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Future of the Franchise: Ducklings In The Sweet 16

Nic Kerdiles and Kevin Lind will represent the Ducks in the NCAA tournament, which begins on Friday.

Jonathan Daniel


William Karlsson, HV71, C

Regular Season Total: 50 GP, 4 G, 24 A, plus-17, 12 PIM

Postseason Total: 5 GP, 0 G, 2 A, -5, 0 PIM

Max Friberg, Timra IK, F

Friberg scored the only goal for Timra in their 2-1 loss to Vasteras on Saturday.

Regular Season Total: 55 GP, 8 G, 8 A, minus-10 rating, 12 PIM

Tim Heed, VIK Vasteras HK, D

Regular Season Total (Allsvenskan): 33 GP, 5 G, 8 A, even rating, 12 PIMs


Joseph Cramarossa, Belleville Bulls (OHL), C

Cramarossa's Bulls are leading the Mississauga Steelheads 2-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. Cramarossa scored a goal in the Bulls' 4-1 game victory on Saturday.

Last Week: 66 GP, 18 G, 43 A, plus-18 rating, 87 PIMs

Season Total: 68 GP, 19 G, 44 A, plus-19 rating, 87 PIMs

Postseason Total: 3 GP, 1 G, 0 A, +3, 7 PIMs

Andrew O'Brien, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL), D

Season Total: 67 GP, 2 G, 16 A, plus-19 rating, 113 PIMs

Kenton Helgesen, Calgary Hitmen (WHL), D

Season Total: 70 GP, 0 G, 20 A, plus-22 rating, 116 PIMs

Charlie Sarault, Sarnia Sting, C

Last Week: 65 GP, 22 G, 82 A, plus-18 rating, 28 PIMs

Season Total: 68 GP, 22 G, 86 A, plus-16 rating, 28 PIMs

Postseason Total: 2 GP, 1 G, 0 A, -3, 2 PIMs

Kevin Gagne, Rimouski Oceanic, D

Last Week (Rimouski): 25 GP, 6 G, 27 A, plus-11 rating, 18 PIMs

Season Total (Rimouski): 31 GP, 6 G, 31 A, plus-6 rating, 22 PIMs

Rickard Rakell, Plymouth Whalers, F

Rickard Rakell scored twice in the Whalers' 5-2 victory over the Sarnia Sting in Game 3 of the OHL's Western Conference Finals. The Whalers now have a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Sting.

Season Total (Whalers): 40 GP, 21 G, 23 A, plus-19 rating, 12 PIMs

Posteason Total (Whalers): 2 GP, 0 G, 2 A, plus-2 rating, 8 PIMs


Nic Kerdiles, University of Wisconsin, F

Earlier in the season, some AC readers were clamoring for Kerdiles to defect to the CHL after the NCAA suspended him. However, he's playing some very inspired hockey now, and appears to be in exactly the right place. Kerdiles scored the game-winning goal in the WCHA Broadmoor Trophy championship game against Colorado College on Saturday. (He was also credited with an assist). Kerdiles and the Badgers will play UMass Lowell in the NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinal on Manchester, NH on Friday.

Last Week: 28 GP, 7 G, 19 A, even rating, 35 PIMs

Season Total: 31 GP, 10 G, 22 A, even rating, 35 PIMs

Kevin Roy (FR), Northeastern University, LW

Season Total: 29 GP, 17 G, 17 A, even rating, 24 PIMs

Andy Welinski, University of Minnesota-Duluth, D

Welinski's UMD Bulldogs were eliminated from the WCHA playoffs by Kerdiles' Wisconsin Badgers. Welinski, however, was credited with an assist during his team's losing effort.

Last Week: 36 GP, 4 G, 13 A, even rating, 20 PIMs

Season Total: 38 GP, 4 G, 14 A, even rating, 24 PIMs

Kevin Lind (JR), University of Notre Dame, D

Lind and the Fighting Irish captured the CCHA championship this past Sunday. They also eliminated Michigan's chance of capturing a berth in the NCAA tournament, which allowed Yale, a bubble team, to grab a spot. Notre Dame will face St. Cloud State in Toledo, OH this weekend. Awesomesauce.

Last Week: 37 GP, 2 G, 3 A, even rating, 31 PIMs

Season Total: 39 GP, 2 G, 3 A, even rating, 31 PIMs

Josh Manson, Northeastern University, D

Season Total: 33 GP, 3 G, 4 A, even rating, 45 PIMs

Nick Pryor (SR), University of Maine, D/C

Season Total: 17 GP, 0 G, 2 A, even rating, 4 PIMs

Jaycob Megna (SO), University of Nebraska-Omaha, D

Megna and fellow Duckling/UNO team member Brian Cooper were eliminated from the WCHA playoffs with a 3-1 loss to Minnesota State on March 17th.

Last Week: 35 GP, 2 G, 4 A, even rating, 14 PIMs

Season Total: 38 GP, 2 G, 5 A, even rating, 14 PIMs

Brian Cooper (FR), University of Nebraska-Omaha, D

Last Week: 29 GP, 0 G, 2 A, even rating, 43 PIMs

Season Total: 32 GP, 0 G, 2 A, even rating, 45 PIMs


John Gibson, Kitchener Rangers (OHL), 1st string goaltender

John Gibson stopped all 49 of the shots that he faced against the Guelph Storm on Sunday in Western Conference Quarterfinal action. The Rangers now lead the series 2-0.

Last Week: 26 GP, 2.47 GAA, .926 SVS%

Season Total: 27 GP, 2.41 GAA, .928 SVS%

Postseason Total: 2 GP, 1.00 GAA, .977 SVS%