Memorial Cup: 10 Potential NHL Clients to Watch


RDS and RDS Direct will show all nine Memorial Cup games from June 20-29.

The Memorial Cup tournament that begins Monday night in Saint John is packed with potential NHL customers, the vast majority of whom have already been signed up. The WHL Edmonton Oil Kings champion is particularly rich with eight selections, four of which are premieres. From the Montreal Canadiens’ pool of hopes, three will be at stake.

Here are 10 members of this generation to watch over the course of the competition.

Mason McTavish
Center | Bulldog Hamilton
Anaheim Anaheim | 1D. round 2021 (3And)

Over the past year, Mason McTavish has worn Anaheim Ducks, San Diego Gulls in the American League, Canada at the Junior World Championships and Olympics, as well as continuing his development on the Ontario junior circuit. Acquiring Peterborough Petes in January, Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Steve Staios said he got his hands on the best junior player. He would be risky to contradict him. Obtained at the cost of two players and six draft picks, McTavish amassed 16 points in his first 7 games with the Bulldogs, en route to a final performance of 20 goals and 27 assists in 29 games in 2021-2022. In his first OHL playoffs, the star player followed him with 16 goals and 29 points.

Kaiden Guhlé
Defender | The oil kings of Edmonton
Montreal Canadians | 1D. round 2020 (16And)

Kaiden Guhle cost the Edmonton Oil Kings dearly. To acquire the Prince Albert Raiders on 1uh In December, CEO Kirt Hill gave up two first-round picks, two players – including a potential NHL client – and two more draft picks. Not cheap, but Hill and the Oil Kings got what they paid for. In the 25 games since his move, Guhle scored 5 goals and 20 assists before injuring himself with about a month left on the schedule. Returning to play in time for Game 1 of the playoffs, Guhle immediately resumed his regular role alongside Luke Prokop in first pair in defense. Of all the missions, the one that ranks as the Habs best prospect at the moment has played four multi-point games, finishing the playoffs with 8 goals and 16 points, plus-17 differential and WHL Playoff MVP. He thus became the first defender to be decorated this way since Griffin Reinhart in 2014.

Sebastiano What
Guardian | The oil kings of Edmonton
Detroit Red Wings | 1D. round 2021 (15And)

The Detroit Red Wings traded their first-round pick, No. 23And in total, plus 2 choicesAnd and 5And shifts (48And and 138And) in 2021 to get the right to speak from the Dallas Stars and Sebastian Cossa’s 15-year-old projectAnd rank. Almost a year later, Red Wings CEO Steve Yzerman is better understood. The 19-year-old masked prospect is coming out of his best campaign of his career, finishing third in the league for wins (33), dismissals (6) and goals against the average (2.28). In his early WHL playoffs, the keeper lowered his average to 1.93, notably by signing five shutouts.

mavrik bourque
Center | Shawinigan cataract
Dallas Stars | 1D. round 2020 (30And)

It’s not complicated, if Mavrik Bourque plays, the Cataractes win eight times out of 10. With their captain in uniform, the Quebec champions recorded a performance of .819, regular season and playoffs included. Without Bourque, limited to 31 regular-season games due to injury, Shawinigan has lost nearly one in two games (.446). Excluded from the finalists of the Michel-Brière Trophy, awarded each year to his team’s most valuable player in the QMJHL, Bourque has nonetheless established himself in the eyes of many observers and experts as the best player to put on skates this year. the Corte circuit. Withdrawn from the scoresheet only once during the calendar, Bourque has collected at least one point in 12 of his 16 playoff games, finishing second in the score (7 goals, 25 points) and crowned with the title of MVP of the playoffs.

Saverio Bourgault
Right wing | Shawinigan cataract
Edmonton Oilers | 1D. round 2021 (22And)

The other member of the infernal duo Cataractes. With Bourque, who he also accompanied in Canada’s youth camp until he chose a position there, Xavier Bourgault mistreated the opponent’s defenses. Not having been spared even from injury, he had a sensational end to the season and series. Since returning to the field in mid-March after missing 17 straight games, Bourgault has added 26 goals and 28 assists to his 34-game record. Of the 12 goals scored in the playoffs, five gave his team victory and three were scored in extra time.

William Dufour
Right wing | St. John Sea Dogs
New York Islanders | 5And round 2020 (152And)

No one in the country has scored more often than William Dufour this year. With his 56 goals, the Saint John Sea Dogs striker outdid Charlottetown Islanders rival Patrick Guay and Luke Evangelista of the London Knights and three Ben King of the Red Deer Rebels. Acquired by the Drummondville Voltigeurs during the low season in anticipation of a long spring in 2022 and a hypothetical participation in the Memorial Cup, Dufour added a few chapters to the Sea Dogs record book by beating Mike Hoffman and Jonathan Huberdeau from top to goal. and points (116) placed on the board in a campaign. A genius that earned him the Michel-Brière trophy, awarded to the QMJHL player par excellence, and that convinced the general manager of the New York Islanders, Lou Lamoriello, to immediately sign his choice of 5And round in 2020. In the playoffs, like his teammates ousted in the first round by the Rimouski Océanic, Dufour was more discreet with 2 goals and 2 assists in five games.

Jake neighbors
Left wing | The oil kings of Edmonton
St. Louis Blues | 1D. round 2020 (26And)

Jake Neighbors began the 2021-22 NHL campaign with the St. Louis Blues. In nine league games, the 20-year-old scored a goal and an assist before being relegated to junior ranks with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Upon his return to the prairies, Neighbors was named captain of his team. Bothered by an upper body injury, he was limited to 30 games during the regular season but averaged 1.5 points per game with 17 goals and 28 assists. In the playoffs, he added 3 goals and 14 assists to his record in 19 games.

Arber Xhekaj
Defender | Bulldog Hamilton
Montreal Canadians | Free agent

Invited to the Canadian’s last retreat, Arber Xhekaj left for the juniors with a head full of memories, yes, but above all with an unexpected contract. How did the burly 6’4 “, 204-pound defender fare in his last season in the OHL? Good enough, to the point of becoming a sought-after convenience for Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Steve Staios in the winter transfer window. Acquired by the Kitchener Rangers , Xhekaj finished the year with 12 goals and 22 assists, as well as a record 138 minutes of penalty. In the playoffs, he maintained his status as the most punished player with 50 minutes spent thinking. extra time in the first game of the final against the Windsor Spitfire ultimately cost his team the victory, Xhekaj redeemed himself with one goal and one assist in the next game and five more assists in the next five duels. With six goals to his credit in the playoffs, the 21-year-old holds the team record for most goals scored by a defender in a playoff series.

Jan Mysak
Center | Bulldog Hamilton
Montreal Canadians | 2And round 2020 (48And)

Having amassed an average of one point per game in his first full season at OHL (34 goals and 64 points in 61 games), the Czech who will celebrate his 20th birthday this week has had a slow start to the playoffs. Relegated to the center of the third row in a balanced attack, Mysak has not beaten a goalkeeper in his first nine playoff games and is content with six assists over the course of this sequence. The man who played 22 games for Laval Rocket last year finally made it through in the semifinals, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-0 win that allowed the Bulldogs to wipe out North Bay Battalion. Since then, he has only added one goal and one assist to his seven-game record.

William Villeneuve
Defender | St. John Sea Dogs
Toronto Maple Leaves | 4And round 2020 (122And)

Finalist for the title of QMJHL’s Most Valuable Defender, an honor finally awarded for the second consecutive year to potential Vegas Golden Knights nominee Lukas Cormier of the Charlottetown Islanders, Villeneuve signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs as early as last fall. Sniffing the deal when it comes to him, the 20-year-old full-back has amassed his share of points in his 64 regular season games (8 goals and 48 assists), without neglecting his core duties, as evidenced by his plus differential – 60, the best of the Courteau circuit in 2021-2022. With two American League games added to his resume in 2020-2021, Quebecer is expected to make the leap to the pros next year.

The absentee of the size: Dylan Guenther
Right wing | The oil kings of Edmonton
Coyote of Arizona | 1D. round 2021 (9And)

Both in the regular season and in the playoffs, the Edmonton Oil Kings have been able to count on the offensive contribution of Dylan Guenther. A privilege they must now give up, as a lower body injury will prevent their champion from taking part in the Memorial Cup. With 91 points, including 45 goals, the Coyote’s most promising prospect ended the campaign at 6.And ranked among the WHL top scorers before transposing his offensive successes into the playoffs with resounding regularity. A member of Team Canada Junior’s latest crop, Guenther scored at least one goal in the Oil Kings’ first nine playoff games. Of the 16 games played this spring, Guenther has only been left out on four occasions.

A Quebecer on the radar

Of the four teams participating in the Memorial Cup, only two players are listed on the NHL Central Scouting final list for the next draft.

Hamilton Bulldogs defender Jorian Donovan comes in at 81And echelon of North American skaters. A mobile full-back with explosive skating and good offensive transition talent, Donovan finished his first OHL season with 3 goals and 19 assists, plus a plus-25 differential.

Angus Booth, a Montreal backline member of the defensive team Shawinigan Cataractes, is also ranked in the top 100 of the North American best skaters ranking according to Central, which ranks him 92.And. Callum Booth’s brother, a goalkeeper selected in 4And round of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2015, this year was in its second season at the Courteau circuit. Reliable in both areas, he has amassed 1 goal and 22 assists in 42 games.


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