Western Hockey League
Kooteny earned a 4-2 series victory over Calgary in the first round with Jaedon Descheneau and Sam Reinhart leading the charge. Descheneau has seven goals and 17 points in six playoff games after recording a career-high 98 points in the regular season. Reinhart scored five goals and registered 12 assists in the first round. He’s one of the top ranked North American forwards going into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Although his team was eliminated WHL rookie managed to score five goals and nine points in six games with Calgary in the playoffs. He was taken in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. Descheneau and Reinhart will face the Medicine Hat Tigers and goaltender Marek Langhamer in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Langhamer has been dominate so far with a 1.64 GAAA and .955 save percentage in the postseason.
Ontario Hockey League
Dane Fox leads the league with six goals and 12 points in six playoff contests. That’s an extension of his breakout campaign where he netted 64 goals and registered 43 assists in 67 regular season games. Oshawa Generals forward Hunter Smith isn’t far behind Fox with two goals and 10 points in four postseason matches. Smith had 40 points and 100 penalty minutes in 64 contests. Smith’s teammate, Michael Dal Colle has five goals and 10 points in four playoff games. The 17-year-old forward found the back of the net 39 times and added 56 assists in 67 regular season contests. Justin Nichols has led the Guelph Storm past Plymouth by posting a 1.81 GAA and .941 save percentage in five contests.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax crushed Charlottetown in the first round of the playoffs and Jonathan Drouin was a big contributor in that. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect has six goals and a league-leading 13 points in four games. Halifax teammate Nikolaj Ehlers scored four goals and registered six assists in four contests. The 18-year-old rookie had 49 goals and 104 points in 63 regular season games. Philippe Desrosiers helped Rimouski sweep Chicoutimi by posting back-to-back shutouts. He has a 1.29 GAA and .941 save percentage in five postseason contests. Frederick Gaudreau has seven goals and nine points in five playoff games after netting five goals in a single contest. The Drummondville Voltigeurs foreard had 19 goals and 40 points in 36 games during the regular season.
American Hockey League
Zach Boychuk was selected as the AHL Player of the Month after scoring nine goals and 22 points in 16 contests. That brings him up to 32 goals and 35 assists in 62 games with the Charlotte Checkers. Alexander Khokhlachev was also a finalist after scoring five goals and 12 assists in 12 games in March. The Boston Bruins prospect has 19 goals and 53 points in 58 contests this season. Teemu Pulkkinen has scored 11 goals in his last 11 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The AHL rookie now has 30 goals and 25 assists in 65 contests. Jason Akeson has three goals and seven games in his last five matches. He has a career-high 21 goals and 60 points in 66 games with the Adirondack Phantoms.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The 2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalists have been released and they are Nic Dowd, Greg Carey, and Johnny Gaudreau. The award will go to the player judged to be the best in the NCAA during the 2013-14 campaign. Dowd set new career-highs with 22 goals and 40 points in 38 games with St. Cloud State this season. He’s also won the defensive forward of the year honor and served as the team’s captain. The Los Angeles Kings took him in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Carey scored 18 goals and 57 points in 38 contests with St. Lawrence University. He was also first in the NCAA with 31 power-play points and previously finished in the top-10 for the Hobey Baker award. He was never drafted, but the Phoenix Coyotes inked him to a one-year deal in March and he’s gone on to register an assist in six contests with the Portland Pirates. After recording 51 points in 2012-13 en route to being one of the finalists for the Hobey Baker award, Gaudreau scored 35 goals and 71 points in 39 games with Boston College this season. He tied Paul Kariya’s Hockey East record by going on a 31-game point streak. The Calgary Flames have his NHL rights and are likely to offer him a contract in the hope of luring him to the pros, but he might opt to finish out his senior year of college.