To no one's surprise, our top prospect is putting in the best performance of all the future Leafs in this year's CHL playoffs. As a matter of fact, he's putting in the best performance of any player in each of the three leagues under the CHL's umbrella. Read more on him and the rest of our prospects in this week's edition.
Nazem Kadri, C, London Knights - 1st round, 7th overall in 2009
Kadri continues to shred the OHL leaderboard, though his streak has cooled to volcano-like proportions rather than the core of the sun type of heater he was on. Even so, he managed to extend his OHL playoff scoring lead from 4 points to 9 since we last checked in. He sits with 9 goals and 25 points through 10 games, which also leads the entire CHL by 8 points. For all his production, London is still down 3-2 to Kitchener in the second round. Kadri was held pointless in a game 5 loss; the first game these playoffs that he's had less than two points.
Kenny Ryan, RW, Windsor Spitfires - 2nd round, 50th overall in 2009
Ryan has had a quiet postseason, remaining with a goal and assist in 8 games. He'll likely be more of a factor next season with the departure of some overagers and that Hall guy. Windsor has swept both series, taking Plymouth down most recently. They'll play the winner of the London-Kitchener series.
Jamie Devane, LW, Plymouth Whalers - 3rd round, 68th overall in 2009
Devane finishes with a pair of scraps, an assist, and a plus rating through nine games. Not a bad line for an enforcer in the playoffs. He'll likely return next season, and may well continue defending Tyler Seguin from evil-doers. I'm not sure that the 1st ranked, 2nd picked prospect is ready to make the jump.
Dale Mitchell, RW, Windsor Spitfires - 3rd round, 74th overall in 2007
Mitchell has been a key contributor for Windsor again this year with 10 points in 8 games, including 6 goals. He's not quite on pace to match his 29 points in 20 games from last season's playoffs, not to mention that the way Windsor has been rolling, he may not play 20. Windsor could sweep their way to the final, but would need Mitchell to step up in a likely matchup with Barrie for the championship.
Now on to the QMJHL...
Mikhail Stefanovich, RW, Quebec Remparts - 4th round, 98th overall in 2008
Get this man some pineapples. The streaky-but-talented Belarussian forward was booted from game 3 against Victoriaville for abuse of an official. He was automatically suspended for game 4, where Quebec was swept by the Tigres, thus missing his final game of junior. Grabonovich finished with 12 points through 8 games, T-13th in the Q. Stefanovski will likely play with the Marlies next season.
Joel Champagne, C, Victoriaville Tigres - 5th round, 129th overall in 2008
Champagne's play this season continues to make me think he's a diamond in the rough. His 11 points in 10 games are respectable, but not the extent of what he brings to the table. 4 of his 6 goals came on the powerplay, and based on his size, it's fair to say they came from posting up in front of the net or working the puck down low. His faceoff skills continue to impress, as he's won 58% of his Q-leading 293 draws taken. The Tigres will likely meet Saint John next round.
Chris DiDomenico, LW, Drummondville Voltigeurs - 6th round, 164th overall in 2007
DiDomenico continues to lead Drummondville as they march toward the semi-finals. He has 15 points in 8 games, landing him in a tie for 4th place in the league. He also has a whopping +14 mark. They lead Rimouski 3-1; the game 3 loss was the team's first in 22 games, including 18 since DiDomenico returned from a devastating injury. Should the Volts finish off the Oceanic, they'll likely play Moncton in the third round.
Both remaining QMJHL series could wrap up Friday night, as Moncton is up 3-0 on Rouyn-Noranda. Game 6 in the two remaining OHL second round matchups will be played on Saturday. Next week, we should be into the conference finals. Let's hope Kadri is there. Until next time, follow me on Twitter.