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Sunday, May 29, 2011

J-Money is Memorial Cup MVP

Back in March, B2011DW predicted big things for Saint John star Jonathan Hubderdeau this spring when we said:

Only a complete dud of a playoff performance is going to hurt Huberdeau's draft prospects, and frankly, we don't see that happening. If Saint John makes its expected deep run, Huberdeau could be the Taylor Hall of the 2011 postseason in terms of a guy who scouts see well into May and therefore leaves a fresh and lasting impression leading into the draft.

You can read the rest of the post here.

Huberdeau not only led his Sea Dogs to the first Memorial Cup championship for any QMJHL team from the Maritimes in the tourney's 93-year history, but he captured MVP honors in the process. Just like Hall did a year ago.

He posted a goal and an assist in the 3-1 win over Mississauga to finish the tourney with three goals and six points in four games. But his sense of timing was what sealed the deal for Huberdeau- an overtime goal against Owen Sound to get his team into the championship game.

We started calling him J-Money last week, and he validated that with another strong game with it all on the line. He could be a top-two pick in June- his stock is through the roof right now.

And while we're taking credit for Hubderdeau's storybook run and ending, we'll also remind that we picked the Sea Dogs to win the Memorial Cup. Boom.

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