Below is the final part of Hockey's Future's 2012 Spring Organizational Rankings. The rankings were determined by taking each NHL team's entire prospect pool into consideration as well as the likelihood those prospects are to meet their maximum potential. For reference, each team's top five prospects are included, as well as the players they have graduated, traded, or added to their pool over the 2011-12 season. To be eligible, a player must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
With one of the deepest and most talented prospect pools in the league, it should come as no surprise that the Florida Panthers have prospects in the post-season at almost every level imaginable, from the WHL to the AHL to the European leagues.
A defending champ, a host unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs earlier than expected, a former champ crashing the party one year early, and the new kid on the block — out of 59 teams from nine Canadian provinces and four U.S. states, the 2012 CHL championship will be contested by a quartet of squads that couldn't be more different — save for the common goal of raising the Memorial Cup.
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Sven Bartschi is the CHL Player of the Week after scoring four goals and one assist for five points in three playoff games for the week ending May 6.
Bartschi opened the WHL Championship Series with a goal in Game 1 last Thursday night despite a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings. He followed that up with a pair of first star performances including Friday night in Game 2 where he scored two goals in a 5-1 win, and on Sunday where he scored once and added an assist as part of the 4-3 victory which gave the Winterhawks a 2-1 series lead. The series is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for Thursday night in Edmonton.
Bartschi, a 19-year-old from Langenthal, Switzerland, is playing in his second full WHL season with the Winterhawks. Selected 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Bartschi is currently second in WHL playoff scoring with 32 points including 13 goals and 19 assists in 19 games played.
There are plenty of reasons why the Saint John Sea Dogs are the favorite to repeat not just as QMJHL champions this year, but also to successfully defend their Memorial Cup win from last season.
First and foremost, the Sea Dogs were the top team in the regular season for a record-setting third consecutive year. They've followed that momentum into the playoffs, where they are currently in the third round and so far have out-scored their opponents by a combined total of 79-28.
All this offensive firepower is thanks to the depth of the Sea Dogs roster and no where is that depth more noticeable than when you consider the forwards on Saint John's roster in the context of the top forwards in the QMJHL.