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Sunday, March 20, 2011

CHL season over; bring on the playoffs

Spring officially begins tomorrow. And spring means...hockey playoffs!

The NCAA playoffs are in the books, and this weekend marked the completion of the 2010-11 CHL regular season, with a final slate of games to be played Sunday in the OHL, QMJHL and WHL.

It has been quite a season, with players performing as expected (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Adam Larsson), unexpected players rising to the occasion (Ryan Strome, Jonathan Huberdeau, Shane Prince to name a few) and expected guys failing to live up to the preseason hype (David Musil, Garrett Meurs Seth Ambroz)

It's playoff time, though, and that could change the outlooks for some of the 2011 eligibles. Sure, you're probably not going to see major movement for players based on what they do in the postseason, but as we saw last year in the case of Taylor Hall, it's an opportunity for guys to make one last definitive statement to NHL teams.

We will do quick roundups of key draft eligible players in every CHL league (and we'll do the NCAA too)- recap their regular seasons, do a quick analysis on where they might be perceived right now and what a strong performance in the postseason could do for their stock. The blog will start with the QMJHL roundup, which will be posted later this afternoon/evening when the final Quebec League games are complete and we can see how everyone finished up.

The CHL second season gets underway this week, with the NCAA hockey tourney getting going the week after.

It is time.

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