Capitals Prospect Report: WHL Playoffs
Capitals prospects Brian Sutherby and Nathan Paetsch, along the rest of the Moose Jaw Warriors continue to shine in the WHL playoffs. Having snuck through the first round last week, they are currently matched up with Red Deer in the semi-finals. Last evening, Moose Jaw lost in overtime 1-2, which allows the series to now be tied at two apiece. Brian Sutherby (C) continues to prove why he is one of the top prospects for the Capitals organization having scored 6 goals over the 10 games he has played in the WHL 2002 playoffs. Sutherby also picked up an assist, adding to his current playoff assist total (5 assists). Brian is also a team leading +8 and has accumulated 27 PIM. Other Caps prospect, and fellow teammate Nathan Paetsch (D) has been a steady blue liner during the series. Though no highly impressive statistics jump out at you for Nathan, he does maintain a +1 (after going –1 last night 4/10). Paetsch currently has 3 assists for the squad.
Another team still in the hunt for the WHL Championship is Spokane. Jeff Lucky (RW) just returning from the I.R. with a foot injury has played 3 straight games for Spokane. However on a sweet-but sour note, Jeff scored 1 of 2 goals for Spokane in a 2-8 drubbing to Kelowna last night. The series is also now tied at two games apiece. Lucky also has 4 PIM.
As for the Calgary Hitmen, (former junior team to Matt Pettinger, Stephen Peat, Rastislav Stana, and Pittsburgh Penguins Kris Beech) they were defeated in a long seven game series to the Swift Current Broncos. Washington Capitals prospect Owen Fussey-Calgary (RW) will now be patiently awaiting his go at the 2002-03 Capitals Rookie Camp later this summer. Owen scored 3 goals in his series and added one assist. However, his team struggled defensively and as a result Owen ended up a –3 (after going +16 during the regular season).
*Sidenote: The Capitals are now mathematically eliminated from the 2001-02 NHL playoffs, and now join the AHL-Portland Pirates and the ECHL-Richmond Renegades (within the Capitals organization) outside of the post-season picture. All three squads narrowly missed the playoffs for their respective league. The Capitals have called up Chris Corrinet (RW), and Ivan Ciernik (LW)-joining goaltending prospect Sebastien Charpentier with the Washington Capitals. Do not be surprised if there are more recalls this morning (in time for the weekend match-up’s with the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils). Charpentier may even get the start in net, against the Sabres this Friday night.