As 16 NHL teams focus on the playoffs starting tonight for some, teams like the Sens are working toward the start of next season.

General manager Pierre Dorion held a post-mortem on the season.

He says the team has an important draft coming up at the start of summer, a development camp with a crop of prospects he says is the best the team has ever seen.

Dorion also says the important roles of coach and president will be filled as well.

As for coach, Marc Crawford who filled in after Guy Boucher was fired is a strong candidate.

The 67’s take a commanding 3-0 series lead in their Junior A semi-final series with an 8-5 win over the Sudbury Wolves.   67’s have now won seven straight playoff games.  They can finish off the the Wolves tomorrow night.

The Perth Blue Wings win the Tier-2 Barkley Cup,     downing the Ottawa Junior Canadians 6-3 to take the championship series in five. Two goals for Ty Power and Mack Miller.

Good news for the Sens.   The Colorado Avalanche did not win the NHL Draft Lottery.   The Sens traded Matt Duchene to Colorado last season for Colorado’s first-round pick, which the Avalanche no doubt would have used to grab Jack Hughes…but Colorado fell to fourth in the draft.

The first pick goes to the New Jersey Devils.   The Rangers pick second followed by the Hawks at number-3.

The playoffs begin tonight with four games on tap, including the Winnipeg Jets hosting the Blues.

The Bruins-Leafs series gets going tomorrow.

Canada beat host Finland 6-1 at the Women’s World Hockey Championship.    Coach Perry Pearn says it was their best game of the tourney.

We play Germany tomorrow.

Blue Jays snap a four-game slide with a 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox.

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