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Crucial game tonight for Jan Mysak and Arber Xhekaj’s season

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As the debate over Shane Wright or Juraj Slafkovsky in relation to the Montreal Canadiens’ all-time first pick ignites social networks, the current hopes of the CHs, each continue their journey of elimination in the juniors.

In fact, in the shadow of the approaching repechage, the hopes of the Habs still in the running for their respective championships stand out, and some are getting closer and closer to qualifying for the famous Memorial Cup.

Here is a small update on the performance and the path of eliminating the different hopes of the CH.

Arber Xhekaj and Jan Mysak

The two would-be Habs are currently in the OHL finals with their team, the Hamilton Bulldogs. In the final they face the Windsor Spitfire.

The series is currently tied 2 to 2.

It is therefore the first series to cause problems for the Bulldogs, who had not lost a single match (12-0) on their way to the final.

The Bulldogs haven’t driven in this series yet, but there is one game where taking the lead will be crucial, and it’s Race 5 tonight.

The team that wins this match, which will take place in Hamilton, will take a serious option for the OHL championship and a qualification for the Memorial Cup.

It will therefore be a match to be followed very closely this afternoon starting at 2pm.

Now, here’s what we can glean from the individual performances of Xhekaj and Mysak.

Arber Xhekaj – Right-handed defender – 21 years old

On Xhekaj’s side, the giant-size defender has absolutely incredible streaks. After joining the Bulldogs mid-season after being traded by the Kitchener Rangers, Xhekaj didn’t shine right away.

It was in the playoffs that Xhekaj emerged as one of the most important players in the success of the Bulldogs.

In 15 games since the start of the playoffs, the CH hope has 13 points, including six goals and seven assists.

His 13 points earn him his fourth defender score in the playoffs just one point from the top three who are all 14 points.

In short, there is no need to add anything else to say that Xhekaj is really excellent right now.

You probably know this already, but I can’t wait to see Xhekaj at the Canadiens retreat next season.

Like my colleague Olivier Payment, I truly believe that Xhekaj is the Habs’ hidden card.

Jan Mysak – Center – 19 years old

(Credit: Screenshot / OHL)

The Habs Czech hope does not really have a good series like Xhekaj. His stats remain respectable
(3-7-10 in 14 games), but I am convinced that both Bulldogs and CH fans certainly expected more from Mysak in the playoffs.

Mysak has had a bumpy season with ups and downs. At times, he has had great streaks, and at other times he hasn’t shown up on the scoresheet.

It remains that the hope of the CH will also be to attend the next retreat of the CH. However, he will most likely play with Laval Rocket next season.

At 19, Mysak is still a solid hope for the Canadiens.

Kaiden Guhle – Left-handed defender – 19 years old

Here is another CH hope that is also very close to qualifying for the Memorial Cup.

Indeed, with a win yesterday, Kaiden Guhle and the Edmonton Oil Kings won the WHL title as well as qualifying for the Memorial Cup.

However, Guhle and his teammates will still have to wait.

The Oil Kings lost Game 5 last night 3-2 to the Seattle Thunderbirds reducing their series lead to just 3-2.

Edmonton was therefore unable to put an end to last night’s debate in front of its supporters. However, the Oil Kings will have another chance to do it tomorrow in Game 6, which will also take place in Edmonton.

In the case of Game 7, the game will also take place in Edmonton. The Oil Kings therefore really have every chance on their side.

As for Guhle’s personal performance, he also had some very good victories.

(Credit: Edmonton Oil Kings)

He has 15 points (seven goals – eight assists) in 18 games. Okay for the fifth goal among defenders in the playoffs.

In short, Guhle will also be to keep an eye on during the next retreat. Of all the CH hopes that he hasn’t played any matches with the Habs yet, he is the one who will normally have the best chance of making the big club next season.

If the Bulldogs and the Oil Kings each win their playoff tournament, the CH will have three contenders who will represent CH at the Memorial Cup.

The two teams will join the Saint John Sea Dogs (host of the tournament) and the Shawinigan Cataractes (champions of the QMJHL).

As you can see, William Trudeau and Xavier Simoneau’s seasons are over as the Charlottetown Islanders lost yesterday in the QMJHL final to the Cataractes.

Some hopes of CH therefore still remain to be watched very carefully.

Lot of

– Do you think lightning can win a third in a row?

– This could become the fourth consecutive Stanley Cup for Patrick Maroon.

– Harvey-Pinard shines in this series of conference finals.

– Alexandrova defeated Sabalenka in the final.

– Change of situation in Baku.

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