Winterhawks Alumni Update – NHL Playoffs
With the NHL playoffs almost through the first-round, we thought now would be a good time to update Hawks fans on the status of Winterhawks’ alumni currently battling it out in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
At the beginning of the 2017-18 NHL season, the Winterhawks lead all WHL franchises with 18 alumni on National Hockey League opening day rosters for the 2017-18 season. When the postseason began, there were a total of 11 former Winterhawks heading to the playoffs.
Seth Jones – Columbus Blue Jackets
Jones is coming off an incredible regular-season with Columbus where he recorded 57 points in 78 games with the Blue Jackets. Jones and Columbus are down 3-2 in their series with the Washington Capitals, with Game 6 coming tonight. In five games thus far, Jones has five points, which is sixth most in the NHL among defensemen.
Oliver Bjorkstrand – Columbus Blue Jackets
Bjorkstrand and Blue Jackets are currently down 3-2 in their first-round series with the Washington Capitals. In five playoff games so far, Bjorkstrand has a goal and an assist. The Danish-forward is coming off a regular season where he recorded 11 goals, 29 assists and 40 points in 82 games with Columbus, all were career highs.
Brandon Dubinsky – Columbus Blue Jackets
Dubinsky is in the same boat as Bjorkstrand and Jones, down 3-2 in the Jackets series with the Capitals. Dubinsky is a plus-one over the five games with three shots. Dubinsky is playing in his seventh career Stanley Cup playoffs, over 47 career postseason games the former Winterhawk has recorded 25 points.
Matt Dumba – Minnesota Wild
Despite a strong performance from Dumba in the opening round, the Minnesota Wild were eliminated from the postseason in five games at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets. Dumba recorded a goal and an assist over the five contests. The former Hawk is coming off a great regular-season, where he put up 50 points in 82 games.
Nino Niederreiter – Minnesota Wild
Niederreiter was ousted along with his teammate, Matt Dumba, in the opening round of the NHL playoffs by the Winnipeg Jets. Niederreiter didn’t record a point in the postseason, but had a solid regular-season that saw him record 32 points in 63 games.
Joe Morrow – Winnipeg Jets
Joe Morrow and the Jets are headed to the second-round after a 4-1 series win over the Minnesota Wild. Morrow scored one of the biggest goals of the postseason thus far for the Jets when he converted on the game-winning goal in Game 1 for Winnipeg. Morrow is a plus-two so far this postseason.
Braydon Coburn – Tampa Bay Lightning
Coburn and the Lightning are on their way to the second-round after defeating the New Jersey Devils in five games. Coburn registered an assist and was a plus-five in the opening round. Coburn has now played 120 career NHL postseason games, the 23rd most among all-active players. Coburn has already twice gone to the Stanley Cup Final, but is still looking to hoist Lord Stanley’s mug for the first time.
Ryan Johansen – Nashville Predators
Ryan Johansen had a fantastic opening-round for Nashville, recording five points in six games, during the Predators first-round series win over the Colorado Avalanche. Johansen has now registered 32 points in 40 career NHL playoff games. The Predators will faceoff against the Winnipeg Jets in the second-round.
Luca Sbisa – Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first-round of the playoffs. Sbisa has not played a game yet, as he is dealing with an undisclosed injury. Sbisa wore the “A” for the Golden Knights this season, and had 14 points in 30 games.
Jannik Hansen – San Jose Sharks
Hansen and the Sharks are on their way to the second-round of the NHL Playoffs after defeating the Anaheim Ducks in four games. Hansen didn’t crack the Sharks lineup in the opening-round, but will look to get back on the ice during San Jose’s second-round matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Taylor Leier – Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers fell in six games in their opening-round matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Leier, who played in 39 games this season with the Flyers, did not play in any postseason games.