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Canadiens Prospect Wins WHL Playoffs MVP, Headed to Memorial Cup

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Top Montreal Canadiens Kaiden Guhle is headed to the Memorial Cup after he and the Edmonton Oil Kings won the WHL Championship on Monday night.

The Edmonton Oil Kings won Game 6 on Monday night, completing their march to a WHL title and booking their ticket to the Memorial Cup next week in Saint John. The Montreal Canadiens prospect was the Oil King’s pillar on defence, playing in all situations and coming up big in critical moments.

During his exceptional run in the WHL playoffs, Guhle was able to notch eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 19 games, on top of being a force on the defensive end. His eight goal, the insurance marker in the championship-winning game, set a record for the most amount of goals recorded by an Oil Kings defenceman during the playoffs.

Kaiden Guhle‘s improved offensive play, clutch goal scoring and sound defensive ability earned him MVP honours during the WHL Playoffs. In being named MVP, Guhle became the first defenceman to win the award since former Edmonton Oil King Griffin Reinhart won it eight years ago.

The Montreal Canadiens prospect has grown by leaps and bounds since his trade to the Oil Kings prior to the World Junior Championships in December. Under new head coach Brad Lauer, Guhle has been utilizing his speed and his reach far more, especially on the rush, to push the tempo of the game up the ice very quickly, often catching the opposition off-guard, like the play below. He was encouraged to utilize his impressive skating and puck-carrying ability to drive more offence and hold onto the puck a little longer than he used to. The result speaks for itself, as Guhle became a far more balanced defenceman, capable of bringing an impact in all aspects of the game, not just defensively. As Guhle is set to join the Montreal Canadiens at camp next season, the growth in his game and experience acquired during this impressive run will only help him on his path to becoming an impact defenceman in the NHL.

 

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