Have you gotten your hockey fix yet? Well, it has been a few weeks of nonstop action and so far, we have had no shortage of excitement. As we head into the second round, the number of games we see each day has tempered off, meaning we now have a chance to catch our breath and reflect on what exactly occurred over the past two weeks.
It should come as no surprise that I have a large interest in keeping close tabs on prospects. In fact, if my home team is not playing that night, I tend to gravitate to games in which showcase one or two. Although the quantity of entry-level talent drops off during the playoffs, there is a select group who have been handed the opportunity to showcase themselves this summer and I thought I would shed some light on what I have seen from the lot thus far.
Of course, I cannot mention all of them, so if you were hoping to get a recap on what I thought about a specific player, please find me on Twitter @hall1289 and let me know.
Here are some of my top storylines through the first few rounds of postseason play.
Liam Foudy came as advertised.
Since I cover the Blue Jackets with DobberProspects, I had an increased level of interest when it came to the swift skating Foudy. And sure enough, he did not disappoint. It was no secret heading into the bubble that head coach John Tortorella thought highly of the 20-year-old’s two-way capabilities, and his icetime was indicative of just that. He averaged 16:43 of ice-time throughout a total of 10 games, which included 42 minutes during their eight-period marathon in Game 1 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. With just two points, which included his first career NHL goal, he did not overwhelm the scoresheets, yet he played his role to a tee and provided the team with energy on a shift-by-shift basis. His style meshes well with the brand of play that has been formed in Columbus and should have no issues finding his spot among the roster heading into next season.
Overall, his playoff interview was exactly what I had anticipated, and I continue to see him as a very solid top-six winger with 60-70 points as his general area of production.
Nicholas Robertson looks like the real deal.
It was a very respectable showing for the 18-year-old trigger man following a dominant junior campaign for the Peterborough Petes (OHL). Despite a disappointing qualifying round exit for the Leafs, Robertson’s play provided a nice bright spo