Stajcer Benched in OHL FinalsMay 10, 2011, by
After losing the first two games of the OHL finals, Scott Stajcer’s Owen Sound Attack have shown some resiliency over the past two games as they have come back to tie up the series 2 each. The two teams head into a huge game five tonight in Mississauga.
Unfortunately for Stajcer it appears that he has taken some of the blame for the losses in games one and two as during the two Owen Sound wins Stajcer hasn’t featured. The young netminder didn’t dress for game three and was the back up in game four. The first win for the Attack was a wild 6-5 affair, but the second win (the series tier) was a tight 2-1 victory in Owen Sound. During that game goaltender Michael Zador stopped 41 of 42 shots as Stajcer watched on from the bench. Unfortunately for Stajcer, with his competition in goal playing so well it’s highly doubtful the Rangers prospect will get a chance in net until Zador falters. After all, stopping 41 of 42 shots in a huge finals game is pretty impressive.
Has Stajcer played his last junior game? With at least two games left in this OHL series and the Memorial Cup to come later in May it’s hard to tell but should Zador play another game like his game four performance in this series it’s hard to see how Stajcer will feature again. The worst news for Stajcer is the fact that sitting on the bench greatly harms his chances of a Rangers’ contract. Had he played well and backstopped his side to an OHL playoff victory and then played well on the biggest stage in Canadian Juniors, the Memorial Cup, it’s hard to see why the Rangers’ wouldn’t offer the netminder a contract. However, with his recent ‘faltering’, doubt has now crept in even further regards to his future beyond this year. Stajcer’s future will an interesting one to watch over the summer.