Couturier, Schenn instrumental in Flyers strong 2012 post-season

by Chris Shafer
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Photo: Brayden Schenn (right) celebrates with teammate and fellow rookie Sean Couturier. Schenn and Couturier were integral parts of the Flyers 2012 post-season run. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

 

Though many have graduated from the prospect list through the course of this past season, a number of the 11 rookies that took part in the Philadelphia Flyers' 2011-12 season were also key components to their 2012 postseason.

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Minor league success in Toronto suggests promising future for Maple Leafs

by John-Eric Iannicello
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Photo: Greg McKegg (92) was the lone prospect to represent the Leafs at the 2012 Memorial Cup. (Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

 

It's been a long time since a team in Toronto has played meaningful hockey in the Spring months. The Toronto Marlies have changed those fortunes this season with a strong year that has translated into a lengthy post-season run that has seen the club play in the Calder Cup finals. Led by a handful of solid prospects, the Toronto Maple Leafs hope the recent post-season run by the Marlies will translate into more NHL ready players as soon as next season.

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2012 Memorial Cup Preview

by Jason Menard
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Photo: OHL Commissioner  David Branch presents London Knights forward Austin Watson (NAS) with the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award, given to the player most valuable to his team in the OHL playoffs. Watson managed 10 goals and seven assists in 19 playoff games, helping London to their second OHL championship. The Knights will need Watson to keep up his scoring if they hope to win their second Memorial Cup. (Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

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.
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Sven Bartschi named WHL Player of the Week

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CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks forward Sven Bartschi is the WHL Player of the Week.

Bartschi picked up five points, scoring four goals and one assist in three games over the last week helping the Winterhawks to a 2-1 series lead in the 2012 WHL Championship Series presented by Husky and Kal Tire against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

On Thursday, May 3rd, game one of the WHL Championship Series opened in Edmonton at Rexall Place.  Bartschi scored one goal in the 'Hawks 3-2 loss to the Oil Kings.  The next night, Friday, May 4th, in Edmonton, Bartschi collected two goals and was named the games 1st Star in the Winterhawks 5-1 win over the Oil Kings.  On Sunday, May 6th, the series shifted to Portland with game three at the Rose Garden.  Bartschi picked up one goal, one assist and was again named the games 1st Star in the Winterhawks 4-3 victory over the Oil Kings.  He currently sits 2nd among all WHL scorers in the playoffs with 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 18 games played.
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