Three Panthers prospects advance to CHL conference finals

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Josh Brown, Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

Three of the Florida Panthers’ prospects have reached the conference finals in the playoffs of their respect leagues in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

Image courtesy of Chris Mast
Image courtesy of Chris Mast

Jayce Hawryluk and the Brandon Wheat Kings have advanced to the WHL Championship Final after they defeated the Calgary Hitmen to capture the Eastern Conference Championship title. The Wheat Kings will be making their first conference final appearance in 10 years, and they’ll face the winner of the Kelowna-Portland series. Hawryluk finished with 65 points in 54 games and 6 multi-goal games, including a 4 goal night back on October 18th, and he has posted 18 points (10g, 8a) in 12 playoff games played thus far. The Panthers selected the gritty goal-scoring forward 32nd overall at the 2014 Draft.

Image courtesy of the QMJHL
Image courtesy of the QMJHL

Chris Clapperton and the Rimouski Oceanic will be facing the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL Championship for the President Cup when the series begins on Tuesday, May 5th. Through 13 playoff games this season, Rimouski has lost just once, and they finished as the top seeded team during the regular season with a record of 47-16-3-2. This is Clapperton’s first season with the Oceanic after spending has last three with Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and he has performed at at least a point-per-game pace in each of his four seasons in the QMJHL. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 Draft, Clapperton posted 76 points in 61 games this season as his team’s assistant captain. He has 16 points in 11 postseason games so far this year.

Image courtesy of Justin Sweet of North Bay Batallion
Image courtesy of Justin Sweet of North Bay Batallion

Josh Brown and the Oshawa Generals will take on Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome, and the Erie Otters in the OHL Championship. The Generals finished as the second best team in the OHL with a record of 51-11-2-4. As the captain of the team for the second straight season, Brown finished with a career-high 21 points in 60 games, including a team-leading plus-minus rating of +49, and he has also tallied 2 points in 13 playoff games thus far. Not known for his scoring, Brown is a stay-at-home defenseman with a large 6’4″, 216-pound frame and was drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 Draft. He signed an entry-level contract with the Panthers three weeks ago. The Oshawa-Erie series dates have yet to be announced.

The winners of the OHL and WHL championship finals will advance to the Memorial Cup tournament, which will be held from May 21st until May 31st. The Rimouski Oceanic has already secured a spot in the Memorial Cup.


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