Canada Has been eliminated by Slovakia in the World Championships. Canada gave up a late third period lead, then took some penalties giving up the game winning goal immediately after Captain Ryan Getzlaf took a five minute major penalty with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
Chris Wassel,(@TheProgramBTR) a friend of FHC has a preview article on The Hockey Writers, read it here.
With Canada now out of the World Championships and no Canadian team surviving in the NHL playoffs, many Canadian hockey fans, and fantasy hockey addicts will turn some attention towards the Memorial Cup Tournament. Yahoo sports Nate Sager has a Memorial Cup Preview of the Edmonton Oil Kings. One player Sager touches on is goalie Laurent Brossoit. He may be the goalie for Canada at the 2012-2013 World Junior. While still young, I will be watching Brossoit as he has shown up on my fantasy radar.
Olli Maatta of the London Knights is another player that is shooting up my pick list for this summers upcoming fantasy draft. Maatta is a OHL rookie who led the power house Knights in scoring in the OHL playoffs....and he is a defenseman. Did I mention he is a rookie? Maatta is a solid two way player with limited offensive upside says the majority of the scouting reports. Based on his play in the post season I would say that is not necessarily accurate, and could make him a tremendous sleeper pick as he is NHL draft eligible this June. He has shot up the rankings in mock drafts such as TSN's Craig Button, who has recently moved Maatta up into the first round of his draft rankings. The Silver Seven blog has a good read on Maatta as they are hopeful that Maatta will be available to the Sens in the first round, and suggest that the Sens may need to move up in the draft to get a shot at Maatta.
For more Draft Prospects to Watch Kelly Friesen of Yahoo Sports article has several players besides Griffin Reinhart and Olli Maatta to watch.
The Eastern Conference NHL playoffs got a little more interesting as the Devils tied the series on Tuesday and now head back for two games in Jersey tied 1-1. For a review on game two, read Rivalry Renewed by Dan Rice on The Hockey Writers.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun writes the top five players the Sens should target in the off season are Zach Parise, Chris Kelly, Bryan Allen, David Jones, and Jiri Hudler. Not a hope in hell Parise signs with Ottawa in my opinion, but you can at least try! Kelly could have interest if the Bruins don't but my guess is they will. Jones and Hudler are interesting options as both could replace Daniel Alfredsson on the second line if he decides to hang 'em up.
The AHL Conference Finals begin May 17 as well. The final four teams are The Norfolk Admirals VS St. Johns Ice Caps in the East, and The Oklahoma City Barons VS the Toronto Marlies in the West. Interesting to note that the top two seeds in each conference have made it to the Conference finals.
Ben Scrivens of the Toronto Marlies has had an outstanding playoff and will face Yann Danis in a show down of what should be an excellent series. The Toronto Star has a preview for the series here. The Maple Leafs Hot Stove also has a preview of the Conference final match between the Marlies and the Barons, and 15 points on the AHL playoffs. Read it here.
Here is the schedule;
Eastern Conference Finals Ė Series ďMĒ (best-of-7)
1-Norfolk Admirals vs. 2-St. Johnís IceCaps
Game 1 - Thurs., May 17 - St. Johnís at Norfolk, 7:15
Game 2 - Sat., May 19 - St. Johnís at Norfolk, 8:00
Game 3 - Mon., May 21 - Norfolk at St. Johnís, 6:00
Game 4 - Tue., May 22 - Norfolk at St. Johnís, 6:00
*Game 5 - Sat., May 26 - Norfolk at St. Johnís, 6:00
*Game 6 - Tue., May 29 - St. Johnís at Norfolk, 7:15
*Game 7 - Wed., May 30 - St. Johnís at Norfolk, 7:15 Western Conference Finals Ė Series ďNĒ (best-of-7)
1-Oklahoma City Barons vs. 2-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 - Thurs., May 17 - Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00
Game 2 - Fri., May 18 - Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00
Game 3 - Mon., May 21 - Oklahoma City at Toronto, 3:00
Game 4 - Wed., May 23 - Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7:00
*Game 5 - Fri., May 25 - Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7:00
*Game 6 - Mon., May 28 - Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00
*Game 7 - Wed., May 30 - Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00
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