2009 Memorial Cup

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

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WINDSOR SPITFIRES

Regular season: 57-10-0-1, 115 points, first in the OHL

Playoffs: Beat Owen Sound 4-0; Plymouth 4-2; London 4-1; Brampton 4-1

The skinny: The Spitfires will try to become just the third OHL champion since 1990 to win the Memorial Cup ... D Ben Shutron, F Scott Timmins and backup G Josh Unice lost in the Memorial Cup final last year with Kitchener ... Passed over in the NHL draft, goalie Andrew Engelage set an OHL record with 46 victories ... Spits GM Warren Rychel wanted to take defenceman Tommi Kivisto in the import draft last summer, but had to settle for C Andrei Loktionov when Kivisto went a pick earlier to Red Deer. Loktionov had 99 points in 71 regular season and playoff games combined ... Neither of the Spits' shutdown defence pair of Shutron and Mark Cundari is taller than six feet.

Player to watch: LW Taylor Hall. No fewer than 174 points in two seasons have been produced by Hall, the favourite in many eyes to go No. 1 in the 2010 NHL entry draft.

2009 draft eligibles (with CSB final ranking in parentheses): D Ryan Ellis (16); D Jesse Blacker (47)

KELOWNA ROCKETS

Regular season: 47-21-1-3, 98 points, sixth in the WHL

Playoffs: Beat Kamloops 4-0; Tri-City 4-2; Vancouver 4-2; Calgary 4-2

The skinny: The Rockets' history of winning includes WHL titles in 2003 and '05 and a Memorial Cup in '04 ... G Mark Guggenberger started the season as the backup in Swift Current but went 17-3-3 after he was acquired by Kelowna ... In eliminating Calgary and Vancouver, the Rockets knocked the top two WHL teams out of the playoffs ... LW Jamie Benn was the playoff scoring champ with 33 points ... Swedish rookie C Mikael Backlund, a Calgary Flames prospect, had 13 playoff goals after scoring 12 in 28 games in the regular season ... Offensive D Tyson Barrie is the son of Tampa Bay Lightning part-owner Len Barrie.

Player to watch: D Tyler Myers. At 6-foot-8, good luck missing Myers, who signed this week with the Buffalo Sabres after he was named the WHL playoffs MVP.

2009 draft eligibles (with CSB final ranking in parentheses): Barrie (52); RW Stepan Novotny (93); D Collin Bowman (147); LW Evan Bloodoff (167)

DRUMMONDVILLE VOLTIGEURS

Regular season: 54-10-0-4, 112 points, first in the QMJHL

Playoffs: Beat Lewiston 4-0; Montreal 4-0; Rimouski 4-0; Shawinigan 4-3

The skinny: Last season, Drummondville was last in the QMJHL with 14 wins and 33 points, but set a league record with a 79-point jump ... It enters its first Memorial Cup appearance as the most successful playoff team in the Canadian Hockey League with only three losses ... Dmitry Kulikov is the top-ranked European playing in North America for the draft. He tied for second among QMJHL defencemen with 62 points and led all rearguards in the playoffs with 19 points ... One big loss is that of Chris DiDomenico, a Maple Leafs prospect who is out with a broken leg ... LW Mike Hoffman, who played two games for his home-town Kitchener Rangers in 2006-07 before leaving for Quebec, had 52 goals.

Player to watch: RW Yannick Riendeau. Riendeau, who has signed with the Boston Bruins, led the Q in all three scoring categories in the regular season, and then had 52 points in 19 playoff games.

2009 draft eligibles (with CSB final ranking in parentheses): Kulikov (11); LW Philippe Lefebvre (106); C Gabriel Dumont (153)

RIMOUSKI OCEANIC

Regular season: 44-23-1-0, 89 points, sixth in the QMJHL

Playoffs: Beat Chicoutimi 4-0; Moncton 4-1; lost to Drummondville 4-0

The skinny: In the past 11 years, only two Quebec teams have won the Memorial Cup. Rimouski was one of them, led by Brad Richards in 2000 in Halifax ... The Oceanic won 28 of 30 games before being swept by Drummondville in the third round ... How badly does Rimouski want to win on home ice? The club unloaded a total of 14 draft picks in trades as it geared up for the Cup this winter ... Left winger Philippe Cornet led the Oceanic in scoring during the regular season with 77 points (29 goals and 48 assists) ... G Maxim Gougeon's .896 save percentage in the playoffs, the Oceanic hopes, is a thing of the past.

Player to watch: RW Keven Veilleux. Injured for much of the season, the 6-foot-5 Pittsburgh prospect led the club with 19 playoff points after producing 48 in only 29 regular-season games.

2009 draft eligibles (with CSB final ranking in parentheses): C Jordan Caron (21); D Gleason Fournier (62)


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