Prospect Roundup: WHL Playoffs
After his stellar stint with the Flames, the forward headed back to Portland to help the Winterhawks in their hunt for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. The Winterhawks ended the regular season with a 49-19-4 record while Baerschi finished off the year with an astounding 94 points (33 goals, 61 assists) in just 47 games.
Portland is facing off against the Kelowna Rockets in the first round of the playoffs and are up 2-0 on the boys from British Columbia. Baertschi has notched five assists against the Rockets thus far and has plus-three rating.
Often overlooked due to Baertschi mania, Flames 2011 second round draft pick Tyler Wotherspoon has put together quite the season in Portland. He set new career-high's in every offensive catergory, scoring seven goals and 28 points through 67 games played. His plus-minus rating, at plus-18, was also a new career-high for the Surrey, BC native.
In Portland's first two postseason games, Wotherspoon has scored a goal and an assist while accruing a plus-four rating. He's already just two points shy of the four he amassed during the 2010-11 postseason when he played 20 games.
Brandon native Michael Ferland has been a big part of the Wheat Kings success this season, scoring 47 goals and recording 96 points in 68 games. In addition to lighting the lamp, the hulking winger made sure his presence was felt by the opposition. His physical play led to 84 penalty minutes.
The Wheat Kings are facing the Calgary Hitmen in the first round and have a 2-1 edge over Calgary. Ferland has potted two goals and an assist through the three games and has a plus-two rating. Game 4 takes place on Tuesday in Winnipeg.
Max Reinhart capped off his final year in the WHL in fine fashion, scoring 28 goals and 78 points in 61 games with the Ice. He led Kootenay in scoring with a 16 point lead over runner-up Sam Reinhart, his brother. His strong two-way play resulted in a plus-19 rating in the regular season.
The eighth-place Ice are two games into their series with the Edmonton Oil Kings and have not been able to find a way to solve their opponents. They dropped Game 1 by a score of 3-0 and fell 4-3 in Game 2. Reinhart picked up two assists in the 4-3 loss. Game 3 takes place on Wednesday.
Blueliner Joey Leach has been an offensive force for the Ice this season, scoring 12 goals and 43 points through his 73 games. He led Kootenay in scoring for defencemen and set new career high's in every offensive category.
In the Ice's two postseason games, Leach has scored once and has recorded a plus-one rating despite the fact his team has been outscored 7-3 in their opening tilts.
The Calgary Flames sixth round draft pick in 2011 has been a stud in net for the Oil Kings this season, going 42-13-5 while recording a 2.47 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Overall, he played 3574 minutes and made 1558 saves.
Edmonton was the top team in the WHL this year and haven't slowed down in the postseason. Brossoit has allowed just three goals in two games against the Kootenay Ice. His GAA sits at 1.50 and his save percentage is .944 through two playoff games.