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Colorado Avalanche prospect report: Playoffs everywhere

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NCAA, USHL, BCHL, and soon the CHL

Craig Houtz – Penn State Athletics.

It’s playoff season! As we trudge through the dregs of the NHL season, let us dive into prospect playoffs.

Ontario Hockey League

#21 - Conor Timmins (D) - 1G, 1A
xyz - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - 53-7-2-3
1st overall, 1st in Western Conference, 18 points ahead of 2nd

March 8th: @ Windsor Spitfires
L 3-2 - 0G, 0A, +1
March 9th: @ Kitchener Rangers
W 4-3 - No Points
March 11th: @ Owen Sound Attack
L 6-5 OT - 1G. 1A, -1

The Greyhounds are cruising to the playoffs, having clinched first overall a while ago. Timmins is back on the ice with the team and getting prepped for the playoffs. There’s no season for the Greyhounds that’s given them better odds to get to the Memorial Cup.

#19 - Travis Barron (F) - 1G, 1A, -4
x - Ottawa 67’s - 28-28-6-3
8th in Eastern Conference, 1 point out of 7th

March 9th: @ Kingston Frontenacs
L 7-2 - 0G, 1A, -2
March 10th: vs Kingston Frontenacs
L 5-4 OT - 1G, 0A, +1
March 11th: vs Mississauga Steelheads
L 5-1 - 0G, 0A, -3

The 67’s have locked in a playoff spot, so no better time for a losing streak.


Western Hockey League

#21 - Nick Henry (F) - 1G, 0A, +2
x - Regina Pats - 38-25-5-1
3rd in East Division, 19 points out of 2nd

March 6th: @ Medicine Hat Tigers
W 6-3 - No Points
March 9th: @ Kootenay Ice
W 2-1 OT - No Points
March 10th: @ Lethbridge Hurricanes
W 5-3 - 1G, 0A, +2

Seriously Regina, lose the rest of your games, take the 1st wild card spot and give yourselves a better path in the playoffs.

#3 - Josh Anderson (D) - 0G, 0A, -2
x - Swift Current Broncos - 47-16-4-2
2nd in East Division, 6 points out of 1st

March 7th: vs Calgary Hitmen
W 3-2 - No Points
March 9th: @ Brandon Wheat Kings
L 6-3 - 0G, 0A, -1
March 10th: @ Moose Jaw Warriors
L 4-2 - 0G, 0A, -1

Anderson and the Broncos lost two games close to the end of the season and gave the Moose Jaw Warriors a five point lead over themselves.

#14 - Ty Lewis (F) - 3G, 3A, +2
x - Brandon Wheat Kings - 37-27-3-2

March 6th: vs Lethbridge Hurricanes
W 6-0 - 2G, 2A, +1
March 9th: vs Swift Current Broncos
W 6-3 - 1G, 1A, +2
March 10th: Saskatoon Blades
W 4-2 - No Points
March 11th: @ Moose Jaw Warriors
L 5-3 - 0G, 0A, -1

Ty Lewis is back to his old self, but losing to Moose Jaw helped keep them in the wild card spot, so they can go through the Central Division.


Junior A

#4 - Nick Leivermann (D)
Penticton Vees, BCHL
The Vees swept the Express in the first round of the BCHL playoffs.

Round One
March 6th: @ Coquitlam Express
W 7-2 - No Points
March 7th: @ Coquitlam Express
W 2-1 - Did Not Play

Round 2 begins on March 16th vs the Trail Smoke Eaters


USHL

#27 - Nathan Clurman (D)
Des Moines Buccaneers

Clurman is injured and may not play the rest of the year.


NCAA

#16 - Cale Makar (D) - 0G, 1A
UMass-Amherst Minutemen
Defeated the Vermont Catamounts in round one.

March 9th: @ Northeastern
L 3-2 - No Points
March 10th: @ Northeastern
L 7-2 - 0G, 1A

The Minutemen were swept by Northeastern, and Makar’s season has ended. Rumour is he’ll be staying at school, but I’m sure the Avalanche could make him an offer that moves him......TO A BIGGER HOUSE.

#25 - Denis Smirnov (F) - 0G, 0A, +1
Penn State Lions
Defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers in round one.

March 10th: @ Notre Dame
L 3-2 - 0G, 0A, +1

The Lions are out of the Big10 playoffs, but have a spot in the NCAA tournament, which begins March 24th.

#26 - Cameron Morrison (F) - 0G, 0A, -1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Received a bye to the semi-finals

March 10th: vs Penn State
W 3-2 - 0G, 0A, -1

The Irish will face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday night in the Big10 finals before moving on to the NCAA tournament.

#15 - Shane Bowers - 0G, 3A, +1
Boston University Terriers
Received a bye to the second round

March 9th: vs Connecticut
W 5-4 OT - 0G, 2A, +1
March 10th: vs Connecticut
W 2-1 - 0G, 1A

After sweeping Connecticut, the Terriers will now face off against Boston College in the Hockey East Semi-finals Friday night.

Prospect PPG tracker

Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Ty Lewis WHL 95 67 1.42 31.39
Connor Timmins OHL 37 33 1.12 29.42
Denis Smirnov Big 10 27 29 0.93 26.72
Nick Leivermann BCHL 38 45 0.84 15.93
Shane Bowers Hockey East 30 36 0.83 25.28
Travis Baron OHL 52 64 0.81 21.32
Cale Makar Hockey East 21 34 0.62 18.74
Cameron Morrison Big 10 20 34 0.59 16.88
Nick Henry WHL 27 50 0.54 11.96
Josh Anderson WHL 14 51 0.27 6.08
Nathan Clurman USHL 6 38 0.16 2.98