Jets prospects benefitting from extended AHL post-season
The Winnipeg Jets are well represented in the 2011-12 post-season, with their AHL affiliate, the St. John IceCaps making the Eastern Conference Finals. The organization also had players make noise in the OHL and WHL playoffs.
The St. John's IceCaps are in the Eastern Conference Finals and are being driven by key contributions from Jets prospects. Goaltender Eddie Pasquale, an AHL rookie, has forced himself into the starter's role for the IceCaps, beating out competition from veterans David Aebischer and Peter Mannino and establishing himself as the Jets' top goalie prospect. Pasquale has been more than steady, coming up with spectacular saves when most needed and is amongst the league leaders in the playoffs with a .932 save percentage and 2.07 goals against average.
Patrice Cormier has been a key role player for the IceCaps, centering the second line and matching up with the top opposition players. Aided and abetted by grinder Spencer Machacek, the two have emerged as key performers in the tough going of the post season. Another unsung hero who has risen to the occasion is fourth line center Johnny Albert, a heart and soul player that has put in the effort to kill penalties and block shots. It was Albert who set up the game winner in game seven of the conference semis after a gutsy play along the boards.