Using the CHL Canada-Russia Series as a Measure of Future Professional Success

The WHL portion of the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series is over and after a dominating 7-0 win in Moose Jaw, the Western Hockey League All-Stars lost 4-3 to the Russian team after leading 3-0 in Swift Current. Victoria Royals star Matthew Phillips had one goal in these two games, and although that is nothing to sneeze at, fans of the Royals and those who follow the Calgary Flames prospect were likely hoping for a more Dillon Dube-like domination.

But does how a player do in these two games guarantee any future professional success? Do not fear, here is a list of players with only 1 goal in a single 2-game series, as well as players who had great games and saw little to zero future in the NHL.

*2003-2013, as 2014-2017 are too early to gauge results.

2003:

Adam Courchaine – C – Vancouver Giants – 1G – 2A – 3PTS
NHL Draft: 7th Round – 219th Overall – MIN (2003)
WHL Career: 285GP – 131G – 152A – 283PTS
NHL Career: 0GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS

Last Team: Coventry Blaze (EIHL) – 2017-18

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2004:

Ryan Getzlaf – C – Calgary Hitmen – 1G – 0A – 1PT
NHL Draft: 1st Round – 19th Overall – ANA (2003)
WHL Career: 233GP – 95G – 120A – 215PTS
NHL Career: 867GP – 237G – 584A – 821PTS

Last Team: Anaheim Ducks (NHL) – 2017-18

2005:

Scott Jackson – D – Seattle Thunderbirds – 0G – 3A – 3PTS
NHL Draft: 2nd Round – 37th Overall – STL (2005)
WHL Career: 326GP – 23G – 96A – 119PTS
NHL Career: 1GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS

Last Team: Norfolk Admirals (AHL) – 2011-12

2006:

Brodie Dupont – LW – Calgary Hitmen – 3G – 1A – 4PTS
NHL Draft: 3rd Round – 66th Overall – NYR (2005)
WHL Career: 214GP – 81G – 68A – 149PTS
NHL Career: 1GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS

Last Team: Norfolk Admirals (ECHL) – 2017-18

2007:

Jordan Eberle – RW – Regina Pats – 1G – 0A – 1PT
NHL Draft: 1st Round – 22nd Overall – EDM (2008)
WHL Career: 254GP – 155G – 155A – 310PTS
NHL Career: 521GP – 169G – 224A – 393PTS

Last Team: New York Islanders (NHL) – 2017-18

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2008:

Tyler Ennis – LW – Medicine Hat Tigers – 1G – 0A – 1PT
NHL Draft: 1st Round – 26th Overall – BUF (2008)
WHL Career: 245GP – 115G – 121A – 236PTS
NHL Career: 432GP – 100G – 141A – 241PTS

Last Team: Minnesota Wild (NHL) – 2017-18

2009:

Linden Vey – RW – Medicine Hat Tigers – 1G – 1A – 2PTS
NHL Draft: 4th Round – 96th Overall – LA (2009)
WHL Career: 262GP – 102G – 178A – 280PTS
NHL Career: 138GP – 14G – 30A – 44PTS

Last Team: Barys Astana (KHL) – 2017-18

2010:

Brandon Herrod – RW – Prince Albert Raiders – 1G – 0A – 1PT
NHL Draft: Undrafted
WHL Career: 342GP – 117G – 158A – 275PTS
NHL Career: 0GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS

Last Team: University of Saskatchewan (USports) – 2012-13

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2011:

Mark McNeill – C – Prince Albert Raiders – 2G – 1A – 3PTS
NHL Draft: 1st Round – 18th Overall – CHI (2011)
WHL Career: 276GP – 97G – 146A – 243PTS
NHL Career: 2GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS

Last Team: Texas Stars (AHL) – 2017-18

2012:

Ty Rattie – RW – Portland Winterhawks – 1G – 1A – 2PTS
NHL Draft: 2nd Round – 32nd Overall – STL (2011)
WHL Career: 269GP – 151G – 197A – 348PTS
NHL Career: 34GP – 4G – 6A – 10PTS

Last Team: Bakersfield Condors (AHL) – 2017-18

2013:

Hunter Shinkaruk – C – Medicine Hat Tigers – 1G – 0A – 1PT
NHL Draft: 1st Round – 24th Overall – VAN (2013)
WHL Career: 211GP – 105G – 130A – 235PTS
NHL Career: 15GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS

Last Team: Stockton Heat (AHL) – 2017-18

2017:

Matthew Phillips – C – Victoria Royals – 1G – 0A – 1PT
NHL Draft: 6th Round – 166th Overall – CGY (2016)
WHL Career: 163GP – 103G – 101A – 204PTS

 

So basically, if you score only 1 goal over one or two games of the CHL Canada-Russia Series, you’re either going to turn into Ryan Getzlaf or have minimal success at the NHL level. We’ve also learned that if you get a lot of points in this series, you’re also not guaranteed any success. Getting to the NHL is hard and if you score a lot against similarly aged players from North America or Russia, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to turn into Ryan Getzlaf. But there’s a chance.

 

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