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Preds Prospects Succeeding In Post-Season Action

Wednesday, 03.28.2012 / 3:16 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Preds Prospects Succeeding In Post-Season Action
Most amateur hockey leagues across North America are in the middle of their playoffs and several Preds prosopects are making the most of their post-season opportunities, including Zach Budish who helped the University of Minnesota win its NCAA Regional and advance to next week’s Frozen Four.

Budish recorded four assists in two games last weekend to lead Minnesota to wins over Boston University on Saturday and University of North Dakota on Sunday. Minnesota will face top seeded Boston College in the national semifinals next Thursday. For the season, Budish has scored 12 goals and 35 points in 42 games, while posting a +23 plus/minus rating. At 6-3, 229 pounds, Budish has the size and skill to develop into an NHL power-forward.

Two other Preds prospects participated in the NCAA Tournament; defenseman Garrett Noonan and BU lost to Budish’s Minnesota squad, while Chase Balisy and Western Michigan were eliminated by North Dakota. Noonan finished the season with 16 goals and 27 points in 38 games, ranking tied for first in the nation in goals by a defenseman. Balisy posted 13 goals and 37 points in 41 games with five game-winning goals.

Five Preds prospects are still playing in Canadian Juniors playoffs. Austin Watson’s London team, the No. 1 seed in the OHL Western Conference playoffs, holds a 3-0 lead in its first round series, while Josh Shalla and Saginaw, the No. 5 seed in the Conference playoffs, trail 2-1. Shalla, however has five points through the first three games of the series. In the QMJHL, Brent Andrews and No. 6 seed Halifax swept the first round series, 4-0, and Charles-Olivier Roussel, playing for No. 1 seed Saint John, is up 3-0 in the first round series. Out west, Cameron Reid’s Portland squad holds a 3-0 lead in the WHL Western Conference first round series.

Good News From Europe: Preds prospect Mattias Ekholm won the Borje Salming Award as the top defenseman in the Swedish Elite League. Ekholm, 21, opened the season in North America before returning to Sweden early in the season; he scored eight goals and 16 points with 55 penalty minutes in 40 games during the regular season and has added one goal and five points in eight playoff games. His team, Brynas, picked up a 4-2 win in the first round of the Swedish Eliteserien playoffs, with Ekholm assisting on the overtime forcing goal with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation of the series-deciding Game 6. Brynas has split the first two games of the second round.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 10 3 5 6 8
S. Weber 10 3 4 -4 7
R. Johansen 10 3 4 1 7
R. Josi 10 0 7 -3 7
M. Ekholm 10 3 2 3 5
J. Neal 10 3 1 -2 4
M. Fisher 10 2 2 -2 4
F. Forsberg 10 2 2 -7 4
R. Ellis 10 0 3 1 3
C. Smith 7 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 5 5 0 .920 2.33
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00