*Updates on Morrow, Uher, and Kuhnhackl*
Morrow, Winterhawks advance to WHL Conference Final
2011 first round pick Joe Morrow (TIOPS No. 1 prospect) and the Portland Winterhawks advanced to the WHL Conference Finals with a 2-0 shutout win over Kamloops on Wednesday night. Portland took a 3-0 series lead only to drop the next three games but closed out the series in seven games.
Morrow was pointless in the game 7 win but had 4 assists in the series.
Morrow is tied for first among defensemen in the WHL playoffs with 9 points (2 goals – 7 assists) and has a team-leading +11 rating in the playoffs.
Morrow had a strong regular season, collecting 17 goals and 47 assists for 64 points in 62 games played.
Uher has strong series against Tri-City
2011 5th round pick Dominik Uher saw his season come to an end last night when the Spokane Chiefs lost to Tri City 3-2 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-final series.
Uher had a goal in the Game 7 loss giving him goals in four straight games. After being pointless in the first two games of the series, Uher had 4 goals and 1 assist in the final five games of the series, scoring the OT winner in Game 4.
Overall in the WHL playoffs, the 19 year old Uher had 5 goals and 4 assists and a minus-6 rating in 13 games played. Regarded by Penguin scouts as a great two-way player, Uher had a solid regular season with 33 goals and 68 points in 63 games played, including a +29 rating.
Uher is regarded as one of the fastest rising prospects in the Penguins system.
Kuhnhackl’s goal scoring numbers down
2010 4th round pick Tom Kuhnhackl has seen his numbers down during the 2011-2012 season, scoring 8 goals in 34 regular season games but Kuhnhackl’s numbers are up a bit in the playoffs with 4 goals and 3 assists in 10 games played for the Niagara Ice Dogs who begin action Friday night against the Ottawa 67’s in the East Final. Kuhnhackl regarded as one of the few goal scoring winger prospects in the Penguins system, had 39 goals and 68 points last season for the Windsor Spitfires.
Overall this season with Windsor and Niagara, Kuhnhackl taillied 8 goals and 21 assists for 29 points in 34 games played.
Kuhnhackl will be turning pro and joining the Penguins organization following this season.