playoffs:

- Ryan Strome's Niagra Ice Dogs were eliminated from the playoffs in 5 games by Mississauga. He had 2 assists in the series and was a minus-5. Obviously Mississauga keyed on him in this series, and he wasn't really able to break though. His chances to impress the scouts are all done for now. Strome's playoff run ends with him having accumulated 12 points (6-6-12) in 14 games.

- Continuing their dominant showing in the QMHJL playoffs, Jonathan Huberdeau' St John Sea Dogs swept the Lewiston MAINEiacs and have advanced to the QMJHL finals. It looks like they will be facing the Quebec Remparts in that series, but their opponent is not yet set. Huberdeau had 3 goals and 1 assist for 4 points in the four games against Lewiston, and he was a minus-2. He continues to impress, and hockey fans and draft-watchers will get a good look at him if his teams makes it to the Memorial Cup.

- Buffalo, Chicago and Montreal all being eliminated from the NHL playoffs means that the Oilers know where that LA pick will fall. Just as expected, it will be 19th unless the Oilers can use it to trade up. Still a good pick if they don't.

- Epic comeback by Tampa Bay in their opening round series, though granted Pittsburgh was without two of its best performers. If Crosby and Malkin were in the lineup, the Lightning don't have much chance in that series. Roloson looks like it's 2006 again. It will be interesting to see how far he can go, because this is one of his last shots at glory.

Just a short list today. That's all for now until there's more to report.

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