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Robert Rice (Seriousfan09) checks in with his weekly look at up-and-coming (we hope) Canadiens prospects.
Once again, Brendan Gallagher tops the list.

The Three Stars of the Week

1. RW Brendan Gallagher continues to be one of the most dangerous scoring threats in the Western Hockey League this week, while setting the pace of the success of the Vancouver Giants. Gallagher’s drive to fill the net led to a week of five goals and three assists over three games while maintaining his march for a potential fifty goals in fifty games. Gallagher would spend Tuesday night playing his role for Vancouver to perfection as he ensured victory in their 4-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Gallagher recorded his 2nd hat trick of his season, the fifth of his WHL career and added an assist for a four-point night in the win. Gallagher was held to a single assist in the following game on Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Victoria Royals only to exact revenge the following night. Gallagher would score the first two goals for Vancouver to keep pace with the Royals who would end up jumping ahead to a 3-2 lead, before the Giants rallied and Gallagher would add an assist on the insurance marker in a 5-3 victory. Gallagher’s scoring places him at 3rd overall in the WHL in goals, 7th overall in scoring with all players ahead of him having played at least two more games. Gallagher was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 5th round, 147th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft.

2. C Dustin Walsh makes his premiere in Habs Future with a notable weekend. Walsh seems quite keen as a 3rd year player with Dartmouth Big Green to become their leading source of offence this season and so far he has not failed to disappoint. Walsh scored two goals and three assists over the weekend to become the scoring leader of his team as his points helped pace the team to two straight wins. Walsh would score the first goal of his season on Friday night as Dartmouth rallied to come back from multiple deficits, before finally assisting on the game-winning goal in a 5-4 victory over Quinnipiac. Walsh would further his scoring efforts on Saturday with a goal and two assists, scoring the initial go-ahead goal for his team, than assisting on the game-winning goal once again and then on the insurance marker in a 5-3 victory over Princeton. Walsh was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 6th round, 169th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 Entry Draft.

3. RW Aaron Palushaj has returned to Hamilton to help fill in the scoring gap left behind following the trade of Brock Trotter and has so far been the only consistent source of scoring in the lineup, scoring a goal and four assists on his week. As the Bulldogs struggled for a win, Palushaj would add two assists to help the team gain at least an overtime point in an eventual 3-2 loss to the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday night. Palushaj’s efforts would go unrewarded once again on Friday night as his two assists were not quite enough to complete a comeback as the Bulldogs fell once again 4-2 to the Houston Aeros, their ousters from the 2011 AHL Playoffs. Palushaj’s first goal of the season however was perfectly timed as it was enough for the Bulldogs to snap a 4-game losing streak in a 1-0 victory on Saturday night against the Lake Erie Monsters. Palushaj has one goal, seven assists over six games in Hamilton, tied for the team lead in scoring. Palushaj was drafted by the St Louis Blues in the 2nd round, 44th overall in the 2007 Entry Draft and was acquired by Montreal for Matt D’Agostini.

Worthy Mentions: D Mac Bennett scored goals in consecutive games over the weekend, including the game-winner on Saturday to match his previous-season output of 2G over 32GP, this was just his 10th game of the season. D Darren Dietz added a goal and assist to his scoring totals while holding at +12 on his season, +8 better than all other skaters on his team save his defensive partner who is +13. D Greg Pateryn had four assists in two games over the weekend. D Jarred Tinordi returned from injury and recorded one assist while going +2 in his first two games back.

Question Marks: LW Olivier Archambeault despite scoring a goal and two assists is a team-worst -10 with Drummondville despite being 4th in points. RW Alexander Avtsin and LW Alain Berger are close to falling into bubble status with only 1A on their seasons. C Michael Bournival is out with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss at least two more weeks. C Gabriel Dumont has a shoulder injury and is expected to miss at least three weeks. RW Danny Kristo has only one assist in his last four games. D Brendon Nash is recovering from shoulder surgery in early October and is not expected to return until at least February.

Worthy Mentions:

Question Marks: C Michael Bournival is out with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss at least two more weeks.C Gabriel Dumont has a shoulder injury and is expected to miss at least three weeks. RW Danny Kristo has only one assist in his last four games. D Brendon Nash is recovering from shoulder surgery in early October and is not expected to return until at least February.

Complete Statistics for the week of October 31st, 2011
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 thought to have consideration for an NHL position. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 5-5-1-0 and are 3rd in their Division, 10th in their Conference, 22nd overall in the AHL.

RW Alexander Avtsin: 20 years old, 6’2″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 8GP, 0G, 1A, -2, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 11GP, 0G, 1A, -2, 6 PIM

LW Alain Berger: 20 years old, 6’4”, 211 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 7GP, 0G, 1A, -4, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 10GP, 0G, 1A, -4, 4 PIM

C Philip DeSimone 24 years old, 6’1”, 188 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 1A, -4, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 11GP, 3G, 1A, -4, 2 PIM

C Andreas Engqvist: 23 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 3GP, 2G, 2A, +1, 0 PIM

Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 5GP, 2G, 2A, +1, 0 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 20 years old, 6’, 180 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 3GP, 1G, 3A, 0, 0 PIM

Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 6GP, 1G, 3A, -1, 4 PIM

D Mark Mitera: 23 years old, 6’3”, 210 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 8GP, 0G, 2A, -8, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 11GP, 0G, 2A, -8, 4 PIM

C Joonas Nättinen: 20 years old, 6’2”, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 5GP, 1G, 0A, -2, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 7GP, 1G, 0A, -2, 2 PIM

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 3GP, 0G, 3A, -1, 0 PIM

Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 4A, -2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 6GP, 1G, 6A, -3, 0 PIM

Called up to Montreal:

RW Mike Blunden: 24 years old, 6’4”, 218 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 5GP, 0G, 3A, +1, 0 PIM

Injured:

C Gabriel Dumont: 20 years old, 5’10”, 189 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 8GP, 1G, 0A, -3, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 10GP, 1G, 0A, -3, 8 PIM

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 210 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM

Assigned to the ECHL Wheeling Nailers:

G Peter Delmas: 21 years old, 6’2”, 188 pound, Catches Left.

AHL

Season Stats: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00GAA, 1.00 Save %

ECHL:

Season Stats:  1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.87GAA,  .913 Save %

Weekly Stats: 3 GP, 1-0-0, 0.50GAA,  .969 Save % | Complete Stats: 3 GP, 2-0-0, 1.25GAA,  .942 Save %

The Juniors Report: The Canadiens currentlyfeature 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:

LW Olivier Archambeault: 18 years old, 5’11”, 184 pounds. LH shot.

Junior Club: Drummondville Voltigeurs

(10W, 10L, 1 OTL, 1 SOL – 11th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 13GP, 6G, 5A, -11, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 2A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 16GP, 7G, 7A, -10, 6 PIM

D Nathan Beaulieu: 18 years old, 6’3”, 191 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Saint John Sea Dogs – Alternate Captain

(16W, 6L, 0 OTL, 0 SOL- 2nd of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 15GP, 4G, 7A, +12, 39 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 17GP, 5G, 7A, +12, 41 PIM

C Michaël Bournival: 19 years old, 6’, 187 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain

(14W, 6L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL – 5th of 17th overall in the QMJHL.)

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

D Morgan Ellis: 19 years old, 6’2″, 204 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain

(9W, 12L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 14th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 15GP, 4G, 7A, -2, 8 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 11G, 0A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 17GP, 5G, 7A, -2, 8 PIM

OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 19 years old, 6’7″, 215 pounds, LH shot.
Junior Club: London Knights – Team Captain

(15W, 2L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 1st of 20th overall in the OHL)

Season Stats: 6GP, 0G, 2A, +7, 22 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 8GP, 0G, 3A, +9, 24 PIM

WHL:

D Darren Dietz: 18 years old, 6’1”, 195 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

(11W, 6L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 10th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 14GP, 2G, 7A, +7, 17 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 1G, 1A, +5, 17 PIM | Complete Stats: 18GP, 3G, 8A, +12, 34 PIM

RW Brendan Gallagher: 19 years old, 5’8″, 175 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Vancouver Giants – Alternate Captain

(10W, 8L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 12th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 12GP, 11G, 8A, +5, 17 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 5G, 3A, +4, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 15GP, 16G, 11A, +9, 19 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: 20 years old,  6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.
NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(7W, 2L, 1T)

Season Stats: 8GP, 0G, 7A, +8, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 2G, 0A, +1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 10GP, 2G, 7A, +9, 4 PIM
RW Danny Kristo: 21 years old, 5’11”, 188 pounds, RH shot.
NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(3W, 6L, 1T)

Season Stats: 8GP, 4G, 8A, +3, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 10GP, 4G, 8A, +3, 8 PIM

C Mark MacMillan: 19 years old, 6’, 170 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(3W, 6L, 1T)

Season Stats: 8GP, 2G, 2A, -8, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 10GP, 2G, 2A, -9, 4 PIM

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

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(7W, 2L, 1T)

Season Stats: 8GP, 2G, 4A, +6, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 4A, +3, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 10GP, 2G, 8A, +9, 6 PIM

LW Steve Quailer: 21 years old, 6’4”, 200 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: Northeastern University Huskies

(1W, 5L, 2T)

Season Stats: 4GP, 1G, 2A, -1, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 6GP, 1G, 3A, 0, 6 PIM

C Dustin Walsh: 20 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green

(3W, 1L, 0T)

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

Czech Extraliga Report: The Extraliga is the top professional league in the Czech Reppublic. The First League is the league that plays under it.

C Daniel Pribyl: 18 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, RH shot.

Extraliga Team: HC Sparta Praha

(12W, 3L, 5 OTL – 2nd of 14th overall in the League)

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

Czech First League Team: HC Berountsi Medovi

(11W, 8L, 1 OTL – 6rd of 14th overall in the League)

Season Stats: 5GP, 2G, 3A, +2, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 5GP, 2G, 3A, +2, 2 PIM

Elitserien Report: The Swedish Elite League as it is the top professional league of Sweden.

D Magnus Nygren: 21 years old, 6’1”, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Elitserien Team: Farjestads BK

(9W, 5L, 6 OTL – 7th of 12 overall in the League)

Season Stats: 17GP, 5G, 4A, -6, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 2A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 19GP, 5G, 6A, -6, 0 PIM

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Report: The Kontinental Hockey League is the professional hockey league of Russia, Due to a lack of a comprehensive transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL it can be very difficult for NHL clubs to attract their drafted Russian prospects.

RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11”, 189 pounds, RH shot.
KHL Club: Severstal Cherepovets

(10W, 8L, 1 OTL, 1 SOL – 11th of 23rd overall in the League)

Season Stats: 16GP, 3G, 2A, -1, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, -2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 20GP, 3G, 3A, -3, 0 PIM

117 Comments

  1. mtl1990 says:

    Is Gallagher going to be at the selection camp for Canada next month?

    le_CH_1909

  2. HabsFan1111 says:

    Great report as usual SF09!

    Cannot wait to see Bournival and Gallagher in a (hopefully) Habs uni in a few years.

  3. The_Franchise31 says:

    Am I the only one who thinks our prospects are… Crap. Our best prospect, Gallagher, is still a long shot for the NHL….

    • Brazhabs says:

      Not so much…while it’s agreed we don’t have any Crosby-esq type prospects, the fact of the matter is we still have some pretty descent ones, a good handful of which I believe will make the NHL. Along with Gallagher, we have Beaulieu as a great defensive prospect and Bournival at forward, all of whom have a pretty good shot at making the Canadian team at the World juniors. If that happens I guarantee we will be the only team with 3 prospects on a Canadian team that is always stacked.

      Also at forward there is Kristo, and Leblanc who I can see making the big club as early as next season. And lets not be too hasty to forget Desharnais, Patches and Eller who have all basically just made the Habs with only a season (at the most) under their belts.

      Add in Ellis, Tinordi and Nash as with Beaulieu as future defensive prospects that have a great shot at the NHL in the future, and the recent graduation of Diaz, Weber, Emelin, and I suppose even PK who people are quick to forget is only a sophomore in this league, and that is some pretty solid work by our drafting and scouting.

      The only place we are weak is in net, but with Price in there for the next 10+ years (hopefully) that would just be throwing a pick away.

      All of these future hopefuls and we never get a top pick. So I suppose to sum up my response, our prospects are far from crap.

  4. neumann103 says:

    First, thanks to SeriousFan09/Robert for doing this. Always an interesting read, and a great service. While this season we had a really good look at some of the prospects in training camp (possibly too good a look) often we can’t really see enough of these players at this level.

    I have to say that I am really excited by Gallagher and Beaulieu. In the last 10 years the only prospects that have grabbed my imagination like Gallagher were Plekanec and Eller and maybe Subban. I stand slack jawed at the response that Gallagher is too small to play in the NHL as though there was some talent-blind hard cutoff at 5′ 9″. Sure junior stardom is not a guarantee of NHL performance but my god…

    Tinordi could go either way. Thought he was a good pick, had my doubts last season, turning around again. I like Nygren and think there is potential there. Avtsin is the guy I expected things from who seems to be falling off the radar.

    I find it very difficult to get any bearing on the US College kids. Timmins et al have invested fairly heavily in that stream and I hope a couple of them pay off.

    And speaking of Training Camp, I was surprised at how not bad the goalies looked. I generally thought that in the space of the last 18 months the goalies in the system went from an embarrassment of riches to almost non-existent. Where are the Habs there really?

    “Et le but!”

  5. HardHabits says:

    Testing out the new sig!!!

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  6. Shane1313 says:

    I love Evelyne Audet.

  7. T-roy West says:

    Let’s be real here. Maybe three or four of these guys might make it to the big leagues.

  8. ProHabs says:

    To answer Un Canadien Errants post below, unfortunately, the Bruins have more excellent prospects in the pipeline coming up. Thanks to Brian “Bruin” Burke, the Bruins could be scarey good for years to come.
    I think Serious would agree that their prospects are above our prospects. Seguin is with the big squad but they have Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Caron, Jared Knight, Sauve, Ryan Spooner, some Russian that plays for Windsor. Aside from Caron and Sauve, these are all guys that are in the OHL. Not sure what their AHL team looks like but I am sure there are prospects (aside from Caron and Sauve) playing there.

    • Matt. says:

      Made me sick watching the Bruins win the division and the Cup followed by a couple top picks in Seguin and Dougie Hamilton ….. this is a link to Hamilton’s talent analysis….

      http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/doug_hamilton

      “The sky’s the limit for Hamilton. He has all the tools to become a number one defenseman in the NHL. Comparisons have ranged from Brent Burns to Rob Blake”

      Sound like quite the prospect… and that truly sucks.

      • HardHabits says:

        Don’t hold back the bile. Here’s a nice thought. Toronto wins the Cup and Boston the draft lottery. Habs finish 15th.

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        • Matt. says:

          I have to assume you mean 15th overall in the league, and eighth in the east and get swept by the Leafs in the first round.

          • HardHabits says:

            And of course the Habs will have traded their first round pick on a rental to make it into the dance so their first selection at the 2012 draft will be at number 48.

  9. HardHabits says:

    Reading Fraser’s response to the Blunden Incident™ got me thinking about the one referee system where the one referee was able to set the tone of the game. The two ref system leaves a lot to be desired IMO.

    I am seeing NHL games that are completely destroyed by refereeing. Having two judges who can mete out punishment is an excess of power and has the ability to create conditions ripe for abuse on one hand and incompetence on the other. One ref might see the game one way and the other with a different POV. One ref can’t over-ride another refs decision. The two ref system has made many games decided by penalties. It’s getting to the point that it’s becoming ludicrous if we haven’t already entered the Twilight Zone already..

    I am beginning to think the NHL should have one referee again. The two refereeing system has deteriorated the craft and quality of refereeing IMO.

    Either that or make it 1 referee and an assistant referee so that one referee has veto and will be the one who sets the tone. It would be a good way to bring up young new referees as well.

    Here’s a thought to turn everybody’s stomach. Chris Lee and Tim Peel both get assigned a Habs game together.

    • HabFab says:

      Idea is to make the game faster with two refs. As for a control referee, thought that was the job of NHL Control.

    • G-Man says:

      Is it time for off-ice officials to make penalty calls? 4 extra bodies on the ice makes for more congestion and an out of position ref can really eff up a quick scoring chance. Using only 2 linesmen would eliminate the traffic problem or at least lessen it.

      I don’t think 1 ref can keep up with the play and that’s a big disadvantage when trying to assess if a play was a penalty or not.
      Eliminate on-ice refs. Most are pretty damned awful anyway.

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      When in doubt, blame PP.

      • HardHabits says:

        Interesting. Very interesting. I like it. Have it all reviewed with camera angles. Infractions assessed like controversial goals if needed by committee.

        And I like having only the 2 linesmen for less interference. That’s radical thinking there G-M.

        I don’t know if it can work though. Who calls the goals?

        Maybe go back to the old system of 1 ref and 2 linesmen and include off ice officials. Very complex issue.

        I think the two ref system has gotten out of hand. The NHL needs to do something about the standard of officiating. There is no quality control. No accountability. Officiating is becoming a farce. This goes back to the Carbo days.

        I said it back then: Off Fishy Hating.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Here’s another thought..how about making refs obsolete by developing a sophisticated software program that is built-in to cameras that instantaneously and accurately makes sound judgement calls, and a monitor readout/display of an explanation of said calls. Equipped with a high capacity database of stored memory that can cross reference the players in question to help determine intent, if any. We can call it the R.E.F.S (Rapid Eye Foolproof System). Shanahan will be replaced with a CGI caricature that will look/sound more life-like in a pop-up for those multiple game suspension announcements.

      The on-ice linesmen will suffice in dropping pucks, break-up skirmishes, pat down chips on the ice, etc. All under surveillance.

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

      • HardHabits says:

        I want my GameBoy directly hard wired to the players so that I can control the play with my joy stick.

        • Everlasting1 says:

          Getting Gomer to score would be tricky. Even at the beginners level.

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

  10. SmartDog says:

    Rats. Lose Kostitsyn and gain Gomez.
    http://www.tsn.ca/montreal/blogs/habs_report/?id=379889
    When Gomez is involved, it’s always a bad trade.

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    • citizenSanto says:

      we get it.
      give it a rest and grow up.

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      — Augustine of Hippo

      • SmartDog says:

        Wow. And your sig is so noble and profound. What are you, 14? Or older and stuck in your mom’s basement dreaming of the wonders that are yet to come?

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        • citizenSanto says:

          lol, really? that the best you got?
          listen man, all your bitchin’ about Gomez aint gonna make him go away any sooner.
          your like the guy at the elevator pressing the button harder and faster to make it come quicker.
          Doesn’t work with elevators, or women, and it sure aint gonna work with Gomez.

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          — Augustine of Hippo

  11. HabFab says:

    As someone who was at the Russia Canadien’s New Year Eve classic from so long ago…deja vu!!
    Russians up over QMJHL 2-0 after two, being out shot 30-7.

  12. HabFab says:

    Pouliot scores his first for the Bruins…lock the doors and bolt the shudders.

  13. HabFab says:

    Kerry Fraser gives his response to a “ton” of letters re Blunden hit and resulting scrimmage;
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=379919

  14. habsnyc says:

    Nice to see the young players improve. Rick Nash is the only player from Team Canada’s 2010 Olympic team that is in the top 50 in NHL scoring and he is 45th or so. There is plenty of room for new stars in this league.

    Blue, blanc et rouge. Red and White for Canada. Blue for Smurfs.

  15. Un Canadien errant says:

    Serious Fan, and anyone else who wants to chime in, can you give us your best guess as to where our farm system ranks compared to other teams? I know Hockey’s Future ranked us 20th in their latest rankings, which are a bit dated.

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/nhl_organisation_rankings/?start=18

    I’m asking because at training camp we all get really excited about all the youngsters, but I’m sure every team has some prospects they can feel good about. Also, I can’t help but compare our team to the Bruins, and they hemmed and hawed a little last year about keeping Tyler Séguin, and this year sent down Jordan Caron down to the AHL. This is more of a reflection of the strength of the current teams than their farm systems, but if we had a prospect of that quality we would have kept either or both without question. Right?

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  16. Bripro says:

    Boone, you’ve got to fix the clock on this site, buddy!

  17. SmartDog says:

    Has anyone else thought that Eller is becoming a bigger version of Plekanec? I mean, this is our #1 center he’s been watching, and he seems to have developed Plekanec’s knack for pissing off opposing players by harassing them until the cough up the puck. Plek is still the master obviously, but Eller has a bigger body and that’s absolutely working out well for him.

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  18. Neutral says:

    I hope the Habs don’t take Edmonton Lightly because Phoenix beat them – there’s not a team out there that can’t be beaten by the weakest team in the league – let their guard down and they’ll find out.

  19. Bripro says:

    Looking at Robert’s stats shows cause for concern. Injuries.
    So many injuries, at all levels.
    The game is faster, the players are mostly bigger and stronger, and definitely in much better shape coming into camps, but I think there’s an equipment design flaw.
    Somehow new equipment, designed to absorb impact, doesn’t take into consideration enough of the centrifugal force generated.
    The cups are hard, to prevent bruising and impact, but there’s not enough absorption material.
    The other alternative is to do away with hard cups, use softer materials, and I’m almost certain this would also reduce the number of concussions.

  20. slapshot777 says:

    Anyone watching Beaulieu play for team Quebec versus the Russians tonight?

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  21. WestHab says:

    Robert great work your only getting better. Easily the best soucre I know following our youth system. Super job!

    • Bripro says:

      The problem is he does it so well, and gives us such an accurate description, it’s a little discouraging.
      I don’t see too much promise in the lower ranks, except for the same 3 or 4 payers every week.

  22. SmartDog says:

    After six games with the Habs, what’s the status of Emelin? Any idea? Hope we give this guy time to round out.

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    • Bripro says:

      It was reported that he was practicing today, and Diaz was not.
      I would assume that’s the major change for tomorrow, and a discussion about AK missing as well. No idea why.

      • SmartDog says:

        Good. Hopefully AK is in the line-up though. We’d miss him. We have a nice, balanced attack now. As long as nothing f-ks it up, we may just win some more games.

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        • Bripro says:

          We’ve seen AK show amazing abilities in spurts over the last couple of years, and I know it’s still very early, but this is the most consistent I’ve seen him play in a long time. He had a good go for a little while last year, also with Eller. Great chemistry going there. I hope JM leaves them alone.

          • SmartDog says:

            Yeah, good mix between Eller-AK-Moen. What they have in common is… dare I say it? Trucluence! They all have a different brand… Moen, the scrappy digger, Eller is starting to play like a hungry hound and has good vision and smarts, and AK will flatten you if you’re not looking, can float a wrister into the top corner on command, and knows how to hang onto the puck as well as any other Hab.

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          • Bripro says:

            Oh c’mon, we both know Moen is this year’s sharpshooter stud.
            As for AK, you hit the “hang onto the puck” issue bang on.
            I didn’t see the last game, but against Ottawa, at one point he held the puck in our zone and when Eller blitzed behind him, AK dropped such a sweet between-the-legs pass….so smooth.
            If he plays hard like this all year, he’ll be a top scorer in the league this year. I believe he’s that good.

  23. SmartDog says:

    Hey Robert,

    A question related to our discussion below about prospects.

    Based on what you know now, are either of these remotely likely to be seen as good trades (for us obviously)? Which one is more likely?
    – O’Byrne for Michaël Bournival
    – D’agostini for Aaron Palushaj

    (Let’s not talk about the Gomer talent give-away or the SK-for-nuthin exchange.)

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    • TheMock780 says:

      While I’m not SF, i’d say the O’Byrne for Bournival trade. Palushaj is starting to remind of of Ben Maxwell (a pick I’ll always hold against Timmins. 2006 was a disaster). A player that for all the good he does in the AHL, just can’t get it done in the NHL. Bournival still has a real shot at being in impact 2nd/3rd line guy

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Aat this point, Palushaj’s not gained the strength/speed mix that he needs to succeed in the NHL IMO (and he may not). He may end up turning his AHL season around and his production is fine ATM but I was expecting more this season. Right now, looks like MTL gave up D’Agostini for an AHLer.

      For Bournival, I think he projects better to make us forget about OB (still not sure why he’s remembered so much though). He’s credited with being a very solid leader of the Cataractes, he had an affinity for scoring the big goal or creating one last year in the regular season and the playoffs, is very well-conditioned and is in the running for Team Canada U20, after being final cut last year. Not sure if he can make it, but he’s pretty damn determined to be a difference every time he plays and that sometimes goes a long way.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

  24. TheMock780 says:

    Hey SF, any particular reason why Beaulieu looks like he’s going to blow his PIM numbers away this year? He’s almost got as many penalty minutes through 17 games this season (41) then he had all of last season (52) in the Q? If I was the coach in Saint-John I wouldn’t want him spending all that time in the box

  25. SmartDog says:

    Hey Robert, Bournival’s stats look great too, but he’s playing in Shawinigan. How do you see him? When do you see him and Gallagher making the jump? Could it happen through this year? Sounds like Hamilton needs the help and those guys are ready for bigger challenges.

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    • 24 Cups says:

      Junior players can’t turn pro during the middle of the season, SD.

      • SmartDog says:

        Ah… makes sense but I didn’t know that. Thanks.

        It’s only since being on HIO that I’ve even known the names of any prospects. Thanks guys for all the edumacation!!

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    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Bournival projects very well as a checking line C ATM, very relentless on the ice, not overly skilled but had a very good clutch scoring ability for the Cataractes last year in regular season and playoffs. Could be a good 3rd line C down the line, I’m hoping he draws back into the lineup after this week as his rehab should be close to done by then.

      Gallagher’s going to hit the Bulldogs next season, some think he might make the jump to the Canadiens out of camp but I don’t have that expectation. He could make the team halfway through the season or come up for the playoffs I imagine.

      If Gallagher/Bournival were to be signed to contracts they could potentially be deployed to Hamilton after their juniorseasons were up (as per the CHL transfer rules) but that is only a real possibility for Gallagher, Bournival’s team is hosting the Memorial Cup this year which will see him committed to his team until May and the Bulldogs don’t look like they’ll last long in the AHL playoffs ATM.

      Gallagher, less chance in some sense because while Vancouver doesn’t look strong, he’s one of the best scoring forwards in the WHL so with Vancouver knowing he is not going to be there next season, they may deal him at the WHL trade deadline to restock their team and send him to a team hoping to win the WHL Championship and a Memorial Cup berth. It’s a pretty common practice to move those guys if a team knows he’s gone next year and they can’t win the championship.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    While I understand these reports are just based on last week’s stats, and not formal evaluations of the players’ development, it’s difficult to be optimistic about our youngsters.

    There really is no one to get excited about in the next couple of years (younger players are harder to gage). Gallagher might make it in the NHL. Palushaj probably won’t. Leblanc, who knows? Tinordi and Beaulieu are long-term projects. And there’s no one else really.

    • kerrgte says:

      Certainly not much to get excited about in Hamilton.

      Gallagher, Tinordi and Beaulieu look very promising.

      Timmins – Talent, six feet plus, and truculence – in equal portions please. That’s what is needed!!

    • SmartDog says:

      Yeah, funny how bare our cupboard suddenly seems. Too bad Gomez isn’t worth something. It would be an awesome thing if we could dump him for, I dunno, a future 1st pair defenceman and a strong 3rd line forward with a great nose for the net. pppfffftttt… no-one would be so dumb.

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      • SeriousFan09 says:

        You pull 5 guys out in the course of less than 9 months with Subban, Weber, Pacioretty, Desharnais, White and it’s going to look like that SD.

        There’s no NHL team that just grabs 5 guys off their farm, puts them in on the team and boasts about still having a wealth of prospects ready for the show.

        – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
        SF09 on Twitter

        • SmartDog says:

          Got a point there. But just think if we DIDN’T pull them how sad our team would be.

          But look at it this way: we dumped O’Byrne, SK74, Higgins, McDonaugh (sp?), D’agostini, for pretty much nuthin’. So I guess our development is pretty good. It’s like they say about money though – sometimes getting it isn’t the hard part. KEEPING it is.

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          • SeriousFan09 says:

            as HH has reminded us often in the last bit, talent retention is the key issue for the Canadiens more than not recognizing it at all. Timmins does good work, but some of his best work has been tossed out the window.

            SK74 and McDonagh remain the heavy losses IMO from a pure talent perspective but let’s not forget Higgins bounced like a superball for two years before he finally cleaned up his act. OB, I don’t get why people are misty-eyed over a 3rd-pair D. D’Agostini a potential loss, but he wouldn’t be Top-6 here, and he’s not a checker either, issue with him was return. Palushaj hasn’t lived up to his Michigan stats.

            – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      It’s Habs Future, not Habs starting in the NHL Next Season Guaranteed.

      This is about the long-term view, always has been. You build the future with a farm system and it’s currently working to replenish Hamilton and all the talent MTL has pulled out of it since they grabbed Subban out in April 2010 and then went Weber/Pacioretty/Desharnais/White.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

  27. punkster says:

    Thanks Robert!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  28. HabFab says:

    Robert, what is with Scott Kishel?
    He has been a complete zero as a prospect and now in his final year in University decides to be a star! 10 GP – 1G + 6A (+4)
    He must want a contract or something…also is this Quailer’s final season in University?

  29. montreal ace says:

    I like what I have seen of Blumden so far and I did not know he was only 24. I notice that he skates well for a big man and if he continues to develop in other areas I think he might be a surprise.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Blunden could be the odd man out if we ever get back to a full line-up. White has to clear waivers and I doubt that Emelin would report to Hamilton. Diaz doesn’t have to clear so he might eventually be sent down.

      Of course, it’s hard to imagine the Habs ever having a full, healthy roster.

    • thorandresson says:

      He kinda reminds me of Pyatt a bit, without the crazy speed but with more size, you know they played together in the WJC a few years ago.

  30. eric says:

    Whatever happened to Kari ramo?

  31. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …maybe I was out of the country, I can’t remember, but I don’t recall THIS riot between Jacques Martin’s Senators and the Philthydelphia Phlyers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHnbYc8D5l0

    …maybe THIS was reason JM became a pacifist ? :)

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  32. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …most disappointed in Avtsin and Berger …2 I felt were ‘keepers’
    …those 2 potentially not blooming as expected takes a bit of the shine off Our group of prospects in My eyes
    …still early and I still hope They find Their games

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  33. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NzpU7Z1uwPA#!
    …My Son Quentin and I will be going to watch Brendan Gallagher play soon, and We hope the game is a bit calmer than this recent Dinamo Minsk vs Vityaz Chekhov game in the KHL
    …Vityaz Chekhov’s coach, Andrei Nazarov, makes Me appreciate Jacques Martin’s ‘lifeless’ demeanor behind Our bench more & more :)

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    Looks like Pribyl got called up to the big club and did okay. +2 and 1Goal in 3games. Am I reading that right Robert? Thanks for your updates.

  35. Habfan4lfe says:

    “at up-and-coming (we hope) Canadiens prospects.”

    Exactly.. glad you figured that out. I see very little value in reading any of these things when we wastefully discard these guys.


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