The Philadelphia Flyers have one of the best prospect pools in the league, and that is evident this spring. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are about to begin the Second Round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, and there are four prospects in the CHL playing in their league’s respective championship series.
The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is made up of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Flyers have at least one prospect playing in each of those three leagues’ championship series.
The champions of each league will advance to the Memorial Cup, a round-robin tournament.
Ontario Hockey League
Morgan Frost (Center, Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds)
2017 1st round pick (27th overall)
Frost has been one of the OHL’s best players all season long (he was nominated for the Most Outstanding Player award), and that hasn’t changed much in the playoffs. He has had some rough games, but he came up clutch when his team needed him most.
Frost scored a 3rd-period goal and had two assists for three points in a Game 7 double overtime win on Monday night. He played a huge role for the Greyhounds as their top center.
The Greyhounds will take on Matthew Strome the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL Championship Series after defeating Connor Bunnaman and the Kitchener Rangers in the Western Conference Final.
Playoffs total: 18 games, 7 goals, 15 assists, 22 points
Regular Season: 67 games, 42 goals, 70 assists, 112 points
Matthew Strome (Left Wing, Hamilton Bulldogs)
2017 4th round pick (106th overall)
Strome has surprised many this season after falling all the way to the fourth round in the draft.
He had career-highs in goals (37), assists (31), and points (68) in the regular season. He had a great start to the playoffs, with points in his first seven games and eight of his first nine, but has cooled off since.
It will be interesting to see the speedy Frost against the slow-footed Strome in the OHL Championship Series.
Playoffs total: 14 games, 4 goal, 11 assists, 15 points
Regular Season total: 65 games, 37 goals, 31 assists, 68 points
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
German Rubtsov (Center/Left Wing, Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
2016 1st round pick (22nd overall)
Rubtsov has disappointed this year on the scoresheet, but he and his team have made it to the QMJHL Championship Series.
Rubtsov joined the Titan in the middle of the season and has fit in there. He has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last seven playoff games.
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan will take on the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for the President’s Cup
Playoffs total: 13 games, 4 goals, 5 assists, 9 points
Regular Season total: 49 games, 15 goals, 28 assists, 43 points
Western Hockey League
Carter Hart (Goalie, Everett Silvertips)
2016 2nd round pick (48th overall)
Last, but certainly not least, is the touted goalie of the future. Hart has already won a Gold Medal this year and is looking to add another trophy to his mantle.
Hart had a historic regular season and is having a pretty good playoffs overall. But in comparison, it doesn’t look as great. He is still second in both goals against average and save percentage, while being the only goaltender to win 12 games in the WHL playoffs.
Hart has had 40 or more saves in two games, and 30 or more saves in six total games in these playoffs. He has two shutouts as well.
Hart and the Everett Silvertips will take on the Swift Current Broncos in the WHL Championship Series.
Last week (Playoffs): 12-3-1-0, 460 saves on 299 shots (.922 SV%), 2.44 GAA, 2 SO
Regular Season total: 31-6-1-3, 1168 saves on 1233 shots (.947 SV%), 1.60 GAA, 7 SO
The OHL Championship Series begins on Thursday night, with the QMJHL and WHL both getting underway on Friday night.
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