With the majority of the first round of the Canadian Junior playoffs decided and the NCAA Tournament already down to their "Frozen Four," it is time to see who is still left playing and what might be happening to those who have been eliminated.
Brady Skeji (NYR 2012 1st) and his Minnesota Golden Gophers punched their ticket to the "Frozen Four" with a pretty easy 4-0 win over the St. Cloud State Huskies in the West Regional. Skjei was scoreless on 1 shot and a +2 for the game and pretty much had a quiet game. As his Golden Gophers advance to the "Frozen Four," expect that to change as Minnesota will be facing a tough North Dakota team when play resumes on April 10th.
Ryan Graves (NYR 2013 4th) of the Val-d'Or Foreurs who will be facing the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the 2nd round of the QMJHL playoffs. The Foreurs will be the favorites in this series.
Troy Donnay (NYR 2013 UFA) of the Erie Otters as they will be facing the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 2nd round of the OHL's Western Conference Playoffs. Erie should be favored in this series as well.
Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) of the Kootenay Ice will advance to face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2nd round of the WHL's Eastern Conference playoffs. Skapski lost his starting job due to some poor play will most likely get another chance down the road.
One last word on the Ranger prospects and that is the word is that Adam Tambellini is going to head to Hartford for the rest of their season signing an ATO. Tambellini because he left North Dakota of the NCAAs is not subject to the age requirement. Those in Calgary expect Tambellini to sign his Entry Level Contract with the Rangers and not return next season to the WHL.