Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 CHL Memorial Cup Recap

Stuart Percy (D, Mississauga)
What I said...
"If he can continue his excellent play at the most important time of the year, Percy is a prime candidate to get boosted into the late-first or early-second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft."

What happened...
Sleeper alert! Even though he was, as previously mentioned, the youngest blueliner for the St. Mike's Majors, Percy was arguably their best all-round defenceman. Percy was the tournament's defenceman scoring leader and definitely improved his draft stock. Look for a team to scoop up Stuart's rights much sooner than expected by mock drafts.

Tomas Jurco (RW, Saint John)
What I said...
"Though his draft stock has certainly taken a hit this year due to the rise of others, Jurco is someone to watch regardless of the points he can put up."

What happened...
Jurco had one hell of a Memorial Cup tournament, and made me look great in the process: regardless of the 4 goals and assist he registered in the Sea Dogs' 4 games, I would say he was Saint John's best player (even though Huberdeau gets all of the hype). Jurco was all over the ice, making big plays either with his flair or his work ethic, and he showed some solid two-way ability to go with that immense set of puck skills.

I'm a big Jurco fan and can't wait to see who's willing to step up and take him in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Bold prediction: Jurco sneaks into the top 15.

Jordan Binnington (G, Owen Sound)
What I said...
"...the time is now more than ever for Binnington to step up and make his case for a selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft."

What happened...
Step up? How about winning the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy for the tournament's Most Outstanding Goaltender with a sparkling 95.1 save percentage?!? I don't think Jordan will be the first goalie drafted, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him taken second after Christopher Gibson and somewhere in the second round.

Joe Antilla (LW, Kootenay)
What I said...
"A big tournament could see him prove worthy of a late-round selection much like Eric Wellwood did in the '09 Memorial Cup."

What happened...
Well, this was pretty much a miss: Antilla was alright for the Ice, notching 2 goals and an assist in 5 games, but I doubt he did enough to get himself drafted.

Jarrod Maidens (C, Owen Sound)
What I said...
"If [Maidens] can use his size to his advantage and play the same tenacious game shown in Game 7 of the OHL Finals, Owen Sound could surprise the Memorial Cup teams the same way they did the Majors."

What happened...
Owen Sound lost Joey Hishon early in the tournament and more bodies dropped as time went on, so it's needless to say that the Attack struggled and was eventually the first team ousted from the Memorial Cup. That said, the young Maidens had a very mediocre showing with one goal in four games.

Sam Reinhart (C, Kootenay)
What I said...
"Seeing how he was thrown into the lineup in a high-pressure situation against one of the WHL's elite teams, I wouldn't be surprised to see Sam dressed for the entirety of the Memorial Cup unless his inexperience shines through."

What happened...
Reinhart only got action in one of Kootenay's five games and I'm not exactly sure why that was the case. Keep an eye on him, though.

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