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.
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.
For the NHL team that is in the market for a puck-rushing, offensive defenseman at the 2012 NHL Draft, Moose Jaw Warriors rearguard Morgan Rielly just might fit the bill.
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.