** After starting the major junior playoffs with eight prospects involved, the Blues' organization is down to their last man standing -- or skating, if you prefer. The Medicine Hat Tigers were eliminated from the Western League playoffs in five games by the Calgary Hitmen, which means that Tommy Vannelli is done for the year -- unless the Blues throw him to the Wolves for the playoff experience. Vannelli is already signed to his ELC, so his assignment to the AHL is a possibility.
** The last prospect still active in the major junior playoffs is Ivan Barbashev, who has caught fire in the second round of the QMJHL postseason. In six games vs. the Halifax Mooseheads, Barbashev has an 8-7-15 scoring line, and has 11 goals and 19 points in the playoffs to place second in the Q's postseason scoring race. The series is tied at three games apiece, and Game Seven will be played Tuesday night at 7:00 PM Atlantic Time (5:00 PM Central).
** The Chicago Wolves dropped their final game of the 2014-15- regular season 5-2 to the Toronto Marlies on Sunday, which dropped the Wolves into the eighth seed in the AHL Western Conference and set up a playoff date with the conference-leading Utica Comets. Robby Fabbri netted his first AHL goal in the loss, and finished the regular season with a 1-3-4 scoring line in three games played. Fabbri's goal was assisted by Colton Parayko, who finished with a 4-3-7 scoring line (plus-4, 6 PM, 1 PPG) in 17 games after turning pro in mid-March.
** The Wolves will open their pursuit of the 2015 Calder Cup with home games against Utica on Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 PM Eastern. Action then shifts to Utica for the rest of the five-game series. We will work on a Wolves playoff preview, and it will appear either here, or in the print edition of "Game Time" for Game Five of the Blues' series with Minnesota.