Update: Blackhawks Prospects in the Playoffs
By Kyle Graden
While the Chicago Blackhawks did not make the Stanley Cup playoffs, it's important to note that alot of our prospects are still playing.
Kevin Korchinski, Colton Dach, and Nolan Allen are a perfect 6-0 in the WHL playoffs for the Seattle Thunderbirds so far. Korchinski has 6 assits, Allen 4 points, and Dach 4 assists so far for a perfect Thunderbirds squad. That's 14 points in just 6 matchups for these 3 Hawks' draftees.
Gavin Hayes and the Flint Firebirds lost in a deciding game 7 in the opening OHL round to the Saginaw Spirit. Hayes was largely shut down as defenses focused in on him, he only finished with 2 assists in the 7 game series.
Like the Thunderbirds, the Gatineau Olympiques haven't lost through a round and a half. Samuel Savoie has been a big part of that success and has 2 goals and 4 assits in 7 games. Gatineau has an outstanding team full of future NHL players and this could be the OHL championship favorites right now. Of note in the OHL is the draft stock riser LD Etienne Morin. He could be playing himself into the top of the 2nd round with his play in these playoffs so far.
Like most of our CHL prospects, Ethan Del Mastro's Sarina Sting are rolling through the first few rounds and are now up 2-0 on Saginaw of round 2. Del Mastro has 7 assists in 8 matchups. Look for Del Mastro to move into a permanent position with Rockford next season.
Jalen Lyupen and the Tri-City Americans lost in round 1 of the WHL playoffs, however he showed a great scoring touch with 3 goals and 6 points in the 4-2 loss to Prince George. Lyupen will bring his wing scoring to Rockford next season.
Most of Chicago's prospects are of course playing for Rockford, which starts their first round play against the Iowa Wild tomorrow evening. The BMO Center should be rocking for the 3 game matchup against their rival. It looks to be a very even series, so let's hope the extra fire power (Lukas Reichel and company) the Piggies got back will be enough to advance.
Obviously, there are prospects overseas and some lower level contributors that I will update if their teams go far. For now, let's cheer on the Thunderbirds, Ice Hogs, Sting, and Olympiques!