Habs Future

Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) checks in with his weekly look at Canadiens’ prospects.

THREE STARS

RW
Aaron Palushaj
jumps
out to prominence this week by continuing to surpass his rookie season totals
as one of a few able scorers for the Hamilton Bulldogs, scoring three goals and
two assists. Palushaj began his scoring on Wednesday, scoring a late goal to
force overtime and an eventual shootout, which Hamilton loss but his goal
provided his team their overtime point. Palushaj went pointless on Friday and
assisted on the game-winning goal on Saturday. Palushaj’s true scoring outburst
came on Sunday at the end of a heavy schedule, which became an eventual loss
but his efforts were not to blame. Palushaj scored two goals and one assist in
what became a 6-5 loss, it was his first three-point game since November 3rd.
Palushaj’s scoring output this week has more than doubled his goals output from
last season with 17 goals in 57 games, compared to 8 goals in 64 games last
season.

2.
LW Andrew Conboy
had
his best offensive week of his Hamilton Bulldogs career, scoring two goals and
two assists and raising himself to his first season to go over twenty points.
Conboy scored a goal on Saturday to help his team to a 3-2 victory but went
beyond his normal contributions on Sunday. While the team lost the game, Conboy
was hardly to blame as he opened the scoring a mere 11 seconds in to the match,
than later assisted on two goals to help close the scoring in a game that
eventually got away from the Bulldogs. Conboy’s recent scoring outburst had him
snap a 14 game goal scoring slump and he’s now doubled his assist total from
last season.

3. RW Ian Schultz jumps out of the bubble
group this week, finally adding some points after mostly being interested in
building up his AHL fight card with the Hamilton Bulldogs, he’s now had fights
in 37 games in his rookie season. Schultz assisted on a late goal on Friday in
a 4-2 loss for Hamilton, having his first point in his 35th game of
the season after having two fights earlier in the game. Schultz than scored the
opening goal on Saturday for his team, than scored the final goal for Hamilton
in a 6-5 loss on Sunday afternoon. Schultz’s two goals and one assist have him
on a remarkable 3-game point streak considering his season. 

Worthy
Mentions: D Mac Bennett
has reached the 10-point mark in his rookie NCAA season. C
Andreas Engqvist
scored
one assist to reach 20 points in his first AHL season. D Morgan Ellis scored his 26th
assist to surpass his assist total of 25 from last season. D Greg Pateryn has reached 15 points on
his NCAA season.

Question
Marks: RW Alexander Avtsin
has not scored a goal since December 17th. C
Michaël Bournival
is
out with a lower-body injury. RW Brendan Gallagher is out with a
concussion. RW Danny Kristo is recovering from frostbite on his right foot.
G Karri Ramo lost
two straight and was pulled in his 3rd start of the week in the KHL
Playoffs, his stats were 4.14 GAA and .844 save %. D Alexei Yemelin is staring down the
barrel for the end of his team’s KHL Playoff run, they are currently down 0-3
in their series and he has no points in all 7 playoff games.

Complete
Statistics for the week of March 7h:

Legend:
Skaters:
Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
 | Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime
Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage | 
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime
Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
 | Season Stats: Season scoring prior to
the past week.

 

The AHL
Report:

The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens
since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens
prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 12
members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be considered NHL-viable prospects,
four of which, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber and Ryan White
have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of
35-24-1-6, are 3rd in the North Division, 8th in the
Western Conference, 14th overall in the AHL.

RW Alexander Avtsin: 19 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 44GP, 4G, 13A, +2, 18 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 48GP, 4G, 13A, +1, 22
PIM

 

D Mathieu
Carle
:
23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 54GP, 10G, 13A, +11, 32 PIM

Weekly
Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, +4, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 58GP, 10G, 14A, +15, 34 PIM

 

LW Andrew
Conboy
:
22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot.

Season
Stats: 48GP, 9G, 8A, +3, 57 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 2G, 2A, 0, 7 PIM | Complete Stats: 52GP, 11G, 10A, +3, 64
PIM

 

C Gabriel
Dumont
:
19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 56GP, 5G, 11A, -6, 72 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 7 PIM | Complete Stats: 60GP, 5G, 13A, -5, 79
PIM

C Andreas
Engqvist
:
22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 55GP, 8G, 11A, +7, 14 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 59GP, 8G, 12A, +8, 16
PIM

 

G Robert
Mayer
:
22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left.

Season Stats: 20GP, 9-9-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .891%
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0-1-0-0, 3.17GAA,  .857% | Complete Stats: 21GP,
9-10-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .890%

 

D Brendon
Nash
:
23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
 
Season Stats: 57GP, 5G, 22A, +15, 43 PIM

Weekly
Stats: 4GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 61GP, 5G, 22A, +15, 47 PIM

 

RW Aaron
Palushaj
:
22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 53GP, 14G, 25A, +13, 24 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 3G, 2A, +2, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 57GP, 17G, 27A, +15, 28
PIM

Called
up to Montreal
:

 

C David
Desharnais
:
24 years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot. Alternate Captain

Season
Stats: 35GP, 10G, 35A, +14, 24 PIM

 

LW Max
Pacioretty
:
22 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot.

 

Season
Stats: 27GP, 17G, 14A, +4, 20 PIM

 

D Yannick
Weber
:
22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 15GP, 8G, 4A, -5, 10 PIM

 

C Ryan
White
:
22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 33GP, 3G, 9A, -5, 77 PIM

 

 

The Juniors Report: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and
the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary
conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

 

QMJHL:

 

C Michaël
Bournival
:
18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot.
Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (40W, 23L, 2OTL, 1 SOL)

Season Stats: 56GP, 28G, 36A, +4, 28 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 56GP, 28G, 36A, +4, 28 PIM

D Morgan
Ellis
:
18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot. 


Junior
Club: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (17W, 41L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 61GP, 8G, 25A, -26, 63 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 63GP, 8G, 26A, -27, 65
PIM

 

C Louis
Leblanc
:
20 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot. 


Junior
Club: Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (44W, 11L, 5 OTL, 5 SOL)

Season Stats: 47GP, 25G, 30A, +17, 88 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, +1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 49GP, 26G, 31A, +18, 92
PIM

LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 20 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.


Junior
Club: Montreal Juniors (44W, 11L, 5OTL, 5 SOL)

Season Stats: 57GP, 18G, 27A, +24, 36 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, +2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 59GP, 19G, 27A, +26, 38
PIM
 
 OHL:

 

D Jarred
Tinordi
:
19 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot.


 Junior Club: London Knights (32W, 28L, 4
OTL, 1 SOL)

Season Stats: 58GP, 1G, 10A, -10, 130 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 60GP, 1G, 11A, -11, 134
PIM

 

WHL:

 

RW Brendan
Gallagher
:
18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.


Junior
Club: Vancouver Giants (33W, 30L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 63GP, 43G, 45A, +29, 100 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 63GP, 43G, 45A, +29, 100
PIM

US College Hockey
(NCAA) Report: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent
years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years
in lower level hockey to develop their skills.

D Mac Bennett:
19 years old, 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.


NCAA Team:
University of Michigan Wolverines (25W, 9L, 4T)

Season Stats: 24GP, 2G, 7A, +12, 17 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 25GP, 2G, 8A, +13, 17
PIM

 

RW Danny
Kristo
:
20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.


NCAA Team:
University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (28W, 8L, 3T)

Season Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM

 

D Greg
Pateryn
:
21 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot.

NCAA Team:
University of Michigan Wolverines (25W, 9L, 4T)

Season
Stats: 32GP, 3G, 11A, +12, 24 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 33GP, 3G, 12A, +13, 24
PIM

 

C Dustin
Walsh
:
19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team:
Dartmouth College Big Green (18W, 11L, 3T)

Season Stats: 29GP, 9G, 7A, 0, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 32GP, 9G, 9A, +1, 8 PIM

Kontinental Hockey
League

(KHL) Report: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league
of Russia, many Russian players first play professionally there before joining
the NHL. Due to a lack of a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the
KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to bring over their drafted Russian
prospects.

G Karri Ramo:
24 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.


KHL Club:
Avangard Omsk (42W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) (5-6 Playoff record)

Season Stats: 44GP, 33-6-2-1, 1.78GAA, .930%

Playoff
Stats: 7GP,
4-2-1, 1.98GAA, .916%
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0-1-1, 4.14GAA, .844% | Complete Stats: 10GP, 4-3-2,
2.49GAA, .896%

 
RW Maxim Trunev:
20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot. 


KHL Club:
Severstal Cherepovets (30W, 20L, 4 OTL, O SOL) (2-4 Playoff record)

Season
Stats: 39GP, 1G, 6A, +3, 20 PIM

Playoff
Stats:

6GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 2 PIM

 

D Alexei
Yemelin
:
24 years old, 6’1”, 221 pounds, LH shot.

KHL Club:
Ak Bars Kazan (34W, 12L, 3OTL, 4 SOL) (4-3 Playoff record)

Season
Stats: 51GP, 11G, 15A, +16, 117 PIM

Playoff
Stats: 4GP,
0G, 0A, +2, 0 PIM

Weekly
Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -2, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 7GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 4 PIM

 

 

 

103 Comments

  1. observer says:

    Yeah right! BUT if it is my friend Jeremy Jacobs’ player and he is important, it merely was a hockey play!

  2. observer says:

    Price never was pulled? Or Roy? He surely wasn’t helped by Schenn especially and Phaneuf and the others tonight.

  3. OneTimer says:

    Thanks yet again for the write-up, SF.

  4. observer says:

    SAY WHAT? CHECK THE TIME OF YOUR AND MY POST————YOURS-20:43—-Where’s Observer??  How come he only shows up to crow about the Leafs on the nights Reimer wins and disappears nights like tonight when he lets in 5 goals?—-MINE-Submitted by observer on Mon, 03/14/2011 – 20:35.
    bad game by reimer. schenn is very over-rated- still makes too many mistakes.

     

     

  5. Bill says:

    Well, there is still plenty of hockey to be played, but most of these teams are pretty consistent and it’s hard to make up ground this time of year. Looks like Habs – Bruins, the main question being who gets home ice. If the Habs can get the advantage you have to think their chances are good in that match-up.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  6. Storm Man says:

    Tony pop a few acetylsalicylic acid tablets and chill out.

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    1. I don’t watch the KHL really so hard to speculate, but his GAA, Save % on the week were pitiful. Good news, is last time he got yanked it became part of the run that saw him nearly undefeated in regulation for the rest of the regular season. Could be a bit of both, Omsk has had a lot of trouble scoring in post-season so far.

    2. I believe someone posted up that for anyone suffering a severe concussion, it’s a six-month recovery period according to the AMA for athletes to safely resume competitive play. Pacioretty’s injury is possibly in that range considering he was unconscious for several minutes. So far there seems to be no lingering post-concussion issues at this time and I believe this was his first concussion so he could come out of his very much who he was, but again Paul Kariya was never the same after Gary Suter as some have mentioned.

    3. Henrik Sedin said it and he was right on.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  8. von says:

    Man, what happened to Avtsin? I remember so much hype around him at training camp… I guess reality sets in quick. Maybe he’ll settle in next year.

    _________________________________

    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  9. observer says:

    I HAD A $20 LOTO-QUE TICKET ON WASH YEST PLUS TOR TODAY

  10. Bill says:

    1. Beats me! Ask Sarah Palin, I can’t see Russia from my house. (Just kidding VancouverHab)

    2. Pacioretty has a grade 4 concussion, based on being out cold for several minutes and memory loss. The doctor I spoke to said everyone recovers differently, so it’s really just speculation. He could actually be back next year with no issues or never play again. But if he comes back and gets another bad one … the injury is compounded.

    3. A more telling comment from Sedin, not buying Chara’s “I didn’t know the stanchion was there” line: “You play this game for twenty years, you always know where you are on the ice.”

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  11. Strabo says:

    I hope he can pick up where he left off.

     

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  12. gmd says:

    He was, here’s the hit, totally a late hit by Stevens:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiDJ1y7cGIw

  13. punkster says:

    I know this is going to cause some people to choke on their bedtime tea but if I were Max I’d be thinking seriously about getting back into school. Time for a career change.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  14. SmartDog says:

    Thanks.  Though I remember it well, and don’t need to see it again.  Kariya came back and scored a goal minutes after.. the winning goal I think.  Very dramatic but he shouldn’t have been playing. 

    And Stevens retired from post-concussion syndrom from someone ringing HIS bell.  Just desserts.  And then they put the bastard in the f-n Hall of Fame.  Should be in the Hall of Shame, the guy made an art out of causing brain damage in other guys.  Gos to show a lot of people love the gore…. they voted him in with no protest about his actions in ruining other careers.  Who votes for that – sportswriters?

  15. Mark C says:

    I think he’s having an okay season all things considered (19 yrs old, first N.A. season). Artem Anismov had a 70-16-20 season under the same circumstances; today he’s a 22 yr old who is fifth on the Rangers in scoring. Avtsin is going to take some time, likely two more years in the A. 

  16. Timo says:

    Nasty hit… However, did anyone notices just before the hit what was that wearing #23 for NJ turning the puck over?

  17. SmartDog says:

    Add to that Chara’s lie about not knowing who was on the ice.  F-n liar.

    One thing that really shows Chara’s character is his quote after about being sorry that “he got hurt”.  Like a meteorite fell on him.  No ownership, no real remorse… so passive.  He’s such an a-hole. Unbelievable really.

  18. SmartDog says:

    Didn’t Gomez wear 23?  Oh man, that guy’s like the Forrest Gump of turnovers.  FACK.

  19. fbkj says:

    dude you have an audience, do us a favour and preview your comments before submitting because i care little about your yeast plus tor today

  20. Bill J says:

    Thanks Robert – excellent work as always.  :)

    Question for you, what possible movements can you see ?

    Paslushaj to MTL for playoff push ?

    Yemelin to Hamilton to AHL playoff push ?

    :D (one can dream) lol

  21. Timo says:

    It was not a trick question SD – I was referring to one and only turnover machine Mr. Scott Gomez.

  22. christophor says:

    not this year he wasn’t

  23. drivefor25 says:

    Great post! Love your tongue-in-cheek “news” stories. Although the NHL is so ridiculous these days, the line between satire and truth is becoming blurred. Can you imagine Chara on the witness stand, under oath, trying to explain how he had no idea it was Pacioretty on the ice?

    Fan since ’71

  24. Habitall says:

    Hmmm … I thought Scott Gomez said that Stevens may have hit hard, but always clean. Yeah, right. Buddy used to try to kill Lindros by submarining him, and here on Kariya that’s clearly an elbow to the head.

     

  25. naweed235 says:

    straight to number 2 : I am studying medecine and although I am really not experienced, here’s my take on it:

    Theoretically, a grade 4 concussion causes some permanent dammage in the brain (some more serious, some that are irrelevant to a person’s day to day life and in his case athletic performance). Now the thing with grade 4 is that if the symptoms such as headache, nausia etc. are not manifesting within the first 48 hours, the level of concern is much lower and a close to 100% recovery is possible. From what I heard, this was the case with Max… so, he could very well just shake it off and be back on the Ice by September. Obviously, there is the mental aspect of his game that could very well change after experiencing a serious trauma… so who know…

    here’s to hoping he can be back 100% and rock the Bell center soon

  26. REB says:

    2. Eric Cole (Carolina), came back from a broken neck and plays for Carolina this season.  Not the same player he was before the accident, but still a passable player.

    3. Agree completely.  If you never book him, he never has a record!

  27. Habitall says:

    Gotta say, I’m wondering just how bad that toe frostbite could be? It seems like months since Kristo played? What exactly did he do, run around Sioux City naked … all night?

  28. tippytoes says:

    PG should make attempts to sign Emelin if his team gets eliminated from the KHL playoffs. It would give the Habs some depth for a good playoff run.

     

  29. habs001 says:

    tampa bay no pp opportunities…leafs 3…..while not putting them in the playoffs this type of ratio for the leafs makes no sense…yet it happens most games…sadly we have no journalist in canada who have the balls to dig into this and at least come up with some answers..

  30. ari says:

    I cant wait for the  next game with bruins,too bad we dont have any one to challenge chara.

  31. habstrinifan says:

    Not out of the question. This is one of the more tragic aspect of the entir eincident, if Max Pac doesnt recover fully.

  32. habstrinifan says:

    Thanks for the updates Serious fan09. If I hear te word concussion one more time though I think I will scream.

     

    Serious thought must be given to the equipment today… something is terribly wrong.

  33. Timo says:

    Maybe he should become a lawyer and sue the f out of Chara in a civil suit. Take Chara’s livelihood away.

  34. ari says:

    u mean,hockey game

  35. christophor says:

    No I mean an accidnet occurring in a hockey game, possibly involving a stick or skate.

  36. pmaraw says:

    not to mention his roman grecko wrestling background.

  37. VancouverHab says:

    Ha ha! (But then, you can’t see the radioactive dust cloud drifting over from Japan either ;–)

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    KHL contracts do not expire until April 30th and Clear Day lists for the AHL have already been submitted. Not sure if that can be swung with Yemelin.

    Paluhaj is a possibility though if he keeps putting up points.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    He was also hit by Suter I’m pretty sure, wasn’t his only concussion (and his latest one has him off the for the year trying to recover but he’s likely done).

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    Avtsin is a 19-year old playing in NA for the first time as a pro, he’s going to take time, raw skill and size but he’s got a good upside.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Anything that affects the extremities can take a while, he had full use of all of his toes after treatment from reports and the latest I’ve heard is and he’s done some skating since then.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  42. G-Man says:

    Why? Because he plays ok in the KHL- the equivalent of a watered-down AHL?

  43. G-Man says:

    Brian Savage.

    Really like how Max was playing, but this is something that should make him change his career plans.

  44. SmartDog says:

    Intersting, thanks Naweed.

    Here’s a grad school type question for ya…. so obviously the lack of lingering symptoms is a good sign, but is it strongly correlated with negative findings in other areas of some kind of brain damage or does it just allow the recovering patient to resume activities more quickly? I’m suree there are papers on this… if only I had a database to look them up.

  45. Bill J says:

    I think Tony was poking a jab at Price for last year.

    What Tony seems to fail on.

    Price > Reimer + Gustavson + Giguere + their next best option.

    ;)

  46. Les Habitants says:

    Sorry to go off topic but I have a question and need the help of some die hard Habs fans.

    I was wondering if anyone knows of a different name or somewhere to download the Habs song ” Les Canadiens Sont La”. The song played before the last face-off of a Habs win (I’ll never forget hearing it with 40s left in game 5 of the 1993 Finals!)

    Its a fairly well known tune, so I figure maybe there’s a different name non-Habs fans call it?

    Thanks!

    PS- always appreciate the heads up on our future Habs Robert, thanks!

     

     The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  47. Wayne says:

    Just dropped in to thank SF09 by contributing to HIO in this manner, it brings another (important) facet of the organization to us. I must admit though, I usually just gloss over it. All the same, it’s very useful. You’d think he’s a serious fan or something….

  48. Habsrule1 says:

    This is an awesome feature. Thanks to HIO for having it, but thanks mostly to Robert for providing some excellent information about the Habs potential future players.

    Maybe Schultz would be a decent addition next season or the season after. Anybody know how he’s been doing in his fights?

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  49. SeriousFan09 says:

    Excellent News About Brendan Gallagher:

    He is symptom-free with no post-concussion issues and may play this Friday.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  50. SeriousFan09 says:

    Schultz is a tough customer in a fight from all reports, but he has a lot of conditioning to do and more work to actually playing the pro game to do. He’s likely taking two more seasons in the AHL IMO.

    You can visit Hockeyfights.com for video of his fights, or just put his name in to YouTube.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  51. Wayne says:

    woops, was suppose to be a reply to a post…

  52. Strabo says:

    What do they feed those boys on the WHL? I thought for sure he was gone for the rest of the year.

     

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  53. SeriousFan09 says:

    Fortunately, it was a very mild concussion if he’s ready to go too soon. This is excellent news for his future, missing the rest of the season and the playoffs would have held him back in his development.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  54. Chuck says:

    Looks like the Lightning will be 4 points ahead by the end of the night. The Laffs can’t do anything right.

  55. christophor says:

    An accident can challenge anyone.

  56. observer says:

    sounds like he and conboy would be good additions for the march 24 game?

  57. JohnBellyful says:

    NHL finally getting the message …

    NEW YORK – The National Hockey League has bowed to fierce criticism over how it disciplines players who commit violence by announcing it intends to use the strap.
    “We get crucified for giving players a slap on the wrist,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Well, now it’s going to hurt.”

    “Fines don’t work, suspensions don’t work, and for some odd reason, non-suspensions don’t work, so we’re introducing corporal punishment,” Bettman said. “It’s not quite eye for an eye but it might satisfy fans wanting to settle scores.”

    The league unveiled a chart showing the strap will be administered according to the severity of the offence: hitting from behind – two whacks; elbow to head – two whacks; stick to head – two whacks; questioning league rulings – five whacks; saying disparaging remarks about players’ girlfriends – five whacks.

    Repeat offenders will receive an additional two whacks and a strongly worded letter of disapproval from vice-president of hockey operations Colin Campbell.

    “I think this shows the world we mean business,” Bettman said. “We looked at spanking but we decided we had to uphold the dignity of the sport.”

    The National Hockey League Players Association reserved comment until it had time to examine the leather strap that will be used to carry out the league’s new disciplinary policy.

    Bettman also announced the NHL will employ off-duty cops as referees, to forestall intervention in league affairs by authorities alarmed by the increase in on-ice thuggery.
    “The new officials, who will be armed, will not only call penalties but they’ll also to be able to lay charges at the same time,” Mr. Bettman said.

    This will double the paperwork of official scorers, as they will have to maintain two sets of documents: score sheet and rap sheet.

    Bettman said if the two measures do little to reduce player injuries, the NHL will consider changing the ice surface from rectangular to circular.

  58. Timo says:

    I don’t think anyone has… Chara is a freak of nature.

  59. Bill says:

    6-2 now … Reimer allowed five and got yanked. I don’t know if his bubble is bursting, but I wouldn’t blame him for the goals personally. Lousy coverage.

    Leafs fans will have to wait a few days before being obnoxious again.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  60. observer says:

    schenn cost him 2 goals. and has been doing that all along.  might have a lot of ability but still is very green – schenn and probably reimer too.

  61. observer says:

    probably his first, by the time theyve played a few years theyve suffered  many.

  62. SmartDog says:

    Wasn’t Kariya hit by Stevens? 

    I guess you never know, but I can’t recall seeing anything like that hit from anyone who didn’t show significant effects…. though I haven’t seen many hits that LOOKED that severe. 

  63. SmartDog says:

    Guys I need your help.  Three IMPORTANT things on my mind tonight….

    1. What happened to Ramo?  He was doing sooooo well!  Did he choke or did the team collapse?

    2. Patches. I love Patches, everyone does, and we miss him…  and we ALL want him to make a full recovery… but is that medically possible?  We saw the hit, I want to believe but my (passing but interested) knowledge makes it hard to believe.  So is it possible he can be the player he was and person he was?  Anyone?

    3. A lighter question… I saw a short clip today and is there anyone more AWESOME than whichever freakin’ Sedin (grow a different bear guys!) is speaking out against head shot and who said (paraphrasing) “how can you say Chara has no record of this and then not give him a suspension this time so he still has no record – so when does he get a record”. 

    ANYONE?

    Thanks,

    SD

  64. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Red light Reimer strikes again! Where’s Observer??  How come he only shows up to crow about the Leafs on the nights Reimer wins and disappears nights like tonight when he lets in 5 goals?

  65. G-Man says:

    Awww, da poah wittew weafs got spwatted again. What a shame!

  66. SmartDog says:

    LMFAO

    “The National Hockey League Players Association reserved comment until it had time to examine the leather strap that will be used to carry out the league’s new disciplinary policy.”

    That’s brilliant satire.  Very funny.

  67. observer says:

    bad game by reimer. schenn is very over-rated- still makes too many mistakes.

  68. adam76 says:

     

    Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Chances

    Did not play, playoff odds down 0.6 to 4%

     

  69. solomio says:

    Off topic am tuning in the Leafs /Lightning game…some guys are singing…”.Go Leafs Go this is Canada’s song “   uh I think not !!!

    Look lets just put the Leafs out of their misery.

  70. newbrunswick troy says:

    0n off the record tonight with Lansberg he replied  that after watching the play at a certain angle..he could definetly see Chara,s hand come up to guide the head into the stanchion

  71. G-Man says:

    lol. Too funny. ;)

  72. REB says:

    he brings that “turn my back to you and swing wildly” to the NHL and somebody will knock him out cold with a punch behind the ear.  I like his willingness and agressiveness, but hope he improves his style.

  73. Wayne says:

    .. everybody on the team said they all just grew a foot

     

    If he were still with the team, he’d have ‘em all growing peas and carrots… nyuk, nyuk,.. I kill me.

  74. LA Loyalist says:

    Doode cumon Robert duz thiss onn the snide ‘n don’t not git pade 4it, sew kut hymn sum slacks :)

  75. C_Hand says:

    Excellent report, only problem is the grammer mistakes in Ian Schultz’s section where you wrote “then” as “than”, otherwise fantastic work keep it up dude.

  76. SeriousFan09 says:

    There’s actually a little more error in this week’s version than I would like but I was unfortunately pressed for time, started my job training today and was in a rush so I could try and sleep to get up early.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  77. G-Man says:

    It’s “grammar.” Shhh!

  78. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Thanks for the update Robert.  Any chance of Schultz becoming a Lucic type player for the habs?  He seems to have a little bit of a scoring touch plus the scrappiness.

  79. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lucic is really shooting for the moon there, I’d say he’s more likely to be a David Clarkson.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  80. aemarchand11 says:

    Zack Kassian is built more in the Lucic mold.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  81. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Good for Kerry for speaking the truth.  All anyone has to do is look at the slowed down video and you can see it as clear as day he uses his arm to push him towards the turnbuckle, which shows the intent was there. 

  82. Danno says:

    Is there a link to a video or an article confirming this? Fraser was quoted earlier on as saying the hit did NOT justify any further discipline.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  83. habsruleworld says:

    did anyone catch OTR With Kerry Fraser ex NHL Ref?

    ASTOUNDING!  Fraser said Chara directed, and with a timed malicious intent drove Max’s head into the partition.

    Fraser said it definitely warranted a signfiicant suspension.

    used to hate the guy, NOW I LIKE EM!.

    Funny how many are polarized, the majority know it was a malicious/bad/illegal/dangerous hit,

    those who don’t see it this way are biased and corrupt it certainly seems

  84. 1010 says:

    Amazing how your opinion of a guy can change on a dime. But I will say that the last time Fraser was on OTR – not that long ago actually- I came away with the impression that he was not a member of the old boys club. He seemed to speak his mind on that occasion also.

    Good for Kerry.

     

    HGO HABS…

  85. SeriousFan09 says:

    Palushaj has made good strides this season despite battling an ankle problem that really robbed him of his speed, that scoring touch isn’t quite what you’d want it to be but I believe he’s a much more complete player than D’Agostini.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  86. DearyLeary says:

    I would love to see Palushaj turn into even a lesser Patches.  A big body on the right wing would solidify the lineup nicely.  I’d love to see Patches get healthy and return to form even more.

  87. C_Hand says:

    It’s not even a problem man, I’m sure I do worse when I try as hard as I can for a full evening! I love reading about the prospects so it’s great.

  88. Danno says:

    SF, don’t worry too much about the spelling man. We all make mistakes. The reports are great.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  89. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m a bit of a stickler for spelling though, one of the things I’m very good at but doesn’t do me much good in the jobs market.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  90. fbkj says:

    dude no matter how good you are at spelling and grammar youll mess up… i used to work in the pharma industry and the amount of proofreading when going over technical copywrite would astound you… the more eyes the better… there will always be typos…

  91. Miltie01 says:

    It is all about communication, and you communicate well….that is all that matters.

  92. habsruleworld says:

    WOW Check Ian Schultz, the ex-captain of the Calgary Hitmen,

    WHAT A FIGHTER!!!!! And now in AHL he’s pounding the snot out of guys,

    bring this guy up with Henry right before playoffs, and let’s pound the shiate out of the Bruins on the scoreboard and in the alley.

    Karma is a biatch, and she’s coming round for the ruins

  93. newbrunswick troy says:

    Wow back at ya..i just read that he got an assist and thought the same thing…after all the habs have been through since the “beatdown in beantown” man this team needs an inforcer…remember when Gainey signed Larouque, everybody on the team said they all just grew a foot…well the same needs to happen now!!!

    I,ve looked at Shcult,s fights on utube and i do say , he sure doesn,t lose many fights!!!!

  94. pmaraw says:

    i remember when the wolverine was all over this

  95. SeriousFan09 says:

    The big jump in his PIMs came after the WJC. Came back a little perturbed about how the team lost, picked up a couple fighting majors I understand, some hooks but also goaltender intereference and roughing. He seems to be a much angrier player on the ice in the 2nd half of his seaosn.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  96. Former Jets Fan says:

    Robert – wondering if you, or anyone for that matter, can shed some light on how or why Louis Leblanc has been racking up PIM’s at such an alarming rate – nearly 2min/gm as compared to Bournival’s 0.5min/gm.  Is he chippy or feisty or just plain careless all the time?

  97. DearyLeary says:

    If D’Agostini played with as much jam as Desharnais did he’d be a great player.  Palushaj just works harder, if he can get his consistency up to an NHL level I’d love to see him in a year or two.

  98. aemarchand11 says:

    Glad to see that Schultz is starting to play hockey and not just fight. That combo will start the makings of NHL net presense and a sense of protection for our players.

    He came into camp out of shape this year, I expect him to be in top shape next season and have a few callups throughout the season, unless he suprises in training camp.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  99. SmartDog says:

    Let’s not start bringing the standards up.  Smart people might come. 

  100. OneTimer says:

    oh the irony. But if we want to help SF with grammar mistakes and typos, I spotted one in the paragraph on Palushaj: he wrote “loss” instead of “lost”. No big deal.

  101. TheMock780 says:

    Nothing wrong with that! David Clarkson is a player I’d kill (metaphorically speaking) to have on the Habs


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Habs Future

Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) checks in with his weekly look at Canadiens prospects.

THREE STARS

1.  G Karri Ramo continues to build on his excellent KHL season, the league leader in regular season wins had a long, tough week but rallied to ensure his season was not over. Ramo spent the week backstopping his team Avangard Omsk to victory in their initial playoff round and collected his first-ever KHL playoff series win. Ramo posted a 3-1-0 record in the final four games of the playoff series, with a 2.25 Goals Against Average and .902 save percentage. Ramo’s steady presence in nets was crucial as his team battled back from 2-1 and 3-2 series deficits to finally win the decisive Game 7 after a lack of scoring in the first five games of the series. Ramo’s total playoff statistics stand at 1.98 for Goals Against Average and a .916 save percentage with one shutout. Karri Ramo was received in a trade that that sent undrafted free agent goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and was drafted in the 6th round, 191st overall in the 2004 Entry Draft.

2. RW Aaron Palushaj has struggled through the season with
finding consistency, but his contributions have become key in the
Hamilton Bulldog’s victories of late. Palushaj collected two assists on
Wednesday night contributing to a 5-4 victory, went without a point as
his team was shut out on Saturday and then scored a goal in an eventual
3-2 overtime victory on Sunday afternoon to help his team collect four
of a possible six points for the week. Palushaj’s two assists raised him
to 25 on his season, surpassing his previous season mark of 24 assists
in eleven fewer games. Aaron Palushaj was acquired in the trade that
sent Matt D’Agostini to St. Louis and was drafted in the 2nd round, 44th
overall in the 2007 Entry Draft.

3. D Brendon Nash spent
the week building on his strong rookie season with the Hamilton Bulldogs
that has made him their leading scorer from the blue line. Nash had a
single assist on Wednesday night in a 5-4 win by the Bulldogs, was held
without a point on Saturday but in dramatic fashion in overtime on
Sunday, scored his first overtime goal in the AHL which was also his
first game-winning goal of the season. It was Nash’s fifth goal of the
season, which is more than double his goals output from his last two
seasons of NCAA hockey, he also leads the team with a +15 rating on his
season. Brendon Nash was signed as an undrafted free agent on March
30th, 2010.

WORTHY MENTIONS: D Morgan Ellis added an assist on his week to reach consecutive 25-assist seasons in the QMJHL. Bubble prospect LW John Westin has scored 6 goals in 9 games in Swedish Under-20 Hockey since returning from injury this season.

QUESTION MARKS: RW Alexander Avtsin has not scored a goal since December 14th. C Michaël Bournival has an undisclosed injury, he is expected to be out for at least two weeks. RW Brendan Gallagher suffered a head injury on Saturday, there is no update on when he will be able to return to play. RW Danny Kristo is recovering from frostbite on his right foot. RW Maxim Trunev’s season has ended in the KHL, his team was eliminated in the first round of the KHL playoffs, he had no points in 6 playoff games and was -3.

COMPLETE STATISTICS for the week of February 28th:

Legend: Skaters: Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
 | Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage | 
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
 | Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

THE AHL REPORT: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 12 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be considered NHL-viable prospects, four of whom, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber and Ryan White have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 34-22-1-5, are 1st in the North Division, 5th overall in the Western Conference, 11th overall in the AHL.


RW Alexander Avtsin: 19 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 41GP, 4G, 13A, +3, 12 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 44GP, 4G, 13A, +2, 18 PIM

D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain 

Season Stats: 51GP, 10G, 12A, +10, 32 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 54GP, 10G, 13A, +11, 32 PIM

LW Andrew Conboy: 22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 45GP, 9G, 8A, +4, 57 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 48GP, 9G, 8A, +3, 57 PIM

C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot. 

Season Stats: 53GP, 5G, 10A, -8, 65 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, +2, 7 PIM | Complete Stats: 56GP, 5G, 11A, -6, 72 PIM


C Andreas Engqvist: 22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 52GP, 8G, 10A, +7, 14 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 55GP, 8G, 11A, +7, 14 PIM

G Robert Mayer: 22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left.

 Season Stats: 20GP, 9-9-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .891%
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0-0-0-0,  GAA,  % | Complete Stats: 20GP, 9-9-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .891%

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
 
Season Stats: 54GP, 4G, 21A, +15, 39 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 57GP, 5G, 22A, +14, 41 PIM

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.

 Season Stats: 50GP, 13G, 23A, +11, 24 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 2A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 53GP, 14G, 25A, +13, 24 PIM


Called up to Montreal:

C David Desharnais: 24 years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot. Alternate Captain 

Season Stats: 35GP, 10G, 35A, +14, 24 PIM

LW Max Pacioretty: 22 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 27GP, 17G, 14A, +4, 20 PIM

D Yannick Weber: 22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 15GP, 8G, 4A, -5, 10 PIM

C Ryan White: 22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 33GP, 3G, 9A, -5, 77 PIM


THE JUNIORS REPORT: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

QMJHL:

C Michaël Bournival: 18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot.
 Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (38W, 22L, 2OTL, 1 SOL)

Season Stats: 56GP, 28G, 36A, +4, 28 PIM
 Weekly Stats 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 56GP, 28G, 36A, +4, 28 PIM


D Morgan Ellis: 18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot.  Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (17W, 42L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 58GP, 8G, 24A, -24, 61 PIM
 Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 1A, -2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 61GP, 8G, 25A, -26, 63 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 20 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot. 
 Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (41W, 9L, 4 OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 45GP, 25G, 29A, +16, 82 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 47GP, 25G, 30A, +17, 88 PIM



LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 20 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.
 Montreal Juniors (41W, 9L, 4OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 55GP, 18G, 26A, +25, 36 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 57GP, 18G, 27A, +24, 36 PIM
 


OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 19 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot.
 London Knights (32W, 26L, 4 OTL, 1 SOL)

 Season Stats: 55GP, 1G, 10A, -6, 121 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 0A, -4, 9 PIM | Complete Stats: 58GP, 1G, 10A, -10, 130 PIM

WHL:

RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.
 Vancouver Giants (33W, 27L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 61GP, 43G, 44A, +29, 98 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 63GP, 43G, 45A, +29, 100 PIM



U.S. COLLEGE HOCKEY (NCAA) REPORT: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.

D Mac Bennett: 19 years old, 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.
 University of Michigan Wolverines (23W, 9L, 4T) 

Season Stats: 24GP, 2G, 7A, +12, 17 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 24GP, 2G, 7A, +12, 17 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.
 University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (24W, 8L, 3T) 

Season Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM

D Greg Pateryn: 21 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot. University of Michigan Wolverines (23W, 9L, 4T)

Season Stats: 32GP, 3G, 11A, +12, 24 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 32GP, 3G, 11A, +12, 24 PIM

C Dustin Walsh: 19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot. Dartmouth College Big Green (16W, 10L, 3T)

 Season Stats: 29GP, 9G, 6A, 0, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 9G, 6A, 0, 6 PIM

KONTINENTAL HOCKEY LEAGUY (KHL) REPORT: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, many Russian players first play professionally there before joining the NHL. Due to a lack of a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to bring over their drafted Russian prospects.


G Karri Ramo: 24 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.
 Avangard Omsk (42W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) (4-3 Playoff record)

Season Stats: 44GP, 33-6-2-1, 1.78GAA, .930%

Playoff Stats: 3GP, 1-1-1, 1.62GAA, .933%
 Weekly Stats: 4GP, 3-1-0, 2.25GAA, .902% | Complete Stats: 7GP, 4-2-1, 1.98GAA, .916%


RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot. 
Severstal Cherepovets (30W, 20L, 4 OTL, O SOL) (2-4 Playoff record) Season Stats: 39GP, 1G, 6A, +3, 20 PIM Playoff Stats: 4GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 0 PIM Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 6GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 2 PIM

D Alexei Yemelin: 24 years old, 6’1”, 221 pounds, LH shot. Ak Bars Kazan (34W, 12L, 3OTL, 4 SOL) (4-0 Playoff record)

Season Stats: 51GP, 11G, 15A, +16, 117 PIM
 Playoff Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 4GP, 0G, 0A, +2, 0 PIM

67 Comments

  1. Duracell3 says:

    I feel bad for all their goalies equally.

  2. Former Jets Fan says:

    What’s the deal with Louis Leblanc and his 88 PIM?  Seems like a high number – more than triple Bournival’s total. 

  3. Bill says:

    I’m having difficulty thinking of a Leafs goalie who didn’t start out as a saviour. Gustavsson will not have a career, but it will not be because of his health. It will be because he’s just another footnote in the history of over-hyped Leafs’ goaltending prospects.

    How’s Justin Pogge these days? Maybe he can make a comeback when Reimer comes back to earth.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  4. habs001 says:

    with 16 games left it will not be easy to catch any team 5 points ahead…if those teams only win 8 more games we would need to win 11 games and the odds are they will probably win one or two more than 8…

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  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Been a bit hot under the collar since the WJC, he’s more than doubled his PIMs since December. Suspect he took it badly.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

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  10. habitual says:

    You are a serious fan.  Good work!

  11. thebigguy says:

    EA sent him down to the minors and gave him a salary cut. $500,000.

     

    I was hesitant to get a post trade deadline roster. Some teams are unusable and others are way too good.

  12. CHsam says:

    I feel bad for Gustavsson. The guy has a heart problem, and suddenly he’s no longer the Leafs saviour. I hope he’s able to have a career despite the health issue

  13. Da Hema says:

    What do Allan Bester, Jir Crha, Justin Pogge, Vesa Toscala, and James Reimer have in common? They all had to deal with insane Leaves fans like you.

  14. ooder says:

    hey man.. you know you get alot of heat on this site…

    but you know what i love about your posts… is that they are always so extreme lol

    either a team sucks and will forever be the scum of the nhl

    or this player will be a superstar…

    i always find it pretty funny that u post like this.. keep it up

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    GWG = game winning gionta!

  15. Malreg says:

    Remember when Ty Conklin won 9 games in a row, and went 18-8-5 leading the NHL in save % just 3 years ago?

    10 games hardly defines a a longterm superstar.

  16. observer says:

    Same as Reimer in Toronto the record does not lie, Holtby is now 5-2-2 for Washington – both these teams have finally found their longterm goaltender.

  17. observer says:

    Stamkos has disappeared! End of story!

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Holtby was a goaltender TBL didn’t know, in that situation it makes sense to send out the most creative players you have to shoot IMO.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  19. Nine1one says:

    The low liners for tampa have been doing a good job all year. Moore in particular has a couple game winning ones. 

  20. avatar_58 says:

    Pardon moi, any fellow NHL11 players around? It seems the latest roster has destroyed Hamrlik. I can’t find him on the NHL or AHL roster. Oops?

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  22. observer says:

    Goal that was disallowed gave the refs another win tonight! Wonder if they bet or if just Bettman bet on Washington tonight?

  23. Jbird says:

    The man is a genius. 

  24. king ddd says:

    whoa tampa is on a roll, thats too bad we let guy boucher go! stupid habs management

    ** Buck Fruins **

  25. pmaraw says:

    1 game over .500  wow.

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hockey, at all levels, is run by assholes. This sort of thing will keep on happening.

     

     

     

  27. ooder says:

    and of course tampa washington seems to be a 3 pointer

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    GWG = game winning gionta!

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    VAN Giants released to local radio in VAN that Gallagher is out indefinitely with a concussion (see brain injury) and may miss a couple weeks, or the season.

    Frankly I’d rather he was shut down for the season if that is the case for safety, the WHL regular season is nearly over and it’s dangerous to bring him back in for the playoffs (and VAN isn’t a strong team, they need Gallagher to be their MVP to win, which makes him a target). A real pity, he was going to crack 100 points this season.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  29. observer says:

    Tampa Bay stinks! They have no defense. Those defensemen kept coughing up the puck to Ovechkiin not because of his great effort but because they absolutely reek! Yzerman will go after all those Habs free agent defensemen Markov, Wisniewski, Gill, Gorges RFA, and Sopel. Washington NOW found A GOALIE- HOLTBY – just like Leafs and Reimer they don’t grow on trees and they finally have one now! A half dozen players including Green were out today. Washington playing this defensive style like the Habs are the most scary Eastern playoff team.

  30. Danno says:

    Outcoached by Mr. Potty Mouth

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  31. SmartDog says:

    No more detail on Gallagher?  Man that pisses me off… I like this kid I hope he’s the same when he comes back.  Scary stuff.

  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    Guy Boucher sits Stamkos and St. Louis down in the shootout.

    I hear they’re kind of good myself, maybe a mistake by the Quebecois Scotty Bowman?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  33. OneTimer says:

    We could take either team in a best of 7 I think. Shut down the superstars, the rest is easy.

  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m hoping they ship his ass off to train with Gary Roberts this summer.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  35. HabinBurlington says:

    That would be incredible if they could do it.  Look at the size of Stamkos now having spent the past off season with Roberts.  Great idea!

  36. Curtis O Habs says:

    HGH

  37. HabinBurlington says:

    Yah, living near Hamilton i went to a game and he was a complete non factor, just appeared to be a body in a jersey.  Zero impact on the game i saw.  But rumours that he came into year completely out of shape and so this year hopefully will be chalked up to experience and maybe next year we can see what we really got.

  38. observer says:

    Problem they have, Toronto as well is both those teams need at least 2 of Rangers, Sabres and Hurricanes to also collapse on their own? One can but to have 2 of them completely collapse isn’t probable.

  39. ProHabs says:

    Good work again Serious.

    Can you tell me how good of a scrappy Conboy is. I am hoping that he is a part of the future of the Habs playing the role of a guy who will keep others honest. However, I remember him fighting in the Habs training camp either last fall or the fall before and he didn’t fair very well. And I see that he is listed at only 192 pounds so he is nowhere near a heavyweight. Is there an NHLer that you would compare him to in his ability to drop the mitts.

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s weighing in at about 200lbs nowadays but from what I’ve read in the Hamilton Bulldogs sticky thread at HF Boards, he’s not showing much as a strong pugilist, he’d likely fight if challenged but he’s lacking muscle and doesn’t appear to be very good at it right now, plus with Alex Henry and Jimmy Bonneau he’s not a common dance partner with those two around. Here’s his HockeyFights AHL Card http://www.hockeyfights.com/players/5733

    If you want someone to keep players honest, Ian Schultz or further down the line, Jarred Tinordi look like more likely to do so, but Schultz has a fitness issue and likely at least 2 years away and Tinordi is just well further away than that.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  41. observer says:

    Got banned from US college hockey because he was the meanest hockey player they ever saw in school.

  42. Ian Cobb says:

    That is delay of game for sure.

  43. pmaraw says:

    watch more hockey, it happens, and is a penalty everytime.

  44. observer says:

    Never saw this before RIGHT NOW or thought was a penalty. 7 seconds left in 1st period of Wash at Tampa Bay game, Capitals on powerplay that will end 20 seconds into the 2nd period. Ovechkin with 7 seconds left just INSIDE his own blueline takes a shot at the Tampa Bay goal, but it sails over the goal over the glass and hits the netting behind the Tampa Bay goal AND refs give Ovechkin a penalty for delay of game.

  45. Danno says:

    Didn’t Pleks get that same penalty a while back?

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    I remember one of our guys getting one the same, a couple weeks ago

  47. pmaraw says:

    it doesnt matter what his intentions were, it went into the netting.  give him a call or something, tell him to keep his shot down.

  48. tophab says:

    should not be a penalty it was a shot at the net that went high.

  49. Duracell3 says:

    The rule is automatic actually. Probably should change that.

  50. observer says:

    But that was not the purpose like maybe shooting over the boards on the sides. Ovechkin shot that puck roughly 150 feet TOWARDS THE NET TO TRY TO SCORE as there was only 7 seconds left in the period. This is a ridiculous application of a rule for something else than why the rule was written.

  51. ProHabs says:

    That is too bad, if I remember correctly I think Conboy was kicked off one of his previous teams before Hamilton so I thought maybe he was a hothead or loose cannon that maybe the Habs would find useful to intimidate other teams but I guess this is not happening .

    Thanks for always taking the time to answer mine and others questions.

  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    He has been a hothead, but not necessarily the kind MTL could use if he doesn’t smarten up and bulk up.

    No problem, all part of the service!

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  53. Duracell3 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI-sYE1DsMs

     

    He’s an embarrassment to the game. He’s also not even close to being an NHL caliber player.

  54. ProHabs says:

    I guess the only positive is that it was a Bruin that he took down there.

  55. Ton says:

    team toughness, go habs go tommorrow night.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d_eCPLES5Y

  56. aussiehab says:

    great work. what happened to Ian Schultz?

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s a real bubble guy this year, no points in 34 games in the AHL this season, he really should’ve been sent to the ECHL IMO, hoping he recovers next season otherwise it’s basically Halak for Eller. I like Eller but I would like to see the 2nd piece pan out, we may be waiting 2-3 more years on Schultz realistically.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  58. observer says:

    Devils are 20-2-2 in their last 24 games.

  59. HabinBurlington says:

    I know it still looks impossible, but dont you really get the feeling the devils are going to find their way into the playoffs?  I hope they do and knock off the Philistines (flyers)

  60. geo_habsgo says:

    Ahha Serious, I was just about to ask you why these weren’t posted yet. Thanks man! 

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m entirely at the mercy of when Boone has time to post this up. You know him, he likes to cruise around town all day in the Bentley his Habs I/O bonuses bought him ;)

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  62. WestHab says:

    This is serious work. Thanks Robert.

  63. habs001 says:

    while the bruins are 3rd in the nhl in major penalties it is amazing in where they are in number of times shorthanded.  

    .

    since the bruins are our next opponents their stats in the league

    total points bruins  4th place

    goals against         1st place

    goals for                6th place

    they are having a very good season…good news is that they are 27th in pp opportunities so they dont get special pp treatment but they are 30th in times short handed meaning if they goon it up they really dont suffer for it…they will also probably have 12 forwards by the end of the year with 10 or more goals despite missing savard..

  64. Danno says:

    Nigel Dawes, who we got in the Sopel deal, has had a great start…

    http://www.hamiltonbulldogs.com/article/bulldogs-sink-admirals-5-4-in-overtime

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  65. habsprospects says:

    Actually, he was suspended for the rest of that season by his team, he most likely could have comeback the next year.


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Habs Future

Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) checks in with this week’s look at Canadiens prospects.

1. Brendan Gallagher continues to drive home the point that not only is he the MVP of Vancouver Giants but that he is one of the most terrifying offensive players in the Western Hockey League. Gallagher had his most dominant week in his career to date with a 10-point performance over a three games in three night’s schedule. Gallagher would score a goal and two assists in a 5-3 loss on Friday night, but he didn’t let that discourage him for a second. On Saturday night, Gallagher keyed a 5-1 victory on Saturday night by assisting on the eventual game-winning goal and adding the 3rd and 4th goals for insurance. To prove he wasn’t tired, Gallagher scored the initial and game-winning goal in a 5-0 victory on Sunday, than scored another goal and added two assists for good measure. Gallagher’s weekend also shattered his single-season offensive records, surpassing his old season-best marks of 41 goals and 40 assists that he reached in 72 games last season. Gallagher has now scored 43 goals and 44 assists in 61 games. Gallagher’s scoring pace has raised him to 4th overall in WHL scoring, 2nd overall in goals and since the calendar flipped to 2011, Gallagher has scored eighteen goals and twenty two assists in twenty three games. Brendan Gallagher was drafted in the 5th round, 147th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft.

2. C Louis Leblanc is working harder and harder to
prove that his scoring slump is firmly behind him, enjoying an 8-point
week with the Montreal Juniors. Leblanc would score the opening goal in a
wild 7-5 win on Wednesday night and then would add two assists which
included setting up the game-winning goal. Leblanc would score a goal in
an eventual 3-2 loss on Friday night, but that just seemed to be
incentive for him to make sure his team didn’t lose on Sunday on
national television. Leblanc transformed into an absolute power play
menace on Sunday night in front of a national TV audience, he scored his
first hat trick of the season and added one assist all on the power
play, which kept his team in the game as they grinded out a 6-5 win in
the shootout. Leblanc’s scoring spree of late has made him the leading
points per game player on his team at a rate of 1.2 and is two points
out from leading the team in scoring and the player ahead of him has
played nine more games. Louis Leblanc was drafted in the 1st round, 18th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft. 

3. RW Aaron Palushaj scored three goals this
week to merit attention as he hunts for offensive consistency in a year
where he’s battled ankle injury. Palushaj opened his scoring with two
goals on Friday night, an insurance marker and than an empty-net goal in
a 4-1 victory for the Hamilton Bulldogs when they played for the
Montreal crowd in a special Bell Centre game on Friday night to a crowd
just short of fifteen thousand. Palushaj would score his 3rd
goal of the week as he attempted to force a comeback from a 4-1 deficit
on Sunday afternoon, but that would be the end of the Bulldogs scoring
as the game ended in a 5-2 loss. Palushaj’s 36 points this season has
him 2nd in team scoring amongst active players in Hamilton.
Aaron Palushaj was acquired in the trade that sent Matt D’Agostini to
St. Louis and was drafted in the 2nd round, 44th overall in the 2007 Entry Draft.

Worthy Mentions: D Mac Bennett scored his 2nd goal of the season with the University of Michigan Wolverines. D Morgan Ellis scored his 8th goal of the season, doubling his goals production from last season. Bubble prospect RW Mark MacMillan has scored six assists in his first two playoff games in the BCHL Junior A league.  D Brendon Nash scored a goal and assist to raise him to 25 points in his rookie AHL season. D Jarred Tinordi has reached 10 assists in the OHL this season. 

Question Marks: RW Alexander Avtsin has only one goal in his last 22 games.  D Brett Festerling is off with an upper-body injury. RW Danny Kristo is recovering from frostbite on his right foot. 

Complete Statistics for the week of February 21st:

Legend: Skaters: Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
 | Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage |
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
 | Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

 

The AHL Report: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 13 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be considered NHL-viable prospects, four of which, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber and Ryan White have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 32-21-1-5, are 1st in the North Division, 7th in the Western Conference, 14th overall in the league.

RW Alexander Avtsin: 19 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 37GP, 4G, 12A, +4, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 4G, 13A, +3, 12 PIM

 

D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 47GP, 10G, 10A, +10, 28 PIM

Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 2A, 0, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 51GP, 10G, 12A, +10, 32 PIM

 

LW Andrew Conboy: 22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 41GP, 9G, 7A, +4, 57 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 45GP, 9G, 8A, +4, 57 PIM

 

C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 49GP, 4G, 9A, -9, 57 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 1G, 1A, +1, 8 PIM | Complete Stats: 53GP, 5G, 10A, -8, 65 PIM

C Andreas Engqvist: 22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 48GP, 8G, 8A, +8, 14 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 2A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 52GP, 8G, 10A, +7, 14 PIM

 

G Robert Mayer: 22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left.

Season Stats: 18GP, 8-8-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1-1-0-0,  2.75GAA,  .919% | Complete Stats: 20GP, 9-9-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .891%

 

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
 
Season Stats: 50GP, 3G, 20A, +12, 39 PIM

Weekly Stats: 4GP, 1G, 1A, +3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 54GP, 4G, 21A, +15, 39 PIM

 

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 46GP, 10G, 21A, +9, 24 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 3G, 0A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 50GP, 13G, 21A, +11, 24 PIM

Injured:

 

D Brett Festerling: 24 years old, 6’1”, 210 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 48GP, 3G, 13A, -10, 56 PIM

Called up to Montreal:

 

C David Desharnais: 24 years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot. Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 35GP, 10G, 35A, +14, 24 PIM

 

LW Max Pacioretty: 22 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot.

 

Season Stats: 27GP, 17G, 14A, +4, 20 PIM

 

D Yannick Weber: 22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 15GP, 8G, 4A, -5, 10 PIM

 

C Ryan White: 22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 33GP, 3G, 9A, -5, 77 PIM

 

 

The Juniors Report: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

 

QMJHL:

 

C Michaël Bournival: 18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot.
Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (37W, 20L, 2OTL, 1 SOL)

Season Stats: 54GP, 28G, 36A, +4, 26 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 56GP, 28G, 36A, +4, 28 PIM

D Morgan Ellis: 18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (17W, 39L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 56GP, 7G, 24A, -26, 57 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP, 1G, 0A, +2, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 58GP, 8G, 24A, -24, 61 PIM

 

C Louis Leblanc: 19 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (41W, 9L, 4 OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 42GP, 20G, 26A, +12, 74 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 5G, 3A, +4, 8 PIM | Complete Stats: 45GP, 25G, 29A, +16, 82 PIM

LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 19 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.
 

Junior Club: Montreal Juniors (41W, 9L, 4OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 52GP, 17G, 25A, +24, 36 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 1A, +3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 55GP, 18G, 26A, +27, 36 PIM
 
 OHL:

 

D Jarred Tinordi: 18 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot.

 Junior Club: London Knights (32W, 23L, 4 OTL, 1 SOL)

Season Stats: 51GP, 1G, 9A, -6, 108 PIM
Weekly Stats 4GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 13 PIM | Complete Stats: 55GP, 1G, 10A, -6, 121 PIM

 

WHL:

 

RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.
 

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants (33W, 24L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 58GP, 38G, 39A, +24, 90 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 5G, 5A, +5, 8 PIM | Complete Stats: 61GP, 43G, 44A, +29, 98 PIM

US College Hockey (NCAA) Report: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.

D Mac Bennett: 19 years old, 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines (23W, 9L, 4T)

Season Stats: 22GP, 1G, 7A, +10, 17 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 24GP, 2G, 7A, +12, 17 PIM

 

RW Danny Kristo: 20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.
 

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (24W, 8L, 3T)

Season Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM

 

D Greg Pateryn: 20 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot. 

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines (23W, 9L, 4T)

Season Stats: 30GP, 3G, 11A, +10, 22 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, +2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 32GP, 3G, 11A, +12, 24 PIM

 

C Dustin Walsh: 19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot. 

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green (16W, 10L, 3T)

Season Stats: 27GP, 9G, 6A, +4, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -4, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 9G, 6A, 0, 6 PIM


Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Report: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, many Russian players first play professionally there before joining the NHL. Due to a lack of a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to bring over their drafted Russian prospects.

G Karri Ramo: 24 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.
 

KHL Club: Avangard Omsk (42W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) (1-2 Playoff record)

Season Stats: 44GP, 33-6-2-1, 1.97GAA, .925%

Playoff Stats:
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1-1-1, 1.62GAA, .933% | Complete Stats: 2GP, 1-0-1, 1.62GAA, .933%

 
RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot.

KHL Club: Severstal Cherepovets (30W, 20L, 4 OTL, O SOL) (2-1 Playoff record)

Season Stats: 39GP, 1G, 6A, +3, 20 PIM

Playoff Stats: 

Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 4GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 0 PIM

 

D Alexei Yemelin: 24 years old, 6’1”, 221 pounds, LH shot. 

KHL Club: Ak Bars Kazan (34W, 12L, 3OTL, 4 SOL) (3-0 Playoff record)

Season Stats: 51GP, 11G, 15A, +16, 117 PIM

Playoff Stats: 

Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM

 

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  2. samTHEman says:

    I wonder if Leblanc will make the jump to Hamilton next year

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes they are.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  4. habsfanmandy says:

    Gallagher is really impressive, what an offensive dynamo.

  5. thorandresson says:

    I like that a few of the habs prospects have had a chance of developping chemistry early on, didn’t Kristo and Leblanc play together last year too?

     

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Would be surprised if he didn’t, he’s eligible and he’ll have this summer to do what he really needs to get ahead, put on some weight so he can handle the pro game.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  7. thorandresson says:

    Are Mac Bennett and Greg Pateryn on the same D pairing in Michigan?

  8. Thenumber11 says:

    Nice update. 

    Another wee’un comin down the pipes, and damn does this one look good too. It’s good to see Leblanc having success, was really hoping he’d come alive playing more hockey than he was in Harvard.

  9. LA Loyalist says:

    Really interesting! Excellent work. Hope someone notices and starts paying you for it.

  10. Mr.Hazard says:

    Nice stuff from Gallagher. Thanks for the update!

  11. Mr. Biter says:

    He could be a real 5th round steal. If soFans will moan coast to coast how their G.M.’s missed him.

  12. longbow says:

    Hi Robert. We brought up the subject of Jamie Oleksiak the other day. Any idea what his foot speed is like ? I’m also looking at the 20th ranked player Mark McNiel 6’1″  204 lbs Center with Prince Albert. He might be slotted right where we end up on draft day. In a perfect world though we would trade up to 6th and select C Tyler Biggs at 6’2″ 210 lbs. Hope we don’t end up with 16th ranked C Rocco Grimaldi at 5’6″ 163 lbs.

     

    Einstein’s definition of insanity – “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    I haven’t read anything that mocks Oleksiak’s foot speed, being a ranked a 1st-rounder at his size would mean scouts aren’t concerned that he could skate at an NHL Level IMO. McNeill I have on my radar, seems less overly skilled than say Jurco or Jensen, but will give everything he’s got in each game he’s playing (albeit my preference is for someone with more explosive offensive potential). Tyler Biggs? Not a fan of his numbers, not quite convinced he’s really 1st-round in terms of talent.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  14. Mr. Biter says:

    Which of our recent “Idiot” G.M.s (see timo & Manapart etc. comments from others not me) drafted him?

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dawes is 26 and McIntyre is 27, I don’t really consider them prospects in the organization. I expect MacIntyre to be cut loose this summer and Dawes to have his RFA rights moved.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  16. Strabo says:

    As usual Mr. Rice another excellent report. Do you have a report ready for our two new prospects Nigel Dawes, and Drew MacIntyre?

     

     

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  17. punkster says:

    Gallagher. Impressive. Nuf said!

    (Good work Robert)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  18. twocents says:

    Thanks Robert.

    Great stuff!

  19. Rage says:

    Probably safe to take Festerling off of these from her eon out.

  20. DavidPim says:

     The Habs always start seasons strongly, but as they progress the players get worn down (e.g., Plekanec) and the referees start putting their whistles away with respect to hooks, holds, and questionable hits. I respectfully submit both these problems are directly related to the team’s general size, its unwillingness to use its size where it has it (e.g., Moen, Gill), and the team’s inability to sustain wins against more physical opponents (e.g., Philadelphia in last year’s playoffs).

  21. Shiloh says:

    Yemelin looks pretty good – at 24 he would be a great signing.

    Boone – impossible to comment on your new entry this morning. There’s no comment number after the Tag.


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Habs Future

Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) takes his weekly look at players in the Canadiens system.

THREE STARS

1. C Michaël Bournival had an impressive week to become the first star, scoring five goals for the team he captains, the Shawinigan Cataractes. Bournival’s offensive contributions were mostly complementary during the week, adding the 5th goal of a 5-2 win on Wednesday night and the 2nd goal in a 7-3 loss on Saturday night, but soundly delivered a win on Friday night when he registered a hat trick. Bournival recorded the 1st, 3rd and 5th goals of the game to bring about a 5-3 victory. Bournival’s five goals raised him to 28 on his season, four better than his best career mark and a career-best 64 points. Bournival is 16th overall in league scoring in the QMJHL. Bournival was drafted in the 3rd round, 71st overall in the 2010 Entry Draft by Colorado, who traded him to the Canadiens for Ryan O’Byrne.

2. C Louis Leblanc snapped his scoring slump in impressive fashion this week with the Montreal Juniors, scoring three goals and adding three assists, with points in all three of his games to help his team towards a perfect week. Leblanc scored the initial goal of a 3-goal comeback with his team in a 4-3 victory on Thursday night, added a goal and assist on Friday night in a 5-2 win, then had a goal and two assists in a 7-1 win on Saturday as his team completed an intense three game in three night schedule. Leblanc’s scoring outburst has him back as the leader in points per game at 1.1. Leblanc was drafted in the 1st round, 18th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft.

3. D Greg Pateryn recorded his finest single-game points performance of his NCAA career, scoring a goal and three assists on Friday night. Pateryn assisted on the first two goals of the game, scored the 3rd and then assisted on the 4th and eventual game-winning goal in what became a 6-3 victory for the University of Michigan Wolverines, where Pateryn is playing in his third year with the team. Pateryn’s scoring exploits have placed him with three goals and eleven assists on his season, more goals and assists than he had in his two previous seasons at Michigan combined. Pateryn was drafted in the 5th round, 128th overall in the 2008 Entry Draft, and obtained from Toronto in the trade that sent Mikhail Grabovski to the Leafs.

WORTHY MENTIONS:Mathieu Carle posted a goal and two assists for his 3rd 20-point season in the AHL. C Andreas Engqvist had two goals on the week to break a 10-game scoring slump. RW Brendan Gallagher added three assists to his scoring totals. C Ben Maxwell has begun to give key contributions in Hamilton, scoring a goal and three assists. RW Aaron Palushaj had 2 goals on his week, which also raised him to a career-best 33-point season, which he achieved in 16 fewer games than last season. G Karri Ramo continues to dominate the KHL, he recorded two wins to raise his record to 33-6-3, with an excellent 1.97 GAA with a .925 save percentage. D Jarred Tinordi scored his first OHL goal this week. C Dustin Walsh had his 9th goal of the season, surpassing his previous-season mark of 8 goals.

QUESTION MARKS: C Gabriel Dumont has not scored in his last 5 games. D Brett Festerling is out with an upper-body injury. RW Danny Kristo is recovering from frostbite on his right foot. LW Phillippe Lefebvre has only 1 goal in his last 15 games. G Robert Mayer has been given only three starts since January and has only one win in those three starts, he has a 3.06 GAA and .887 save % on his season.

COMPLETE STATISTICS for the week of February 14th:


Legend: Skaters: Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
 | Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage | 
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
 | Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

THE AHL REPORT: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 14 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be considered NHL-viable prospects, five of whom, David Desharnais, Brendon Nash, Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber and Ryan White have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 30-20-1-4, are 3rd in the North Division, 9th in the Western Conference, 16th overall in the AHL. 



RW Alexander Avtsin: 19 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

 Season Stats: 34GP, 4G, 11A, +3, 10 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 36GP, 4G, 12A, +4, 10 PIM

D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain 

Season Stats: 44GP, 9G, 8A, +12, 26 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 2A, -2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 46GP, 10G, 10A, +10, 28 PIM

LW Andrew Conboy: 22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 38GP, 9G, 6A, +4, 53 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 9G, 7A, +4, 57 PIM

C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot. 

Season Stats: 46GP, 4G, 9A, -8, 57 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 49GP, 4G, 9A, -9, 57 PIM


C Andreas Engqvist: 22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

 Season Stats: 45GP, 6G, 8A, +7, 12 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 2G, 0A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 48GP, 8G, 8A, +8, 14 PIM

C Ben Maxwell: 22 years old, 6’1″, 191 pounds, LH shot.
 Alternate Captain 

Season Stats: 43GP, 9G, 25A, 0, 30 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 3A, -2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 46GP, 10G, 28A, -2, 32 PIM



G Robert Mayer: 22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left.

 Season Stats: 18GP, 8-8-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887% 
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0-0-0-0,  GAA,  .% | Complete Stats: 18GP, 8-8-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.

 Season Stats: 43GP, 9G, 21A, +8, 24 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 2G, 0A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 46GP, 11G, 21A, +9, 24 PIM


Injured:

D Brett Festerling: 24 years old, 6’1”, 210 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 48GP, 3G, 13A, -10, 56 PIM


Called up to Montreal:

C David Desharnais: 24 years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot. Alternate Captain 
Season Stats: 35GP, 10G, 35A, +14, 24 PIM

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
 
Season Stats: 50GP, 3G, 20A, +12, 39 PIM


LW Max Pacioretty: 22 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot. Season Stats: 27GP, 17G, 14A, +4, 20 PIM

D Yannick Weber: 22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 15GP, 8G, 4A, -5, 10 PIM

C Ryan White: 22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 33GP, 3G, 9A, -5, 77 PIM

THE JUNIORS REPORT: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

QMJHL:

C Michaël Bournival: 18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot. Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (35W, 16L, 2OTL, 1 SOL) 

Season Stats: 50GP, 23G, 36A, +1, 24 PIM 
Weekly Stats 4GP, 5G, 0A, +3, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 54GP, 28G, 36A, +4, 26 PIM


D Morgan Ellis: 18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (16W, 38L, 1 OTL, 3 SOL) 

Season Stats: 54GP, 7G, 23A, -24, 55 PIM
 Weekly Stats 2GP, 0G, 1A, -2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 56GP, 7G, 24A, -26, 57 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 19 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot. 
Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (41W, 9L, 4 OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 39GP, 17G, 23A, +9, 74 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 3G, 3A, +3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 42GP, 20G, 26A, +12, 74 PIM



LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 19 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.
 Montreal Juniors (41W, 9L, 4OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 49GP, 17G, 24A, +24, 32 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 52GP, 17G, 25A, +24, 36 PIM
 


OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 18 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot.
 London Knights (29W, 22L, 4 OTL, 1 SOL)

 Season Stats: 49GP, 0G, 9A, -6, 99 PIM
 Weekly Stats 2GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 9 PIM | Complete Stats: 51GP, 1G, 9A, -6, 108 PIM

WHL:

RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.
 Vancouver Giants (31W, 23L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 55GP, 38G, 36A, +23, 84 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 3A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 58GP, 38G, 39A, +24, 86 PIM



U.S. COLLEGE HOCKEY ( NCAA) REPORT: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.

D Mac Bennett: 19 years old, 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.
 University of Michigan Wolverines (21W, 9L, 4T) 

Season Stats: 20GP, 1G, 6A, +7, 17 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 22GP, 1G, 7A, +10, 17 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.
 University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (22W, 8L, 3T)

 Season Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM

D Greg Pateryn: 20 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot. University of Michigan Wolverines (21W, 9L, 4T)

Season Stats: 28GP, 2G, 8A, +6, 22 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 3A, +4, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 30GP, 3G, 11A, +10, 22 PIM

C Dustin Walsh: 19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot. Dartmouth College Big Green (15W, 9L, 3T)

 Season Stats: 25GP, 8G, 5A, +4, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 27GP, 9G, 6A, +4, 6 PIM

KONTINENTAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (KHL) REPORT: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, many Russian players first play professionally there before joining the NHL. Due to a lack of a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to bring over their drafted Russian prospects.

G Karri Ramo: 24 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.
 Avangard Omsk (42W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) 

Season Stats: 42GP, 31-6-2-1, 2.01 GAA, .924%
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 2-0-0-0,  1.00 GAA, .952% | Complete Stats: 44GP, 33-6-2-1, 1.97 GAA, .925%


RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot. Severstal Cherepovets (30W, 20L, 4 OTL, O SOL) 

KHL Stats: 
Season Stats: 36GP, 1G, 5A, -2, 14 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, +5, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 39GP, 1G, 6A, +3, 20 PIM

MHL Stats:
Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM

D Alexei Yemelin: 24 years old, 6’1”, 221 pounds, LH shot. Ak Bars Kazan (34W, 12L, 3OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 49GP, 11G, 14A, +17, 111 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 51GP, 11G, 15A, +16, 117 PIM


249 Comments

  1. TomNickle says:

    I would say that’s wrong too.  Gorges’ value to us is far greater than Goligoski’s was to Pittsburgh when they have Letang, Michalek, Martin and Orpik.

  2. rlinhares9 says:

    In style of play, probably. In value, not so much. I think we could have easily picked up Neal for Gorges.

  3. Malreg says:

    Richards has a concussion right now, so it’ll be hard for anyone to want to give up assets to pick him up…

  4. rlinhares9 says:

    I wish Gauthier were in on this. Gorges is as good, if not better than Goligoski…and we could have really used Neal in place of AK…

  5. TomNickle says:

    Does Joe Nieuwendyk owe Ray Shero or something?  Absolutely insane.

    He just gave up and elite power forward and a promising young defenseman for a promising young defenseman.

    Niskanen and Goligoski would have been a fair trade.

  6. showey47 says:

    DON’T FORGET BOLD ITALICS

  7. HFX-HabFan says:

    Why anyone would trade Neal, let alone package him with another player for an above-average but certainly not elite D, is simply beyond me.

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just in: Nieuwendyk’s an idiot.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  9. Nine1one says:

    James Neal and Matt Niskanen for Alex Goligoski

  10. habsgod says:

    this just in: ray shero will be chared with larceny! he fleeced the stars in that trade

  11. HFX-HabFan says:

    That Dallas-Pittsburgh trade is crazy.  Ray Shero continues to prove himself as one of the game’s best GMs.

    Does this mean the Stars are going to be sellers at the deadline?  Will Richards be the next to go?

  12. Nine1one says:

    ANd now crosby has a legit winger when he gets back T_T

  13. gohabsgo25 says:

    would anyone here pickup hagman?

  14. TomNickle says:

    Gorges and Golikoski are two polar opposites.  

  15. Nine1one says:

    I agree, though; Goligoski isn’t injured

  16. Mark C says:

    Why would the Stars trade for a player out with knee surgery and who won’t be back until next season?

    I would have loved Neal but I doubt Montreal has what Dallas wanted, and would have had to overpay to get Neal. This trade was all about fit.  

     

  17. rlinhares9 says:

    True. But say Gorges wasn’t… Who knows, maybe I’m just bitter we can’t seem to find that power forward while AK watches the days go by…

  18. HFX-HabFan says:

    Look for him to become a 35-40 goal guy annually, in the 70-80 point range.  It’s not that he didn’t have talent around him in Dallas, but he’ll still improve a tad given his age and the fact that he’ll skate with Sid or Geno (though how soon Crosby gets back remains to be seen).

  19. habsgod says:

    hands down the blues win that trade chris stewart is the best young powerforward in the league and they get shattenkirk to doug armstrong and the blues robbed the avalanche

  20. habsgod says:

    this just in: ray shero will be charged with larceny! he fleeced the stars in that trade

  21. kmachabs27 says:

    i was just having a convsersation with my old man whos been following the habs for 55 years….and we were examining every player, experimenting what there worth…….and we havee absolutely no one to trade for…if we want a top 6 forwardd whoo the hell are we gunna trade? you thinkk AK is worth a top six forward? absolutely not….we would have to throw in a pick, AK, and a prospect….such as Leblanc, Weber, Desharnais, Eller…etcc….is that really worth it? No….AK is worth nothing, and i know everyone here thinks hes worth more…no one wants Gomez for that money….we are in a hole with him for the next 3 years….we should just ride this ship for the seasonn and start fresh next year with our prospects..no use panicking….dont bet on PG making a move within the week…he has nothing to trade for….hes not panicking and he aint throwing away prospects….we will make the playoffs but we have no depth, toughness, or scoring to make it past the second round….its reality.

     

  22. ed lopaz says:

    Blues obviously like Pietroangelo, Tom.

    He looks like he can develop into a Johnson type – making Johnson available.

    On that basis, I like the Blues in this trade.

    We should shop Webber along the same lines.

    Markov (hopefully) and Subban are ahead of Webber – in terms of offensive d-men

    I would like to keep The Wiz as well.

    Would have been nice to trade Webber and a pick for Neal.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  23. Sheldon says:

    Habs better do something quick. I heard that after their loss in the legends’ game, the Flames plan to beef up their lineup!

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    DAL needed real blue line help immediately, Weber might have been that guy in 2-3 years but not now. We couldn’t send them Subban and Hamrlik is too old. We didn’t have what they wanted unfortunately.

    Granted, DAL did this to themselves. They could have easily kept Neal if they’d just drafted Fowler this summer, or spent a few draft picks on defencemen in the last 5-10 years, they’re very thin there.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  25. W35T5ID3 says:

    Me wonders if mr nieuwendyk hit his head in a fall on the ice during the alumni game saturday….had to have been so after i see that deal he just made with the Pens.ray shero looks like a friggn genius today.

  26. TomNickle says:

    I don’t think I want Weber traded at all Ed.  He does quite well for himself in the corners and dirty areas for a player his size.  And considering his age, he can only get stronger.  He’s very intriguing at this point because of how well he’s handled himself in the physical aspect of the game.

    When was the last time you saw Hamrlik, O’Byrne or even Markov take a successful run at Jody Shelley?

    I say keep him.  We could be looking at a better version of Mark Streit in 5 years.

  27. smiler2729 says:

    Avalanche

  28. TomNickle says:

    Good start for Chris Stewart.  19 minutes of ice, three shots, minus 3.  20 minutes for Shattenkirk with one shot and one shot block.

    If Shattenkirk continues to play the way he has over the last 30 games and Erik Johnson regains his form, the Avalanche will be laughing for the next ten years.

  29. smiler2729 says:

    Yep, decent player ruined by Toronto two years ago… plus he has a smokin’ hot wife!

  30. gloveside says:

    Another big body that didn’t go to the Habs. Niskinin also went to the Pens, so I’d make that deal for Subban, just like I would have made the deal for Steart and Shattenkirk for Subban.

  31. Nine1one says:

    he had 2 goals last game

  32. ed lopaz says:

    Weber is ahead of the pace you are assigning to him.

    He can quarterback an NHL power play next season and easily put up 30-40 points.

    I think Weber will be delt.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  33. TomNickle says:

    Last game was today.  And if he’s going to be this inconsistent over the course of his career, the Avalanche are gonna be happy with that trade.  Just my opinion.

    PS.  Two goals in a 9-3 win doesn’t say a whole hell of a lot.  

  34. Rob says:

    Agreed 100%.  the thing that i think we forget is that this IS the internet….land of opinion and no accountability.  i think we have to take things in context.  I mean should we let it bother us when people who we don’t know say ridiculous things (even if it’s over and over)?  Chances are, if you met these people in the real world, the impact and meaning of what they say would take on a more understandable context.  Also, they’d probably be less likely to state their opinions i such a overbearing and stubborn manner.  Alas, there is a lot of good that comes from forums such as these, so i suppose we should take the good with the bad.  I feel your frustration though

     

    The Montreal Canadiens: sporting the best AND worst fans since 1909!

  35. Sheldon says:

    More time for 16-ounce curls!

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    I like what Weber has shown of late, but defencemen generally take longer to develop than forwards so I’m uncomfortable putting too much expectation on them too early. Weber may have the potential but it may take him longer to get there.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  37. ed lopaz says:

    Yes – like Oshie in the Halak deal. :-))

    He would have been perfect.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  38. TomNickle says:

    No.  What Ed’s telling you Robert is that Weber could’ve helped Dallas immediately.  He has 10 points in 31 games this season and has been doing that in limited icetime.  He’s proven that he’s solid at both ends of the ice and quite honestly has been our second best defenseman for the last month.

    I don’t agree that he should be traded, but he’s not a bubble prospect anymore either.  He’s an NHLer.

  39. TomNickle says:

    I’m glad we got Eller instead of Oshie, Perron or Backes.  Eller plays like a powerforward right now and is in his very early twenties and in his second season in North American and first full season as an NHLer.

    When he’s used to the speed of the game he’ll be scoring.

  40. Everlasting1 says:

    Stewart’s first game he scored 2 pp goals. A little bad luck this afternoon missing the entire open net dinging the post. Shattenkirk assisted in his first game. A little early to judge the trade.

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  41. JF says:

    They’re not reporting it; they’re merely repeating a rumour that came out of Buffalo a couple of days ago.  There has been no report on Spacek.

  42. Everlasting1 says:

    PS. Disagree. The Blues’ pp is what needs improving.

     

    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  43. newbrunswick troy says:

    if in fact thats true…its no big loss in my books however goes to show just how physicaly weak this team is.. by that i mean in the sense that the forwards are so small and can,t help out on the wall that the d-men abviously keep getting a beatin..now 3/4 of the way through the year we have an ahl line-up

  44. ed lopaz says:

    love Eller – but check out Oshie on you tube. Oshie “hits”.

    he runs over people.

    awesome, power forward.

     

     

  45. G-Man says:

    Did he melt it into a faux Cup ring? Big deal- he won a tournament over 2 weeks. We all know the Real Tournament lasts 8 and is a war of attrition he has never won.

  46. Displaced says:

    It means we’re stuck with him for his last contracted year.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  47. observer says:

    Pittsburgh makes their FIRST big move of this trade deadline AS USUAL. And as usual Gainey/Gauthier sleep. BUT Gainey does reappear yesterday to state “sure you need big forwards during the season but in the playoffs it is not necessary”(para.) as he defenda that the way he built this team for 7 years was right!

  48. Ayan_SB says:

    Pittsburgh just robbed Dallas by trading Goglioski for James Neal and Matt Niskanen.

    Crosby finally has a winger folks.

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    88points47%BGPGJMliberalhippyleftistblahblahblahtony242.

  50. punkster says:

    Baby, meet bath water.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  51. observer says:

    fact that there is no denial in fact no immediate denial says something!

  52. Mark C says:

    Trading a perhaps generational talent as a means of removing $4M in dead cap space is beyond counterproductive.   

  53. observer says:

    has ray shero won more titles in his few years than gauthier in 30 years?

  54. Da Hema says:

    If you go back even to the 1970s, the Habs have not been very successful with their first-round picks. The organisation’s strength, until the early 1990s, was its ability to turn raw specimens like a Craig Ludwig or a Mike McPhee or a Rod Langway or a Patrick Roy into solid, if not great, NHL players. That is what this organisation can no longer do. This organisation needs people like Jacques Laperierre and Claude Ruel who devoted their professional (and even personal) lives to develop players. Alas we have no one now who can turn groundchuck into steak.

  55. andrewberkshire says:

    Throw in Pacioretty too, JM already ruined him anyway.

  56. SeriousFan09 says:

    Here’s my new observer theory:

    Not actually a person, it’s one of those Turing Test computer programs set up to try and mimic human conversation and convince you it’s a person. Not the constant use of certain catchphrases and overuse of simple lines. I think a computer guy is just having a little fun with some web blogs here and there.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  57. punkster says:

    Nobody listens to me Andrew. Take JD for example. “Don’t go”, I told him. And what did he do? He went. And where is he now? God only knows ;)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  58. andrewberkshire says:

    You called this MONTHS ago, Dave. Bravo. Trade him while he has value!

  59. Displaced says:

    Give him the Loebner.

     

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  60. observer says:

    im not crying i called it all along – and wait for pens to get richards and this fool here trades picks away for mara likes. mr. molson fire the old loser! and send gainey and his advice to some other team.

  61. CanadienBoy says:

    Richard out with concussion

  62. Displaced says:

    One problem though.  PG and JM have decades of NHL experience and haven’t won.  JM hasn’t even been to a Cup final as a head coach and has a career winning percentage right around the adjusted average for all teams factoring in extra points for OTLs.  Observer may repeat stats we don’t like, but that one is huge and irrefutable.

    Until they win, he’s right and we’re varying degrees of niavely optimistic.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  63. Psycho29 says:

    Phew!So much for computers replacing humans (successfully)!

    :-)

  64. observer says:

    funny the old nordiques/senators gm had selanne and kariya couldnt produce and was fired.

  65. Psycho29 says:

    Observer out with concussion.

  66. andrewberkshire says:

    Who won last year, a healthy Pittsburgh team of Montreal without their best defenseman? Refresh my memory, Tony.

  67. The Cat says:

    To be fair 2 straight years in the finals and the Olympics perhaps took its toll on Pittsburgh. I hate Pitts but I cant argue that their GM doesnt try though.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  68. andrewberkshire says:

    Never said they weren’t tired or that the GM isn’t good, but who won? That’s what matters. If we ever made a similar excuse for the Habs Tony would be the first person on here screaming excuses are for losers.

  69. TomNickle says:

    They didn’t look too tired when they manhandled the Senators in the prior series.

    We beat them because Plekanec did an amazing job on Crosby, our powerplay along with Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta were on fire, our defensemen were unbelievable and Halak was great.

     

  70. HardHabits says:

    Wasn’t Tony’s major theme his opposition to the Halak trade and even moreso his opposition to keeping Price instead?

    And yet he sarcastically calls PG one of the 2 geniuses.

    If they had listened to Tony the Habs would be looking at a lottery pick.

  71. Chuck says:

    “DefenSEIVE“?

    Freudian slip, perhaps?  :)

  72. andrewberkshire says:

    He ruins everyone, Chuck! Everyone!

  73. andrewberkshire says:

    Actually, someone wins the Stanley Cup every year. An Olympic gold is way harder to win, ask anyone who’s been in the Olympics.

  74. REB says:

    This is an incorrect word; the correct word is REGARDLESS

  75. punkster says:

    yep

    ***Subbang!!!***

  76. Mr. Biter says:

    Hope you were refering to OBSERVER  not me.

  77. samTHEman says:

    yes, i was refering to observer’s post

  78. Habitall says:

    Your assessment of Palushaj surprises me. We traded Dagostini for 10-15 goals per season? I thought Palushaj was a scoring type, soft hands, etc., no?

  79. SeriousFan09 says:

    I track their boxscores, I try and take note of how they influence games, read scouting reports and try to work out a best-guess from first-hand reports I read on Hockey’s Future as well.

    I don’t think the Habs have any 80-point players in the system right now, this could change if they get the right guy in the 2011 Draft or one of their current prospects just blows us away but I’m not sold by anything I’ve read we’ve got an absolute star forward in the system.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  80. ed lopaz says:

    I’m not Serious Fan, but I’ll try and pitch in here.

    Tinordi has more of an “edge” – he’s meaner and tougher than Gill.

    Great leadership.

    Hopefully he’s more of a Pronger than a Gill (although I like Gill’s leadership).

    Leblanc has an upside greater than 60 in my opinion.

    He has a lot of excellent skills – but his greatest asset is his hockey IQ – really smart kid and hockey player.

    His second greatest asset is his work ethic.

    Third, is his ability to handle the puck and release a quick shot to the net.

    He’s an excellent player.

    During the WJC he was asked to play many different roles – and he did so very well – including putting up points.

    But he rarely played with Braden Shenn – so his points were secondary scoring.

    I think Leblanc can become like a Plekanec type – strong 2nd line center – 75+ points per season.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  81. Displaced says:

    Hi.  More important than thier rank within this group.  What do you expect from them?

    From the few games I’ve seen them play, including the WJCs, I see LL as a 50-60 point type.  Tinordi as a future Gill type. 

    You’re the expert.  Thoughts?

     

     Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  82. SmartDog says:

    Nice.  I only had one guy out of place or I woulda matched your list. 

    I must be paying attention in class.

  83. SeriousFan09 says:

    Leblanc reads to me as a 20-goal, 30+ assist type two-way forward, he’ll likely be a 2nd-line type, possibly switching over to the wing.

    Tinordi, I expect a strong skating, meaner version of Hal Gill, 10-15 point type defencemen in a career year.

    Palushaj, I figure he’s 3-4th line material, 10-15G player but with grit in his game.

    Bournival, potential 40+ point guy I think, his success will be very much based on how much that notable work ethic drives him to make him better, 3rd-line guy but a character one for sure.

    Ramo, potential NHL starting goalie based on his KHL stats, I wouldn’t rank him a potential Top-10 NHL goaltender but he could probably step in with a team that’s good enough and be their guy in nets.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  84. Displaced says:

    Thanks for the insights.  You have a great knowledge of the players throughout the system.  How do you keep track of this many players? Are you a scout or someone hoping to get a job in the NHL at some point?

    Sadly though, LL doesn’t seem to be 30G, 80P guy we have been hoping for.  Does anyone in the system have that kind of potential? 

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  85. Displaced says:

    I hope you’re right about LL.  We need him to be that kind of player.  He played well at the WJCs, but didn’t wow me.  Of course, I’m not a pro scout and probably missed the nuance.  He played with Shenn in the first game and didn’t seem to have chemistry. Shenn stepped up the following game when they replaced Leblanc. 

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  86. Displaced says:

    Shifting gears for a second, what do you think of our developmental process?  Do you see our top prospects, LL and Tinordi developing into high scoring or more recognized players?

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  87. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Actually yeah, now that I re-read my post I realized 15 points in 34 games isn’t too bad.  I guess it was his 4 goals that made me wonder that.  He is a plus so thats pretty good.  Thanks for info.

  88. Captain aHab says:

    How good a season were Desharnais and Max Pax having in Hamilton? The former is still the leading point-getter (by 6) and the latter is still the top goal-scorer (by 2 over stud Dustin Boyd).

  89. Nine1one says:

    I think theywere leading the AHL in scoring or were really close

  90. fbkj says:

    okay obviously you didnt understand what i wrote

  91. observer says:

    no i am just making you think about what you dont want to think is possile. dont shoot the messenger.

  92. fbkj says:

    you are confusing generalization with strawman, either way, your a superstar

  93. observer says:

    ok – youre right gauthier will win the cup this year using the same brain he has used unsuccessfully for about 30 years in this league. when is the parade? you sound like an airhead leaf fan does and he has his parade date set.

  94. fbkj says:

    mOAR generalization plz, i dont need the ins and outs of those involved

  95. observer says:

    i read some figures about a year ago. it said of the players who played 500 games or more in the NHL over 75% maybe over 80% of them were drafted in the FIRST 3 ROUNDS of the entry draft. SO if you trade away all those #2s like gainey/gauthier have and for players who arent even here a 2nd year then add to it all the players the team did draft high who either were bad picks(again the gms fault) or were also traded away how on earth will you ever build a strong foundation for your team! open your eyes!

  96. sidhu says:

    Thanks, SF!  And thanks also for including the draft pick info!

  97. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wasn’t hard, although credit to Boone for adding on the “traded from COL” and “Traded from Toronto” bits.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  98. DearyLeary says:

    Another solid report.  I’m really curious to see Bournival with the Juniors next year.  Both he and Louis play a ‘big’ game, when compared to a a lot of the forwards we’ve drafted of late (aside from Patches).  

    North/south style players who work hard on the boards.  Showing some scoring touch is encouraging.  

    Gallagher continues to produce, and while I’ve been a doubter I’m starting to come around.  I really wish I got to see him play more, it’s too bad Vancouver isn’t really in the hunt for the Mem Cup.

  99. fbkj says:

    sorry, mara, typed that whilst having my first coffee, but thats not the point of this anyways so well done…

    “because he needed his own skates and he could not use any they had or any any store had”

    these are professional hockey players, not amateurs heading out for a night of disco bowling, renting shoes

    individual players skates at this level are more than just having any old pair of blades that are handed to them

    same goes with shoulder and shin guards and elbow pads, they have to be broken into, you dont just go to sports experts

    anybody who has played hockey in their lives, would know this and you look so uninformed and foolish on this point that its borderline retarded

    “sarcastic but maybe true. you notice out of the woodwork away for monts and months suddenly gainey reappears does an interview and drops opening puck. seems to me gainey planning to get back with some other team and bettman made sure everyone saw him.”

    id give you a pass on the sarcasm if you had a history of posessing any form of sense of humour, that and, what you wrote here, is clinically batsh[t insanity

     

  100. observer says:

    cant debate what i said! whatta greenhorn!

  101. fbkj says:

    its already been debated, each one with much more insightfull detail as to why, you are merely listing names without actually putting any insight into what went down in every individual example

    personally im waiting for you to get back to

    Then tell me what i said was BS. or refute it. or dont comment with your assinine comments.

    Submitted by fbkj on Mon, 02/21/2011 – 11:42.

    well okay lets start with your assertion that moen wears special skates thats why the team couldnt dress him in the edmonton game

    or gainey and gauthier being on bettman’s dole and were purposefully planted within the franchise in order to keep it not to your liking

  102. Mr. Biter says:

    And the Blues have how many points are where in the playoff race with Halak?

  103. observer says:

    #1-well okay lets start with your assertion that moen wears special skates thats why the team couldnt dress him in the edmonton game

    or gainey and gauthier being on bettman’s dole and were purposefully planted within the franchise in order to keep it not to your liking—————————- never said #1- in response for some bs excuse that MARA NOT MOEN didnt dress in the edmonton game that someone made was “because he needed his own skates and he could not use any they had or any any store had”. #2- sarcastic but maybe true. you notice out of the woodwork away for monts and months suddenly gainey reappears does an interview and drops opening puck. seems to me gainey planning to get back with some other team and bettman made sure everyone saw him.

  104. Mr. Biter says:

    No,No Todd allways blames George Bush for the Habs woes.

  105. observer says:

    bad trade too yes those 2 made many stupid moves! but not what i was discussing – there is no depth here because those 2 gms mishandled the best place to get quality players.

  106. fbkj says:

    and leftist and keith olberman

  107. SmartDog says:

    I love these updates but they give me the feeling that we actually have a pretty good pipeline of players in development for coming years.   Do we? 

    I’m asking for an informed opinion… I have no idea how we compare to others, and I have no real knowledge here.

  108. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hockey’s Future last ranked Montreal 15th overall in the league amongst teams for prospects. Montreal has good overall depth I find, but with Subban being promoted to the big club, they lack a prospect in the system who has potential game-breaking talent. Leblanc, Kristo, Avtsin could all potentially make that leap but they’re just kids right now with a lot of raw offensive talent to work out, 2nd or 3rd line forwards right now is best projection. They’ve done well to stock the shelf at centre, but lack punch on LW and defence is now very short with Subban and Weber getting the call, Nash was a good addition but Tinordi is years away and Mac Bennett is just as much a project as he is.

    I’ve been keeping a very active eye on anyone in the 2011 draft who could be drafted in the 1st round and have that potential game-breaking factor, so far, Joel Armia, Nicklas Jensen and Tomas Jurco are good picks depending on where MTL ends up selecting.

    Not having a 2nd round pick in coming up on three years was harmful and not having the 1st-round pick in the 2008 draft was a blow, Habs missed out on some solid names. At present, Habs need to keep going exactly as they are, drafting much more efficiently especially in the 1st round.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  109. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban’s still developing his shot and Weber’s working on his in the big show. Canadiens have a couple of potential cannons on the back end and if Markov returns, he’s good for 10 a season.

    MAB is too much of a liability, it was like Souray, you score a PPG but than an ES one goes in.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  110. dh says:

    Give Kovalev a chance to retire in Montreal with a cup. Shouldn’t cost must. He would probably be fired up for it and he’s usually good in the playoff anyway. If we’re worried about him affecting the tone in the room, let Gill hammer him if he gets out of line.

    Switch to a less defensive system until out D is back next year.

    Don’t trade away any of the young guys. See what happens.

    If it doesn’t work, try again next year with a healthy D and some more experienced young players who likely now have some playoff experience as well.

  111. alestar says:

    MAB is currently under contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning…

    XXIV…and counting

  112. Mr. Biter says:

    Nice to read about the Future Habs but we have some problems now. Current goals from all our d-men is approx. 20 (don’t know how many goals Wiz. had before he came to Montreal). Last year MAB had 13 goals himself. Defensive liability YES, but we need goals from the defense. Sign him now (would be cheap). If anyone else has a better idea at a low price (and no Draft choices) please respond.

  113. Malreg says:

    Ah Souray… The only defenseman that could break goal scoring records AND have a league worst +/- at the same time.  I remember that 2 of the top 10 goals of the season for that year were guys deking out Souray(the only specific one I remember is Spezza walking in off the right side…).

  114. fbkj says:

    ot, on theodore, remember that one as well

  115. TomNickle says:

    I’m glad you mentioned that.  Let’s take a look at two division rivals then shall we?  Buffalo and Toronto.

    Buffalo and Toronto have at respective positions…..

    Goaltender

    Jonas Enroth(BUF)              James Reimer(TOR)

    Wingers                                                                                                   Centre

    Nathan Gerbe(BUF)             Luca Caputi(TOR)                      Luke Adam(BUF)        Nazem Kadri(TOR)    

    Zach Kassian(BUF)              Brad Ross(TOR)                                                          Joe Colborne(TOR)

    Marcus Foligno(BUF)            Jerry D’Amigo(TOR)

    Defensemen

    Mark Pysyk(BUF)                 Keith Aulie(TOR)

    T.J. Brennan(BUF)                Jake Gardiner(TOR)

     

    Now, consider for a moment that when these evaluations were done Colborne and Gardiner weren’t a part of the Leafs equation.  Any objective, person, scout, executive would agree that based on the body of work each front office has put in, Buffalo is ahead by a landslide both in terms of depth and in terms of upside.  

     

  116. SmartDog says:

    Intersting. Thanks Robert.

    It amazes me how easily the Habs (and other teams) sometimes seem to trade away 2nd round picks.  If you could stock a couple of 2nd round picks in one year, you could really set yourself up for a few years forward.   GM’s seem like our government – mortgage the future for short term gain.  You’d think they’d f-n know better.  (As you can see it makes me mad!)

  117. TomNickle says:

    I don’t think the current stock of prospects factor into the rankings.  Nasvhille is ranked #1 and Austin Watson is their only blue chip prospect at forward.  They’ve had Wilson, Spaling and O’Reilly make their big club, which is great.  But ranking teams based on what is in the farm system would place Nasvhille at the middle of the pack.

    Ditto for Edmonton considering Curtis Hamilton is their highest rated skater and he was the last selection for the WJHC team.

    Based on what’s in the system.  No question Florida should be #1 with players all over the place like Bjugstad, McFarland, Howden, Durocher, Dadynov, Petrovic, Gudbranson and Markstrom.  That’s an impressive list.

  118. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hockey’s Future is half results, half ceiling estimations. You look at the Top 20 Habs prospects list, it’s not exactly how I’d rank the 20 guys I think are most likely to make the team. You know how long David Fischer lasted in the top 20 grouping for MTL? They’re not perfect at HF but they do a pretty respectable  job, a lot of these estimations of ceilings can be subjective. 

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  119. SeriousFan09 says:

    Depends who you think has a better ceiling and who’s more likely to reach it, than run it against how they’re doing. Montreal’s more or less held at around 15 for a while with HF (although that’s taking a hit when Subban isn’t considered a prospect next season). They’re not perfect but they give fair evaluations of what these guys could achieve I find a lot of the time. They’re not always right but even Central Scouting and ISS can botch things pretty badly about who’s the best 30-60 skater.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  120. TomNickle says:

    They have Columbus in the top 10 and Toronto ranked 12th.  They are far from reputable.

    The Blue Jackets walked into Filatov(who they’re ruining), Mason and Voracek.  When was the last time they had a late round pick actually turn into something productive?  I think you should have more than a couple in order to qualify you to be in the top 10 as far as organizations who draft and develop well.

    The Leafs in the upper half of the league is an absolute joke.  They’ve drafted Luke Schenn and Nazem Kadri.  Both top 10 picks.  They acquired Aulie, Gardiner, Caputi and Colborne by trading.  Gunnarsson, Reimer and Kulemin are the only players on their active roster that they drafted.  Hardly impact players.  Kulemin is a nice one, but Gunnarsson is softer than Charmin and Reimer is highly unproven.

    Hockeysfuture.com isn’t exactly the Bible when it comes to evaluation of NHL teams and their development and drafting practices.  They certainly don’t operate based on results.

  121. showey47 says:

    I believe about 3 years ago we were ranked 2nd or 3rd on that list. Probably still had price considered a prospect along with,mcdonaugh, subban, weber and pacioretty.

  122. TomNickle says:

    It’s an inexact science.  I’m sorry but the Leafs have no business in the top 20 of the league.  San Jose at 27 with Demers, Couture, McGinn, Coyle and Petricki?

    There are some obvious biases going into the rankings on that site.  Buffalo at 19 with Enroth, Ennis, Kassian, Adam, Pysyk, Gerbe and Brennen?  Colorado at 21 with Hishon, Pickard, Silas, Stoa, Barrie and Elliott?  Anaheim at 13 with nothing other than Fowler and Etem?  

     

  123. observer says:

    15th overall? mediocrity! exactly where theyve been in the entire gainey/gauthier era.

  124. Mr. Biter says:

    Lang & Tanguay (Both who I really liked) both were older players who had serious injuries and I believe both were signed very late that year as UFA’s at much reduced salaries. Neither had good years last year however Tanquay is playing well this year. Schneider got a big salary from the Canucks got hurt , ended the season with the moose and retired. Hainsey agree, bad bad over sight by management. Higgins, Komo please both thank god gone. Moore should have stayed here this year. Jury out on Mc Donaugh. Lats sucked here and I have no idea what Chips is doing. As for Fischer didn’t one of our best G.M.’s ever draft Wickenhauser instead of Savard? Riberio still playing at a excellent level great for him and I don’t know if he left as a Free Agent or was traded.

  125. samTHEman says:

    yup. had you been in their shoes we would have 3 cups by now!!!!

  126. Psycho29 says:

    I think you forgot to mention the Halak trade. And the 88 points. And the 47% win percentage last season….

  127. fbkj says:

    instead of breaking down what happened with each of the players you mentioned, you should generalize and leave out as many details as possible

  128. observer says:

    correction- they did not trade hainsey and get nothing in return as they usually did. these 2 geniuses didnt notice hainsey a #1 pick had no more exemptions left to be sent back to the minors and they lost him for the measly waiver price after the owners of the team spending over a million on him to that date.

  129. observer says:

    habs future of now sure would have been better had not gainey and gauthier bungled the last 8 years. trading away future #2s for tanguay(and #1 as well). for schneider, for moore, for lang(all who lasted less than a year here then out the door) and a 2nd for tinordi, for wizniewski, along with trading away their high own selections of hainsey, higgins, ribeiro, komisarek, chipchura, latendresse, mcdonaugh, bungling on fischer. poorly managed team the entire 8 years since the dynamic duo has been here.

  130. TomNickle says:

    1. Leblanc

    2. Tinordi

    3. Ramo

    4. Palushaj

    5. Bournival

  131. SmartDog says:

    Robert below mentioned that we don’t have any obvious game changers in the line-up…. for some players he implies it’s possible but to early.

    So… for those of you in the know (Robert especially I guess), put these in order for who is more likely to develop into an NHL talent:

    A. Palushaj

    B. Ramo

    C. Leblanc

    D. Bournival

    E. Tinordi

  132. SmartDog says:

    From the little I know/have heard, I was thinking:

    B. Ramo

    C. Leblanc

    D. Bournival

    E. Tinordi

    A. Palushaj

    Ramo’s having an outstanding year and if he’s matured and can carry some of that back to the NHL he could be our goalie of the future behind Price.

  133. SeriousFan09 says:

    1. Ramo, based on his two seasons of play in the KHL, a top competitive league.

    2. Leblanc, strong combinatiton of skating, talent and intelligence.

    3. Tinordi, strong skating, hockey bloodlines and size make him an ideal defensive defencemen in the NHL.

    4. Palushaj, showing good improvement this season despite battling injury in the AHL, was termed by Guy Boucher the MVP for the Bulldogs after Subban departed in their 2010 AHL playoff campaign.

    5. Bournival, character player with a great attitude and leadership.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  134. habstrinifan says:

    Ramo Tinordi Leblanc Bournival Palushaj

  135. HabFab says:

    Methinks # 1 – 5 – 2 – 3 – 4

  136. andrewberkshire says:

    I’d put Bournival above Palushaj, big time.

  137. TomNickle says:

    Palushaj has an easier path in my opinion.

  138. Mr. Biter says:

    Thanks for the info. Thought he was still waiting for the phone to ring.

  139. samTHEman says:

    Desharnais was 1st in AHL in points and Pacioretty was 6th in points (1st in goals) when they were called up.

  140. SeriousFan09 says:

    Anyone wants to see a tidier version of the complete scoring chart can see it at my blog.

    http://bit.ly/e67Dm1

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  141. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s battled some wrist problems this season and hasn’t seen a ton of ice time in his first season, as a 19-year old it takes a while to move up and last season wasn’t for very good for him in the KHL, only playing 5 minutes a night. In terms of players his age in the AHL, his stats are reasonable but he’ll need more ice time to fully adapt to the game, as he bulks up as well and refines his skills.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  142. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Really liking what I see so far with this Bournival.  Whats the deal with Avtsin?  Only 15 points in 34 games? Is he having trouble adapting to the north american style of play?


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Habs Future

Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) checks in with his weekly look at Canadiens’ prospects.

THREE STARS

1. C Mark MacMillan receives special recognition this week from the bubble prospect group. MacMillan had recently returned to the lineup of his Penticton Vees team in the BCHL, a Junior A league. On Friday night, MacMillan scored the tying goal and added an assist in his team’s 4-1 victory and first game back and than raised his game quickly for the rest of the weekend. MacMillan added another assist on Saturday night on what would be the game-winning goal in an 8-4 victory and than completed his weekend by assisting on two goals and then scoring the overtime winner to allow his team to have a perfect weekend. MacMillan despite battling both a broken wrist and concussion this season is on a 1.43PPG pace on his season, he is committed to join the North Dakota NCAA hockey team in the 2011-12 season.

2. RW Brendan Gallagher in his only game of the week brought his team victory while playing in the national spotlight this weekend as his team was selected to play in Whitehorse during the annual Hockey Day in Canada. Gallagher’s hold as MVP of the Vancouver Giants was once again maintained as he scored two goals, including the game-winner to bring his team a 3-2 victory while maintaining hold as the 6th overall scorer in the WHL and remaining tied for 2nd overall in goals with 38 on his season.

3. D Morgan Ellis gets a nod this week for being the first amongst the Canadiens junior-league prospects to best a previous-season mark. Ellis had 28 points last season, which he exceeded this week by scoring two assists for his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in their only victory of the week. Ellis currently has 7 goals and 23 assists on his season and is three assists away from besting his single-season best in assists. Ellis leads all other defencemen on his team by at least a two to one margin in points and is the 4th on his team in points.

WORTHY MENTIONS: D Mathieu Carle leads all HAM defencemen in goals with his 9th of the season, which is also a career best. LW Andrew Conboy had a goal and one assist in his first three games back from injury and also scored his 9th goal of the season, also a career high for the forward. RW Aaron Palushaj exceeded his AHL season-best 8G in 62GP last season by also scoring his 9th goal in 43 games this season.

QUESTION MARKS: RW Alexander Avtsin has missed 3 games with a lower-body injury. RW Danny Kristo is still recovering from frostbite to his right foot. C Louis Leblanc has no points in his last 8 games. LW Phillippe Lefebvre has only 2 goals in his last 16 games. C Ben Maxwell has only 3 goals in his last 17 games. D Jarred Tinordi still does not have a goal in the OHL this season after 49 games. RW Maxim Trunev has one point in his last 20 games.

COMPLETE STATISTICS FOR THE WEEK OF FEB. 7:
Legend: Skaters: Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
 | Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage | 
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
 | Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

THE AHL REPORT: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 14 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be considered NHL-viable prospects, four of which, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber and Ryan White have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 29-19-1-4, are 2nd in the North Division, 8th overall in the Western Conference and 14th overall in the league. The Bulldogs have lost four straight and have only won one of their last seven games.



RW Alexander Avtsin: 19 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 34GP, 4G, 11A, +3, 10 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 35GP, 4G, 11A, +3, 10 PIM

D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

 Season Stats: 41GP, 8G, 8A, +12, 24 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 44GP, 9G, 8A, +12, 26 PIM

LW Andrew Conboy: 22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 35GP, 8G, 5A, +3, 51 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 1A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 38GP, 9G, 6A, +4, 53 PIM


C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot. 

Season Stats: 42GP, 3G, 9A, -9, 57 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 44GP, 4G, 9A, -8, 57 PIM


C Andreas Engqvist: 22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 43GP, 6G, 8A, +6, 12 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 45GP, 6G, 8A, +6, 12 PIM


D Brett Festerling: 24 years old, 6’1”, 210 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 46GP, 3G, 12A, -9, 54 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 48GP, 3G, 13A, -10, 56 PIM

C Ben Maxwell: 22 years old, 6’1″, 191 pounds, LH shot.
 Alternate Captain

 Season Stats: 40GP, 9G, 24A, -3, 28 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, +3, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 43GP, 9G, 25A, 0, 30 PIM



G Robert Mayer: 22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left.

 Season Stats: 17GP, 8-7-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%
 Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0-0-0-0,  GAA,  .% | Complete Stats: 18GP, 8-7-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
 
Season Stats: 48GP, 3G, 20A, +10, 39 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 50GP, 3G, 20A, +12, 39 PIM

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.

 Season Stats: 40GP, 8G, 20A, +6, 20 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 1A, +2, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 43GP, 9G, 21A, +8, 24 PIM


Called up to Montreal:

C David Desharnais: 24 years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot. Alternate Captain 
Season Stats: 35GP, 10G, 35A, +14, 24 PIM

LW Max Pacioretty: 22 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot. Season Stats: 27GP, 17G, 14A, +4, 20 PIM

D Yannick Weber: 22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 15GP, 8G, 4A, -5, 10 PIM

C Ryan White: 22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain 

Season Stats: 32GP, 3G, 8A, -5, 75 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 33GP, 3G, 9A, -5, 77 PIM


THE JUNIORS REPORT: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

QMJHL:

C Michaël Bournival: 18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot.
 Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (35W, 16L, 2OTL, 1 SOL)

Season Stats: 47GP, 23G, 34A, +3, 22 PIM
 Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 2A, -2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 50GP, 23G, 36A, +1, 24 PIM


D Morgan Ellis: 18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot.  Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (15W, 35L, 1 OTL, 3 SOL) 

Season Stats: 51GP, 7G, 21A, -26, 53 PIM
 Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 2A, +2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 54GP, 7G, 23A, -24, 55 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 19 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot.  Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (38W, 9L, 4 OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 34GP, 17G, 23A, +10, 70 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 37GP, 17G, 23A, +9, 74 PIM



LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 19 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.
 Montreal Juniors (38W, 9L, 4OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 44GP, 17G, 22A, +24, 30 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 2A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 47GP, 17G, 24A, +24, 32 PIM
 


OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 18 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot.
 London Knights (27W, 21L, 4 OTL, 1 SOL)

 Season Stats: 46GP, 0G, 9A, -5, 97 PIM
 Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 49GP, 0G, 9A, -6, 99 PIM

WHL:

RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.
 Vancouver Giants (30W, 21L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 54GP, 36G, 36A, +21, 82 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 1GP, 2G, 0A, +2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 55GP, 38G, 36A, +22, 84 PIM

U.S. COLLEGE HOCKEY (NCAA) REPORT: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.

D Mac Bennett: 19 years old, 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.
 University of Michigan Wolverines (19W, 9L, 4T)

 Season Stats: 18GP, 1G, 5A, +8, 17 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 20GP, 1G, 5A, +7, 17 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.
 University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (21W, 8L, 2T) 

Season Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM

D Greg Pateryn: 20 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot. University of Michigan Wolverines (19W, 9L, 4T)

Season Stats: 26GP, 2G, 8A, +8, 20 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 28GP, 2G, 9A, +7, 22 PIM

C Dustin Walsh: 19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot. Dartmouth College Big Green (15W, 7L, 3T)

 Season Stats: 23GP, 7G, 5A, +3, 4 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 25GP, 7G, 5A, +4, 4 PIM



KONTINENTAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (KHL) REPORT: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, many Russian players first play professionally there before joining the NHL. Due to a lack of a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to bring over their drafted Russian prospects.

G Karri Ramo: 24 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.
 Avangard Omsk (39W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) 

Season Stats: 42GP, 31-6-2-1, 2.01 GAA, .924%
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0-0-0-0,  GAA, % | Complete Stats: 42GP, 31-6-2-1, 2.01 GAA, .924%


RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot. Severstal Cherepovets (25W, 20L, 4 OTL, O SOL) 

KHL Stats: 
Season Stats: 36GP, 1G, 5A, -2, 14 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 36GP, 1G, 5A, -2, 14 PIM

MHL Stats:
 Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM

D Alexei Yemelin: 24 years old, 6’1”, 221 pounds, LH shot.  Ak Bars Kazan (33W, 11L, 3OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 49GP, 11G, 14A, +17, 111 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 49GP, 11G, 14A, +17, 111 PIM


116 Comments

  1. T-roy West says:

    Robert both of these guys have a lot of upside. Both players play an aggresive style but I’d give the edge to Jurco in the overall skill department. If I had to choose based on the limited knowledge that I have of both is Jensen. I love his size and upside and he seems like he has the compete factor and the willingness to go to the dirty areas. That’s what I want to see in Montreal’s next few draft picks.

  2. sidhu says:

    Just a suggestion — for the top-3, can you include the round and year they were drafted in parentheses?

    Thanks!

  3. JohnBellyful says:

    Suspensions seem to be having little effect on curtailing vicious headshots, hits from behind and other acts bordering on the criminal. Maybe they’re a badge of honour for the dimwitted.
    Fines also have proved ineffective in modifying behaviour.

    How else then to rid the game of its worst offenders? Try stripping them of their gear, to make them play nice.

    Every time they reach a certain plateau in villainy or sheer incompetence, make their punishment going into battle not fully protected. For every three majors or 50 minutes they rack up in penalties, they must play the next five games without a helmet – and a jockstrap.
    Going helmetless is paying homage to old-time hockey, when men were men. Going cupless is just plain stupid, but would make for a wonderful teaching method.

  4. avatar_58 says:

    I disagree, late first round? What’s the point? I’d rather hold on to a 20 goal scorer and get him better linemates. If he were an UFA then yeah, it would have been a steal.

     

    Maybe I’m just annoyed the flyers got better…

  5. Strabo says:

    That has to be the funniest thing I have read today. Thanks for the laugh … I can hear him now

     

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  6. samTHEman says:

    hahaha kostitsyns reunite!!

  7. samTHEman says:

    ya but i dont think they will let go of franson he’s their 3rd best defenseman

  8. king ddd says:

    oh!oh eklund’s got an e4 on a habs -preds trade! well if habs really looking to trade with a preds, who will we get, wilson, suter webber are untouchable. i hope we dont go after sullivan, dumont ward, o’brian belak. the only guy i would consider is cody franson, big tough western canadian kid. possible replacement for hal gill next year

     

    ** Buck Fruins **

  9. C_Hand says:

    Gallagher makes the list every week! I need to see this kid play.

  10. habs001 says:

    we are 6th in pk and watching the games not a suprise…but sometimes stats can be misleading as we are 9th in pp but watching the games sure does not feel that way…our pp has been very hot or very cold..we are ranked 9th but somehow our pp does not give me the feeling it can come up with big goals when they are really needed…

  11. king ddd says:

    holy cow, now that would be double whamy, the titsyns and the webbers. thats too bad the preds are not HNIC, bob cole would have a stroke trying to figure out whos who

    ** Buck Fruins **

  12. Naveed says:

    Maybe the habs will get Tootoo. Then get another depth d-man & Zenon Konopka…You’re ready for the big boys then…

  13. king ddd says:

    lol, no idea what you are talking about  buddy

     

    ** Buck Fruins **

  14. LA Loyalist says:

    2 webbers? Not fuel injection or direct injection?

  15. king ddd says:

    we can make sweet package that would include, webber, AK, pyatt, for franson and a pick. now they would have 2 webbers;P

    ** Buck Fruins **

  16. HabFanSince72 says:

    Versteeg doesn’t even bother hiding how stoked he is to be leaving the centre of the hockey universe.

     

    http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=0&id=97747

     

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    e1 – some shit Eklund made up

    e2 – some shit Eklund made up

    e3 – some shit Eklund made up

    e4 – some shit Eklund made up

    e5 – something Eklund read on tsn.ca

  18. ProHabs says:

    would love to see those 2 guys running around for the Habs against the bruins. Keep your head up Lucic.

  19. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That’s good – I’d rather have the Habs playing Pittsburgh than Boston.

  20. habsfansince91 says:

    You’re giving him too much credit by saying he’s right once out of every ten guesses. He has a success rate of 0.001%.

     

  21. samTHEman says:

    this is true

  22. Say Ash says:

    a broken clock is right twice a day

  23. Naveed says:

    Eklund needs to get sued for misinformation and not revealing who his so-called sources are… He’s a fraud! He really thinks he’s a reporter… What a douche!

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not overly physical from what I have seen/heard but a very sound positional skater, tends to be in the right areas of the ice and moves the puck well.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  25. Say Ash says:

    if caps lose, we’re in fifth, right?

  26. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Never mind. For one good rumour – he has 10 horrible ones.

    Gomez to Phoenix…really Eklund..

  27. Naveed says:

    I enjoy the lunancy that Tootoo & Zonopka bring to the game… Just imagine Tootoo & Lucic going at it… Lucic would get smashed! Zonopka can take Campbell! Habs would then smash the BOOINS once and for all…

  28. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WOW..

    Eklund was right for once! He called the Versteeg or Giguere to Flyers deal a couple nights ago.

  29. ProHabs says:

    Hey Serious, is M. Carle going to make the NHL and be a regular or is he a career minor league. It seems like he gets hurt every year and then losses some of his prospect luster.

  30. samTHEman says:

    hahahahahaha

  31. samTHEman says:

    I’m anxious to see how Brendon Nash develops. He seems to be our best defensive prospect in the AHL, ahead of Carle in my opinion. In his first season of pro hockey he has 23 pts in 50 games and +12. Big frame of 6’3″ 210, from BC. Don’t know much about his style of play though.

  32. db says:

    Disagree.  Its a no risk move for the Flyers.  They get a guy that can move through the lineup and actually wants to be there. 

    I was amazed at how many times CBC showed Versteeg with his mouthguard half in his mouth… all game!  BB must have seen that he’s got a guy that just doesn’t want to be there.  Kessel must be so jealous.

    Also, do the Leafs even know how to draft?  And.. way to hand Boston another potential top 5.   Ya, I too hate that the Flyers got better.

  33. hab_skill says:

    Leafs robbed the flyers. First AND a third for Versteeg? First good deal by Burke since he joined them.

  34. Habs Proud says:

    Someone needs to tell Burke he’s not supposed to deal in his own conference, pretty well got the Bruins stocked up so time to move on and help Philly a little.

  35. samTHEman says:

    lol yes. we beat them when they had a full roster but this time around crosby malkin kunitz and letestu are all out. does not look good for the penguins. they may have to make some moves to sustain them untill crosby and co are back (minus malkin). i could see kovalev as a rental plus he wouldn’t cost too much.

  36. fbkj says:

    there is no think, there is no try, there is do

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’ll think about it for future updates.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  38. HardHabits says:

    It’ll be interesting to see where these players will be in 2-4 years time and how well they’ve developed either within the Habs development system or elsewhere if traded.

  39. samTHEman says:

    i would rather we finish 8th and upset the flyers ahahahahaa

  40. Displaced says:

    Not sure if I would say the Flyers “won” this deal in the classic sense, but you have to respect them for making this deal.  Versteeg is young, tough, can score, plays their style, won a Cup, fills a long term role and can make an immediate contribution.  No way their first or third round picks from this upcoming draft make that type of contribution while the core of this team is in place.

     

    Toronto is in full “dump” mode.  Boston reaps the immediate benefits with an ever-improving lottery pick and the Leafs will have future bodies to dump when they still suck in five years.  In the mean time, Ron Wilson’s tenure has coach continues on life support.

     

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t have that much faith in Carle, with his injury history and Nash’s solid season with Hamilton I think he’s leaping over the guy on the depth chart, he’s bigger and seems more durable. He may get a shot down the line with another organization but I don’t see him long for MTL, he may be let go this year.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  42. Displaced says:

    Maybe PG can be the next beneficiary…

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  43. fbkj says:

    its not you, in case you were wondering

  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    Observation from Mckeen’s Hockey Scout and Reporter @Rick1042 on Twitter RE Tinordi.

    “Jarred Tinordi has some nice tools but he still seems caught off-guard too often when opponents challenge him physically from what i can see” I also asked him for his estimation of where Tinordi should be next season and he stated the OHL without reservation.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  45. Mike Boone says:

    I liked him at prospect camp.

  46. Mike Boone says:

    Who died and made you boss of this site?

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    More important for a defensive defencemen to dominate in each level he plays he also mentioned, just thought I’d share what I found out. If Tinordi wasn’t out of the US National Team program the AHL wouldn’t even be an option for him if he was a regular CHL player since you have to do 4 seasons in a CHL league before you can play in the A.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  48. aussiehab says:

    i like the habs.

  49. Rad says:

    I like Chris Stewart too. He may be available … he was benched recently due to lack of production, something like 3 points in 13 games since he came back from his injury.

  50. scrowe21 says:

    Yes! Thats what I have been saying all year! I want him so bad. Exactly what they need.

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Another player the Habs may want to examine on draft day (although I’m still pulling for Tomas Jurco of the QMJHL) is Nicklas Jensen of the OHL Oshawa Generals.

    Jensen is a 6’03″, 186lb LH shot LW/RW with 24G, 23A in 46GP and will turn 18 next month. He is a native of Denmark.

    Highlights:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9VOKOos-us

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGohZ_xS52c

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDBGStXSyaQ&playnext=1&list=PLD2C4A588AD8699BF

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  52. T-roy West says:

    I can’t see Colorado making the playoffs and I don’t foresee Montreal drafting any star players in the near future so lets try and trade for one now and be proactive. Go after Chris Stewart before someone else does even if we have to give up a lot. If I was the GM I would go after him like a crazy man. He would give us immediate results in the tough department and create a lot of space for for our smaller forwards. Imagine: Stewart, Gomez, Cammi and Max Pac, Plexs and Gionta.

  53. Rad says:

    Sounds like PG is trying hard to get a deal done. I wonder what his thoughts were on the “Beantown Beat-down.” Martin just waxed his usual tripe about “character” and “determination” …. ugh.

  54. scrowe21 says:

    Jensen was my pick. Over Jurco. I think he’ll go before MTLs pick though

  55. fbkj says:

    considering it was a star wars reference and i was busting roberts balls, id have to say…. not sure who trained yoda?

    lighten up booner

  56. ManApart says:

    No chance at being a regular NHLer

  57. sidhu says:

    Thanks for considering the request — and thanks for the great updates.

  58. ManApart says:

    You forgot last week’s deal with Anaheim? Agree on Versteeg, never was a big fan.

  59. OneTimer says:

    Kostitsyn for Stewart straight up? Also…with our third line being Pouliot-DD-Darche/White, those would be three sexy scoring lines… sigh!

  60. Da Hema says:

    Respectfully, a bit harsh?

  61. REB says:

    Absolutely, 1 more yr in OHL, then minimum 2 yrs in Hamilton.  For examples of what happens when you rush the development of a d-man, look to Komisarek (should hae stayed in Michigan 1 more yr), and to Hainsey.

  62. Viruk42 says:

    Actually Tinordi does have a goal…sort of… He scored on his own net against the 67′s on February 6th, in a 4-0 67s win. He also took the ceremonial faceoff, but no one on London seems to wear letters, so who knows why he was chosen. He might be a good leader, but it may have been his turn, or perhaps they just wanted to put the biggest guy in there for the picture.

  63. patience is a virtue says:

    lol

  64. yukonhab says:

     

    You Bet!!

     

     

     

     

     

    Support your local indian – Price 31

  65. yukonhab says:

    He’s great!!!

     

    Support your local indian – Price 31

  66. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Hamrlik or Gill to teach Tinordi what? How to not score, not hit, and not fight?

  67. scrowe21 says:

    He rang one off the crossbar yesterday.

  68. thorandresson says:

    He’s a killer! I love it, It’d be nice if they kept either Hamrlik or Gill around for a couple more years to teach Tinordi.

     

    By the way, I’m gonna go see Gallagher live this Friday, based on your comments about him I’m really excited about the game.

  69. andrewberkshire says:

    Yup!

  70. observer says:

    there already have been a bunch of moves! as i said – twiddling their thumbs – still!

  71. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    His posts are the true definition of gobbledygook.

  72. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    He needs to get his ritalin refill.

  73. observer says:

    wiz was an acquisition that should have been made long before. markov was gone. but now others have joined him. point i was clearly making that inspite of flyers having an outstanding season they are still trying to improve their roster so they can go farthur and win it all. WHICH is NOT what we have seen here under gainey/gauthier EXCEPT the year they got kovalev 7 years ago. fans here hyave been disappointed every deadline day since thwen only to hear gainey say we are happy with our current roster – 2 years ago – then 2 months later kick them all out as free agents. or gauthier last year saying a team needs 2 goalies we like both of us and will keep them both. then a few months later trade the one starred in the playoffs for a young unproven ever player from that great hockey country – denmark. BTW- I THINK FLYERS EVEN DRAFTING LATE GAVE UP TOO MUCH FOR A GUT WHO IS NOTHING BUT A 20 GOAL SCORER AT BEST.

  74. observer says:

    WIZ WAS A P-LAYER HE WAS FORCED TO GET BY INJURIES YET IT TOOK HIM EVEN MONTHS TO DO IT.

  75. crabvader says:

    Twiddling thumbs? We’ve made one of the best acquisitions in the league this year when we brought Wisnewski here. We’re getting cut down by injuries and are still in the thick of the playoff run.

    The deadline hasn’t happened yet, keep your pants on.

    Overall, Gauthier has done a fairly good job with this team so far and it’s not over.

  76. andrewberkshire says:

    The standard observer post: Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like

  77. Hobie Hansen says:

    Agreed 100%

  78. andrewberkshire says:

    Put the drink down and take a breath.

  79. HabFab says:

    Believe Schultz just came off the injury list. But he has been a disappointment, came to camp out of shape and has had several injuries so ECHL might have been a better option. Might be a little of the Halak syndrome at work here.

  80. solomio says:

    Yukie…your signature is tasteless. You should get rid of it.

    You’re playing hockey and I can’t compete
    You’re playing hockey and beat the crap outta me
    I’m down, I’m really down
    I’m down,down on the ground
    I’m down, I’m really down
    We won’t get to the Cup,yeah you know I’m down

  81. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks for sharing PETER

  82. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gallagher’s been a favourite of mine this season to cover, the kid is just relentless.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  83. yukonhab says:

     

    Had the chance to see Gallagher in action at Hockey Day in Canada in Whitehorse. He was very impressive and played a solid game. His speed stood out and his will to win. Scoring 2 plus including the winner proves his credibility.

     

    Great pick in round 5

     

     

     

     

     

    Support your local indian – Price 31

  84. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Contrary to HI/O mythology, he’s actually not accomplishing anything in CO and is -8 in his last 10 games. The great career turnaround the posters on here would have you believe he was enjoying was simply due to his high scoring defence partner and team in general. Now they’re floundering. Same player, new team. I don’t hate the guy just find some of our fellow posters ridiculous. In the end we may come out on top in that trade by a wide margin as you can see in Bournival’s season stats… This isn’t an attack on you btw, people just spread alot of crazy ideas on here that catch on.

  85. LA Loyalist says:

    … and younger. :)

  86. ManApart says:

    Definately. He wasn’t very good getting the puck out of his own zone and seemed to have trouble reading the play as he was defending. The game seemed to quick for him at times. only seen one game of his in Colorado, but from all indications he is playing quite well. Getting like 20 mins a game and is a plus player. Maybe he wasn’t handled well here.

  87. thorandresson says:

    I would argue that O’Byrne’s problem was his lack of hockey sense

  88. ManApart says:

    Looks like a tougher O’Byrne to me. He’s a real project. Hard to tell whet we have for at least a few more years. Needs a lot of development.

  89. joeybarrie says:

    I don’t think Burke made out in this deal. Looks like it will be a 25-30th pick. On pace for 50 points on a crappy team. 24, and a RFA in 2013…

    Burke will be lucky to get a 40 point player in 30th spot in the draft for 3 years from now. Makes no sense to me. Versteeg is the type of player you have around while your making your team better. 50 points for 3 million isnt terrible.

    But then again, Burke can spend that 3 mil on a UFA and still get 2 draft picks. Not terrible.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  90. RC-51 says:

    maximum value would be a 1st from teams like Ott,NYI,Edm and Bos oops forgot he already Had that pick!

    They only thing that BOTHERS me about BB is how he seems to be helping other Eastern Con. teams get better. 

    BOTTOM LINe

    Who really gives a CRAP about the Laffs? i LIve in the GTA and been watching hockey at least 25 yrs and they’ve ALWAYS SUCKED and they ALWAYS will.

    TOR-44

    MTL-18

  91. crabvader says:

    Two things, it’s a late 1st round pick. The other thing is that it’s a third round pick and not a second rounder as you stated.

     

  92. Hobie Hansen says:

    Oh it’s a third? And whe you mention it will be a 29th or 30th pick it does lose its luster a bit lol.

  93. solomio says:

     

    Agree 100 %. We need that guy desperately!

     

     

    You’re playing hockey and I can’t compete

    You’re playing hockey and beat the crap outta me

    I’m down, I’m really down

    I’m down,down on the ground

    I’m down, I’m really down

    We won’t win the Cup,yeah you know I’m down

  94. ManApart says:

    Yemelin really having a great year. Last chance for him to come over next season. It would be a real shame if the Habs couldn’t get the guy over here. With all the openings on D this summer, it’s now or never.

  95. samTHEman says:

    lol unless he plans on using those picks as part of another deal that’ll better the leafs than i don’t see the benenift of this move. pretty moronic

  96. SeriousFan09 says:

    And he blamed Pacioretty for ‘causing trouble’, by what, throwing checks? PK talking and Pacioretty delivering legal hits is not liscense to start a brawl. Not their fault the Bruins acted like drunken frat boys.

    Mcguire’s always been a pain in the backside insisting Habs players have to change how they behave/play and then saying not one week ago He was a bit Matt Cooke fan. I’m sorry, you think PK Subban needs an attitude adjustment more than the biggest scumbag in the NHL? The guy is so pathetic sometimes.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  97. Aybara says:

    Subban did taunt the Bruins bench after a goal. Can’t remember exactly if he said anything or it was more of a “wooo” clearly directed at them, but it happened.

    It was also on TV so I don’t get what Mcguire is talking about there.

  98. Mark C says:

    I saw it, all Subban did was yell as he skated past the B’s bench, don’t even think he looked at the bench.

    If Subban really wants to taunt he should take lessons from this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjZbNtzsQFY

  99. RC-51 says:

    Im just WAITING for the day he gets a puck off his bald head, standing like a puppet between the two benches!!

  100. Psycho29 says:

    Not sure if its posted below, but did anyone hear McGuire on Team-990?

    He was commenting on the Islanders-Penguins fiasco from Friday saying he agrees with the Isles fines and suspensions because it was premeditated and “predatory”….He also said that his opinion has nothing to do with the fact he works for the Pens.(Oops Freudian slip, then he corrected it and said “used to work for the Pens”…)

    Then Andie Bennett mentioned that PK Subban was saying today that he can’t do anything right, he scores a goal..he celebrates….he tries to fire up the team..he smiles…no matter what he does, and people aren’t happy. McGuire replied that the Habs should have taken PK aside and showed him tapes of how Ray Bourque and Larry Murphy acted in their rookie seasons. (Oh Pleaseee) They never taunted or showed up the opposition. He also said that in Boston Subban “taunted” the Bruins bench after a goal, and that it wasn’t shown on TV but HE SAW IT FOR HIMSELF!!! And that’s why the Bruins went after him…

    I guess that expert McGuire doesn’t consider the Bruins targetting Subban as “predatory”…..

     

     

  101. mrhabby says:

    leafs trade versteeg to flyers for 1st and 3rd round pics.

  102. observer says:

    as the gainey/gauthier old boys twiddle their thumbs as the do every year at this time. of course philly is not satisfied with their roster so they have to bolster their FIRST P0LACE TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. crabvader says:

    Looks like the Laffs are already calling it a day. Could Burke be any more dumb?

    Trades to an Eastern team that is already a powerhouse, gets a likely 29th or 30th overall pick AND loses any form of talent he managed to acquire.

    He is such an overrated GM.

  104. Hobie Hansen says:

    Wow! That is definitely maximum value for Versteeg! A first rounder, at the end of a weak draft mind you, and a second rounder! At first glance not a bad deal by Burke.   

  105. observer says:

    Penticton Vees last Canadian team to win the World Championship.

  106. HabFab says:

    Robert, glad you got a chance to highlight Mark MacMillan.

    Did you notice Ian Schultz made it back into the line up on the weekend?

  107. SeriousFan09 says:

    MacMillan got a look mostly due to a disappointing field across the rest of the prospect chart this week.

    Schultz got in partly because Avtsin missed this week with a lower-body injury. I honestly think he should’ve been sent to the ECHL this year.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  108. RC-51 says:

    gimmie Weber!

     

     

  109. samTHEman says:

    I think PG is targeting a D-Man from Nashville. There were several reports of Canadiens scouts at Nashville games recently, and Ek reported the 2 teams were talking twice…not that I usually believe him. It would make sense because Gill is injured so that leaves us wiith 6 defencemen. If anything were to happen to one of them we would have to make a call up so we’re pretty thin on D and nearing the playoffs, we could use some re-assurance.

    They have a few sizeable D

    1. Cody Franson : 6’5″, 213lbs, 23 years old, 54GP 7G-14A-21Pts +6

    2. Shane O’Brien: 6’3″, 230lbs, 27 years old, 54GP 2G-6A-8Pts -6 (UFA On July 1st)

    3. Alexander Sulzer: 6’1″, 204lbs, 26 years old, 27GP 1G-2A-3Pts -5 (UFA On July 1st)

    4. Wade Belak

    For sure Weber/Suter and probably O’Brien and Franson are untouchables.

     

  110. thorandresson says:

    I read somewhere that it might be Belak, since Martin acquired him with Florida and apparently likes him.  I know he sucks, but he reminds me of Gill in that he’s great with the interviews.

  111. SeriousFan09 says:

    I know what Tinordi’s overall game is really focused on but after 40+ games it would be nice to see a goal from him. A project to develop though, albeit it also took us a while to see what Max Pacioretty from the 2007 draft was really about so patience will be required.

    He did a devastating, but clean hit on Saturday as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXO8CoAgnmU

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  112. thorandresson says:

    I was watching part of the London Knights game that was on Sportsnet this Sunday, and Tinordi looked great, yes nothing offensively but a force on D and clearly one of the better players on his team.

  113. SeriousFan09 says:

    From reports, Tinordi has had a much better 2nd half of the season in the OHL in a purely defensive sense but offensively there’s not much there. Granted, a meaner, quicker version of Hal Gill is hardly something I’d complain about.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  114. zaq007 says:

    Knew Tinrodi was doing worse but no goal yet? ouch!


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Habs Future

Our friend Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) checks in with his weekly look at Canadiens’ prospects.

THREE STARS

1. RW Brendan Gallagher maintains his place at the top of the weekly honours list with another week of MVP contributions to his Vancouver Giants team. After going without a point in the first game of a back to back series where his team won 3-2, Gallagher powered his team to victory in the second game with a four-point performance. Gallagher scored one goal and assisted on the 3 other regulation-time goals by his team in a 5-4 shootout win where he ended his night by scoring the winning goal in the shootout. Gallagher’s services would soon come into demand again on Friday night against the Calgary Hitmen, scoring his team’s first goal to tie the game at 1, than scoring the critical tying goal with less than four minutes remaining in the game to force overtime, than an eventual shootout win by his team. Gallagher was held pointless in an eventual 5-2 loss, but Gallagher’s scoring prowess over the week helped get his team four essential points to hold their place as 1st in their division. Gallagher continues his stand at 6th overall in WHL scoring with 36 goals, 36 assists and is tied for 2nd overall in goals. Gallagher’s career-best mark of 41 goals, 40 assists in a season is easily within reach with seventeen games left on his schedule. 

2. D Alexei Yemelin had his best scoring performance in
his KHL career over two games, scoring three goals and adding one assist
to leap to 11th overall in defensive scoring in the KHL. Yemelin began
his week by scoring the first goal in what became an unchallenged
five-goal comeback from a 0-2 deficit by his Ak Bars Kazan team and
finished the game off by scoring the fifth goal of the game as well, it
was Yemelin’s first two-goal game of his KHL career. Yemelin would
participate in an even more surprising comeback by his team later in the
week, assisting on the 3rd goal of a 6-goal comeback after falling
behind 4-0, than buried the insurance marker to make the game 6-4.
Yemelin’s eleven goals this season amount to more than he had scored in
all of his previous professional seasons in Russia combined. His
fourteen assists on his season are more than he’s had combined in his
three previous seasons.

3. G Karri Ramo is having a
season a goalie in any league dreams of having. Ramo enjoyed another
perfect week, collecting two wins by recording identical 22-save
performances with a 2.00 Goals Against Average and .917 save percentage.
Ramo continues to dominate the wins column in the KHL, with a record of
31-6-4 on his season, he is 2nd overall in the KHL with a GAA of 2.01,
6th in save percentage at .924 and has seven more wins than his closest
competitor. However his week was marred by suffering an as-yet
undisclosed injury that had him placed on Injured Reserve by his
Avangard Omsk team. Omsk’s position as 1st in the KHL owes much to
Ramo’s play, he’s been in goal for 80% of their wins this season. Ramo
also has 10 more wins and sixteen fewer regulation losses compared to
his previous season in the KHL in two fewer games played.

———-

WORTHY MENTIONS: C Michaël Bournival added two goals and an assist to his scoring totals on the week. D Jarred Tinordi after a slow start to his season has 4 assists in his last 5 games. C Ryan White snapped a 15-game goal drought with his first game-winning goal of the season. Bubble prospect G Peter Delmas remains undefeated since being placed with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers with an 8-0-0 record with impressive stats such as a 1.88GAA and .941 save %.

QUESTION MARKS: C Louis Leblanc’s scoring slump has extended to five games. LW Andrew Conboy remains on IR with a knee injury. D Brendon Nash aside from his 4-point performance on Jan. 21st has not scored in 9 of his last 10 games. C Ben Maxwell and RW Aaron Palushaj despite being looked to carry offence in Hamilton each has just two points each in their last 5 games. RW Maxim Trunev has 1 point in his last 19 KHL games. RW Danny Kristo is currently recovering from frostbite on his right foot, but is said to be in fair condition with use of all of his extremities. G Robert Mayer has only had two starts since the New Year.

Complete Statistics for the week of January 31st:

Legend: Skaters: Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
 | Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage | 
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
 | Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

THE AHL REPORT: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 14 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be considered NHL-viable prospects, three of which, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Yannick Weber have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 28-16-1-4, are 2nd in the North Division, 6th in the Western Conference and 10th overall in the AHL.



RW Alexander Avtsin: 19 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 32GP, 4G, 12A, +4, 8 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 34GP, 4G, 12A, +3, 10 PIM

D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

 Season Stats: 39GP, 8G, 8, +15 22 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 8G, 8, +12, 22 PIM



C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot. 

Season Stats: 40GP, 3G, 9A, -6, 57 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 42GP, 3G, 9A, -9, 57 PIM


C Andreas Engqvist: 22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot. 

Season Stats: 41GP, 6G, 8A, +6, 12 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 43GP, 6G, 8A, +6, 12 PIM


D Brett Festerling: 24 years old, 6’1”, 210 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 44GP, 3G, 11A, -8, 49 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 5 PIM | Complete Stats: 46GP, 3G, 12A, -9, 54 PIM

C Ben Maxwell: 22 years old, 6’1″, 191 pounds, LH shot.
 Alternate Captain 

Season Stats: 38GP, 9G, 23A, -2, 26 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 40GP, 9G, 24A, -3, 28 PIM



G Robert Mayer: 22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left. 

Season Stats: 17GP, 8-7-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0-0-0-0,  GAA,  .% | Complete Stats: 17GP, 8-7-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
 
Season Stats: 46GP, 3G, 20A, +13, 39 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 48GP, 3G, 20A, +10, 39 PIM

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.

 Season Stats: 38GP, 8G, 19A, +4, 20 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 40GP, 8G, 20A, +5, 20 PIM


C Ryan White: 22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

 Season Stats: 30GP, 2G, 8A, -5, 68 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 7 PIM | Complete Stats: 32GP, 3G, 8A, -5, 75 PIM


Injured:
LW Andrew Conboy: 22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 35GP, 8G, 5A, +3, 51 PIM


Called up to Montreal:

C David Desharnais: 24 years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot. Alternate Captain 
Season Stats: 35GP, 10G, 35A, +14, 24 PIM

LW Max Pacioretty: 22 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot. Season Stats: 27GP, 17G, 14A, +4, 20 PIM

D Yannick Weber: 22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

 Season Stats: 15GP, 8G, 4A, -5, 10 PIM


THE JUNIORS REPORT: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

QMJHL:

C Michaël Bournival: 18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot.
 Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (33W, 15L, 2OTL, 1 SOL)

 Season Stats: 44GP, 21G, 33A, +4, 20 PIM 
Weekly Stats 3GP, 2G, 1A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 46GP, 23G, 34A, +4, 22 PIM


D Morgan Ellis: 18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (15W, 35L, 1 OTL, 3 SOL) 

Season Stats: 48GP, 7G, 21A, -23, 49 PIM
 Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 0A, -4, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 51GP, 7G, 21A, -27, 51 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 19 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot.  Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (36W, 9L, 4 OTL, 3 SOL)

 Season Stats: 34GP, 17G, 23A, +10, 70 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 34GP, 17G, 23A, +10, 70 PIM



LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 19 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.
 Montreal Juniors (36W, 9L, 4OTL, 3 SOL) 

Season Stats: 44GP, 17G, 19A, +24, 28 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 44GP, 17G, 19A, +25, 28 PIM
 


OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 18 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot.
 London Knights (27W, 19L, 3 OTL, 1 SOL)

 Season Stats: 43GP, 0G, 7A, -5, 93 PIM
 Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 2A, 0, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 46GP, 0G, 9A, -5, 97 PIM

WHL:

RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.
 Vancouver Giants (29W, 21L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 50GP, 33G, 33A, +20, 76 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 4GP, 3G, 3A, +1, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 54GP, 36G, 36A, +21, 82 PIM

US

COLLEGE HOCKEY (NCAA) REPORT: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.

D Mac Bennett: 19 years old, 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot. University of Michigan Wolverines (17W, 9L, 4T)

 Season Stats: 16GP, 1G, 4A, +7, 17 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 18GP, 1G, 5A, +8, 17 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.
 University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (19W, 8L, 2T) 

Season Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM

D Greg Pateryn: 20 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot. University of Michigan Wolverines (17W, 9L, 4T)
 Season Stats: 24GP, 2G, 8A, +7, 16 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 26GP, 2G, 8A, +7, 20 PIM

C Dustin Walsh: 19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot. Dartmouth College Big Green (13W, 7L, 3T)

 Season Stats: 21GP, 7G, 5A, +4, 4 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 23GP, 7G, 5A, +3, 4 PIM



KONTINENTAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (KHL) REPORT: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, many Russian players first play professionally there before joining the NHL. Due to a lack of a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to bring over their drafted Russian prospects.


G Karri Ramo: 24 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.
 Avangard Omsk (39W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) 

Season Stats: 40GP, 29-6-2-1, 2.01 GAA, .925%
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 2-0-0-0,  2.00GAA, .917% | Complete Stats: 42GP, 31-6-2-1, 2.01 GAA, .924%


RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot.  Severstal Cherepovets (25W, 20L, 4 OTL, O SOL) 

KHL Stats: 
Season Stats: 34GP, 1G, 5A, -2, 12 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 36GP, 1G, 5A, -2, 14 PIM

MHL Stats:
 Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM

D Alexei Yemelin: 24 years old, 6’1”, 221 pounds, LH shot. Ak Bars Kazan (33W, 11L, 3OTL, 4 SOL)
 Season Stats: 47GP, 8G, 13A, +11, 103 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 3G, 1A, +6, 8 PIM | Complete Stats: 49GP, 11G, 14A, +17, 111 PIM


108 Comments

  1. xploit says:

    This is really great!
    Problem is that’s basically Desharnais, Gionta and Plekanec.
    Commission Overload
    Mass Traffic Leak
    Free Traffic Mogul

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t expect to see him come back to NA though, ever.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  3. Rob D says:

    Wow,,thanks for the detailed reply. Hoping for the best for the kid. I hate to see injuries derail a possible career before it even happens. But that’s hockey sometimes..

  4. mbplekfan says:

    Emelin is PG’s dream acquisition. IF he can entice him to come over for next year our defence problems are sorted.

    Markov-Emelin

    Subban-Gorges

    Spacek-Wiz

    Gill and Weber in the press box.

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    Leafs trying to help. The’ve come back to make it 3-3 against the little birds from Atlanta.

  6. jimmy shaker says:

    Markov/Yemelin

    Subban/MAB

    Gorges/Gill

    Spaceman bought out, Weber traded or back to minors, picard let go as well, and bring back Dandenault  to be the 7th d-man  or platoon him with MAB every once in a while.  Use Hammer’s money and Wiz’s money for a big top 6 forward that grow on tree’s.

    Shaker

  7. mbplekfan says:

    Louis Leblanc isnt exactly tearing up the Q. He was competent in the WJC but his lack of offensive output is very concerning.

    This guy certainly isnt a near term addition and may struggle in the AHL. Lets hope he doesnt become another WJC bust for us.

  8. Mark C says:

    What is it with you and MAB? Dandenault? He hasn’t played in the NHL since 2008-09, and retired this fall.

    FYI, Spacek is on a 35+ contract so he cannot be bought out (well, he can be but it would only save $100K).

  9. Storm Man says:

    Shaker you know I think you are a good guy but C’Mon man MAB back on this team for next year? No thanks Wiz is way better.

  10. joeybarrie says:

    I know they are helping us right now, but are they trying to???

    Fearless prediction Atlanta scores the next goal to make it a 3 point game….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  11. samTHEman says:

    yesss leafs 4-3!!

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Leblanc didn’t exactly get a regular, consistent role in the WJC either. 4G 3A while playing a different line every game. He played well in his ‘jack of all trades’ role I found. I’m wondering if his injury has flared up again, after getting banged up in a game against the Quebec Ramparts, he had some points the next game then went pointless in 4 and had to miss some time after that dealing with it.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  13. samTHEman says:

    He did well. 3rd top scorer on the team behind Schenn and Johanssen I think, and 4th on the team behind Ellis. Imo that’s awesome for a first-timer in the WJC, despite being tossed around every single line with new linemates every game, sometimes every period.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think JM is interested in trying to wring hard work out of Spezza again.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  15. NightRyder says:

    Maybe someone has pics of Bryan Murray and a goat.

    http://bit.ly/f5p2Ib

    Spezza and Phillips for Gomez and prospects. Get rid of our biggest headache for another, albeit more talented, one.

    capgeek.com is actually an excellent site. Give the trade machine a whirl.

  16. Laramy87 says:

    Man i hate cheering for the Leafs. Its 5-4 now for Leafs, but i really want Atlanta to score and tie it becusae i hate toronto winning. But i dont want Atlanta to win because they will remain 7 pts back…. Damn leafs

    On a side note, who made the schedule this year, we are playing out 5th back to back series of games in what 3 weeks. Just terrible

  17. jimmy shaker says:

    I like to ruffle a few feathers on here…..my thoughts are MAB can put up the points of the Wiz and Spacek combined and then some.  My dandenault dream is over I know, but I just loved how he played and still would think he would be awesome on our back end.  I’d take a retired dandy over hammer, spacek, picard and weber.  I know MAB or dandy won’t be back so I’ll give you this d- lineup.

    Markov/yemelin

    Subban/Spacek

    Gill/Gorges

    Weber

    Then when Spacek is done, bring back MAB or actually if yemelin doesn’t come bring MAB in for him.  What’s the story with Yemelin anyway?  IS he over himself yet?

    Shaker

    SHaker

  18. fbkj says:

    DANDENAULT

    dude COME ON

  19. longbow says:

    Unlike other junior players his age it’s his first year against this level of competition.Also he’s had to deal with injuries. I would give him one more year of junior to give him the opportunity to dominate before bringing him up to Hamilton.He might have things to work on but he seems to have a good level of determination and I was happy to see his tenacity along the boards in the WJC. Bodes well.

  20. habs001 says:

    2-1 game coming up in boston i believe we can win that one…next night 4-2 over the isles…sat will be tough as for some reason the leafs have the type of forwards we have real problems with we may need to score 5 goals to win…

  21. CH1909-2009 says:

    Would it be somehow possible to make Brendan Gallagher grow about 8 inches suddenly?

     

    GO HABS GO

  22. Rudy says:

    Oh god, I’m too old, what is this?

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  23. CH1909-2009 says:

    Maybe get him and Tinordi in an Austin Mini together then drive it through a highly electromagnetic field with tinfoil hats on, see if they fuse into one entity.

     

    GO HABS GO

  24. longbow says:

    I was kinda hoping the same thing.

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gallagher needs to work on his first step from reports and add more speed, but as a young player he’s got time to do that. Depends how he spends his summers training, but most scouts would agree he needs some power skating lessons, otherwise he wouldn’t have been a 5th-rounder, even at his size.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  26. longbow says:

    Maybe with an extra 20 lbs on his frame he could be another Cournoyer. Don’t know what his speed is like though.

  27. HabFanSince72 says:

    This Larry Brooks column is jaw-dropping. They are all idiots!

    Of all the absurdities, the latest is the whining from Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli about the “stiff” four-game suspension the Bruins’ Daniel Paille received for his Rule 48 blindside hit to the head that broke Stars forward Raymond Sawada’s nose Thursday night.

    Here’s the GM of a team whose first-line center’s career was ruined, simply ruined, by a blindside hit to the head last season, yet 11 months later, Chiarelli is steamed because a guy on his team who gets less than 11 minutes per is going to have to sit out four games for targeting the head of another team’s player…

    There’s more, however, for Slap Shots has been told the NHLPA, at least as the union has been represented on the competition committee, has consistently argued against punishments that fit the crime of head-targeting.

    Indeed, we were told by a well-placed source the PA only signed off on Rule 48 last summer on the condition that VP Colin Campbell not impose what the players referred to as “super suspensions,” for those guilty of coming laterally to apply blindside hits to the head.

    Which is why suspensions, even for repeat offenders, are generally fewer than five games.

     http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/headhunting_ok_by_pa_3LxPicYDOv4bpl2VvdaGFM#ixzz1DKsUR5uQ

     

     

     

  28. mbplekfan says:

    There would be less blind side head shots if players would get back to skating with their head up.

    Lindros had his head down all the time in junior but it never really hurt him until NHL calibre players started running into him.

    Too many players think the rules are in place to protect them from their own stupidity.

  29. SuperYogurt says:

    Great, another person who thinks it’s the fault of the victim.

    Let’s ignore the fact that a blindside hit is undetectable even with your head up. Skating with your head down should get you a solid body check, not a collision to the head. A body check, unless it’s very vicious, should not usually lead to a concussion, let alone a severe one. It’s fallacy to claim that a check to the head is the fault of the victim, just as it’s a delusion to claim that you’re at fault if you get robbed while walking home alone at night.

    This whole it’s-the-fault-of-the-victim idea is what perpetuates a culture of dangerous hockey that leaves quality players with brain injuries for the rest of their lives.

  30. Just A Guy says:

    Birday!

    “Tell him he’s Wayne Gretzky.” – Oilers coach Ted Green, after Shaun Van Allen suffered a concussion and couldn’t remember who he was.

  31. deggy24 says:

    Grabovski and SKosts have 15 more points than Gionta and Gomez.

  32. Da Hema says:

    While I appreciate the Leaves handing Atlanta a loss, I had to chuckle over what TSN wrote: “[t]he Toronto Maple Leafs took advantage of a team with a more fragile confidence than their own.” Fragile confidence? Fragile confidence! Could the Leaves’ losing ways have something to do with the “quality” of players (and coaches and general managers…and owners)? TSN. Always good for some knee-slapping moments.

  33. mbplekfan says:

    As a hockey player it is your responsibility to protect yourself. Being aware of the situation, looking around and always expecting to get hit is the only way to survive.

    Skating through the neutral zone with your head down is stupid, crossing the blue line and cutting through the middle is suicidal. Watch old film of the NHL in the 70′s and you’ll see players NOT putting themselves in positions where they could be hurt.

    Too many players expect the referees to protect them. Thats not the job of the ref. The ref is there to call the penalty AFTER it occurs.

  34. G-Man says:

    Well said and argued. However, Pat Lafontaine, David Booth and Marc Savard would probably disagree.

    Scott Stevens-style hits to the head are nothing but assaults to cause bodily harm. Fact is, if I were hit like that playing a game, I would sue the ass off the idiot that did it. Even if it is up to me to protect myself, I do not expect players to behave like criminal thugs.

    Get rid of the cheap shots; it will only improve the game.

  35. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Oh noes! Should the Leafs and Thrashers start planning the parade?

  36. Chris says:

    Yemelin isn’t actually that imposing physically. He just likes to play bigger than his size.

  37. HabFanSince72 says:

    To put those KHL stats in context, the winner of the KHL skills competition this year was Chris Simon.

    Simon is a 39 year old former NHL goon.

    That’s who Kari Ramo and Alexei Yemelin are playing against.

     

     

  38. The Cat says:

    I love tough hockey but youre absolutely right. The media plays a huge role in all of this: it will somehow forgive dirty play or equate it with being tough if the player is good at playing. Matt Cooke is dirty, but so were Messier and Scott Stevens. And both of them would choose their fights as well. Yet they had the rep for being tough because of the media.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  39. Kooch7800 says:

    I still don’t miss either player.  Mind you I would trade Grabo straight up for Gomez to get out of his contract.  We could have two decent players for his contracts.

    Brutal

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    He blew his ACL in pre-season in his Sophomore year of NCAA hockey, he got a “Medical Redshirt” so as to not hurt his qualifications to play four full seasons of hockey for Northeastern University, he’s currently playing and has 3G, 5A in 26 games this season. ACL recovery when you’re still developing your skills can be gruesome for a player’s NHL aspirations. I have an eye on him but he’s on a long road right now.

    One scout’s report as early as this week says he’s just not the same, although I’d mention it’s taken Jared Cowen, a favoured prospect of OTT about two years to fully recover from his blown knee in Major Junior, if he has.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  41. Rob D says:

    Anyone know what happened to that Steve Quailer guy. (botched spelling?)

     

    I know next to nothing about him except he was a big winger and was well regarded by a few GM’s. Just wondering..Great report on the prospects BTW..much appreciated.

  42. The Big O says:

    Should include Alexander Perezhogin in these stats too, he’s still property of the habs…..

  43. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks again Robert. We get the whole deal on one page. Great Job.!

  44. Ian Cobb says:

    Yes , but they have been on the ice for 34  goals against.!!!

  45. newbrunswick troy says:

    IMHO, as i here many talk about the concusions,and suspensions on players…and what will fix this problem, my views are as follows; The game has grown so fast and skilled with equipment advances and players training 12 months a year , better coaching etc,etc,etc …that it is simple  THE ICE SURFACE IS TOO SMALL !!

                                       Shame on the NHL for not moving to olympic size about 10yrs ago when topic was a hot issue!

                                       But it is what it is, and the only thing that will now solve the problem is educating the players themselves ( a good union will help )  they have to have respect for each other out there (as of now they don,t)  at least for these marginal players that are only in the leaugue because Betman needed 10 teams in the states to get TV deals ….and as a failed result only ended up with a league that is IMHO watered down in tallent!!!!

    thats my take on it

    i value yours

  46. CH1909-2009 says:

    Problem is that’s basically Desharnais, Gionta and Plekanec. If we only had one like that sure, but imagine having 4 guys like that in the top 6 eventually…. yikes.

     

    GO HABS GO

  47. habsprospects says:

    What an objective way to put that. It’s all on Grabovski because he has 13 more points than Gomez and Gionta individually but Kostitsyn only has 2 more points even though he’s finally scoring goals…

  48. Timo says:

    So what time is the Heritage classic game? And does anyone know a good place in Vegas to watch it?

  49. longbow says:

    Yemelin is my dream acquisition too.With his size and mean streak I would think he is better suited to the North American game and rink size.I beleive he plays the same side as Markov though.

    Wiz – Markov

    Subban – Yemelin

    Georges -  ?

     

    I’m guessing Webber traded,  Spacek traded,bought out or waived,  Gill unsigned.

    Hammer at a discount maybe ?

  50. cashbagg says:

    On a completely unrelated topic, I came accross this on youtube. Most of you over the age of 28, from Quebec will appreciate this.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqmvWndeOyQ

     

    LOL

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Better TOR to win my friend, we don’t need Boston selecting in the bloody draft lottery, bad enough they got Seguin last year because of Burke’s arrogance in his ability to transform a team overnight.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  52. HardHabits says:

    What you do call it when a troll posts under another HIO account?

    He’s using a pseudognome.

  53. ooder says:

    MAB – MAB

    MAB – MAB

    MAB – MAB

     

    Breezer in the box…

    Timo’s wet dream :)

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  54. OneTimer says:

    You sit Gill over Spacek? O_o

  55. fbkj says:

    LOL pure pwnage… ahhh too bad only the first few epps of their showcase series were good then it tanked

    met jeremy when covering fan expo in toronto for a tech blog

  56. punkster says:

    Ha…but this one’s even better. Kinda gets in yer head ‘n all, ya know?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKGDTK2pKEo

    ***Subbang!!!***

  57. fbkj says:

    lol

    whats he tryin to do with t3h branch

  58. fbkj says:

    oh no you didnt!

  59. samTHEman says:

    so what you’re tryna say here is gomez is someone’s mom?

  60. punkster says:

    Robert, good stuff again. The Boyd thing though…no plans on giving us any insight on this guy?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    I just don’t think the guy has upside that will see him on the Habs. Most of his goals came from playing with Desharnais before he was called up and since, 4G in 14GP (albeit 3 of them from a hattie last month) with no assists for all 21 of his AHL games. Strange player, strong junior numbers from the WHL but he can’t turn it into anything at the pro level.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  62. fbkj says:

    robert is the pwnerer of our prospects, boyd is a n00b and was told to GTFO

  63. fbkj says:

    answer was still apreciated tho, i smiled

  64. samTHEman says:

    lol i’m pretty sure fbkj wasn’t being literal. he was wondering why boyd wasn’t mentioned in the post.

  65. habsprospects says:

    Yeah, I realized that when Robert gave his answer.

  66. HabFab says:

    Love your work and always wanted to “shake your hand”. Fantastic site and great work, keep it up!!

  67. habsprospects says:

    Thank man, I will!

  68. punkster says:

    Noob!

    Oh, sorry…couldn’t resist.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/goopymart/289959683/

    ***Subbang!!!***

  69. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t consider Boyd to be involved in the team’s future so I don’t list him.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  70. fbkj says:

    call me a noob rob but wheres boyd?

  71. habsprospects says:

    We assigned him to our AHL team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, in mid-December.

  72. Mark C says:

    Where do we sign the bring Alexei Yemelin to the NHL petition?

  73. samTHEman says:

    You’re right my bad.

  74. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ignore this, responding to a post where the postee corrected himself.

  75. Hockey Socks says:

    Mac Bennett’s a guy who I hope builds on this rookie year and makes big strides as a sophomore.

  76. SeriousFan09 says:

    With the depth in Michigan, a very strong College Hockey program it can be difficult for 1st-year players to rise in the depth chart, especially with Jon Merill from the 2010 draft burning it up as a rookie as well. Only six Ds can play on any given night and there’s only 1 Senior-year D guaranteed to not be there next year. As a project player, I suspect he’ll take 2-3 years at Michigan before we see him in Hamilton. A couple of scouts seem confident Bennett has that ‘it’ factor to become a pro though from what I’ve read in the last couple years.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  77. Hockey Socks says:

    I’d like to keep Gill around because he’s such a positive element on the team and part of the leadership core. Wisniewski is a wait and see kind of situation. It depends on the cap situation/July 1st options/playoff performance.

  78. ABHabsfan says:

    IMO; Eric Brewer is a guy the Habs should target. He is right in the middle of his career so he has lots of experience and he still has the legs to use it. He is currently the Capt. of the Blues so you know he has some leadership intangibles. Probably looking at $4.5 M- $5M per next year and beyond, getting 4.2 M this year, UFA at the end of the year. Whatever can be done to get rid of Spatch should be done. He has been good at times but recently his mistakes have been glaring and he is getting 3rd pair minutes. Not alot of bang for $3.83 M. If you can get Brew, I think Gill becomes expendable and Wiz gets re-signed. I think those are 6 pretty solid D-men

  79. geo_habsgo says:

    The thing is, I don’t wanna let go of Gill cause of what he means to this team in terms of his leadership. He has transformed P.K into a more dynamic player of late. Wish he was the captain (no offence to Gionta though..Love him too). He has to stay. I also like The Wiz so I don’t wanna get rid of him.

     

    I also like Hamrlik too and wouldn’t mind having him around for a lesser contract. I don’t know I guess this is why I’m not a GM! :p

  80. samTHEman says:

    Our signed D-men as of July 1st:

    Subban and Spacek. Assuming Gorges and Weber will be re-signed, most probably. Markov is a big question mark but I see him being signed to a short-term deal, more likely then leaving Montreal. Hamrlik’s 5.5 gone FINALLY (no offense to him).

    That leaves

     

    Markov – Gorges

    Subban – Spacek

    Weber – ?

     

    Who fills 6th dman? Gill? Do they re-sign Wiz or is he only a rental player ala Moore?

     

  81. fbkj says:

    personally, wiz and gill

  82. MTLForever says:

    http://vtele.ca/videos/nos-canadiens/nos-canadiens-carey-price_24286.php

     

    good video on carey price 

    and theres a few more continuing it in the recommended

  83. Rudy says:

    Damn, can only view it if you are in Canada. I really want to see these!!

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  84. geo_habsgo says:

    Great video! He seems pretty down to earth and not like how the rumours portrayed him a few years ago. He probably matured and having a steady girlfriend like that probably helped him along. Kinda cool to see the other side of an athlete.

  85. punkster says:

    Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa///…I can’t stop…someone help me stop….aaaaggggg

    ***Subbang!!!***

  86. HabFab says:

    Get Carbo and go bowling!

  87. punkster says:

    And if I were to corect you’re speling, even worser.

    Bored tonight. Nothing on the discussions bu Gomez bashing, Todd slashing and endless silly trade suggestions. Iginla is the new Vinny…whoop-dee-f’in-doo. Get me a new topic or a better drug!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  88. punkster says:

    No sugar honey iced tea?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  89. fbkj says:

    now your the noob

  90. 24moreCups says:

    I’d have to agree. from what I’ve heard he’s one biggest leaders in the room.

    He talks to everyone and you can see he has been helping Subban with his game.

  91. Bill J says:

    Here’s hoping that the Habs convince him to go Pro (AHL) sooner then that (ala Okposo)

  92. ABHabsfan says:

    I ahd a chance to watch Michigan play Miami (ohio) on the weekend and Bennett play alongside Pateryn. IMO Pateryn played the stronger game. He has good size, 6’3″ 222 lbs and very good speed

  93. MTLForever says:

    I thought so too. He definitely has grown up quite a bit and it’s nice to see the other side of him

  94. munch17 says:

    How did I forget Gorges? Out of sight , out of mind. And I love the guy.So it might come down to keeping him and not Gill although I’d love him to stay for more depth ( not to mention height).
    Spacek is much improved since playing on the left.

  95. samTHEman says:

    Eller and Price for Halak and Brewer :P looool

  96. slapshot777 says:

    You forgot Josh Gorges. He needs to be re-signed and he won’t break the bank.

     

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  97. samTHEman says:

    Gorges instead of Spacek. Hell, buy him out lol

  98. munch17 says:

    How’s about

     

    Markov – Yemelin

    Subban – Gill

    Wiz – Spacek – he’s under contract

    Weber

  99. fbkj says:

    not sold on gonchar anymore :/

  100. samTHEman says:

    I agree. I’d love to see our D consist of the following players (not necessarily in these duos)

    Markov – Subban

    Gill – Gorges (the G’s)

    Wisniewski – Weber (the dubya’s)

     

    Spacek still has 1 year on his contract @ 3.83 though.

    How cool would it be to have Gonchar? With Hamrlik’s 5.5 gone, we technically have the space. Except some players need to be resigned…so mahybe not


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Habs Future

Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) offers his weekly look at Canadiens’ prospects.

THREE STARS

1. RW Brendan Gallagher continues to be an offensive dynamo for the Vancouver Giants, scoring a goal and three assists over a pair of games. Gallagher opened his week by scoring a goal and then assisting on the game-winning goal in his team’s game on Friday in a 3-1 win. Gallagher’s team would see a lopsided defeat on Saturday, but Gallagher did his best to try and stage a comeback, assisting on two goals to make a 5-3 game in the 3rd period before his team finally fell behind 7-3, however Gallagher still managed to emerge +1 in the loss. Gallagher now has 33 goals and 33 assists in 50 games, stands 6th overall in WHL scoring and has 21 games left on his season to overtake his previous season-best of 41 goals, 40 assists.

2. RW Danny Kristo continues to make up for lost ground in the first half of his season by managing another spirited weekend of offensive flair. After a tough loss that saw his North Dakota NCAA team fall behind 4-0 to start the match on Friday night and an eventual 4-2 loss, Kristo channeled his talents to assist on three goals in a revenge game on Saturday night that resulted in a 6-0 victory, including helping teammate and Captain Joe Gleason score his first NCAA goal. In a taste of mathematical symmetry, this was Kristo’s third three-point game of the season, all occurring in the last nine games that Kristo has played. Kristo is four assists away from tying his rookie-best mark of 21 assists in a season.

3. D Alexei Yemelin has begun to add some offensive impact to his season again, after 16 games without a goal, Yemelin scored his 8th of the season during the week and added one assist to raise his total scoring to 21 points, more than double what it was in his previous two KHL seasons. Yemelin has scored six power play goals this season, tying him for 4th-best for power play goals amongst KHL defencemen, he is 19th overall in scoring by a defencemen in the KHL.

WORTHY MENTIONS: RW Alexander Avtsin added two more assists to his scoring totals, he is now 3rd in scoring among 19-year AHL rookies and both players ahead of him have played on North American ice their entire careers. D Morgan Ellis added three assists to his scoring totals, he is 4 assists away from matching his career-best of 25A in a season. G Karri Ramo won his only start and has now won fifteen of his last sixteen starts, he continues to lead the KHL in wins with 30, is 5th overall in save percentage at .925 and his 2.01 Goals Against Average is good enough for 3rd overall. Bubble prospect G Peter Delmas has raised his stock since making his way onto the Wheeling Nailers ECHL team, he has won all six of his starts, with a notable 1.67 GAA and .948 save %.

QUESTION MARKS: C Louis Leblanc and LW Phillippe Lefebvre each went without a point in 4 games with the Montreal Juniors on their week. D Mathieu Carle is not having an overly strong 4th AHL season, with only 16 points in 39 games. C Ben Maxwell and RW Aaron Palushaj go from scoring aces the previous week to barely adding offence, adding one assist and one goal to their respective totals. LW Andrew Conboy remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Complete Statistics for the week of January 24th:

Legend: Skaters: Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
 | Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage | 
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
 | Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

The AHL Report: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 14 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be considered NHL-viable prospects, three of which, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Yannick Weber have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 27-15-1-4, are 1st in the North Division, 5th overall in the Western Conference and 9th overall in the League.



RW Alexander Avtsin: 19 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 29GP, 4G, 10A, +2, 8 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 2A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 31GP, 4G, 12A, +4, 8 PIM

D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

 Season Stats: 36GP, 8G, 7A, +14, 22 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, +1 PIM | Complete Stats: 39GP, 8G, 8, +15 22 PIM



C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot. 

Season Stats: 37GP, 2G, 9A, -6, 55 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 40GP, 3G, 9A, -6, 57 PIM


C Andreas Engqvist: 22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 38GP, 6G, 8A, +5, 10 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 6G, 8A, +6, 12 PIM


D Brett Festerling: 24 years old, 6’1”, 210 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 41GP, 3G, 11A, -7, 47 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 44GP, 3G, 12A, -8, 49 PIM

C Ben Maxwell: 22 years old, 6’1″, 191 pounds, LH shot.
 Alternate Captain

 Season Stats: 35GP, 9G, 22A, -2, 26 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 38GP, 9G, 23A, -2, 26 PIM



G Robert Mayer: 22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left.

 Season Stats: 17GP, 8-7-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0-0-0-0,  GAA,  .% | Complete Stats: 17GP, 8-7-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
 
Season Stats: 43GP, 3G, 20A, +11, 39 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 46GP, 3G, 20A, +13, 39 PIM

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.

 Season Stats: 35GP, 7G, 19A, +5, 18 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 38GP, 8G, 18A, +4, 20 PIM


C Ryan White: 22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain 

Season Stats: 28GP, 2G, 8A, -3, 64 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 30GP, 2G, 8A, -5, 64 PIM


Injured:

LW Andrew Conboy: 22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 35GP, 8G, 5A, +3, 51 PIM


Called up to Montreal:

C David Desharnais: 24 years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot. Alternate Captain 
Season Stats: 35GP, 10G, 35A, +14, 24 PIM

LW Max Pacioretty: 22 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot. Season Stats: 27GP, 17G, 14A, +4, 20 PIM

D Yannick Weber: 22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 15GP, 8G, 4A, -5, 10 PIM



THE JUNIORS REPORT: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

QMJHL:

C Michaël Bournival: 18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot. Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (31W, 14L, 2OTL, 1 SOL)

 Season Stats: 41GP, 21G, 31A, +5,20 PIM
 Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 2A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 44GP, 21G, 33A, +4, 20 PIM


D Morgan Ellis: 18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (15W, 33L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) 

Season Stats: 45GP, 7G, 18A, -25, 49 PIM
 Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 3A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 48GP, 7G, 21A, -23, 49 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 19 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot. Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (31W, 7L, 4 OTL, 3 SOL)

 Season Stats: 31GP, 17G, 23A, +12, 61 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -2, 9 PIM | Complete Stats: 34GP, 17G, 23A, +10, 70 PIM



LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 19 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.
 Montreal Juniors (31W, 7L, 4OTL, 3 SOL) 

Season Stats: 41GP, 17G, 19A, +25, 28 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 44GP, 17G, 19A, +24, 28 PIM
 


OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 18 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot.
 London Knights (26W, 18L, 2 OTL, 1 SOL)

 Season Stats: 40GP, 0G, 5A, -4, 86 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 2A, -1, 7 PIM | Complete Stats: 43GP, 0G, 7A, -5, 93 PIM

WHL:

RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.
 Vancouver Giants (26W, 20L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 48GP, 32G, 30A, +17, 74 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 3A, +3, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 50GP, 33G, 33A, +20, 76 PIM



US COLLEGE HOCKEY (NCAA) REPORT: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.


D Mac Bennett: 19 years old, 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.
 University of Michigan Wolverines (17W, 7L, 4T)

 Season Stats: 15GP, 1G, 4A, +6, 17 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 15GP, 1G, 5A, +7, 17 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.
 University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (19W, 8L, 2T)

 Season Stats: 27GP, 5G, 14A, -1, 14 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 3A, +2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM

D Greg Pateryn: 20 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot. University of Michigan Wolverines (17W, 7L, 4T)

Season Stats: 23GP, 2G, 8A, +7, 16 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 23GP, 2G, 8A, +7, 16 PIM

C Dustin Walsh: 19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot. Dartmouth College Big Green (12W, 6L, 3T)

 Season Stats: 19GP, 7G, 4A, +1, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 21GP, 7G, 5A, +3, 4 PIM



KONTINENTAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (KHL) REPORT: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, many Russian players first play professionally there before joining the NHL. Due to a lack of a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to bring over their drafted Russian prospects.


G Karri Ramo: 24 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.
 Avangard Omsk (36W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) 

Season Stats: 39GP, 29-6-2-1, 2.02 GAA, .924% 
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 1-0-0-0,  1.85GAA, .935% | Complete Stats: 40GP, 30-6-2-1, 2.01 GAA, .925%


RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot. 
Severstal Cherepovets (25W, 20L, 4 OTL, O SOL) 

KHL Stats: 
Season Stats: 32GP, 1G, 5A, 0, 10 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 34GP, 1G, 5A, -2, 10 PIM

MHL Stats:
Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM

D Alexei Yemelin: 24 years old, 6’1”, 221 pounds, LH shot. Ak Bars Kazan (28W, 11L, 2OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 45GP, 7G, 12A, +12, 103 PIM


30 Comments

  1. shiram says:

    I’d be interesting in reading what Seriousfan09 thinks of Lars Eller, from what you see do you see him as needing AHL seasoning, how does he compare to the guys there?? Those kinda things.

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    The Scouting Report listed their Top 60 skaters and given in mind that the Canadiens will make the playoffs, that has them picking anywhere from 15-30 depending upon finish.

    With that in mind, here’s some names I’d favour the Canadiens go after:

    RW Nicklas Jensen: 6’03″, 198LBs,  praised as a strong skater with dynamic style, can go end to end with his abilities.

    C Mark McNeill: 6’02″, 210lbs. A forward that can contribute in all situations and competes at both ends of the ice, despite not being the most skilled, he is extremely dedicated and is a PPG player on a weak WHL team.

    RW Tomas Jurco: 6’02, 193lbs. One scout says arguably the biggest game-breaker in the draft and is a highlight-reel machine in the Q.

    RW Seth Ambroz: 6’02, 211lbs. PPG in Junior A this season, he is credited for being a natural goal scorer with quick hands in front of the net, physical player with no fear or reservations on the ice.

    Potential Dark Horse: Vladislav Namestnikov, 6′, 170lbs, Namestnikov did not have a good first half, but since the OHL trade deadline has taken over a lot offensively with London, good vision on the ice, handles the puck well and tends to make his linemates better. He’s now 2nd in scoring on the team the player ahead of him Jared Knight is a year older.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  3. OneTimer says:

    With Gomez/Plekanec/Eller already part our longterm plans, we definitely need wingers. Good call, SF. That Jurco guy sounds interestin’.

  4. andrewberkshire says:

    My take on the Montreal Canadiens’ lack of scoring this season: http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2011/1/31/1966195/wheres-the-offense

  5. Mark C says:

    What Brendan Gallagher has been able to do in the post-overager Craig Cunningham world has me really hopeful for his future as a long-term project. Since the draft I’ve had some debuts in Gallagher besides the obvious size issue, sensing that some of his production has been due to playing with Cunningham. However, Gallagher play of late has put that idea to bed.

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    8G, 13A in 15 games since Cunningham was dealt. 1.4PPG which is an excellent production rate for a WHL player.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  7. Propwash says:

    I agree, from all I’ve read from what you’ve written, he looks to be a pretty good d-man which could be had at a decent price. Plus, with Markov to show him the ins and outs of the NHL, it could advance him to the next level, hopefully.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    I agree with both of you and hopefully we are right that Markov can be used as a selling point to Yemelin to get him to come over to MTL.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  9. mbplekfan says:

    Andre Markov is a huge star in Russia. The chance to play alongside him in MTL is the best selling point PG has. Emelin doesnt need AHL time and would be an impact player in his first year.

    This is pretty much our last shot at bringing him over.

     

  10. Duracell3 says:

    Conboy is a joke.

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Avtsin will likely be taking two years in the AHL, much like Pacioretty, we don’t want to rush him along too early before he’s really adjusted to pro-level hockey, physically and in his actual game. Nothing wrong with it, the fact that as a 4th-rounder he’s in the AHL this year and putting up decent numbers as a rookie is great news for the 2009 draft class results.

    Conboy? I don’t know, he may be a future Chris Neil type for MTL, but the guy needs to gain at least 20lbs before getting up to the NHL, he’s way too skinny for 6’4″ ATM, much like Engqvist. Suspect he’ll be taking another year in the AHL myself before he’s really auditioning for a spot, considering he’s a 5th-rounder he’s a project by definition.

    Leblanc won’t go overly physical IMO, but he won’t shy away when he’s pushed around either, it usually took two guys mugging him on the boards at the WJC to get him off the puck and if not, he drew penalties. His industrious work along the boards is going to be very handy for MTL when he bulks up.

    Tinordi from what I’ve read has been night and day since he hit the 2nd half of the OHL season, he’s now got 7 fights on his season and acquitted himself well, strong skating and just his size has allowed him to be every effective for the Knights. My personal prediction for him is another year in the OHL, than 1-2 in the AHL before he’s a Hab.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  12. mbplekfan says:

    Avtsin is a kid playing and living in a foreign country for the first time. He’s been brought along slowly in Hamilton and I have to believe that will continue.

    He is starting to show some offensive ability as he gets more comfortable. He probably needs at least next year and part of another to physically and emotionally mature to the point where he can be an effective NHLr.

    Pro hockey is a man’s game. We have to give these guys time to grow up before we throw them out there.

  13. Mark C says:

    Montreal would be foolish, IMO, to have Avtsin make the team out of camp based on the need for players with size. Avtsin should be on the Artem Anisimov plan; he came from Russia at the same age as Avtsin and got two full AHL seasons before making the Rangers. Montreal cannot rush a player like Avtsin, he has a chance to be an impact player and should be allowed to have a full development path, and not rushed to the NHL at age 20.

  14. Hobie Hansen says:

    I wonder if Avtsin will be ready for primetime by the end of training camp next season? 6’3”, 200lbs – we could certainly use that. Looks as if he’s still working on things with only 4 goals in Hamilton.  

    I’m also curious to know if Conboy will ever turn out. We obviously need a bit more toughness on our bottom lines and the question is if Conboy can actually take an honest shift, at this point I don’t get that impression though.

     And then there Leblanc. He had a less than spectacular WJC and seemed to me as being a player with some offensive skills but without the willingness to get overly physical….We’ll see what happens with him I guess/

    Finally there’s my favorite of them all, Jarrod Tinordi. It’s too bad he’s only 18-years-old and looking like he’s not overly comfortable in the OHL just yet. I really hope he turns out because it would be incredible to have a big monster like him punishing guys on our blue line.     

     

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf” – George Orwell

  15. Chris says:

    I’m curious…what exactly qualifies one as a star or superstar in today’s NHL from a statistical point of view?

    This came up when I was trying to argue why there were not so many elite players as one might think out there.  Historically, the goal has been a “point-per-game” player, replacing the old 100 point standard of the 1980′s and early 1990′s.

    Looking through the numbers last night, I discovered that only a precious few players in the NHL have averaged a point-per-game in each of the last three seasons:  Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin, Getzlaf, Thornton and Kovalchuk.  Marion Gaborik has also done it, but missed most of the 2008-09 season due to injury.  Martin St. Louis basically did it, coming up a smidgen short (0.98 ppg) in the 2008-09 season.

    But that’s it…EIGHT players out of the entire league.  Maybe the bar has to be set a bit lower for what it takes to be a true top player.  70 points in 80 games?  Does that have the same lustre?

    Goal scoring, as one might expect, is similarly rare.  Only 5 players have scored at least 30 goals in each of the past 3 seasons:  Parise, Heatley, Kovalchuk, Ovechkin and Nash.  Jeff Carter is close (he had one season of 29 in there), and Gaborik and Malkin certainly would have done it if they hadn’t been injured.  Again, 7 guys out of the entire league have been consistently scoring and staying healthy.

    For goalies, it is even more insane.  Guess how many goalies have managed to keep their GAA below 2.60 (hardly an earth-shattering number) for all of the last three seasons?

    Seven:  Brodeur, Luongo, Thomas, Nabokov, Lundqvist, Huet and Ty Conklin (!!!???)  Make that GAA cutoff 2.50 and you lower it down to just three:  Brodeur, Nabokov and Lundqvist.

    Same thing for SV%…if you look only at the guys who have managed to eclipse the 0.915 mark in each of the last three seasons, the list is similarly short:  Brodeur, Luongo and Vokoun.

    So are 30-goal and 70-point benchmarks the new benchmarks for star players?  Are 2.60 GAA/0.915 SV% good benchmarks for the goalies?  Obviously, injuries and off-seasons play a big role, but I’m just curious where people think the line should be for a true first-line forward or a #1 goalie, year-in and year-out.

  16. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Off topic but did anyone else laugh out loud when Subban said he wasn’t crazy about the Carolina jersey and how he thought there was too much black in it?

    I though it was hilarious because its nascar country and a lotta Carolina fans probably though there was far too much black in the jersey too.

     

    LMFAO

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  17. Mark C says:

    Thanks for the stats, wasn’t sure what the numbers were besides being good. Those are great numbers; he’s quickly becoming a real interesting prospect.

  18. habs03 says:

    I’m not sure if you serious or not..

  19. fbkj says:

    you are aware that the pics arent in real time right?

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    The unexplained story behind that picture is that those 5 GMs are discussing what they’ll do with their 1st-round pick at the draft, Burke’s trying to find one.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  21. observer says:

    This is why Brian Burke is the best NHL GM! 6 NHL GMs pictured on TSN front page right now and ONLY Burkie is working on the phone while the other 5 are daydreaming.   – - – - http://www.tsn.ca/

  22. HardHabits says:

    how prejudiced of you

    he’s Alask-cant

  23. Propwash says:

    jejejejejeje…

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  24. Chris says:

    Hey, at least we’re up to a top-6 forward.  After all the talk centering around the team’s 6th/7th defencemen (Brisebois and O’Byrne) and the team’s bottom-6 (Latendresse, Lapierre, Moen, Metropolit) as being sources of the team’s struggles, this is almost a welcome relief.

  25. otter649 says:

    Mathieu Carle & Curtis Sandford are representing The Bulldogs @ The AHL All Star Game/Skills Competion yesterday and today in Hersey…….

  26. Propwash says:

    SF09, do you know if Yemelin can be brought to North America next season and get some AHL time, or is it largely up to him?

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yemelin from all indications, has absolutely no interest in reporting to Hamilton, he’ll only cross the pond is if he’s a mainstay on the Canadiens. Which I can understand, he’s been playing professionally for years now and is a high-end defencemen in the KHL. I think the Canadiens should take the chance, it’s not like they’ll have another chance after this IMO to get him over here.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  28. fbkj says:

    gomez is an overpaid mexicant

    chortle chortle chortle

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    I know. All this talk about a 2nd line player.

  30. db says:

    Thank you!! I was getting tired of reading about Gomez… and great job, once again.


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Habs Future

Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) checks in with his weekly look at Canadiens’ prospects.

Three Stars

1.  C Michaël Bournival rises to the top of the field for the week by scoring two goals and adding four assists to his scoring totals, which has raised him to 17th overall in league scoring in the QMJHL. Bournival’s scoring contributions were quite fortuitous for the team he captains, the Shawinigan Cataractes as his scoring directly led to all three victories enjoyed by his team. On Tuesday, Bournival scored the game-winning goal in what became a 4-0 victory by the Cataractes, on Friday, Bournival would score the first goal of the game for his team and assist on the next two goals resulting in a 3-2 victory, Saturday Bournival once again helped ensure victory by scoring the opening goal of the match and assisting on the game-winning goal in a 6-4 victory. Bournival is also one of the best faceoff specialists in the QMJHL, checking in at an efficiency of 56%. 

2. C Ben Maxwell emerged from his scoring slump to add three goals and three assists to his scoring totals during three games and begin his first points streak in 2011. With the Bulldogs bereft of the scoring talents of David Desharnais, they had been looking for a new centre to carry offence and Maxwell stepped up to carry the load. Maxwell had one assist in his first game of the week on Tuesday, a 7-0 victory, added two goals and an assist in his team’s 7-3 win on Friday, than added a goal and assist to help force overtime and an eventual shootout win on Saturday. Maxwell’s output of late his him back on track to exceed his season-best mark of 36 assists in a season.

3. RW Brendan Gallagher continues to build on his excellent offensive season in the WHL, scoring four goals and one assist while playing in three games in three nights on the road. Gallagher had a relatively light weekend to start, with an assist on the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory on Friday, adding one goal in a 6-1 victory on Saturday, than scored his second hat trick of the season on Sunday in a 7-3 victory. Gallagher maintains his position at 5th overall in scoring in the WHL and is now tied for 2nd overall in goals. Gallagher is currently paced to best his old single-season best of 41 goals and 40 assists in a season.

Worthy Mentions: Bubble prospect LW John Westin returned from injury after missing 4 months due to a broken arm and scored a goal in his first game back in the Swedish under-20 Junior league. RW Alexander Avtsin added four assists to his scoring totals and has six assists in his seven games since returning from injury. C Gabriel Dumont snapped an 8-game scoreless streak with an assist in each of his last two games. G Robert Mayer took a rare start and earned a victory by stoning the opposing team in the shootout to hold out for an eventual 4-3 win. D Brendon Nash likely expressed a sigh of relief when he scored a 3rd goal on his season for the first time in five years, he also added three assists to his totals to continue building on his status as the leading scorer amongst defencemen in Hamilton. RW Aaron Palushaj has begun to break out of his slump with two goals, two assists in his last 3 game. C Louis Leblanc scored a goal and two assists in two games, including the game-winning goal in his second game of the week. LW Phillippe Lefebvre returned from being sidelined with a concussion and scored a goal and assist in his first two games back.  G Karri Ramo won both his starts on the week and has not lost in regulation in his last fifteen starts, he continues to lead the KHL in wins with 29.

Question Marks: LW Andrew Conboy has a knee injury that has him sidelined until likely early to mid-February. Bubble prospect RW Ian Schultz is out at least 6 weeks with a fractured foot. D Morgan Ellis is a team-worst -25 on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Complete Statistics for the week of January 17th:
Legend:Skaters: Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
 | Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage | 
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
 | Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.



The AHL Report: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 14 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be considered NHL-viable prospects, four of whom – David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber and Ryan White – have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 26-13-1-4, are 1st in the North Division, 2nd overall in the Western Conference and 5th overall in the AHL.



RW Alexander Avtsin: 19 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 26GP, 4G, 6A, -1, 8 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 4A, +3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 4G, 10A, +2, 8 PIM

D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

 Season Stats: 33GP, 7G, 7A, +12, 20 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, +2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 36GP, 8G, 7A, +14, 22 PIM



C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot. 

Season Stats: 34GP, 2G, 7A, -7, 35 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 20 PIM | Complete Stats: 37GP, 2G, 9A, -6, 55 PIM


C Andreas Engqvist: 22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 37GP, 5G, 7A, +2, 10 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 1G, 1A, +3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 38GP, 6G, 8A, +5, 10 PIM


D Brett Festerling: 24 years old, 6’1”, 210 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 38GP, 3G, 9A, -10, 45 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 2A, +3, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 3G, 11A, -7, 47 PIM

C Ben Maxwell: 22 years old, 6’1″, 191 pounds, LH shot.
 Alternate Captain 

Season Stats: 32GP, 6G, 19A, -3, 26 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 3G, 3A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 33GP, 9G, 22A, -2, 26 PIM



G Robert Mayer: 22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left.

Season Stats: 16GP, 7-7-1-1, 3.08 GAA, .888%
 Weekly Stats: 1GP, 1-0-0-0,  2.77GAA,  .875% | Complete Stats: 17GP, 8-7-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
 
Season Stats: 40GP, 2G, 17A, +10, 37 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 3A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 43GP, 3G, 20A, +11, 39 PIM

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.

 Season Stats: 32GP, 5G, 17A, +4, 14 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 2G, 2A, +1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 35GP, 6G, 18A, +5, 18 PIM

Injured:

LW Andrew Conboy: 22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot.
 Season Stats: 35GP, 8G, 5A, +3, 51 PIM


Called up to Montreal:

C David Desharnais: 24 years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot. Alternate Captain 
 Season Stats: 35GP, 10G, 35A, +14, 24 PIM

LW Max Pacioretty: 22 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot. Season Stats: 27GP, 17G, 14A, +4, 20 PIM

D Yannick Weber: 22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 15GP, 8G, 4A, -5, 10 PIM

C Ryan White: 22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

 Season Stats: 27GP, 2G, 6A, -4, 64 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 28GP, 2G, 8A, -3, 64 PIM





The Juniors Report: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

QMJHL:

C Michaël Bournival: 18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot. Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (28W, 14L, 2OTL, 1 SOL)

 Season Stats: 38GP, 19G, 27A, +1, 18 PIM 
Weekly Stats 3GP, 2G, 4A, +4, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 21G, 31A, +5, 20 PIM


D Morgan Ellis: 18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (13W, 30L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) 

Season Stats: 43GP, 7G, 17A, -22, 49 PIM
 Weekly Stats 2GP, 0G, 1A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 45GP, 7G, 18A, -25, 49 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 19 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot. Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (31W, 7L, 4 OTL, 3 SOL) 

Season Stats: 29GP, 16G, 21A, +11, 55 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 2A, +1, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 30GP, 17G, 23A, +12, 61 PIM



LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 19 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.
 Montreal Juniors (31W, 7L, 4OTL, 3 SOL) 

Season Stats: 39GP, 16G, 18A, +24, 28 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 17G, 19A, +25, 28 PIM
 


OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 18 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot London Knights (24W, 17L, 2 OTL, 1 SOL)

 Season Stats: 37GP, 0G, 5A, -5, 75 PIM 
Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 0A, +1, 11 PIM | Complete Stats: 39GP, 0G, 5A, -4, 86 PIM

WHL:

RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.
 Vancouver Giants (25W, 19L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) 

Season Stats: 45GP, 28G, 29A, +13, 74 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 4G, 1A, +4, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 48GP, 32G, 30A, +17, 74 PIM



US College Hockey (NCAA) Report: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.


D Mac Bennett: 19 years old, 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot. University of Michigan Wolverines (17W, 6L, 4T) 

Season Stats: 14GP, 1G, 4A, +6, 17 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 15GP, 1G, 4A, +6, 17 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.
 University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (18W, 7L, 2T)

 Season Stats: 25GP, 4G, 14A, 0, 12 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 27GP, 5G, 14A, -1, 14 PIM

D Greg Pateryn: 20 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot.  University of Michigan Wolverines (17W, 6L, 4T)
 Season Stats: 21GP, 2G, 8A, +7, 16 PIM 
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 23GP, 2G, 8A, +7, 16 PIM

C Dustin Walsh: 19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot. Dartmouth College Big Green (11W, 6L, 2T) 

Season Stats: 17GP, 7G, 3A, +2, 4 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 19GP, 7G, 4A, +1, 4 PIM



Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Report: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, many Russian players first play professionally there before joining the NHL. Due to a lack of a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to bring over their drafted Russian prospects.



G Karri Ramo: 24 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.
 Avangard Omsk (35W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) 

Season Stats: 37GP, 27-6-2-1, 1.94 GAA, .928%
 Weekly Stats: 2GP, 2-0-0-0,  3.43GAA, .860% | Complete Stats: 39GP, 29-6-2-1, 2.02 GAA, .924%


RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot.  Severstal Cherepovets (24W, 19L, 4 OTL, O SOL) 

KHL Stats: 
Season Stats: 29GP, 0G, 5A, 0, 10 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 32GP, 1G, 5A, 0, 10 PIM

MHL Stats: 
Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM

D Alexei Yemelin: 24 years old, 6’1”, 221 pounds, LH shot.  Ak Bars Kazan (28W, 9L, 2OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 41GP, 7G, 11A, +11, 97 PIM
 Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 45GP, 7G, 12A, +11, 103 PIM

 


45 Comments

  1. Paulin98C says:

    SeriousFan09, Thanks for the weekly update on all prospects. I look forward to it every week.

    Bournival has 2G, 4A this week? Because in the description, you say he score the GWG in game 1, and the opening goal for the next two games…

    Im not a math Guru by any means… but something isn’t right.

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    Mark MacMillan of the Penticton Vees, I’ll add him on next season when he makes it into NCAA field and hopefully posts points and stays in the lineup at University of North Dakota but ATM I’m not too invested in Junior A Hockey stats.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  3. Seps says:

    Not to be stupid but you claim Bournival had 2 goals and 4 assists yet you are saying he got a goal in all 3 games.  GWG on Tuesday, and the opening goal in the next two, if Im not mistaken, that is 3 goals not 2…

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    My mistake, he scored goals in his first two games of the week, he assisted on two goals in his final game.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  5. HabsProf says:

    Makes sense.  From what I hear he runs about 5’11″ and about 180 (maybe 185).  Not really up to the rigours of the NHL (we look at Weber as a runt, but he packs almost 200 on his frame). 

    Still, I remember them describing him as undersized but with strong offensive talent, so I used to have some hopes of him coming over.  I was a little shocked when I looked him up and realized how long ago he was drafted.  I thought of him as being about 23.  I agree that if he isn’t over here now, he probably never will be.

    _____________________________________ They brought their f____ing toys with them!

  6. punkster says:

    hey Robert, thanks again for the updates.

    Questions:

    • Do you think Carle and Festerling would be able to fill in for any Habs injuries in the near future?
    • Do either of them have the capability to stick here this season if required?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  7. ed lopaz says:

    I like Carle – Ive seen him in junior and twice at Habs prospects camps.

    His injuries have slowed down his development, but I think he will make the NHL.

    He has been called up to the Habs and I think he has faired quite well.

    He was drafted as an offensive d-man, and he had to work on his defensive zone coverage game.

    If we stay patient with him, he could be a fit as early as next year.

    I like Nash as well, but I have not seen him enough.

     

     

  8. zak says:

    there’s also a kid that plays in the BC junior hockey league by the name of macmillan I believe. I think he plays for penticton. can’t remember his first name.

  9. HardHabits says:

    These updates give us Habs fans a good idea about the quality of the Habs drafting and development programs. An invaluable resource.

    Nice to see where the up and coming potential is. Much appreciated!!!

  10. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I’ll never understand why neither Sportsnet nor TSN has bothered getting the rights to broadcast KHL games. I can’t imagine they’d cost a lot and I’d guess that they would almost certainly garner more viewers than the darts/poker/billiards normally shown in the afternoons.

  11. ed lopaz says:

    I did not see that kind of pest, aggressive play.

    But it was only 1 game.

     

  12. Mark C says:

    Ed,

    We hear that Bournival is a good 3-zone player, and what you said about him being good at everything, great at nothing seems spot on with all the other reports. My question is, did he show much physical aggression or look like he was a pest out there?

    I wonder if Bournival can be like Brad Marchand is with Boston, another former Q player. Their sizes (Bournival being a bit bigger), stats and overall game seem similar. Marchand has made a large impact with Boston this year. Thanks.

     

  13. ed lopaz says:

    Got a chance to watch bournival this past friday night.

    he plays on the point during the power play – even though hes a forward.

    hes the team captain, and he has a great sense about him – excellent confidence and poise.

    he skates well, passes well, plays excellent hockey in all 3 zones.

    down side, if there is one, he does not have a specific skill that really stands out.

     

  14. ed lopaz says:

    I agree. OB was drafted and trained by the Habs. We invested so much time and money in him, and he was just ready to emerge as a legit NHL d-man.

    It is clear that OB could not play for MArtin.

    They had conflicts over how he was being handled and I think he asked to be traded.

    So did Lapierre and a few others.

  15. mbplekfan says:

    You cant replace players like OB with potential 3rd liners who are still in junior. A big, tough defenseman is worth more than that.

  16. Morenz7 says:

    Nice to hear. As for not having one skill that stands out, it strikes me that neither does Pacioretty. If Bournival shows the same dedication to developing his game Patches has, then he would be a huge asset—kinda takes the sting out of O’Byrne’s emergence in Denver, doesn’t it? 

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    OB wasn’t replaced, he was dealt for a 3rd-round pick (where Bournival was selected) which is about as much as you can get for underperformers in your system most days, if that. Let’s wait and see if OB truly has turned the corner or this is new team overachievement as well.

    I like OB, I think he was a good guy when he was here and left with class but he didn’t seem to handle the pressure of MTL, which is unfortunate but something that happens more often than we’d like.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Korneev has never given a hint of being interested in playing in NA from my understanding and from what others have observed I understand, he doesn’t hold up to physical play very well either. His rights haven’t expired but I just don’t expect to see him play in the NHL.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    I wouldn’t expect Carle or Festerling to get the call RE injuries since while it’s unattractive, Picard is still ahead. If the blue line gets slammed with injuries, Carle has seniority in the organization and has been a pretty solid leading defencemen in HAM this season from what I’ve read. Could they stick around? I honestly doubt it, I don’t think Carle has a future in the org with Nash potentially leapfrogging him this season with better size and durability as well, Festerling is a project player for the A.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  20. ed lopaz says:

    Patches is a big power foward who skates extremely well in a 6.2, 215 frame.

    Patches just won Habs fastest skater at skills contest.

    Even in college scouts could see that Pac had a rare combination of excellent size and speed.

    Those were the attributes that stood out.

     

     

  21. HabsProf says:

    I just realized that there is a name missing from your list of prospects that I expected to see – Konstantin Korneev (sp?).  I assume he is no longer with the Habs organization – what happened?  Were his rights traded?  Or did they expire (he is now 26 years old, drafted in 2002)?  Or do you just no longer consider him worth reporting on as a 26 year old?

    The guy was one of Russia’s defensemen during the Olympics.  We may scoff at Russia’s defense, but that still says something.

     

    _____________________________________ They brought their f____ing toys with them!

  22. 24 Cups says:

    If Ramo continues to shine in the KHL, I seriously doubt that he would want to come to Montreal and be Price’s back-up.  Why play 15 games a year when you can make big coin in Russia?

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    Canadiens could still trade his rights for something, likely more than the team would have ever gotten for Desjardins. Probably not a lot considering the goaltending market, but who knows, maybe Isles will want to have a goaltending future that has knees not composed of macaroni.

  24. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Once again, nice work!

    I wonder what the word is on Pateryn? It’s hard to get a sense of how a defenceman is playing based on his point totals. Do you know if he’s a key part of the Wolverine defence corps or is he a role player?

     

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him develop into a useful player…it does burn me up inside to see that bum Grabovski doing better than I expected (I thought for sure he’d be a 20g 20a guy)

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pateryn has played in 23 of his team’s 27 games this season but he could have been scratched out of 4 due to minor injury/illness so he’s a full-timer this season. I don’t get a lot on NCAA Hockey, even with runs through HF Boards there’s just not much out there. Probably doing okay, but much like Brendon Nash who’s taking this year (and likely next) in HAM, Pateryn is likely taking 4 years at Michigan than playing a couple seasons in the A.

    I personally think this is Grabs overachieving. Players with attitude problems often flip between productive and unproductive seasons.

     

  26. andrewberkshire says:

    From what I’ve heard, Morgan Ellis’s +/- is largely irrelevant as he’s on a terrible team and plays all the toughest assignments. He’s also improving offensively this season which is a good sign.

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    I normally don’t weigh +/- too heavily but the seperation between him and other players on his team is significant on that stat so I thought I’d mention it.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  28. andrewberkshire says:

    With how often he’s injured I’d wager his knees are made of angel hair pasta.

  29. Gormdog says:

    Good analogy but I would argue that macaroni has a natural bend to it.

     

    Dipietro has fusilli knees in my books!

  30. rated_R says:

    Hey SF, why is it that the Giants are rotating the captaincy? Gallagher wore the C a couple of times but whats up with that? 

  31. habsfansince91 says:

    the minnesota wild changed captaincy every month for a whole year until they decided that koivu would be the permanent captain.

  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    Craig Cunningham, their overage player and team captain was dealt to the Portland Winterhawks at the WHL trade deadline, Gallagher’s been wearing the C off and on, I don’t think the Giants will name a permanent captain mid-stream on their season, but Gallagher may take on the C next year.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  33. habs365 says:

    Don’t count this Grabovski guy out-he’s a pretty good hockey player-wasn’t for his attitude-I’d take him over gomez

  34. RS says:

    I believe one of those captains was Alex Henry.

  35. rated_R says:

    ye i understand that, but the Giants have been rotating it by the game. Monthly would make more sense but its just different to see different captain every game.

  36. Morenz7 says:

    There’s also the matter of how much ice time he’d get were he playing on a better team: he’s earned what he’s getting in Toronto, but he’d be second or third centre in Mtl. Which means he wouldn’t have 37 points by now.

    That said, no point raining on Grabovski’s parade. He’s helped turn an abysmal team into a moderately crummy one. All power to him.

  37. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I’d like to think he’s overachieving too. This season though, he really has been playing very good hockey – even when he isn’t scoring he’s been extremely active and noticeable.

    Sure hope this is a blip and he goes back to long stretches of invisibility again soon :D

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks Robert! keep it up my friend. Sure a great way for us to keep tabs on our development.

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    There is no transfer agreement in place between the NHL and the KHL and I doubt Yemelin will break his contract with Ak Bars Kazan when his team is setting up to go on another championship run in the KHL. Yemelin can only be signed after his current contract has ended so we’ll have to wait until the summer basically to see if the team can entice Yemelin to the Canadiens for the 2011-12 season.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  40. DearyLeary says:

    I think Yemelin’s a lost cause.

  41. observer says:

    yemelin? any chance he’d come here? is their a ban on trades around the all-star game?

  42. Mike Boone says:

    I’m the Gazette’s Bong Editor. 

  43. PattyBoy31 says:

    Props to Boone on the Epic Meal Time story. When I read it I saw something about bong hits, looked to see Boone was the author and laughed out loud.

  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    If anyone would like to see Gallagher’s hat trick http://www.whl.ca/video/index/id/1295893682


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Habs Future

Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) checks in with his weekly look at Canadiens’ prospects.


Three Stars

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1. C Michaël Bournival rises to the top of the field for the week by scoring two goals and adding four assists to his scoring totals, which has raised him to 17th overall in league scoring in the QMJHL. Bournival’s scoring contributions were quite fortuitous for the team he captains, the Shawinigan Cataractes as his scoring directly led to all three victories enjoyed by his team. On Tuesday, Bournival scored the game-winning goal in what became a 4-0 victory by the Cataractes, on Friday, Bournival would score the first goal of the game for his team and assist on the next two goals resulting in a 3-2 victory, Saturday Bournival once again helped ensure victory by scoring the opening goal of the match and assisting on the game-winning goal in a 6-4 victory. Bournival is also one of the best faceoff specialists in the QMJHL, checking in at an efficiency of 56%.  

2. C Ben Maxwell emerged from his scoring slump to add three goals and three assists to his scoring totals during three games and begin his first points streak in 2011. With the Bulldogs bereft of the scoring talents of David Desharnais, they had been looking for a new centre to carry offence and Maxwell stepped up to carry the load. Maxwell had one assist in his first game of the week on Tuesday, a 7-0 victory, added two goals and an assist in his team’s 7-3 win on Friday, than added a goal and assist to help force overtime and an eventual shootout win on Saturday. Maxwell’s output of late his him back on track to exceed his season-best mark of 36 assists in a season. 

3. RW Brendan Gallagher continues to build on his excellent offensive season in the WHL, scoring four goals and one assist while playing in three games in three nights on the road. Gallagher had a relatively light weekend to start, with an assist on the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory on Friday, adding one goal in a 6-1 victory on Saturday, than scored his second hat trick of the season on Sunday in a 7-3 victory. Gallagher maintains his position at 5th overall in scoring in the WHL and is now tied for 2nd overall in goals. Gallagher is currently paced to best his old single-season best of 41 goals and 40 assists in a season. 

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Worthy Mentions: Bubble prospect LW John Westin returned from injury after missing 4 months due to a broken arm and scored a goal in his first game back in the Swedish under-20 Junior league. RW Alexander Avtsin added four assists to his scoring totals and has six assists in his seven games since returning from injury. C Gabriel Dumont snapped an 8-game scoreless streak with an assist in each of his last two games. G Robert Mayer took a rare start and earned a victory by stoning the opposing team in the shootout to hold out for an eventual 4-3 win. D Brendon Nash likely expressed a sigh of relief when he scored a 3rd goal on his season for the first time in five years, he also added three assists to his totals to continue building on his status as the leading scorer amongst defencemen in Hamilton. RW Aaron Palushaj has begun to break out of his slump with two goals, two assists in his last 3 game. C Louis Leblanc scored a goal and two assists in two games, including the game-winning goal in his second game of the week. LW Phillippe Lefebvre returned from being sidelined with a concussion and scored a goal and assist in his first two games back.  G Karri Ramo won both his starts on the week and has not lost in regulation in his last fifteen starts, he continues to lead the KHL in wins with 29. 

Question Marks: LW Andrew Conboy has a knee injury that has him sidelined until likely early to mid-February. Bubble prospect RW Ian Schultz is out at least 6 weeks with a fractured foot. D Morgan Ellis is a team-worst -25 on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Complete Statistics for the week of January 17th:

Legend:
Skaters: Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
 | Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage |
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
 | Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

 

The AHL Report: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization.

There are currently 14 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be considered NHL-viable prospects, four of which, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber and Ryan White have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 26-13-1-4, are 1st in the North Division, 2nd overall in the Western Conference and 5th overall in the AHL.

RW Alexander Avtsin: 19 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot. Season Stats: 26GP, 4G, 6A, -1, 8 PIM Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 4A, +3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 29GP, 4G, 10A, +2, 8 PIM

 

D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain Season Stats: 33GP, 7G, 7A, +12, 20 PIM Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, +2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 36GP, 8G, 7A, +14, 22 PIM

C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot. Season Stats: 34GP, 2G, 7A, -7, 35 PIM Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 20 PIM | Complete Stats: 37GP, 2G, 9A, -6, 55 PIM

 

C Andreas Engqvist: 22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 37GP, 5G, 7A, +2, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 1G, 1A, +3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 38GP, 6G, 8A, +5, 10 PIM


D Brett Festerling: 24 years old, 6’1”, 210 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 38GP, 3G, 9A, -10, 45 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 2A, +3, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 3G, 11A, -7, 47 PIM

 

C Ben Maxwell: 22 years old, 6’1″, 191 pounds, LH shot.
 Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 32GP, 6G, 19A, -3, 26 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 3G, 3A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 33GP, 9G, 22A, -2, 26 PIM

G Robert Mayer: 22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left.

Season Stats: 16GP, 7-7-1-1, 3.08 GAA, .888%
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 1-0-0-0,  2.77GAA,  .875% | Complete Stats: 17GP, 8-7-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .887%

 

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
 
Season Stats: 40GP, 2G, 17A, +10, 37 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 3A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 43GP, 3G, 20A, +11, 39 PIM

 

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 32GP, 5G, 17A, +4, 14 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 2G, 2A, +1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 35GP, 6G, 18A, +5, 18 PIM

Injured:

 

LW Andrew Conboy: 22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 35GP, 8G, 5A, +3, 51 PIM

Called up to Montreal:

 

C David Desharnais: 24 years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot. Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 35GP, 10G, 35A, +14, 24 PIM

 

LW Max Pacioretty: 22 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot.

 

Season Stats: 27GP, 17G, 14A, +4, 20 PIM

 

D Yannick Weber: 22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 15GP, 8G, 4A, -5, 10 PIM

 

C Ryan White: 22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain

Season Stats: 27GP, 2G, 6A, -4, 64 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 28GP, 2G, 8A, -3, 64 PIM

The Juniors Report: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

 

QMJHL:

 

C Michaël Bournival: 18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot.
Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (28W, 14L, 2OTL, 1 SOL)

Season Stats: 38GP, 19G, 27A, +1, 18 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP, 2G, 4A, +4, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 21G, 31A, +5, 20 PIM

D Morgan Ellis: 18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (13W, 30L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL)

Season Stats: 43GP, 7G, 17A, -22, 49 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP, 0G, 1A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 45GP, 7G, 18A, -25, 49 PIM

 

C Louis Leblanc: 19 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (31W, 7L, 4 OTL, 3 SOL)

Season Stats: 29GP, 16G, 21A, +11, 55 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 2A, +1, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 30GP, 17G, 23A, +12, 61 PIM

LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 19 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.
 

Junior Club: Montreal Juniors (31W, 7L, 4OTL, 3 SOL)

Season Stats: 39GP, 16G, 18A, +24, 28 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 41GP, 17G, 19A, +25, 28 PIM
 
 OHL:

 

D Jarred Tinordi: 18 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot.

 Junior Club: London Knights (24W, 17L, 2 OTL, 1 SOL)

Season Stats: 37GP, 0G, 5A, -5, 75 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 0A, +1, 11 PIM | Complete Stats: 39GP, 0G, 5A, -4, 86 PIM

 

WHL:

 

RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.
 

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants (25W, 19L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 45GP, 28G, 29A, +13, 74 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 4G, 1A, +4, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 48GP, 32G, 30A, +17, 74 PIM

US College Hockey (NCAA) Report: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.

D Mac Bennett: 19 years old, 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines (17W, 6L, 4T)

Season Stats: 14GP, 1G, 4A, +6, 17 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 15GP, 1G, 4A, +6, 17 PIM

 

RW Danny Kristo: 20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.
 

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (18W, 7L, 2T)

Season Stats: 25GP, 4G, 14A, 0, 12 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 27GP, 5G, 14A, -1, 14 PIM

 

D Greg Pateryn: 20 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot. 

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines (17W, 6L, 4T)

Season Stats: 21GP, 2G, 8A, +7, 16 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 23GP, 2G, 8A, +7, 16 PIM

 

C Dustin Walsh: 19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot. 

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green (11W, 6L, 2T)

Season Stats: 17GP, 7G, 3A, +2, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 19GP, 7G, 4A, +1, 4 PIM


Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Report: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, many Russian players first play professionally there before joining the NHL. Due to a lack of a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to bring over their drafted Russian prospects.

G Karri Ramo: 24 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.
 

KHL Club: Avangard Omsk (35W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL)

Season Stats: 37GP, 27-6-2-1, 1.94 GAA, .928%
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 2-0-0-0,  3.43GAA, .860% | Complete Stats: 39GP, 29-6-2-1, 2.02 GAA, .924%

RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot.

KHL Club: Severstal Cherepovets (24W, 19L, 4 OTL, O SOL)

KHL Stats:
Season Stats: 29GP, 0G, 5A, 0, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 32GP, 1G, 5A, 0, 10 PIM

MHL Stats:
Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 8GP, 3G, 4A, +7, 55 PIM

 

D Alexei Yemelin: 24 years old, 6’1”, 221 pounds, LH shot. 

KHL Club: Ak Bars Kazan (28W, 9L, 2OTL, 4 SOL)

Season Stats: 41GP, 7G, 11A, +11, 97 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 45GP, 7G, 12A, +11, 103 PIM