Prospect Update - Major Juniors

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The OHL, QMJHL, and WHL regular seasons ended this weekend, so let's take a look at how the Pens prospects performed this year.

In the NHL, the injury bug has hit the Pittsburgh Penguins hard and it is finally starting to catch up to them. So let's take a break from the doom and gloom surrounding the weekend's performance to examine the Penguins junior and Euro prospects. The Canadian Major Juniors finished up this weekend, with the QMJHL regular season concluding on Saturday, the WHL season finishing up on Sunday, and due to a rescheduled game the OHL season finishing up on Monday, while over in Europe the KHL and SHL are already working their way through the playoffs. You can check back on previous updates from October, November, December, January, and February as well as our NCAA season finale from earlier this month.

Major Juniors

Derrick Pouliot, Defenseman and Alternate Captain of the WHL Portland Winterhawks, finished the year with 17 Goals, 70 Points, and a +40 in 58 games played. 10 of his Goals and 23 of his Assists were scored on the PP while 1 of his Assists was scored shorthanded. Amongst his team, he was #9 in Goals, #3 in Assists, and #6 in both Points and Plus/Minus, and bumps up to #5 in Points per Game. He was also the #1 D in all but Plus/Minus in which case he was #2. Throughout the entire WHL, he finished #15 in Assists and PP Assists, #13 in Plus/Minus, and #3 in D scoring with the #1 player leading by 9 having played 12 more games. Portland finished 54-13-2-3 to finish #1 in the US Division and #2 in both the Western Conference and the entire WHL. They had the most Goals For in the WHL and were #6 in Goals Against, and finished with the #1 PP and #4 PK.

Matthew Murray, Goaltender of the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, finished the year with a 32-11-1-5 record, 2.57 GAA, .921 Sv%, and 6 shutouts. He finished the year #2 in Wins, #5 in GAA, #3 in Sv%, and #1 in shutouts in the league. SOO finished with a 44-17-2-5 record to finish #1 in the West Division and #4 in both the Western Conference and the the entire OHL. They were #5 in Goals For and #5 in Goals Against, and finished with the #7 PP and #1 PK.

Matia Marcantuoni, Center and Alternate Captain of the OHL Kitchener Rangers, finished the year with 15 Goals, 32 Points, and a -30 in 54 games played. 6 of his Goals and 5 of his Assists were scored on the PP while 1 of his Goals was scored shorthanded. On his team he was #8 in Goals and Assists, #6 in Points, and dead last in Plus/Minus, although he bumps up to #3 in Points per Game. Kitchener finished the season 22-41-2-3 to finish #5 in the Midwest Division, #9 in the Western Conference, and #19 in the entire OHL. They were #18 in Goals For and #16 in Goals Against, and finished with the #17 PP and #18 PK. Kitchener is done for the year, so expect Marcantuoni to be joining the Black Aces squad in WBS very soon.

Clark Seymour, Defenseman and Alternate Captain of the OHL Peterborough Petes, had 7 Goals, 23 Points, and a -8 in 61 games played. 4 of his Goals and 4 of his Assists were scored on the PP. On his teams he was #13 in Goals, #11 in both Assists and Points, and one of the worst Plus/Minus. However, amongst D he was #3 in Goals, Assists, and Points. He is still playing towards a contract, and I'm not sure whether or not he did enough to earn one yet. Peterborough finished 32-30-0-6 to finish #3 in the East Division, #6 in the Eastern Conference, and #12 in the entire OHL. They were #9 in Goals For and #15 in Goals Against, and finished with the #14 PP and #19 PK.

Tristan Jarry, Goaltender of the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings, finished the year with a 44-14-2-1 record, 2.24 GAA, .914 Sv%, and 8 shutouts. He finished the year #1 in Wins and Goals Against, #8 in Sv%, and #1 in shutouts in the league. Edmonton finished with a 50-19-2-1 record to finish #1 in both the Central Division and Eastern Conference and #3 in the entire WHL. They were #3 in Goals For and #1 in Goals Against, and finished with the #17 PP and #2 PK.

Jean-Sebastien Dea, Center of the QMJHL Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, had 49 Goals, 75 Points, and a +4 in 65 games played while going 57.1% in faceoffs. 17 of his Goals and 13 of his Assists were scored on the PP while 6 of his Goals and 1 of his Assists were scored shorthanded. On his team he is #1 in Goals, #6 in Assists, #2 in Points, and #9 in Plus/Minus, in addition to leading the team in Shots, Dangerous Shots, and Faceoffs. Throughout the entire QMJHL he is #4 in Goals, #6 in PP Goals, #11 in Shots, #5 in Dangerous Shots, and #1 in Faceoffs. Rouyn-Noranda finished 35-28-3-2 for #5 in the West Division and #10 in the entire QMJHL. They were #7 in Goals For and #11 in Goals Against, and finished with the #6 PP and #14 PK.

Europe

Alexander Pechurski, the backup goaltender of the KHL Mettalurg Magnitogorsk, finished the year with a 3-1-1 record, 2.42 GAA, and .913 Sv%. Magnitogorsk finished with a 30-5-8-11 record to finish #1 in both the Kharlamov Division and East Conference and #2 in the entire KHL. The were #4 in Goals For and #5 in Goals Against, and finished with the #3 PP and #9 PK.

Oskar Sundqvist, forward of the SHL Skelleftea AIK, had 6 Goals, 16 Points, and a +6 in 51 games played, while going 45.4% in faceoffs. 2 of his Goals were scored on the PP. On his team he was #9 in both Goals and Assists, #10 in Points, and #14 in Plus/Minus. Skelleftea finished with a 32-4-7-12 record to finish #1 in the SHL. They were #1 in Goals For and #2 in Goals Against, and they finished with the #2 PP and #6 PK.

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