The second seeded Saskatoon Blades were swept out of the WHL playoffs in the first round, dropping Game Four to the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-1. The loss frees up both Josh Nicholls and Shane McColgan to join the Connecticut Whale. Nicholls is signed to an entry-level deal starting next year, and although McColgan is not signed, he is expected to sign an ELC before the Rangers’ rights expire. While neither will have a contract that starts this year, they can both sign ATOs and play for the Whale.
Shane McColgan (Saskatoon, L 3-1, Lose series 4-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
Josh Nicholls (Saskatoon, L 3-1, Lose series 4-0): 0 G, 0 A, 10 PIM, Even
Michael St. Croix (Edmonton, W 4-0, Lead series 3-1): 0 G, 0 A, 4 PIM, Even
Sam Noreau (Baie-Comeau, W 5-2, Win series 4-0): Did not play (broken hand)