NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-25-13
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
(1)Halifax Mooseheads 9 @ (8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6
Halifax wins Best-of-7 Semifinals, 4-0
W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 9-15-24, +8, 10 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov’s junior career came to an end Thursday as the Huskies were downed 9-6 by the powerhouse Mooseheads. Kucherov, who was scoreless in his last two games, had three assists in his playoff finale. His linemate, Sven Andrighetto (2013), had four assists for first star honors. 2013 top first rounders Nathan MacKinnon (2-2-4) and Jonathan Drouin (2-1-3) also had big games. The Lightning could one of the two Mooseheads if they end up picking at No. 3 this summer. Andrighetto was passed over in two drafts, but could still be a late option for the Lightning who could step right in to Syracuse if desired. Andrighetto exits the playoffs as its leading scorer with 30 points in 14 games. Kucherov is tied for fourth with 24 points.
Linday Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard reported early on Friday that Crunch GM Julien BriseBois said Kucherov will join Syracuse next week, but his role may be more developmental than being a part of the playoff effort. This will help Kucherov for next year if nothing else.