Hunter Smith & Oshawa Headed To Memorial Cup

In what is hopefully – but probably not – a harbinger of things to come, a Calgary Flames prospect is headed to the Memorial Cup while a prospective Edmonton Oilers first overall pick is headed home empty-handed.

Hunter Smith and the Oshawa Generals polished off their OHL Championship series last night, beating Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters in five games.

The Generals join the WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets, the Quebec Remparts and the Rimouski Oceanic (Quebec’s the host, so both QMJHL finalists get to go) in the Memorial Cup later this month.

Hunter Smith, Calgary’s second round pick in 2014, had 18 points in 21 OHL playoff games. In the five-game final series, he had 2 goals, 2 assists, a plus-6 rating and 8 penalty minutes. He had a goal and an assist in the series-clinching game. For giggles, McDavid had 2 goals, 4 assists, a minus-3 rating and 2 penalty minutes in the series.

The Memorial Cup kicks off on May 22 in Quebec City.

    • Burnward

      Things aren’t so easy when you play a team with a real defensive system, big bodies and a good goaltender eh?

      Still ridiculous talent, but no one is a one man team anymore. The game has evolved too far.

    • Burnward

      Haha….Are you people really this naive?? Did you not learn that “hard work” can only get you so far in this league under the Sutter era? Its going to take more then great goaltending and luck to get you through the next 15yrs of Oiler domination. Yes we got lucky by winning the draft….again, but that still doesnt change the fact the talent pool is 10x deeper in Edmonton. Good luck Calgary because your going to need lots of it.

      • The GREAT Walter White

        I love how Oiler fans get so confident in the summer!!!

        Hall and Eberly looking good WITH some of the top players in the world (Sid) playing AGAINST non NHL players at the Worlds.

        The exact opposite from when they play for the Oilers…

        Flames have more points than the Oilers AGAIN next year.

        You may win the lottery again next year !

        WW

        • Burnward

          Like i said “naive”. Go ahead and build a team which finishes 14-18 every year. Its about winning multiple Stanley cups….Something Flame fans are clueless to.

          • T&A4Flames

            Got to make it to the playoffs first clown. Typical Oiler fan….THIS will be the pick that gets us not just out of the basement, but straight to the Stanley cup. Good luck. How many cups does Sid have? Not easy for any one player.

          • T&A4Flames

            If it makes you feel more secure to ignore whats happening in “Oil Country” right now, then so be it. Bury your head in the sand and pray for more miracle seasons down the road. Enjoy another generation of “beatdowns” just like the “Good old days” Stanley cup #6…thats right #6

          • FlamesFanOtherCity

            What is happening in Oil Country these day?
            Hiring a fired coach and GM?
            Layoffs and recession?
            More 1st overall picks?
            Signing a goalie nobody ever heard of?
            Hoping to overpay for a #1D?
            Rebuilding a rebuilt rebuild?
            Hoping to get move than 25 wins?
            Using the same scouts to find more “gems”?

            Did I miss something? What exactly is happening in Oil Country to get you fired up enough to troll a Flames topic? Please coming back when you have actually achieved a .500 record in the NHL. When did that last happen?
            In the dynasty days or when Smyth was your captain?

          • FlamesFanOtherCity

            Well if you havent been paying attention ill fill you in on “Whats been happening in Oil Country”. We won the draft lottery, Theres this kid named Conner Mcdavid who is suppose to be the best player in the world in a couple of years #1. A new billion dollar arena that will be the best hockey arena on the planet(that doesnt smell like a wet sock and cow $hit) #2. A world class management team for the Oilers #3. We got up off our a$$e$ and voted out a horrible pc government( calgary had a 41% voter turnout and edmonton had a 64% voter turnout)#4. Other then that theres the other 4.5 billion dollar construction contracts downtown we have to complete in the next 2 yrs #5. Looks like we are going to miss out on the recession….again. So yes-you missed something…

          • Franko J

            Not sure what the total is on the arena by itself but they don’t just build arenas anymore….Its a district with casinos-theaters-winter gardens and restaurants-nightclubs and such. lost track of the individual costs but its enormous.

          • Burnward

            It’s going to be fantastic for your city. Can’t wait to check it out once it’s finished.

            Long time coming for Edmonton to get something going in the downtown.

          • FlamesFanOtherCity

            Well at least Oiler fans will have some actual entertainment at the arena after watching their joke of a team get plowed over and over again in the new arena. New arena, same old terrible Oilers.

            Yes, the Oilers were an amazing team in the 1980’s, when they were able to draft Gretzky into the WHA before the NHL had a chance, and just happened to join the NHL the year after. A coup of a generation! Well, the Oilers have been the anti-Dynasty of the post ’04 lockout era. 1 playoff appearance, 4 1st overall picks. Hell, even the Colorado Avalanche were able to do something with 3 1st overalls! Dynasty of abysmal proportions in Edmonton.

            But hey, you got McDavid so that’s going to change overnight right? He couldn’t do it on his own against a team of 18 & 19 year olds, I can’t wait to see him try it in the Pacific Division against the California teams alone. Then there’s the Central Division with 5 legitimate Cup contending teams. Sorry Edmonton fans, it’s going to be a few years until you’re relevant, let alone a “dynasty”.

  • FlamesRule

    In Oshawa, Smith’s line was matched against Mcdavid. He got 1 point in those 3 games. Smith is a ways away as he still needs to fill that frame out but he shows a lot of promise. Mcdavid looks like he has that extra drive that we don’t often see in the other Oiler top drafts. He is a special talent

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    Hunter smith looked lost to begin with during the prospect camp in penticton but eventually looked like he found his comfort zone…he could be a good prospect if his skating keeps improving from what i saw he was a step behind but calgary will make sure he reaches his top potential and wow is he and kanzig big they were outside after the game and i had to look up to talk to them…wish you all the luck and keep improving hunter

  • The GREAT Walter White

    Great article on Oilers nation about how Chiarelli should take advantage of Boston’s “cap hell”…..not a lot of discussion about who is responsible for putting them in cap hell…

    WW

    • The Real Slim Brodie

      Seems like his D is pretty strong and he’s consistent over the past two years at just under a point per game in the playoffs. Looking forward to seeing him withe the Flames/AHL next season to get him going in the Flames system.

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    Lets not get to excited or too down on any of our prospects; lets give them a chance to develop. The Flames will spend money to help him work on his skating; Wolf’s skating improved somewhat during his year in the AHL and that should lead us to believe that Smith’s should as well.

  • TheoForever

    Speaking of Oilernation, here is a proposal by the young BigMcD that was trolling here recently, he suggested the following trade:

    Chara, Hamilton, Lucic and Rask for Nikitin, Purcell, Brossoit and a 2nd, then asked if Oilers were giving up too much in return.

    Love it, haha.

      • The GREAT Walter White

        Flames made the playoffs how many times in the last 9 yrs?….And what do they have to show for it? A hard working grinding team….yahoo! Oops i mean “Hee haaw”!

        • TheoForever

          You do realize that your team has been the joke of NHL over that period of time. Most players in NHL have Oilers on the NTC, not too mention their wives. Your scouting stuff hasn’t found anyone worth mentioning outside the top pics, forever and they still have jobs. The jersey burning and throwing, the billboards and stickers to fire Klowe. Are you first tear fan btw? Your team has been the worst in history of NHL over the decade. Next year you will set a recored for most years out of playoffs. You guys are a gift that keeps on giving, but,but,but just wait until next year, hahaha. Don’t ever change.

          • TheoForever

            Yes i realize most of what you said is true. Theirs a new sheriff in town-changes WILL be made. or are you another blind man from Calgary? We actually have the pieces you need to win a Stanley cup….Losing out in the second round will be forgotten by the draft. Grats on the Greycup tho…Hee Haw!!

          • TheoForever

            You don’t have the pieces to make the playoffs, forget the cup. Odds are better than good that you will miss the playoffs for the next 3 years. You need a goalie, 4 top 4 dmen, and a bunch of role playing forwards.

            Your new sheriff has put Bruins in cap hell, and got rid off the wrong guys, he has MacT as his number two. He got credit for moves that were not his early on with Boston, yes he is improvement over Klowe, who is still there whispering into katz’s ear. You know Katz the guy that threatened to take your team away from you. The team that used to force injured players to play.

            How can you guys support that KGB run outfit is baffling.

  • Franko J

    I was skeptical when the Flames drafted Smith last year. With the emphasis on speed and skating in today’s game I felt the team missed out on some other prospects in the draft. However after watching him play I think with further development he might work out. Again drafting is only one part in turning a prospect into a pro, the other is developing their abilities and talents. I just look at Ferland and see the patience the organization has had with him. The one thing that he will gain from being in the memorial cup is learning and realizing what it takes to be a champion. Good luck to Smith hope he shines in the MC with Oshawa.