Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Prospect update

Last night was a big night for Battle of Ontario prospects.

Ottawa's group certainly had an impressive showing in taking a 3-0 stranglehold in the AHL semi-finals with a 7-1 win over the Charlotte Checkers.

Robin Lehner stopped 37 of 38 shots fo a 0.974 SV% to follow up his 35-save shutout in game 2. Lehner also scored his first professional playoff point with a short handed assist.
  • Leading the scorers was Z.Smith with a hat-trick and an assist on our next player. Highly-touted defenseman Jared Cowen (rather dominant since joining Bingo in the post-season) aided the third.
  • Centre Ryan Potulny continued his mind-abusing playoffs with his 23 point in 16 games.
  • Bobby Butler potted his 10th of the post season with a really pretty goal.
  • Returning to Cowen, he played extremely solid on the PK, shutting down the potent Checkers PP and plays nearly 30 minutes a game on the first pairing.

Highlight video of the game available here.

Turning to Toronto, we all are well aware that the Phaneuf-Reimer combo blew the game for Canada at the WHC, and that the Marlies, with all of the NHL-level depth, were somehow cheated out of a deep playoff run, but I, as a Senators fan and Leaf hater, can readily admit that the Leafs do deserve solid props for these two plays from their highly coveted pick.

Toronto's draft pick definitely steals the night.

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