Last night the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) lost in a game 7 to the Kitchener Rangers eliminating them from the playoffs; and sending the Rangers to the Western Conference Finals.
The Whalers were a favorite for the OHL this season with a strong roster built out from the net with New Jersey Devils and Team Canada goaltender Scott Wedgewood.
With the possible retirement of their long time netminder Martain Brodeur in New Jersey it is possible that Wedgewood will shift in his development and could be in the AHL next season. Brodeur played his lost minutes in a playoff game every last night when he was pulled after giving up a 3-0 lead to the Florida Panthers.
It is also possible that with the rebuild in Carolina that the Whalers could lose defenseman Austin Levi; or JT Miller who sparked controversy after being drafted in the first round by the New York Rangers and heading to Juniors rather than the collegiate route. Miller whom others have said had a lack luster season had 62 points in 61 games played.
As the Whalers season has ended long before many had suspected is it a sign that hockey in the Detroit area is about to close a chapter as the Red Wings went down 3-1 in their first round series to the Nashville Predators.