St. Croix advances to WHL Finals

April 29, 2012, by

When we last checked in with the Rangers prospects, two of their highest ranking prospects were squaring off in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. Michael St. Croix (4th-2011) of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Dylan McIlrath (1st-2010) of the Moose Jaw Warriors were about to match up in a series that definitely caught the attention of some Ranger fans. St. Croix lit up the WHL this year, finishing in the top ten in scoring, while McIlrath is a noted bruiser who plays a shut down game.

In the end, the scoring of St. Croix’s Oil Kings was too much for McIlrath’s Warriors, winning the series in five games. St. Croix had two goals and two assists in the five games, upping his playoff total to a line of 5-7-12 in 13 games.

As for McIlrath, he had one assist in the series. Even though scoring isn’t really McIlrath’s style, he still managed to rack up six assists in the 14 games he played in the postseason. He also finished with 12 PIMs and a +3 rating (although he was -4 in the Edmonton series).

In the immediate future, McIlrath might wind up joining the Connecticut Whale on an ATO, much like he did last season. As for St. Croix, he will be headed to the WHL Finals against Portland, with the winner advancing to the Memorial Cup.

One comment

  1. Jess says:

    The Truck is heading eastbound and should be joining the Whale in the next day or 2.

    St. Croix and Edmonton taking on Portland is going to be a great series. St. Croix has a great chance to make a huge name for himself.

    Don’t leave out Steven Fogarty as he and his Penticton Vees will be playing in the RBC Cup which is Canada’s National Championship for the Junior “A” level.

    The Rangers have a legit chance to have a player win the NCAA, WHL and Memorial Cup and the RBC Cup. It has never happened before and don’t forget the CT Whale in the 2nd rd of the AHL playoffs