Like any coin, there are two sides to the WHL’s Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Brandon Wheat Kings are heavily favoured to come out of the East Division following capturing the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy. The Central Division, on the other hand, appears to be an all-out dogfight.
Nonetheless, as every junior hockey fan knows, the post-season is very rarely as it seems. There is bound to be at least one upset every year. The third-seeded Calgary Hitmen were toppled by the Kootenay Ice last season, albeit it’s not exactly accurate to consider any team led by Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart as an underdog. In 2012-13, the Medicine Hat Tigers swept the Saskatoon Blades, the Memorial Cup hosts, in the first round.
(1) Brandon Wheat Kings (53-11-4-4, 114 pts) vs. (4) Edmonton Oil Kings (34-31-4-3, 75 pts)
Season series: Wheat Kings 3-1-0-0. Prediction: Wheat Kings in 6.
Series in a sentence: Clash of the Eastern Conference Kings.
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