Ducks rookies in playoffs

By Kevin Forbes

The Ducks are in the playoffs for the third time in their 10 year history. Let’s have a look at the rookies on their roster and the prospects in the system.

The Ducks could have up to 8 rookies on their roster going into the Western Conference quarter-final matchup against the Detroit Red Wings. They already have Stanislav Chistov, Alexei Smirnov, Kurt Sauer, Martin Gerber and Cam Severson on their roster and are expected to call up Ilya Bryzgalov, Jonathan Hedstrom and Mark Popovic before the puck drops in Motor City. The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks aren’t in the AHL playoffs, therefore they are giving their top players (the Ducks’ top prospects) to Anaheim to take advantage of the no roster limit.

Also the Cincy Ducks signed prospect Brian Lee to a tryout contract after Lee’s season with the OHL’s Erie Otters came to an end. Lee got to squeeze in 6 games with the Baby Ducks at the end of the season and got a goal and 4 penalty minutes.

Anaheim recently signed Hobey Baker finalist, Chris Kunitz of Ferri State University to a 2 year contract. Kunitz, an undrafted left winger, was second in NCAA scoring with 35 goals and 44 assists in 42 games. He’ll be joining the Ducks at training camp this fall. Look for a profile on him soon.

Now let’s look at how the Ducks’ prospects in the CHL have fared in the playoffs:
Joffrey Lupul – Lupul’s Medecine Hat Tigers won their first playoff series against the Swift Current Broncos, 4 games to none. They are now behind 2-0 in theri series with the Red Deer Rebels. In 6 playoff games, Lupul has 3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points along with 14 PIM.
Igor Pohanka – Pohanka’s Prince Albert Raiders did not qualify for the WHL playoffs.
Tim Brent – Brent’s St. Mike’s Majors won their first series in 7 games versus the Belleville Bulls. Their second series with the Brampton Battlion is tied up 1-1. In 9 games, Brent has scored 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points and has 4 PIM.
P.A. Parenteau – The Sherbrooke Castors won their first series against Montreal in 7 games. They are now 1-1 with Hull. In 9 games, Parenteau has scored 6 goals and 9 assists for 15 points and he has 6 PIM.
Joel Stepp – The Red Deer Rebels won their first series against the Calgary Hitmen 4-1 and are now leading the Medecine Hat Tigers 2-0. In 7 games, Stepp has scored 3 times and assisted on a goal twice for 5 points and has 8 PIM.
Joel Perreault – Baie Comeau had a bye past the first round and in second round action lead Quebec 2-0. Perreault has a goal and 2 assists for 3 points and 2 PIM so far.
Francois Caron – Moncton lost their 1st series 4-2 to Quebec. In those 6 games, Caron had an assist and 2 PIM.
George Davis – The Halifax Mooseheads won their first series against Cape Breton in a 4-0 sweep. They are now tied with Acadie Bathurst 1-1 in their 2nd series. In 6 games, Davis has 3 assists and 8 PIM.
Luke Fritshaw – Fritshaw’s Prince Albert Raiders did not qualify for the WHL playoffs.
Chris Petrow – The Oshawa Generals won their last series 4-1 against Peterborough. They are now tied in their second series 1-1 with the Ottawa 67’s. Petrow apparently hasn’t played in the playoffs.