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Draft Guide

Ehlers dominating in playoffs

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Western Hockey League

 

Sam Reinhart is with AHL Rochester now because his Kootenay Ice couldn't make it past the first round of the playoffs, but that's not to imply that it's Reinhart's fault.  He had a very productive series with six goals and nine points in seven contests.  Reinhart was taken with the second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and there's a good chance that he'll play regularly with the Buffalo Sabres in 2015-16.  Reinhart wasn't the only member of the Ice that stood out in the first round.  His teammate Luke Philp also came up big with five goals and 12 points in seven contests.  Philp also scored 30 goals and 82 points in 71 regular season games.  Their efforts were ultimately futile in large part due to Calgary Hitmen forward Adam Tambellini.  The New York Rangers prospect has a league-leading 15 points, including seven goals, in seven playoff games.  In terms of goaltenders, Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips stands out.  He led Everett past Spokane by posting a 1.68 GAA and .947 save percentage in six contests.

 

Ontario Hockey League

 

The Erie Otters didn't have much trouble in the first round, eliminating the Sarnia Sting in just five games.  Connor McDavid naturally played a big role in that, scoring three goals and nine points in five games with the Otters.  You're probably used to hearing about him being the projected number one pick by now, but it's worth noting that NHL Central Scouting unveiled their final rankings on Wednesday and McDavid beat out NCAA standout Jack Eichel for the top spot among North American skaters.  McDavid isn't the only great Otters forward though.  Dylan Strome, the younger brother of Ryan Strome, ranked fourth in Central Scouting's final rankings.  Strome has four goals and eight points in five playoff contests.  Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie has five goals and 10 points in five games.  His Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds swept Saginaw in the first round and took Game 1 against Guelph in Round 2.  North Bay also swept its first round series and Jake Smith was a big part of that.  The 19-year-old goaltender posted a 1.00 GAA and .966 save percentage to earn the four victories.

 

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

 

Halifax needed seven games to beat Shawinigan in the first round and Nikolaj Ehlers is one of the main reasons they were able to advance at all.  Ehlers has a clean lead on the playoffs point race with 15 as a member of the Halifax Mooseheads.  He was taken by the Winnipeg Jets with the ninth pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.  Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nicolas Aube-Kubel is tied for second place with four goals and 10 points in six contests.  He's playing for the Val d'Or Foreurs which beat Rouyn-Noranda in the first round.  His teammate Jeremie Fraser leads all defensemen with 10 points in six contests.  The 20-year-old had 56 points and 155 penalty minutes in 51 contests during the regular season.  When it comes to goals scored, Dennis Yanis leading the pack with seven in seven games.  He plays for Shawinigan though, so as mentioned above, Ehler played a role in eliminating his team.

Ryan Dadoun
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