Playoff Studs – Prospects edition

Stuart McDonald



Here's a rundown on which prospects have gotten out of the playoff scoring gate quickly.   


In one of the most exciting NCAA tournaments in recent history, Boston University eked out a 4-3 overtime win over the University of Miami at Ohio. Boston made it into overtime by scoring two extra-man goals in the final minute of regulation.

Anaheim's recent acquisition, Nick Bonino, led Boston with two goals and six points in the NCAA tourney. Nashville first rounder Colin Wilson scored twice and added three assists to tie newly crowned Hobey Baker Trophy winner Matt Gilroy for second in team scoring. Gilroy, a slick, puck-moving defenceman, notched a tournament-leading five assists capping off a dream season where he emerged from relative obscurity to sign a multi-year deal with the New York  
Rangers April 17th.

Sixteenth seed, Bemidji State, led by pint-sized senior, Tyler Scofield, became the first bottom-ranked team to reach the Final Four. Scofield, a 5'8,  
160-pound centre, managed four goals and three assists in three games before Bemidji's dream run came to an end against Miami in the Final Four.   


Pittsburgh's Eric Tangradi leads the OHL Playoffs in scoring with eight goals and 21 points in only 13 games. Tangradi led Belleville past both Sudbury and Niagara, although Brampton is proving to be a more formidable challenge. Brampton leads Belleville two games to none behind the scoring of Vancouver 2008 first rounder Cody Hodgson and NY Ranger 2008 third rounder Evgeny Grachev. Hodgson and Grachev have combined for 15 goals and 40 points in 12 games.


The high-scoring London Knights have cruised past both Erie and Saginaw but have run into the powerhouse Windsor Spitfires. Surprisingly, London's leading scorer is defenceman Mike Del Zotto. Del Zotto, the New York Ranger's first round pick in 2008, has two goals and 18 assists in 11 games.    


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