Habsworld.net has named Kyle Chipchura the April Prospect of the Month for his inspiring return to hockey after missing four months of the season due to an injury to his Achilles tendon that was first thought as a season ending injury. Not only was Chipchura able to work his way back into game shape in time to help his teammates wrap up their series against Saskatoon in game four of the first round, but he was able to carry much of the offensive load as he picked up an impressive eleven points in eleven games as he showed no signs of rust after the long layoff and seriousness of the injury. In round two Chipchura was a major factor in helping his team upset the series favorite the Medicine Hat Tigers in six games, as he had a three point night during game three, which was a huge win as it turned the series around as it was a blow out win and kept Medicine Hat from going up three games to none which would likely have ended their hopes of advancing.
Prince Albert’s luck ran out in the third round as they gave the Brandon Wheat Kings a good run taking it to game seven, but ended up falling short. Chipchura was also named the November Prospect of the month.
Also in the running for the April Prospect of the Month was Tomas Plekanec as he finished the regular season in fine fashion as he recorded ten points in the final nine games and carried that over to the playoffs, where he picked up six points in four games as he tied for the team lead in points during the playoffs. Plekanec picked up five goals in the nine games and also scored a goal during a shootout, as his offense helped the Bulldogs secure a playoff birth. Even though the Dogs did not fair well against the leagues top team the Rochester Americans, it was Plekanec’s line that carried the bulk of the offense in the playoffs, as he and Chris Higgins continued to lead the team offensively as they did all season long for the most part.
Yann Danis was also given consideration as he helped his team reach the playoffs for the third year in a row since being affiliated with the Montreal Canadiens. Over his final six starts of the regular season in April, Danis won four of them with an impressive 2.00 goals against average, and his fifth shutout of the year, which tied a team record for shutouts in a season. Danis was not as lucky in the playoffs, as Rochester gave him trouble throughout the entire series, but the rookie did get some important playoff experience and likely was a bit wore out after playing double the amount of games he had in any of the past four years.