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Prospect Need to Know: the final wrap of the season

With the Memorial Cup field set and the AHL playoffs down to four teams, it's time to wind down the list for the season. Who is left standing? We've got dispatches from a host of different development leagues.

Well folks, we’re running out of games to cover this season. The Memorial Cup field is set, with host Halifax joined by Rouyn-Noranda, Prince Albert and Guelph. Your playoff MVPs are Nick Suzuki (OHL), Ian Scott (WHL) and Noah Dobson (QMJHL).

Elsewhere, the USHL final is being fought over by Chicago and Sioux Falls, while the AHL is down to Toronto and Charlotte in the East and Chicago and San Diego in the West. In the NAHL, Fairbanks takes on Aberdeen. And the Canadian National Jr. A Championship is also roiling right now.

But since there’s only so many prospects involved, let’s call this the final Prospect NTK of the season. From here on out, I’ll dedicate my prospect blogs to more specific coverage of the NHL draft or events like the Memorial Cup or Calder Cup. In the meantime, let’s get to the final batch of the campaign.

Isaac Ratcliffe, RW, Guelph Storm (OHL): Suzuki was the MVP, but Ratcliffe was also excellent in the OHL playoffs, racking up eight points in the four straight victories over Ottawa to clinch the championship. At 6-foot-6, the Philadelphia Flyers pick obviously has great reach, but Ratcliffe also has deft hands for a big man and he plays with an edge. NHL arrival: 2020-21

Brett Leason, RW, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL): Incredibly, Leason’s 25 points in 22 playoff games was only second among 2019 draft prospects (Vancouver’s Bowen Byram was unreal), but it was also second in the league. Leason, the late bloomer, is strong, talented and big. Look for him in the first round this summer – and the Memorial Cup before that. NHL arrival: 2020-21

Jared McIsaac, D, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL): The Mooseheads didn’t win the ‘Q’ but they’re not really going into the Memorial Cup’s back door either, having made the league final. If they’re going to fend off intruders on home ice, McIsaac will be key. The Detroit Red Wings prospect is a great two-way blueliner who plays a solid all-around game. NHL arrival: 2020-21

Maxime Comtois, LW, San Diego Gulls (AHL): The Gulls are through to their first conference final and Comtois, the rookie pro, has been a big factor. The Anaheim prospect has six points in six playoff games, including two to put Game 6 out of reach against Bakersfield. Size, skill and an aggressive two-way game are Comtois’ calling cards. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Luke Bast, D, Brooks Bandits (AJHL): A modern-style offensive defenseman, Bast is one of Brooks’ leading scorers at the National Jr. A Championship with four points through two games. The North Dakota commit and 2019 draft prospect has a slick set of hands and obviously is not afraid to jump up for a scoring chance. NHL arrival: 2023-24

Cody Glass, C, Chicago Wolves (AHL): Getting his first pro experiences after an illustrious junior career with WHL Portland, Glass has seven points in 11 games for the Wolves. The Vegas Golden Knights prospect is an elite-level playmaker with NHL size and he has shown early that he can play against men and not get rattled. NHL arrival: 2019-20

Alex Beaucage, RW, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL): A smart and creative two-way player, Beaucage was a point-per-game player for the Huskies during their run to the ‘Q’ championship. Now, the 2019 draft prospect gets to strut his stuff at the Memorial Cup. His skating needs work, but Beaucage is surely a talent. NHL arrival: 2022-23

Anthony Romano, C, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL): Sioux Falls is up 2-0 on Chicago in the USHL final, giving scouts a little more time to watch Romano, a 2019 prospect. Though his numbers haven’t been big in the post-season, the Clarkson commit had a knack around the net in the regular season, where he works well in-tight. NHL arrival: 2024-25

Layton Ahac, D, Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL): Though his bread and butter is his defensive game, Ahac is still contributing offense with two points in two wins for the Spruce Kings at the National Jr. A Championship. An Ohio State commit, Ahac is one of the top Jr. A players available in the 2019 draft class. NHL arrival: 2022-23

Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, LW, Chicago Steel (USHL): The name is fantastic and impossible to ignore, but Fontaine is backing it up in the Clark Cup playoffs with 11 points in eight games. That ranks the 2019 draft prospect third in the league. Fontaine is a Northeastern recruit who makes up for his lack of size with a quick release. NHL arrival: 2024-25

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