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WHL

Patrick King says this WHL final shall be Portland's best shot to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup for quite some time. (Sportsnet)

Will the Edmonton Oil Kings' proclivity for penalties catch up to them in the championship series or are they just that good? (Edmonton Journal)

Oil Kings goalie Laurent Brossoit, who's been the immovable object in the playoffs, is just LB these days. (Edmonton Journal)

Reel it in: likely NHL lottery pick Ryan Murray does some things like Ray Bourque and Scott Niedermayer, but don't take the comparison too far. (The Cannon)

Guy Flaming lists the top 22 players for Thursday's bantam draft. (Coming Down The Pipe!)

Regina Pats GM Chad Lang, who doesn't have a first-rounder, is thinking about a draft-day trade. The Saskatoon Blades also have to wait until Round 2. (Regina Leader-Post)

Oil Kings forward Kristians Pelss has signed his NHL entry-level deal with the Edmonton Oilers ahead of the start of the final. (Edmonton Journal)

John Batchelor, who coached  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins a few years ago, says top bantam draft prospect Mathew Barzal compares very favourably with the current Edmonton Oilers centre. (Coquitlam Now)

Nice! Graduating Tri-City Americans winger Adam Hughesman received a key to the city from the mayor of Kennewick, Wash., on Tuesday. (Tri-City Herald)

Calgary native Nick Merkley is expected to be the second member of his family to be a very high bantam pick. (Calgary Herald)

The Victoria Royals are prioritizing offence in the draft. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

OHL

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Greg McKegg, who's back in London's lineup, could be matched up vs. old minor hockey pal Steven Shipley in the OHL final: "I'd like to have bragging rights over Ship this summer." (London Free Press)

As per Bob McKenzie, Leafs first-rounder Tyler Biggs is leaving the Miami RedHawks after one season. The Oshawa Generals hold his junior rights, but the AHL is a more likely alternative. (HockeyBuzz)

Nashville Predators prospect Austin Watson's shot-blocking could play a not-insignificant role in a tight series. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Knights consider the Niagara IceDogs "the more all-around team." (London Free Press)

IceDogs 'tender Mark Visentin is taking a little motivation from London counterpart Michael Houser having won the league's top goaltender award. Houser's also expected to win the Red Tilson Trophy today as the league's outstanding player. (St. Catharines Standard)

Just because: a gallery of playoff beards. (St. Catharines Standard)

Draft-year Knights defenceman Olli Määttä is scary-confident at the moment. (Metro London)

London defenceman Brett Cook, on the cool spring in Ontario helping sharpen his focus on the final: "It's not nice enough at home to do anything anyways, so it's definitely a thrill to be playing hockey still." (Metro London)

If it's May, that means either London, Kitchener or Windsor is likely in the league final. (Windsor Star)

Associate coach Terry Virtue, who was a big part of the Owen Sound Attack winning the league title in 2011, is moving on, likely back to pro hockey. Virtue's spouse and son resided in the U.S. this season. (Owen Sound Sun Times)

Oh, you better believe Kitchener Rangers coach-GM Steve Spott will be buyer next season: "I looked [star defenceman] Ryan Murphy in the eye at his exit meeting and told him that if he gets sent back, we're going to try and do everything in our power to win an OHL championship." (Waterloo Record)

Could Kitchener have a goalie dilemma next season? Star goalie John Gibson is eligible for the AHL and understudy Franky Palazzese has shown he deserves to start in his age-19 season. (Waterloo Record)

David Pinkerton of TV Cogeco Kingston has put together a three-part series on the Kingston Frontenacs' rebuilding plans: here's Part 1 and Part 2 of the second episode. (TV Cogeco Kingston)

QMJHL

Quebec Remparts centre Mikhail Grigorenko has mononucleosis, which might explain his so-so playoff performance. Just another thing for NHL scouts to consider between now and draft day. (Le Soleil)

The Q was a little inconsistent with how it handled Saint John captain Jonathan Huberdeau's suspension for the first two games of the final and Halifax captain Cameron Critchlow's season- and career-ending one-game ban in the semi, eh? (Station Nation)

Will Rimouski's run to the final spur more season-ticket sales? (Le Soleil)

The expectations in Halifax for next season could probably blow the roof off the Metro Centre. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

To the shock of no one, centrre Daniel Audette of the Collège Esther-Blondin midget team is ranked to go No. 1 in next month's QMJHL draft. Which means he would go from the Phénix to the Sherbrooke Phoenix. (Le Soleil)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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