Playoff breakdowns

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Road to the Memorial Cup
Playoff breakdowns
Want to follow the Islanders prospects on the road to the Memorial Cup? The league playoffs are getting under way in each of the three leagues. Here are your matchups:

*Shawinigan has an automatic bid into the Memorial Cup as the host of the tournament

OHL: West
1 London vs. 8 Windsor
2 Plymouth vs. 7 Guelph
3 Kitchener vs. 6 Owen Sound
4 Sarnia vs. 5 Saginaw

OHL: East
1 Niagara vs. 8 Oshawa
2 Ottawa vs. 7 Bellville
3 Barrie vs. 6 Mississauga
4 Brampton vs. 5 Sudbury
WHL: West
1 Tri City vs. 8 Everett
2 Kamloops vs. 7 Victoria
3 Portland vs. 6 Kelowna
4 Vancouver vs. 5 Spokane

WHL: East
1 Edmonton vs. 8 Kootney
2 Moose Jaw vs. 7 Regina
3 Calgary vs. 6 Brandon
4 Medicine Hat vs. 5 Saskatoon
OMJHL:
1 Saint John vs. 16 Cape Breton
2 Shawinigan vs. 15 Rouyn-Noranda
3 Blainville-Boisbriand vs. 14 Gatineau
4 Victoriaville vs. 13 Baie-Comeau
5 Quebec vs. 12 Drummondville
6 Halifax vs. 11 Moncton
7 Rimouski vs. 10 Val-D’Or
8 Chicoutmi vs. 9 Acadie-Bathurst

Where do the Isles prospects specifically fit in? Here are the breakdowns of their matchups.
*indicates if necessary

BRENDAN KICHTON
Brendan Kichton
WHL Western Conference Quarterfinals:
4 Vancouver [40-26-2-4] vs. 5 Spokane [38-25-5-4]

Gm. 1 3.23.12 @ VAN
Gm. 2 3.24.12 @ VAN
Gm. 3 3.27.12 @ SPO
Gm. 4 3.28.12 @ SPO
Gm. 5* 3.30.12 @ VAN
Gm. 6* 4.1.12 @ SPO
Gm. 7* 4.4.12 @ VAN
Season Series: 0-1-1 Kichton: 0 pts in 2 games played
Kichton: 17g/57a 74 points in 71 games played
Led by Islanders prospect and top-scoring defenseman Brenden Kichton, the Spokane Chiefs enter the WHL playoffs as the fifth seed. The Chiefs take on the fourth-seeded Vancouver Giants in their quest for the Memorial Cup starting Friday. Vancouver held the edge in the season series as Spokane took one of a possible four points. Kichton was held pointless in the two meetings, but the Spruce Grove, Alta. native led his team with 74 points [17g/57a] and is overdue to bury one on the Giants. 

ANDREY PEDAN

OHL Western Conference Quarterfinals:
Andrey Pedan
2 Plymouth [47-18-2-1] vs. 7 Guelph [31-31-2-4]
Gm. 1 3.23.12 @ PLY
Gm. 2 3.25.12 @ GUE
Gm. 3 3.27.12 @ PLY
Gm. 4 3.29.12 @ GUE
Gm. 5* 3.31.12 @ PLY
Gm. 6* 4.1.12 @ GUE
Gm. 7* 4.3.12 @ PLY
Season Series: 2-2 Pedan: 1g/4a in 4 games played
Pedan: 10g/30a 40 pts. In 63 games played
The seventh-seeded Guelph Storm take on the second-seeded Plymouth Whalers in the opening round of the OHL playoffs. Separated by 29 points in regular season play, the teams split the season series 2-2 and Guelph steamrolled Plymouth for a 9-1 victory on Feb. 18. Islanders prospect Andrey Pedan scored a goal and two assists in the 9-1 rout and posted 40 points [10g/30a] in 63 games on the Storm’s blueline. Both teams have offensive depth as Plymouth boasts nine players with over 40 points to Guelph’s eight.

RYAN STROME AND MITCHELL THEORET

OHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals:
1 Niagara [47-18-0-3] vs. 8 Oshawa Generals
Ryan Strome Mitchell Theoret

Gm. 1 3.22.12 OSH 2 @ NIA 8 Strome 1g/2a
Gm. 2 3.23.12 @ OSH
Gm. 3 3.25.12 @ NIA
Gm. 4 3.28.12 @ OSH
Gm. 5* 3.31.12 @ NIA
Gm. 6* 4.1.12 @ OSH
Gm. 7* 4.3.12 @ NIA
Season Series: 1-1 Strome 1g/1a in 2 games played Theoret: 0 pts in 2 games played
Niagara dominated the OHL’s Eastern Conference, finishing nine points ahead of the second-seeded Ottawa 67’s. As a result, the IceDogs draw the eighth-seeded Oshawa Generals in the OHL quarterfinals. Twenty-eight points separate the teams in the standings, but they split the season series 1-1. Ryan Strome, the Islanders fifth overall selection in 2011, scored a goal and two assists in an 8-2 victory on Thursday to open the series. Mitchell Theoret, the Isles 7th round pick in 2011, did not play in the series opener. Strome posted 68 points [30g/38a] in 46 games, good for fifth on the stacked Icedogs roster. Theoret set a new career high with 21 points [12g/9a] in 62 games this season.

KIRILL KABANOV

Kirill Kabanov
QMJHL East Division Playoffs
1 Shawinigan [45-16-3-4] vs. 6 Baie-Comeau [29-34-1-4]
Gm. 1 3.23.12 @ SHA
Gm. 2 3.24.12 @ SHA
Gm. 3 3.27.12 @ ROU
Gm. 4 3.28.12 @ ROU
Gm. 5* 3.30.12 @ SHA
Gm. 6* 4.1.12 @ ROU
Gm. 7* 4.3.12 @ SHA
Season Series:  2-2-0  Kabanov: 4A in 2 GP
Kabanov: 21g/34a 55 pts. 50 games
The Shawinigan Cataractes, host team of the 2012 Memorial Cup, open the QMJHL playoffs as the second-seed, against the 15th-seeded Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Shawinigan and Rouyn-Noranda met four times this season, splitting the series 2-2. Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov suited up for two of the four matches against Rouyn-Noranda, totaling four assists in both victories. Kabanov set a new career high this season with 55 points [21g/34a] in 50 games, but in the past has played his best hockey in the post season. Last year Kabanov scored 20 points [8g/12a] in 15 games for the Lewiston MAINEiacs and will be a factor in Shawinigans quest for the Memorial Cup.


 

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