Five former Winterhawks have advanced to the second round of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was a wild first round that featured ten overtime games, including two Game 7 overtimes, and all four Wild Card seeds advancing.
Winterhawks alumni Seth Jones, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brandon Dubinsky helped the Columbus Blue Jackets win its first playoff series in organization history, doing so in dramatic fashion. Columbus swept Presidents’ Trophy winners Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in the best-of-seven series.
Luca Sbisa was a part of another first round sweep as the New York Islanders won four straight games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Finally, Nino Niederreiter and the Carolina Hurricanes stormed back from a 3-2 series deficit against the Washington Capitals to beat the reigning Stanley Cup Champions in double overtime of Game 7.
In the American Hockey League, the first round is still underway, but many Winterhawks alumni are producing in the postseason. Chase De Leo of the San Diego Gulls is one of the hottest players in the AHL, scoring in all four playoff games thus far to help the Gulls upset the San Jose Barracuda in the opening round. Less than a year after donning the Hawks crest, forward Kieffer Bellows scored two goals in his AHL playoff debut, including the overtime winning goal.
ROUND ONE STATISTICAL UPDATE
Nino Niederreiter (7 games | 1 assist | 15 shots | 20:06 average time on ice)
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Dubinsky (4 games | 3 shots | 12:23 average time on ice)
Oliver Bjorkstrand (4 games | 2 goals | 2 assists | 4 points | +1 | 14 shots | 16:17 average time on ice)
Seth Jones (4 games | 2 goals | 2 assists | 4 points | +3 | 3 shots | 25:41 average time on ice)
Ryan Johansen (6 games | 1 goal | 1 assist | 2 points | 18 shots | 20:50 average time on ice)
Cody McLeod (Did not play in series)
New York Islanders
Luca Sbisa (Did not play in series)
Tampa Bay Lightning
Braydon Coburn (2 games | 1 assist | +2 | 9 shots | 17:08 average time on ice)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nic Petan (Did not play in series)
Joe Morrow (Did not play in series)
Caleb Jones (3 games | 1 assist | +2 | 8 shots)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Kieffer Bellows (3 games | 2 power play goals | 6 shots)
Cody Glass (4 games | 1 goal | 2 assists | 3 points | 8 shots)
Paul Bittner (Yet to play in series)
Miles Koules (Yet to play in series)
Keoni Texeira (Yet to play in series)
Grand Rapids Griffins
Dennis Cholowski (4 games | 2 assists | +1 | 5 shots)
Dominic Turgeon (3 games | 1 goal | 2 assists | +3 | 9 shots)
Jack Dougherty (Did not play in series)
Taylor Leier (3 games | 1 assist | 1 shot)
San Diego Gulls
Chase De Leo (4 games | 4 goals | +2 | 19 shots)
Corbin Boes (Yet to play in series)
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