Three Bolts Prospects advance in OHL and QMJHL tournaments
Three Tampa Bay Lightning prospects: Dylan Blujus, Jake Dotchin and Jonathan Drouin will be advancing to the second round of their respective league's postseasons.
Here is a look at how the Bolts prospects faired in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) playoffs.
Defenseman Dylan Blujus, North Bay Battalion (OHL)
On the brink of elimination after trailing the seventh-seeded Niagara IceDogs 3-1 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal best-of-seven series, the second-seeded North Bay Battalion rallied to win their next four contests. Dylan Blujus has recorded two goals and eight penalty minutes in seven playoff games for the Battalion. Blujus and North Bay will take on fellow Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin and the Barrie Colts in Round 2. The first game of the second round is slated for Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at North Bay.
Defenseman Jake Dotchin, Barrie Colts (OHL)
The Barrie Colts took a commanding 3-0 lead in the first round of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal versus the Sudbury Wolves. The Wolves responded by winning the next matchup, but the Colts eliminated Sudbury with a 7-0 rout in Game 5. At the end of the first round, Dotchin has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) and is plus-2 with six penalty minutes. He currently leads all OHL defenseman for points in the playoffs. The Colts travel to North Bay on Friday, April 4 to open up the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Forward Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Jonathan Drouin and the Halifax Mooseheads swept the Charlottetown Islanders 4-0 in the opening round of the QMJHL playoffs. Drouin had a pair of goals in the 11-2 victory and now has 13 points and is plus-6 in four postseason games. He paces all QMJHL players for the league lead in points. Now Drouin and the Mooseheads are one step closer to capturing the President Cup, as they take on the Gatineau Olympiques in Halifax on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Forward Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
The Quebec Remparts were eliminated in Round 1 in five games. Adam Erne had one goal in one game played for the Remparts and has since signed an entry-level contract with the Lightning and will report to the Syracuse Crunch for the remainder of the season on an amateur tryout contract.
Forward Henri Ikonen, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
The Kingston Frontenacs put the Peterborough Petes in a 3-0 hole, but the Petes fought their way back to defeat Henri Ikonen and the Frontenacs in overtime to take the series in seven games. Ikonen notched one goal and five assists to go along with eight penalty minutes in seven games for Kingston.