Memorial Cup: The strengths and weaknesses of all four teams

Making it to the Memorial Cup is no small feat.

Each team entering the Canadian major junior hockey championship is skilled and talented in all aspects of their games. But every squad has its areas to work on and the four teams competing in the 101st running of the event are no exception.

Here’s a breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses for all the contenders:


STRENGTH: Goaltending
Ian Scott was sensational in both the Western Hockey League playoffs and regular season for the Raiders.

He had a 1.96 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 23 post-season games to help Prince Albert win its first league title in 34 years.

The Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick earned league MVP honours and in a short tournament like the Memorial Cup, a good goaltending performance can go a long way.

WEAKNESS: Special teams
The Raiders had the most power-play opportunities during the WHL playoffs (76) and converted 18 times for a success rate of 23.7 per cent, which was sixth-best in the post-season. They were worse in the regular season, ranking ninth with a 22 per cent conversion rate.

Prince Albert will need to make the most of their opportunities on the power play in order to be successful.

Penalty killing is also an important key. The Raiders were atop the WHL in that department during the regular season, killing off nearly 87 per cent of opponent’s opportunities on the man advantage. But the number slipped to 78.1 per cent in the playoffs — sixth best in the league.

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