Jackets CHL Prospect Update: Playoff Edition

By Aaron Vickers

Jackets CHL Prospect Playoff Update

Western Hockey League

Shane Bendera – Goal – Kelowna Rockets
Bendera is simply proving he is a money goalie. And that’s all he’s doing. After carrying the Rockets to a 4-0 sweep against the Kamloops Blazers, he decided to make things more interesting. After dropping the first two games to the Spokane Chiefs, Bendera and the Rockets redeemed themselves and downed the Chiefs by winning the next four games. Bendera has been the only Rockets goalie to make an appearance in the playoffs, and with stats like his, who needs a backup?

Shane has registered a 1.35 GAA and a sparkling .946 SV%. On April 15th, Bendera was WHL Player of the Week, with a 0.96 GAA and .964 SV%. His next visit will be to the Kootenay arena where the Rockets will do battle with the Ice. The Ice have home ice advantage, but they don’t have a goalie as hot as Bendera.

Kiel McLeod – Forward – Kelowna Rockets
After getting off to a hot start against the Blazers, Kiel McLeod struggled somewhat against the Chiefs. However, I don’t think anybody is noticing with the offensive juggernaut that the Rockets have transformed into. The Rockets have 7 players averaging at least 0.70 PPG in the 10 games they’ve played thus far, with McLeod being one of them.

McLeod has put up 2 goals and 8 points(2-6-8) in those 10 games, and is second on the Rockets with a +4 rating. His next task will be to provide teammate Shane Bendera with a lead to carry for the rest of the game.

Ben Knopp – Forward – Kamloops Blazers
Eliminated From Postseason Play (4 Games, 0 Goals, 1 Assist, -2)

Tyler Sloan – Defense – Kamloops Blazers
Eliminated From Postseason Play (4 Games, 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0)

Ontario Hockey League

Andrew Penner – Goal – Guelph Storm
Eliminated From Postseason Play (9 Games, 3.19 GAA, .899 SV%)
One reader of the website put it best when he said Penner came back down to earth. The playoff success of the Guelph Storm hinged on Penner being able to play the best hockey of his life, but he was unable to continue his success. The Storm were bounced by the Windsor Spitfires in 5 games, in which the Storm allowed 24 goals.

Penner’s stats don’t look all that bad, but taking into consideration his first round, his numbers inflated like a balloon. He finished up playing in 9 games, with a 3.19 GAA and a .899 SV%. His backup, rookie Dwight LaBrosse managed a 1.88 GAA and .941 SV% in the two games he was called upon to play. Hopefully Penner enjoys his golfing this offseason.

Cole Jarrett – Defense – Plymouth Whalers
Eliminated From Postseason Play (6 Games, 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 0)

Scott Heffernan – Defense – St Michaels Majors
The St Michaels Majors are most certainly still in the playoff chase, but it appears as though Scott Heffernan is not. Heffernan has only participated in 7 of the teams 11 playoff games. I am uncertain as to why he is not in the lineup, because both the OHL website and the St Michaels Majors website have no information on his absence.

Nonetheless, Heffernan had been effective while he was in the lineup. In those 7 games, the blueliner has registered one goal and 3 points (1-2-3), while being even in terms of plus/minus, and very disciplined with only 4 PIM. If anyone has an update on Heffernan, please feel free to let me know at the bottom of this article.

Quebec Major Junior

Pascal Leclaire – Goal – Montreal Rocket
Eliminated From Postseason Play (7 Games, 2.04 GAA, .932 SV%)

Aaron Johnson – Defense – Rimouski Oceanic
Eliminated From Postseason Play (7 Games, 1 Goal, 2 Assists, 0)

Louis Mandeville – Defense – Halifax Mooseheads
Eliminated From Postseason Play (13 Games, 1 Goal, 5 Assists, -4)
Louis Mandeville saw his season end last week, when the Halifax Mooseheads were bounced from the post-season by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in 6 games. This series was closer than one might assume, with 3 of the first four games going into the extra frame and each team scoring the same amount of goals through the first four games. When talking with Louis, he commented on the physicality of the series. “It was an intense series,” said Mandeville, “lots of body checks, lots of emotion. Both teams could’ve won won this series in 4 (games).”

Mandeville finished up the postseason by registering 1 goal and 6 points (1-5-6) in 13 games, while a –4. When asked what he plans were for next season, Louis responded by saying that if he isn’t signed by Columbus, he would like to return as an overager next season.