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Thursday Habs Headlines: Montreal prospects going deep in Junior playoffs

In today’s links, Joël Teasdale and Cole Fonstad have reached the final series of their respective leagues, Joni Ikonen praises the newest Hab, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Joël Teasdale is a crucial contributor for the QMJHL’s Royun-Noranda Huskies. [Radio-Canada]
  • In the WHL Championship series, Cole Fonstad and the Prince Albert Raiders are battling the Vancouver Giants. [WHL on Twitter]
  • Joni Ikonen had positive things to say about Otto Leskinen, who signed with the Habs this week. [Canadiens]
  • Claude Julien’s willingness to adjust the Canadiens’ system throughout last year bodes well for next season. [The Athletic]
  • Off-season doesn’t mean competition takes a rest, as Phillip Danault has challenged Matthew Peca to an impromptu “piano duel” on Instagram. [Canadiens]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Sportsnet released their 2019 draft rankings update for May. [Sportsnet]
  • Is there a case for the Jets keeping Paul Maurice? [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Pegula Sports and Entertainment announced on Wednesday that they will no longer operate the NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts. [The Victory Press]
  • Behind the scenes of hometown boy Pat Maroon’s 2OT Game 7 winner in St. Louis. [The Athletic]

Thursday’s playoff schedule

Game 1: Carolina Hurricanes @ Boston Bruins

Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet, CBC (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL Live