Keeping Tabs On The Prospects & World Championships

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It was a winning weekend for both Brad Ross and Greg McKegg as their junior teams rebounded from Game 1 losses.

McKegg and the London Knights evened the series with a 5-3 Game 2 win. McKegg recorded an assist and was a plus one giving him two points in the first two games of the series. He was injured during the last round but he has produced at just less than a point a game pace as he has 11 points in 12 playoff games this year. The two teams are ...

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World Championships Begin

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The 2012 World Hockey Championships in Finland/Sweden began Friday with five Maple Leafs set to represent their countries.

The players we will keep an eye on for you are Dion Phaneuf (Canada), Luke Schenn (Canada), Joey Crabb (USA), Mikhail Grabovski (Belarus) and Nikolai Kulemin (Russia).

Two players (Phaneuf and Grabovski) will be alternate captains for their countries.

For the first time fans will be able to stream every game from the tournament on their computer through Youtube. Check it out here 

Thursday saw the start of the respective OHL and WHL finals as two Leafs ...

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Ross Named WHL Player Of The Week

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Leafs prospect Brad Ross has been named the WHL Player Of The Week. Here is the press release from the WHL:

CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks forward Brad Ross is the WHL Player of the Week.

Ross collected four points, scoring two goals and two assists while maintained a +3 rating in two games over the last week, helping the Winterhawks capture the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship with a 4-0 series win over the Tri-City Americans.

On Wednesday, April 25th, the Winterhawks played host ...

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Ross & Winterhawks Advance To WHL Final

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Maple Leafs prospect Brad Ross and the Portland Winterhawks swept the Tri-City Americans in the WHL West Final. The Winterhawks defeated the Americans 4-1 Thursday to move on to the WHL Final. It is the second consecutive season that Portland has won the WHL West title.

Their opponent for the WHL fianl has yet to be determined as the Edmonton Oil Kings lead the WHL East Final 3-1 over the Mosse Jaw Warriors.

In the clinching victory, Ross had another two point game (one goal, one assist) it was the third straight ...

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Grabo Reflects On The Season

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With the World Hockey Championships set to start May 4th in Finland/Sweden, Mikhail Grabovski is training with the Belorussian hockey team and he spoke with Goals.by which is a Belorussian sports daily.  The Leafs forward touched on numerous topics including the Leafs second half struggles, signing his new deal with Toronto, Nikolai Kulemin and more. Read the full story courtesy of Puck Daddy.

With Grabovski playing for Belarus at the Worlds the total of Leafs players taking part are five. Dion Phaneuf and Luke Schenn for Canada, Joey Crabb for USA and Nikolai ...

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The Weekend That Was For Prospects

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The CHL playoffs were back in full swing over the weekend with prospect Brad Ross having the best start as the Portland Winterhawks are up 2-0 in the Western Conference Final on the Tri-City Americans following back-to-back 5-4 OT wins.

Ross has registered a goal and two assists in the two games with 10 penalty minutes. The two teams are off until Wednesday when they return to Portland for games three with game four set for the following night.

In the OHL, Greg McKegg missed the first two games of the Western ...

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Three Prospects Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

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Brad Ross and the Portland Winterhawks have moved on to the WHL’s Western Conference final after defeating the Kamloops Blazers 2-0 in Game 7 on Wednesday. After taking a 3-0 lead, the Winterhawks prevailed and they will now face the Tri-City Americans starting Friday.

Ross had a big series as he had 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in the seven games.

In the OHL, Greg McKegg and the London Knights will face Andrew Crescenzi and the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL’s Western Conference Final. The seriesbegins tonight in London.

Kitchener trailed in ...

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Schenn Joins Canada For Worlds

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Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn is joining Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship for the third time in four years.

Schenn joins Maple Leafs teammate Dion Phaneuf on Team Canada. Joey Crabb will be playing for Team USA which will be coached by Leafs assistant Scott Gordon. Greg Cronin will assist Gordon.

Schenn had 22 points (2-20) in 79 games for the Leafs this season.

Canada opens the world championship on May 4 with a game against Slovakia.

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Some Leafs News & Notes

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A couple of Maple Leafs will be taking part in the World Hockey Championships in Finland/Sweden starting May4th. Captain Dion Phaneuf will be representing Canada at the Worlds while Joey Crabb has been named to the USA roster. Both John-Michael Liles and Phil Kessel have said they will not take part while Carl Gunnarsson was injured the last week of the season and his status for the tournament was in doubt.

Leafs assistant coach Scott Gordon has been named head coach for Team USA. This is the third straight year that ...

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Carl Out, Others Could Be Back

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The Maple Leafs took to the ice Wednesday morning minus defenceman Carl Gunnarsson. After being hit hard early in the first period during the 6-5 overtime loss to the Sabres on Tuesday, Gunnarsson will miss the final two games of the season with a separated shoulder.

 ”It is a four to six week rehabilitation time frame before he is back to 100 per cent,” head coach Randy Carlyle said.

While the Leafs will be without Gunnarsson, there is a good chance that David Steckel could make a return Thursday against Tampa Bay. The ...

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