Here is another list of dates that Anaheim Ducks fans should mark on the calender. Since the season is over this weeks dates are all for the Ducks prospects, and we have some good one in the system at the moment so it should be fun to take a closer look.
April 17th- There are only 2 Ducks prospects left in the OHL playoffs, and they play a game 7 against each other tomorrow night with the winner advancing to the semi-finals. The Ducks top 2 picks of the 2011 draft first rounder forward Rickard Rakell is playing for the Plymouth Whalers, and second rounder goalie John Gibson is playing for the Kitchener Rangers. Both players have had key roles for their team both during the season, and in the playoffs. Since who ever wins this game will be the only Ducks prospect left, I will be rooting for the winner to go all the way to win, and play in the Memorial Cup.
April 19th- The winner of the Plymouth vs Kitchener game will then play the London Knights in the semi finals on thursday. This will be a tough series as London has a good team, but hopefully Rakell, or Gibson depending on which player advances can help their team to advance to the finals.
April 20th- The Ducks top minor league affiliate Syracuse Crunch made it to the playoffs! The Crunch finished in 7th place, and on Friday they start a best of 5 series against the 2nd place St. John’s IceCaps. While playing the 2nd place team will be tough, the Crunch went 15-3-1-1 in their final 20 games of the season, so they should be up for the challenge. Top Ducks prospect Kyle Palmieri will continue to have a big role with the team which should be a great experience for him as he in my mind should make the Ducks roster next season. The Crunch also have a new big gun to help them as Emerson Etem has played his first 2 games with the Crunch, and is already making a big impact scoring the game winning goal in the playoff clinching game last night.
Be Sure to check back HERE often as I will be adding more dates for Ducks fans to look forward to through out the off-season.