2022 Memorial Cup
Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) @ Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Montreal Canadiens prospect to watch: Kaiden Guhle (EDM)
Like the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Edmonton Oil Kings marched through the post-season on their way to a league title, losing just three games along the way. However, that demolition of their league opponents didn’t help Hamilton in the first game of the Memorial Cup against a Saint John Sea Dogs team that had been out of competitive action for over a month, so Edmonton will hope its similarities with Hamilton are at an end.
The opponent tonight, the Shawinigan Cataractes, had a slightly less taxing road to the tournament to determine Canada’s best Junior team with three of their series being best-of-five rounds, but that just meant the importance of each game was amplified. They also come into this tournament a bit weary from a playoff run, so in terms of rest tonight’s opponent are on relatively equal footing.