Instead, Roy traded Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in late November. Those who lamented the rule, which reeks of big-market favouritism, must have rejoiced upon seeing Kucherov’s small-market Huskies dispatch Roy’s Remparts in a stunning five-game second-round series.
Kucherov was instrumental in putting the finishing touches on his former team by scoring a hat trick and picking up three assists in his team’s 6-1 win in the decisive fifth game. He had four goals and five assists in the series, outscoring both Grigorenko (two goals in five games) and Sorensen (one goal in three games).
Patrick Roy had 3 Euro’s and chose to trade away Kucherov to Rouyn. Kucherov with 3 goals, 3 assists to help end Quebec’s season.
The Knights are off to the Western Conference final and will now face the Plymouth Whalers. The last time these two teams faced off was in the 2007 Western final when the Whalers won in five games en route to winning their last J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champions.
Titan sale, Sorel-Tracy next?
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan are staying put, and could now boast some star power from a former player: Patrice Bergeron, and local product, Sean Couturier.
One day before the Flames and Oilers met in the Battle of Alberta on Saturday, it was determined that the rivalry housing Alberta’s two biggest cities’ junior teams would meet in the Western Hockey League’s East final.
The defending champion Edmonton Oil Kings swept the Medicine Hat Tigers while the Calgary Hitmen dispatched the Red Deer Rebels in an all-Alberta conference semifinal. Now it’s down to the Hitmen and Oil Kings for the right to play in the league championship series.
The excitement of this series should boil over with NHL-sized attendance. Since both the Oilers and Flames are fledgling and likely non-playoff teams, NHL fans won’t have much more motivation to jump on the junior bandwagon.
“This year we finally got the upper edge in the season series, but playoffs is a completely different story. This is going to be a hard series. Nobody gets anything for free. Every hit, every inch of ice, is going to count.
“Does that make it fun? Oh, absolutely. That’s what we live for.”
The Western Conference will be decided between the Kamloops Blazers and the Portland Winterhawks. Last year, the Winterhawks held off the Blazers in a wildly entertaining second-round series, where the Blazers forced a Game 7 after trailing the series 3-0.