Five play­ers to watch

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af­ter miss­ing some time with an in­jury that caused him to skip the world un­der-17 hockey chal­lenge. The Kirk­land, Que., na­tive added eight goals and 11 points in 18 play­off con­tests.

Thomas Chabot, Saint John Sea Dogs

The 20-year-old Chabot has al­ready had an im­pres­sive sea­son, but will try to take it a step fur­ther with his ap­pear­ance at the Memo­rial Cup.

Chabot, Ot­tawa’s first-round pick, 18th over­all, in 2015, was named world ju­niors MVP in Jan­uary for his work with Team Canada, earned QMJHL de­fence­man of the year in April, and added play­off MVP in May af­ter lead­ing the Sea Dogs to the league ti­tle.

Chabot, from Ste-Marie, Que., pro­duced 10 goals and 45 points in 35 reg­u­lar-sea­son games, then put up five goals and 23 points in 18 play­off con­tests. The six-foot-two 190-pound blue-liner will not only be part of the Saint John of­fence, but will be ex­pected to shut down the com­pe­ti­tion’s top lines.

Carl Stankowski, Seat­tle Thun­der­birds

The 17-year-old Stankowski wasn’t ex­pected to do much in his rookie sea­son as he was seen as Seat­tle’s goalie of the fu­ture, but he found him­self lead­ing the way come play­off time.

Seat­tle starter Ry­lan Toth went down with an in­jury late in the reg­u­lar sea­son and Stankowski filled in ad­mirably de­spite only five ca­reer WHL starts to his name prior to the first round. Stankowski went 16-4 in the post­sea­son with a 2.50 goals-against av­er­age and .911 save per­cent­age, lead­ing the Thun­der­birds to their first league ti­tle.

The Cal­gary na­tive, who is el­i­gi­ble for the 2018 NHL Draft, isn’t a large goalie. He stands just five foot nine and weighs 163 pounds.

Dar­ren Rad­dysh, Erie Ot­ters

Rad­dysh, from Cale­don, Ont., is one of many of­fen­sive stars on Erie’s ros­ter, and he’s play­ing for more than just a Memo­rial Cup.

The 21-year-old Rad­dysh is in his fi­nal sea­son and his ju­nior ca­reer will end af­ter the tour­na­ment. He has been looked over at the NHL En­try Draft and will hope to draw some at­ten­tion from scouts in the hopes of earn­ing an NHL entrylevel con­tract, or at min­i­mum an in­vite to a train­ing camp in the fall.

The six-foot-one 200-pound blue-liner did his part in the reg­u­lar sea­son, earn­ing the OHL de­fence­man of the year and over­age player of the year awards af­ter put­ting up 16 goals and 81 points in 62 games.

He fol­lowed that up with eight goals and 22 points in 22 play­off games. His younger brother Tay­lor, an Ot­ters for­ward, was drafted in 2016 by Tampa Bay and signed his first NHL con­tract on Mon­day.

Hon­ourable men­tions

Ot­ters for­wards An­thony Cirelli and Dy­lan Strome; Spit­fires goalie Michael DiPi­etro and de­fence­men Sean Day and Lo­gan Stan­ley; Thun­der­birds for­wards Mathew Barzal and Sami Moila­nen.

Wind­sor’s Gabriel Vi­lardi could crack the top five at the 2017 NHL En­try Draft in June.

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