Lethbridge, AB – Central Scouting Service released its preliminary “2015 North American Watch List” for September and cracking the list is Giorgio Estephan.
The 6’0, 184 pound Centre is listed as a WHL “C” skater on the watch list. Estephan wrapped up his rookie season with the Hurricanes 6th in team scoring after registering 24 points (12G, 12A) in 64 games. This summer, the 17-year old from Edmonton was also among 44 players invited to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 selection camp to compete at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Tournament.
The week that was: The Lethbridge Hurricanes opened up the season with a home and home series against their Medicine Hat rivals. In Friday’s home opener, rookie Pavel Skumatov put on a show with a pair of goals while Zac Robidoux made 35 saves in a close 3-2 loss. Saturday night in Medicine Hat, Captain Jamal Watson scored less than a minute into the game, but the Tigers took over and skated to a 5-1 win with Stuart Skinner making 35 saves in the loss.
Looking ahead: The Hurricanes have a full week off to practice ahead of their lone game Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm when they visit the Calgary Hitmen. The Hitmen swept the 6 game season series last year, outscoring Lethbridge 34-15 along the way. A pair of Calgary natives led the way in scoring for the Hurricanes against the Hitmen as both Jamal Watson (3G, 1A) and Tyler Wong (1G, 3A) had 4 points against their division rivals. Lethbridge was 4/19 on the PP in the season series while Calgary was 8/23.
Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League will have a new playoff format for the 2015 WHL Playoffs. The new format mirrors that of the National Hockey League and is designed to enhance Divisional rivalries in the First Round of the WHL Playoffs.
The Western Hockey League’s Eastern and Western Conferences will use a Divisional/Conference hybrid playoff format, with the inclusion of Wild Card qualifiers, for the 2015 WHL Playoffs. All playoff series are still best-of-seven affairs.