New York Islanders Prospects Playoff Report

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While the New York Islanders are locked in a tight playoff battle with the Florida Panthers, the Islanders prospects have been through an exciting and successful post-season already. Two top prospects have come within one game of winning their league championship (Devon Towes and Quinnipiac, Ilya Sorokin and CSKA Moscow), and three CHL prospects are in the conference finals. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are also back in the playoffs for the first time in three years after clinching the last wildcard spot.

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Josh Ho-Sang and the Niagara Ice Dogs Sweep Michael Dal Colle and Kingston:

Josh Ho-Sang and his Niagara teammates came into the second round as strong underdogs to regular season conference champs Kingston Frontenacs. There was probably some extra motivation as well for Ho-Sang, as he tried to exact revenge on being knocked out by Dal Colle’s team in last year’s playoffs when Michael was on Memorial Cup winning Oshawa. In what may be the shocker of the OHL playoffs, Niagara swept Kingston in four games, including two straight overtime wins in games two and three.

Both Islanders prospects had decent playoff series, tallying four points each in the four games. Dal Colle had a hat trick in a Game Two overtime loss, and was named the first star of the game. Ho-Sang had one goal and three assists, and was named the second star of Game Three. Dal Colle ends his last Junior playoffs with 18 points in nine games and is currently ranked sixth in the OHL in playoff scoring. Ho-Sang is ranked 12th in the OHL in playoff scoring with 15 points in nine games. He moves on to play the Barrie Colts, the second ranked team in the Eastern Conference .

Barrie, like Niagara, comes into the conference finals off a sweep in Round Two. Barrie was by far the highest scoring team in East, and was second in the entire OHL in goals scored during the regular season. They are led offensively by Staten Island native, and San Jose draft pick, Kevin Labanc who racked up over 127 points this season. If Niagara wants to keep up with the high-powered Colts offense, they are going to need a big series out of Ho-Sang, and fellow 2014 first round pick Brendan Perlini. Game One is on Thursday in Barrie.

Mathew Barzal

Mathew Barzal

Seattle and Mathew Barzal Win Four Straight to Move Into the Conference Finals:

After being shutout in Game 1 at home against Everett, Mathew Barzal and Seattle won the next four in a row and are moving on to the WHL semi-finals. Barzal’s play was key in helping Seattle come back from their early hole, scoring two goals in game two and three assists in game three. Outside of those two games, Barzal failed to score in any other game that series and sits at twelve points in nine games this post-season. Fortunately for Seattle, Ryan Gropp and Scott Easnor picked up the scoring in games four and five to close out the series.

Seattle now moves on to face the Kelowna Rockets who have been one of the most dominant programs in the WHL the last four years. They lost the in the Memorial Cup Final last year to Michael Dal Colle’s Oshawa Generals and are hungry to get back to the championship game this season. Although they are without their two best players from last year’s team, Nick Merkley and Leon Draisaitl, they have still found a way to win two straight game seven’s this post-season including beating the WHL regular season champs Victoria last round. Game one will be on Friday in Kelowna.
Anthony Beauvillier and Shawinigan Advance to take on Saint John.
What looked like a potential easy #2 versus #9 playoff match-up for Anthony Beauvillier and the Shawinigan Cataractes turned into a very tough six game series. The Cataractes trailed two-to-one in the series before rattling off three straight wins in decisive fashion. Beauvillier had a rough start to the series as he didn’t get on the score sheet in the first two games. However, he scored nine points and four goals the rest of the series and now sits on fourteen points in eleven games this postseason.

The Cataractes move on to face by far their toughest battle yet against third ranked Saint Johns. Both teams are loaded with drafted NHL prospects and each won their respective divisions. Shawinigan has the more high powered attack (fourth in QMJHL scoring) but Saint John’s has two top-20 drafted defensemen in Thomas Chabot (Ottawa) and Jakub Zboril (Boston). Beauvillier will no doubt see a lot of these two throughout the series as he leads his team another round closer to the QMJHL championship.

 

Ilya Sorokin (Commons.wikimedia.org)

Ilya Sorokin (Commons.wikimedia.org)

Ilya Sorokin and CSKA Moscow fall in Seven Games in KHL Championship

The magical ride for Ilya Sorokin and CSKA Moscow ended on the last day of the season with a game seven loss to Metallurg Mg. Even though he came up just short, Sorokin finished one of the best seasons an Islanders prospect has had in a very long time. His regular season numbers were phenomenal (.953 SV%, 1.06 GAA) and he was called upon to play every game for CSKA in the post-season. Quite impressive for a twenty-year-old goalie. He put up similarly impressive numbers in the playoffs with a .945 save percentage and a 1.32 Goals Against Average, while winning 15 of his 20 starts. He proved to be a big time pressure goalie as well with five overtime wins, including a shutout in a three overtime game. Unfortunately, perhaps his weakest game was also his last. In Game Seven he gave up two goals on 15 shots, only his third game of the playoffs under a .900 save percentage, as CSKA lost three goals to one. He is signed through 2018, but there will be high expectations of Sorokin should he make the jump to North America after this impressive season.

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