Memorial Cup Preview

There will be a new Memorial Cup victor this year. The London Knights were swept by the OHL Champion Peterborough Petes in 4 straight one-goal games (2 in overtime). Gilbert Brule (VAN) and the Vancouver Giants dominated the WHL playoffs and were the first team to win their respective league. The QMJHL crown is still up for grabs but the teams contending for the championship are the Moncton Wildcats and the Quebec Remparts who will both be in the Memorial Cup as Moncton is the host city. I will preview all the teams involved and let you know about the key players.The Petes have only lost 3 games during their playoff run. Their signature all around team play contained the powerful London Knight attack to take the championship. The Petes’ playoff attack were led by forwards Daniel Ryder’s (CAL) 31 pts and Steve Downie’s (PHI) 21pts. The Petes were also getting timely points from the blue line in Lubomir Stach and Columbus Prospect Trevor Hendrikx. David Shantz has been solid in net for the Petes posting a .925 save %. This team is my pick to take the Cup and their tourney starts on Friday May 19 against Moncton.

The Vancouver Giants had a cake walk through the WHL playoffs. While they were a contending team, they handled the favored Moose Jaw Warriors with ease. They swept the Warriors with a combined score of 20-10. Gilbert Brule put up an impressive 30pts in 18 games to lead all WHL scorers in the playoffs. The attack also got help from defensmen Cody Franson (NAS) and Paul Albers. As always with any great playoff run is a goalie and that is the undrafted Dustin Slade. He boasts an impressive .938 save % and a miniscule 1.31 GAA. This team is on fire and will likely make some noise during the cup tourney. Vancouver will start their quest for the cup against Quebec on May 20.

The host city Moncton Wildcats are lead by blackballed Jack Adams winner, Ted Nolan. He has primed this team into one efficient unit. They are still battling it out for the QMJHL title with the Remparts but they have established themselves as a contender for the Memorial Cup title. Centre Phillippe Dupuis (CLB) leads all Wildcat scorers but he is getting a lot of help from wingers Martins Karsums (BOS) and yet another Blue Jacket prospect Adam Pineault. Coyote defensive prospect Keith Yandle has been a pillar on defense and has given goaltender Josh Tordjman a clear line of sight.

What can be said about the offensive juggernaut Alexander Radulov (NAS) and the Quebec Remparts other then this team finds ways to win every time. After a grueling 7 game series against the Titans, they have clawed back from a 2-0 deficit against the Wildcats to a current 2-2 tie as of Friday. Radulov has been magnificent and to any of those Preds fans who are reading this, this kid will make you smile for years to come. He has posted an amazing 53pts so far in the playoffs. While still taking 30 mins in penalties which is generally his weakness as he takes those penalites at the worst times, he has more then made up for them with his offensive efforts. The Remparts are also getting a tonne of production from blue liners Marc-Edourad Vlasic (SJ) and Michal Sersen (PIT). I am confident Patrick Roy can lead this team to the Memorial Cup finals.

After watching these playoffs, I do not believe the participating teams have been so close in talent in years. It is truly anyone’s cup this year and it will be an exciting tournament to watch. Catch all the games on Rogers Sportsnet.

Member Paul_dc10 had this to say

With the Memorial Cup fast aproching who will win

The memorial cup is just a week away and i thought id tell you the schedule and my predictions.

Friday, May 19 Peterborough VS Moncton 7:00 p.m. EST

Saturday, May 20 Quebec VS Vancouver 7:00 p.m. EST

Sunday, May 21 Moncton VS Vancouver 4:00 p.m. EST

Monday, May 22 Quebec VS Peterborough 7:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, May 23 Vancouver VS Peterborough 7:00 p.m. EST

Wednesday, May 24 Moncton VS Quebec 7:00 p.m. EST

Thursday, May 25 Tie Breaker if Necessary 3:00 p.m. EST

Friday, May 26 Semi-Final 7:00 p.m. EST

Saturday, May 27 Off day

Sunday, May 28 Final 4:00 p.m. EST

I think all the games are on Rogers Sportsnet

Me living in Vancouver i want the Giants to Win but they look so strong with the amazing goaltending and arguably the best player in the CHL (Gilbert Brule), but the petes look strong to, infact all teams look amazing expect a very entertaining Memorial Cup.

Now what do you think will happen at the Memorial Cup

14 Responses to Memorial Cup Preview

  1. Tweek says:

    I really hope the petes win. I just finished my degree at Trent in Peterborough and that town loves the Petes. I thought they would have a tough time with London but they amazingly swept the defending champions right out of the playoffs. With that being said I think the Petes will be the team to beat in the Memorial Cup. They have everything you need in a championship team they are the only real team in the tourny that has amazing firepower on 3 lines. Look for Jordan Staal to dominate.

  2. paul_dc10 says:

    Thanks for adding my part.

  3. Lint07 says:

    no problem!

  4. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    i think this may be one of the few memorial cups where all teams will lose in the first 3 games against each other. giving them all something like 2-1 records.

    i still think Quebec with radulov will take it.

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I’m a big Gilbert Brule fan, so I’m gonna have to root for the Giants, despite my hate for Vancouver.


  6. paul_dc10 says:

    bassicly brule is the best, i was lucky to go to 2 whl playoff games, one they won 2-0 the other brule got 6 pionts, and theree was a penetly shot

  7. SabresFan220 says:

    Well I don’t know anything about these teams since I’m not Canadian, but I know Ted Nolan is a great coach. But I’d have to say any guy named after Gilbert Perreault has got to be a guy who can take over a game.

  8. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I’m so excited that Edmonton is getting another WHL team for the 2007-2008 season. Hopefully now that the Oiler’s are owning and supporting this team, we can keep our team permanently. I’d love to see young stars come up through The City Of Champions. It’s really too bad that we had to sacrifice the Edmonton Road Runners to get the WHL team, but whatever. Bring on the Memorial Cup.

    And on a side note…..

    Tonight’s game 5 between the Oilers/Sharks. It’s the most important game so far in this series……But don’t you worry hockey fans, Canada’s team will pull through and eliminate the Sharks. Then it’s off to Southern California to de-feather the Lucky Ducks of Anaheim.

    WOOO!!!!!!! GO OILERS GO!!!!!!

  9. paul_dc10 says:

    thats true, edmonton is geeting a whl team, and thats great for the giants so we can own them, unlike are gay stupid canucks.

  10. Nordiques4ever says:

    Quebec will win the Memorial Cup.

    I see another final game between the Wildcats and the Remparts. Ted Nolan does a so great job with this team this year! With a strong defense depth (Bourdon and Yandle) and also forwards like Dupuis, they can’t fail to be on the cup final. Also, it’s Qc year, last junior year for Radulov, Melanson and Desjardins (who also brought ”the Oceanic of Crosby” at the tournament last year too), Roy did a great job behind the bench and i still think the Remparts will win the cup.

    So i didn’t know very much about the Giants except for Gilbert Brule, and i know the Pete’s are a strong team a little like the last year Knight’s. This will be one of the most exciting tournament since a while!

    So everyone, Have a nice Tournament!

    Go REMPARTS Go!!!

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I’m not sure if he was actually named after Perreault, but he certainly can dominate a game, and I seriously can see him being better then Crosby. He’s a Columbus Blue Jackets pick.

  12. habs_punk says:

    He’s too injury prone, and Brule does not have the skill set to put up 100 points as an 18 year old rookie. I could seriously see Brule never being as good as Crosby is right now.

  13. habs_punk says:

    Bah, stupid Peterborough. Good series against the Knights, it just hurts to lose 4 straight one goal games to lose a series. My Knights and Habs had to endure that this year. The Petes of have an excellent team, it’ll be a good tourney this year. Go Patrick!

  14. paul_dc10 says:

    to bad the giants are the best

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