Anniversary Cup: Four Contenders, Four Tournaments

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Who participates in the Anniversary Cup? How did these groups obtain the right to come to Saint John and who? How many NHL prospects will have the chance to shine at the TD station starting tomorrow night and over the next nine days? You will find answers to these questions below.

Edmonton Oil Kings

WHL champions

How did they get there? Through out everything. To a roster that already includes three first-round NHL picks at the start of the campaign — Dylan Guenther, Jake Neighbors and Sebastian Cossa — architect Kirt Hill has bolstered his defense by adding another first-round group, Canadian prospect Kaiden Guhle, as well as Luke Prokop, a Selected 3e A tour of the Nashville Predators. Florida Panthers forward Justin Surdev has also been acquired by trade. All these great people helped Alberta FC finish the regular season with a good 104 points tally to finish second in the overall standings, seven lengths away from the Winnipeg Ice. In the playoffs, the Oil Kings outperformed their opponents in the first two rounds, before finally laughing at ICE in five games and winning their third WHL Championship in their history at the end of a six-game battle against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Viewing players: Kaiden Guhle crowned the WHL Championship for the second time in his career with the honor of the best player in the playoffs, and completed the playoffs with 8 goals to his name, which is the highest league among defensemen. Guhle and his Blue Line partner Luke Prokop were also relentless in their area, posting plus-17 and plus-23 respectively. On attack, Dylan Guinter kept the official scorers busy by scoring 13 goals and 8 assists, climbing to the top of his team’s scoring charts.

Behind the seat: Brad Lauer, 2019-20 WHL Coach of the Year in his fourth season. In 2019, the man who played 323 NHL games, mostly with the New York Islanders, led the Oil Kings to the WHL semi-finals.

NHL prospects: Kayden Gohley (Montreal, Round 1 2020), Dylan Guenter (Arizona, Round 1 2021), Sebastian Cosa (Detroit, Round 1 2021), Jake Nebors (St. Louis, Round 1 2021), Luke Prokop (Nashville, Round 3 2020) Justin Surdev (Florida, Round 3 2020), Jacob Demic (Vegas, Round 4 2021), Galen Loebin (Chicago, Round 7 2021).

Hamilton Bulldogs

Ohl heroes

How did they get there? Undisputed… until the AFC Champions League final. The Hamilton Bulldogs were undefeated in 22 games when they began their battle with the Windsor Spitfire for supremacy over the league in Ontario, but he was only able to win the J. Ross Robertson Cup after the seventh and final game. The Bulldogs were set on the first day of the season as the favorite to represent the league in Saint John, seeing their stature cemented during the trading stint when general manager Steve Staios – yes, former NHL player – awarded forwards Mason McTavish – the country’s best rookie player according to Saying – and Giordano Biondi, as well as Canadian defender and prospect Arber Xhekaj. The regular season champion, the Bulldogs were nearly invincible at home (27-4-1-2) and allowed the fewest total goals (176). In attack, despite having only two of their players in the top 25 scorers (Logan Morrison and Avery Hayes), the Bulldogs scored 300 goals, barely five less than the leader, the Spitfires. Seven of Hamilton’s players finished the year averaging at least one point per game: Morrison, Hayes, McTavish, George Diaco, Jean Misak (Canadian Hope), Nathan Staeus (yes, son of GM) and Ryan Winterton.

Viewing players: She’s strong from a 23-game streak with at least one point Logan Morrison settled in Saint John. NHL clubs have looked forward to the last two drafts, and have started or finished at least one Bulldogs goal in each of the Bulldogs’ 19 games this spring, with a total of 17 goals and 39 points, plus the title from the playoff game as MVP. When Morrison celebrates an achievement, Avery Hayes is never far away. Members of the first line of Bulldog finished first and second, respectivelye The team’s top scorer, both in the regular season and in the playoffs.

Behind the seat: Jay McKee, a first-round pick by Buffalo Sabers who played 802 NHL games, is in his first season behind the Bulldogs bench. He moved there last July after four seasons with Kitchener Rangers.

NHL prospects: Mason McTavish (Anaheim, 1Dr Round 2021), Jean Messack (Montreal, 2e Tour 2020), Artem Groshnikov (Dallas, 2e Tour 2021), Ryan Winterton (Seattle, 3e Tour 2021), Chandler Romeo (Ottawa, 7e Tour 2021), Arber Zhekaj (Montreal, free agent), Navrin Mutter (Nashville, free agent).

* Jorian Donovan (ranked 81)e Best prospect among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for Next Project).

Shawinigan cataracts

QMJHL Champions

How did they get there? With talent, flexibility and composure. General Manager Martin Mundo took a conservative approach on the last day of trading and you are challenged to find someone in Shawinigan to blame today. Defender Loris Ravanomizantsoa has been added to a host of local players and in particular Pierke Dube, the takeover of the year at QMJHL, before the winter transfer window closes. After a regular season marked by injuries, I dropped them to 7e In the overall standings, the Cats began their elimination run with two consecutive strikes against the Rowen Noranda Huskies and Olympic Gatineau, before toppling the top seed, Quebec Remparts and Charlottetown Islands. Over the course of this first capture of the President’s Cup in 53 years of history, the Mauricie have racked up seven wins in as many games as they required extra time.

Viewing players: Two-headed monster. Mavrik Bourque and Xavier Bourgault completed their playoffs as second and fourth in the qualifying standings with a score of 25 and 22 points, respectively. In the final, Burke – a player with distinction in the playoffs – voted Bourgelt with 5 goals and 4 assists each in five matches. Also keep an eye out for Beric Dobby, the special occasion guy. During the decisive match against Remparts in the semi-finals, the 21-year-old striker who started the season in ECHL with the Trois-Rivières Lions scored three goals. Then, against the islanders, Dobby began the festivities in barbecue He scored in extra time the final goal of the 2021-2022 season for Circuit Corto.

Behind the seat: In his eighth season behind the bench at QMJHL, Daniel Reno took part in a fourth final of the year. Vaincu en 2012 et 2015 avec l’Océanic de Rimouski et les Remparts de Québec à titre d’entraîneur adjoint, l’homme de 40 ans a vu le trophée lui échapper en tant que patron derrière le banc des Foreurs de last year.

NHL prospects: Maverick Burke (Dallas, 1Dr Tour 2020), Xavier Borgolt (Edmonton, 1Dr Tour 2021) Olivier Nadeau (Buffalo, 4e Round 2021) Martin Haas (Washington 5 .)e 2019 tour).

* Angus Booth (Rating 92 .)e Best prospect among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for Next Project).

sea ​​dogs st john

home team

How did they get there? through the back door. And they’ll have to wait 38 days to finally cross that threshold. A stumble over Rimouski Oceanic in the first round of the playoffs wasn’t in the home team’s plans for the annual Classic. Less so at the end of the deal period, which was marked by six exchanges and the arrival of 9 new players, including defender Vincent Sevigny, goalkeepers Nicolas Hortopis and Thomas Couture, as well as forwards Philip Daust, Marshall Lesard and Ravis Christian Anson. “We didn’t want to have any regrets,” general manager Trevor Georgie explained to teammate Nicholas Landry in January. By adding a few layers of depth to his roster, across all positions, the general manager thought he was giving his club the “best chance of winning” after a mediocre first half of the season. When activities resumed, the sea dogs were ninee In the general classification, but they began a series of successes. The last 38 games of the campaign saw a 10-game winning streak, then another 15 that coincided with the end of the regular season. It sounded promising for sea dogs, 3e seeded in the Spring Championship. Until the Océanic team and its clever strategist, Serge Beausoleil, spread their legs. Faced with an opportunistic attack and a tight defense, Sea Dogs eluded the fifth and final game of the series in overtime. Ten days later, head coach Jordi Dwyer was fired.

Viewing players: William Dufour just had the season of his life. Throughout the campaign, he fought for the top spot in the league’s leading scorers and scorers lists, eventually establishing himself as a sniper par excellence with 56 goals hit. With 116 points, the New York Islands narrowly ceded the top scorer title to Joshua Roy of Sherbrooke Phoenix, capping with 119 points. Striker Josh Lawrence is one of five other players in the league to reach 100 points this season.

Behind the seat: Gardiner McDougall made championships one of his specialties as head coach of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, which he led to seven CNA titles in 22 seasons. His qualities as a motivator, praised by many of the players who have excelled under him, also led the Sea Dogs to make the 62-year-old their “rental” coach for the duration of the Anniversary Cup.

NHL prospects: Jan Kuznetsov (Calgary, Round 2 2020), Jeremy Poirier (Calgary, Round 3 2020), William Villeneuve (Toronto, Round 4 2020), William Dufour (New York Islands, Round 5 2020), Ryan Francis (Calgary, Round 5 2020) ), Ravis Christians Anson (Pittsburgh, fifth round 2020), Cam McDonald (Tampa Bay, fifth round 2021), Philip Doust (Ottawa, sixth round 2020).

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