Five Winterhawks On Their Way to AHL for Playoffs
Five Winterhawks are off to compete with their respective NHL affiliate teams as they join their American Hockey League squads during the Calder Cup Playoffs. Cody Glass, Dennis Cholowski, Joachim Blichfeld, Skyler McKenzie and Cole Kehler have all been sent to their AHL teams.
The Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights, recalled Winterhawks forward Cody Glass. Glass was selected sixth overall in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights, becoming Vegas’ first ever draft pick. Glass reached career-highs in goals (37), assists (65) and points-per-game (1.59) this season for Portland. He was top-10 in the WHL in points, assists and plus/minus. He was also named a Western Hockey League First-Team All-Star for the second straight season.
The Grand Rapid Griffins, the affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, recalled defenseman Dennis Cholowski. Cholowski was the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft by the Red Wings. In his first season in the Western Hockey League, Cholowski registered 14 goals and 66 points in 69 games. He ranked top-10 in the league among defenseman in goals, assists and points. In the playoffs, Cholowski led all Winterhawks in goals, scoring five in 12 games.
The San Jose Barracudas, the affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, recalled Danish forward Joachim Blichfeld. Blichfeld was selected in the seventh-round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Sharks. In his second season with Portland, Blichfeld registered 56 points in 56 games. In the postseason, Blichfeld had nine points in 12 games for the Winterhawks.
The Manitoba Moose, the affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, signed forward Skyler McKenzie to an amateur tryout agreement. McKenzie was a seventh-round selection of the Jets in the 2017 NHL Draft. He led all Winterhawks in goals this year, scoring 47 in 72 games. He also had career-highs in points (87) and plus/minus (+38). McKenzie finished tied for sixth in the Western Hockey League in scoring.
The Ontario Reign, the affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, recalled goaltender Cole Kehler. Kehler signed an entry-level contract with the Kings on December 8th, 2017. Kehler had an incredible 20-year old season with Portland. He registered the second-best GAA in the league at 2.77, and was top-5 in the Western Hockey League in wins and shutouts. He was twice named “CHL Goaltender of the Week” and three times “WHL Goaltender of the Week”.
The American Hockey League postseason officially gets underway on Thursday, April 19th.