Friday, April 2, 2010


As it turns out, my first round playoff predictions were almost perfect. If it wasn't for Montreal dropping game 7 to Gatineau, I would have had a perfect score of 8 for 8. I guess that's what I deserve for picking my home team to win! Here's a look at who I expect to win each second round match-up:

Saint John Sea Dogs (1st overall) vs. Gatineau Olympiques (12th overall): Gatineau's young played played very well in round one against an equal opponent, the Montreal Juniors. Unfortunately for the Olympiques, they'll have trouble keeping up with a much stronger Saint John hockey club. The Sea Dogs' veterans will simply be too much for the young Gatineau players who will be tired from playing in a gruelling 7 game series.
Prediction: Saint John wins in 4 games.
Drummondville Voltigeurs (2nd overall) vs. Rimouski Oceanic (9th overall):
Rimouski's squad is very similar to that of both Montreal and Gatineau. They are filled with plenty of solid young player led by the Q's rookie of the year, Petr Straka (no relation to the former NHLer). Their enthusiasm won't be enough to take down the Voltigeurs who remain a force. Former Montreal goaltender Jake Allen is on top of his game thus far and the team in front of him remains one of the best Junior teams in the country.
Prediction: Drummondville wins in 5 games.
Moncton Wildcats (3rd overall) vs. Rouyn Noranda Huskies (6th overall):
Before the playoff started I expected Moncton to beat Cape Breton, but I didn't think they would do it so easily. After seeing the result of that series, I'm even more convinced that Moncton is the favorite to win the Presidents Cup. Rouyn Noranda will play tough against Moncton but they just won't be good enough to beat the Cats. I bet the Huskies sure wish Patrice Cormier didn't throw that elbow....
Prediction: Moncton Wildcats wins in 5 games.
Victoriaville Tigres (4th overall) vs. Quebec Remparts (5th overall):
With Patrick Roy behind the bench, the Remparts won't go out quietly, but out they will go. The Tigres are one of the strongest teams I saw play this season and they don't have any noticeable weaknesses.
Prediction: Victoriaville Tigres win in 6 games.

Enjoy Round Two!!!

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