According to the Calgary Hitmen website on Tuesday, there are six Calgary Hitmen alumni who are on National Hockey League rosters for the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs that starts Wednesday evening. The list of six is led by Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks, the former Hitmen forward who has gone on to be a National Hockey League superstar.
Joining Getzlaf in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs are Johnny Boychuk of the Boston Bruins, Justin Falk of the New York Rangers, Martin Jones of the Los Angeles Kings, Brad Stuart of the San Jose Sharks and Ryan White of the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins are playing the Detroit Red Wings, the Rangers are playing the Philadelphia Flyers and the Canadiens are playng the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference divisional semifinals, while the Kings are playing the Sharks and the Ducks are playing the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference divisional semifinals.
Getzlaf is the Hitmen alumnus with the finest resume. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Getzlaf also won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. This season, Getzlaf led the Ducks with 56 assists and 87 points. He will be on the Ducks number one line with Nick Bonino and Corey Perry according to according to www.rotoworld.com.
Boychuk will be on a Boston Bruins defense that has a lot of depth. He joins a defense that includes Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Doug Hamilton. This season Boychuk had five goals and 18 assists for 23 points, and was a fabulous +31. Do not be surprised if Boychuk will be counted on even more with the injury to Dennis Seidenberg.
Another dependable blueliner who will be playing a lot is Brad Stuart of the San Jose Sharks. This season Stuart had three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 61 games. Stuart did miss 13 games because of an upper body injury, but did play the last ten games for the Sharks and should be healthy enough to play regularly.
White only had two goals and four assists for six points in Montreal, but should see some playoff action in the first round with the Canadiens' injuries to Brandon Prust, Travis Moen and Alex Galchenyuk. If counted on, he will be a checking line forward.
Falk and Jones meanwhile will only play if there are injuries. Falk is very low on the Rangers' defensive depth chart at the moment and Jones will be a backup to Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles.