Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Ranger/Islander playoff series (sort of)

Mitchell Theoret (OHL Images)
It seems really ironic that the only New York Islander prospect still playing in the Canadian juniors is 2011 7th round draft pick Mitchell Theoret of the Barrie Colts. But yet Theoret who the Islanders haven't decided whether or not they are going to sign (they have until the end of May) finds himself in the OHL finals after his Barrie Colts defeated the Belleville Bulls 3-1 in game 7 of their Eastern Conference Finals.

Theoret went scoreless on the scoresheet set a screen on Bulls goalie Malcom Subban on the play that turned out to be the game winning goal when Tyson Fawcett deflected Ryan O'Connor's shot from the point. It was a power play goal that broke a 1-1 tie at 11:49 of the 2nd period giving the Colts the lead for good.

The win sends the Colts into the OHL Finals where they will be taking on the London Knights who have Ranger prospect Tommy Hughes (2013 UFA) on their blueline. This might be as close as the Rangers and Islanders get to facing each other in the playoffs this year.

The OHL Finals will begin on Friday in London.

Going Home?

The NHL held their draft lottery on Monday night with the Colorado Avalanche winning it and they are expected to use that pick on Portland Winterhawk defenseman Seth Jones. I am sure by now you have heard all the stories about how Jones who was living in Denver at the time first got hooked on hockey.

Call me the only person who isn't all that thrilled over the thought that the Avalanche might select the kid who grew up a fan of the team. The Avalanche haven't exactly done well with their prospects as of late and it goes farther than the contract dispute with Ryan O'Reilly.

Still adding Jones who really is a franchise quality defender will go a long way in helping the Avalanche rebuild. Jones is expected to make the jump to the NHL after this season no matter who takes him also added being named as the "WHL Player of the Week" to his resume on Monday.

One More Game

Michael St. Croix and his Edmonton Oil Kings will play the Calgary Hitmen in game 7 on Tuesday evening. It is a shame that the NHL Network in the USA could not find a way to telecast this game. If you are interested in listening for free then head to the Team 1260 radio website starting at 9 EDT/6 PDT.

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