Canada’s response to the NCAA Final Four and Bowl Championship Series commences on Friday with the very first day from the Memorial Cup’s preliminary round.
The host Shawinigan Cataractes, Quebec League champion Saint John Ocean Dogs, Ontario League champion London Knights in combat and Western League champion Edmonton Oil Nobleman boast a combined 32 NHL draft picks. Another 22 participants are thinking of getting a variety within this year’s entry draft.
Quite tellingly, all 30 NHL teams have a minumum of one established player or perhaps a prospect around the cusp of settling in to the Show that has contended for that Canadian Hockey League championship. Having a total of 60 teams between your CHL’s three regional branches and just four visiting the annual dance, the Memorial Cup’s developmental benefit talks by itself.
From a to z, this is a capsule of each and every NHL franchise’s most impressive Memorial Cup alum. Choices derive from a mix of the player’s achievements when playing for that CHL title and what he's done more lately for his current employer.