Habs Future

Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) offers his weekly statistical roundup on players in the Canadiens system.
Danny Kristo tops this week’s Three Stars.

The Three Stars of the Week

1. RW Danny Kristo has returned to prominence in rather dramatic fashion this week. After only one assist in his previous six contests, Kristo rediscovered his scoring touch to help end a 4-game losing streak for North Dakota with three goals and two assists over a 2-game series with Colorado College. Kristo snapped a goal scoring drought of six games a mere 36 seconds into the game on Friday night and in what became a wild 7-6 game, Kristo would score his team’s 6th goal to tie the game, than assisted on the game-winning goal. Kristo became just as instrumental in his team’s victory on Saturday night, assisting on the team’s first go-ahead goal and then scoring the game-winner in a 4-3 victory. Kristo’s 7 goals, 10 assists in 14 games have him tied for the team lead in points and tied 20th overall in NCAA scoring. Kristo was drafted in the 2nd round, 56th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2008 Entry Draft.

2. LW Steve Quailer surprisingly makes his 2nd straight appearance on Habs Future, but very worthy by having the most productive game of his NCAA career with Northeastern University. Against the University of Michigan on Friday night, Quailer scored his team’s first goal to tie the game at 1-1, than assisted on the next two goals to help bring his team a rare win in the standings in an eventual 4-1 victory. Quailer’s goal and two assists raised him to a point per game pace with 4 goals, 7 assists in 11 games, also making him the scoring leader at Northeastern University. Quailer was drafted in the 3rd round, 86th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2008 Entry Draft.

3. C Louis Leblanc (Called up by the Canadiens on Monday) is keeping to tradition, the perennial rookie now on his 5th team in 5 years is working his way to be the scoring leader of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Leblanc collected a goal and two assists as the Bulldogs continued their plunge, losing all three games on the week but Hamilton does have a continual bright spot in the rookie Leblanc. Leblanc now has 4 goals and 6 assists in 14 games, which has him tied for 2nd overall in team scoring. It is notable that Leblanc has played five fewer games than his closest competitors for the team scoring lead while he is coming off of recovery from shoulder surgery. Leblanc was drafted in the 1st round, 18th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Special Honours: D Nathan Beaulieu, C Michaël Bournival and RW Brendan Gallagher have all been invited to Team Canada’s World Junior Camp.

On The Radar: LW Olivier Archambeault scored a goal and assist to snap a 3 game scoring drought. D Nathan Beaulieu scored a goal and two assists, maintaining his spot at 6th overall in defensive scoring in the QMJHL. D Mac Bennett picked up three assists to hit 13 points in 16 games, besting his previous season mark of 12 points over 32 games. C Michaël Bournival added up three assists on Saturday to raise himself to 12 goals and 6 assists in 12 games. C Philip DeSimone scored a goal and two assists during the week. D Jarred Tinordi added two assists to his scoring totals.

Question Marks: C Gabriel Dumont is out with a shoulder injury. C Andreas Engqvist has a knee injury and is recovering with Montreal D Brendon Nash is out indefinitely after having shoulder surgery in October. C Daniel Pribyl did not play in Extraliga or First League action this week, unknown if scratched or injured. C Dustin Walsh is out with a leg injury.

Complete Statistics for the week of November 21st, 2011
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 9 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be thought to have future consideration for an NHL position. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 6-11-1-1 and are 5th in their Division, 15th in their Conference, 30th overall in the AHL.

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

Season Stats: 16GP, 2G, 4A, -4, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, -5, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 19GP, 2G, 5A, -9, 12 PIM

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

Season Stats: 7GP, 1G, 4A, +1, 4 PIM

Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 10GP, 1G, 4A, 0, 8 PIM

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

Season Stats: 16GP, 4G, 3A, -7, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 2A, -3, 12 PIM | Complete Stats: 19GP, 5G, 5A, -10, 18 PIM

Called up to Montreal:

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

Season Stats: 11GP, 3G, 4A, -2, 4 PIM

Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 2A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 14GP, 4G, 6A, -5, 4 PIM

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

Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 2A, +2, 0 PIM

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

Season Stats: 6GP, 1G, 6A, -3, 0 PIM


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

Season 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.


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


Season Stats:  6 GP, 4-1-0, 2.14GAA,  .912 Save %

Weekly Stats: 1 GP, 1-1-0, 2.00GAA,  .916 Save % | Complete Stats: 7 GP, 5-2-0, 2.14GAA,  .912 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.


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

Junior Club: Drummondville Voltigeurs

(12W, 14L, 2 OTL, 1 SOL – 13th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 21GP, 8G, 9A, -12, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 23GP, 9G, 10A, -10, 10 PIM

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

Junior Club: Saint John Sea Dogs – Alternate Captain

(23W, 7L, 0 OTL, 0 SOL- 1st of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 23GP, 6G, 14A, +16, 45 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 2A, +1, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 25GP, 7G, 16A, +17, 49 PIM

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

Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain

(19W, 8L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL – 4th of 17th overall in the QMJHL.)

Season Stats: 11GP, 12G, 3A, +4, 4 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 3A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 13GP, 12G, 6A, +4, 4 PIM

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

(11W, 17L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 15th of 17th overall in the QMJHL)

Season Stats: 21GP, 7G, 11A, -3, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -3, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 24GP, 7G, 11A, -6, 10 PIM


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

(20W, 5L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 1st of 20th overall in the OHL)

Season Stats: 13GP, 0G, 4A, +11, 34 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 2A, +3, 4 PIM | Complete Stats: 16GP, 0G, 6A, +14, 38 PIM


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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

(18W, 8L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 3rd of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 24GP, 5G, 10A, +18, 45 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 27GP, 5G, 10A, +17, 47 PIM

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

(16W, 10L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 6th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats: 21GP, 19G, 17A, +10, 27 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 23GP, 19G, 18A, +9, 33 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, 7L, 2T)

Season Stats: 14GP, 3G, 7A, +9, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 3A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 16GP, 3G, 10A, +9, 6 PIM

D Scott Kishel: 22 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

(9W, 3L, 2T)

Season Stats: 14GP, 1G, 11A, +10, 10 PIM

Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 14GP, 1G, 11A, +10, 10 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 21 years old, 5’11”, 188 pounds, RH shot.
NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(6W, 7L, 1T)

Season Stats: 12GP, 4G, 8A, +3, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 3G, 2A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 14GP, 7G, 10A, +5, 10 PIM

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(6W, 7L, 1T)

Season Stats: 12GP, 2G, 3A, -9, 6 PIM

Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 14GP, 2G, 3A, -9, 6 PIM

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

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(7W, 7L, 2T)

Season Stats: 14GP, 2G, 8A, +9, 10 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 15GP, 2G, 8A, +7, 10 PIM

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

NCAA Team: Northeastern University Huskies

(4W, 7L, 2T)

Season Stats: 10GP, 3G, 5A, +1, 12 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 1G, 2A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 11GP, 4G, 7A, +3, 12 PIM

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

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green

(4W, 5L, 1T)

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

(16W, 3L, 6 OTL – 1st of 14th overall in the League)

Season Stats: 15GP, 2G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 15GP, 2G, 0A, 0, 2 PIM

Czech First League Team: HC Berountsi Medovi

(13W, 13L, 1 OTL – 8th of 14th overall in the League)

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

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

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

Elitserien Team: Farjestads BK

(11W, 8L, 6 OTL – 7th of 12 overall in the League)

Season Stats: 22GP, 5G, 6A, -7, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 25GP, 5G, 7A, -7, 2 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

(12W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL – 9th of 23rd overall in the League)

Season Stats: 21GP, 3G, 4A, -3, 0 PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 22GP, 3G, 4A, -3, 0 PIM


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  2. Marc10 says:

    It’s always hard to predict who will turn into a Hab/NHLer from the current list, but I always keep an eye out for these updates to see who’s coming up the pipeline.

    1) Gallagher
    2) Beaulieu
    3) Bournival
    4) Kristo
    5) Tinordi

    I’d have put Leblanc in there, but he’s already taking a first step… and good luck to him! And St Denis and Paloosh are already there!

  3. RS says:

    Beaulieu, Tinordi, Ellis, Dietz, Pateryn, Bennett (even Nash and Nygren) that’s some decent D prospects. Only time will tell. None of them are candidates to make the Habs next year, but Hamilton will get some good young talent.

    Spacek won’t be back next year but I suspect the Habs might try to sign Gill for one more year. Seems kinda crazy.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      I wouldn´t rule out Beaulieu for next season yet. Two months into the next season he´ll be 20. I know it´s better for the majority of players to play at least one year in the AHL but it might not be necessary for every single young player.

  4. NCRhabsfan says:

    It will be interesting to see what happens if LL scores 6 points in the 3 games…

  5. greggiemchabfan says:

    Thanks for another great update. Watch for big numbers from Morgan Ellis this week. He’ll likely have something to prove after not being invited to the world junior camp. He’s been one of the top 5 defenders in the QMJHL this season. And with the trade deadline approaching (Dec. 19) suitors are lining up for his services.

  6. rated_R says:

    Kristo wants to play in Montreal. One of my friends met him at Las Vegas in a pool. It was a coincidence that they met and he wasnt even a hockey fan. Kristo told my buddy last spring he’s going to finish school before he goes Pro and play for the Habs. So stop saying he has no interest to play here.

  7. karatekid says:

    Wow was Avtsin ever over-hyped. 2 goals this year! Weren’t people saying he was a mini Ovechkin? Leblanc getting the call over him says something as well.


  8. HabinBurlington says:

    I have this feeling that Kristo will be trade bait for the habs. He is another smallish player and I would sooner that be given to Bournival and Gallagher. Plus he does need to be signed by this upcoming summer I believe.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Could Be Burl but in my effort to be a more positive poster I think he does play a little bigger tthen his size. He is not DD size after all.

    • sampson12 says:

      I agree. When it comes to the little trade bait that the organization has, he tops my list of forward prospects. I wouldn’t part with the other guys you mentioned.

    • Ehabs9 says:

      I would trade Bournival long before Kristo. Kristo has produced and played well in every league he’s been in. I’m not a huge fan of players going the University route, but it seems to be the only reason he hasn’t been around more for camps etc. His performances in the World Juniors speak for themselves, I think he’s a highly underrated prospect for us.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Folks, Leblanc and Bournival are an INCH taller than Kristo, how many people on this site are part of that insecure group of men who say they’re 6′ when they’re actually 5″10 1/2, 5’11”? I and my father have been meeting those people for many a year and it’s a little sad how much hay is made out of that 1″.

      Kristo possesses a top-end speed and the ability to carry out plays and finish at that speed. Respect to Bournival but he is 1″ taller and he’s projected as a bottom-6 checker, not with a Top-6 upside. Also, he would play C while Kristo would play wing, they’re not in competition for a spot. Kristo can also play a senior year at UND but likely won’t as he’s likely ready to transition to Hamilton.

      We are blessed with a giant pipeline of defensive prospects, which is usually a trade point, you give defence to a team that wants it and they give you offensive talent. We’re supposed to trade away one of the FOUR guys we have with a Top-6 ability? Come on.

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

  9. veryhabby says:

    Thanks for these updates…love them.

    If not mistaken, don’t the habs have to sign both Kristo and Pateryn by this summer or we lose their rights? Like Fischer, I don’t have a great gut feeling about Kristo. Not that I think he’s a bust, I just think he isn’t going to sign with MTL for some reason. Hope I am wrong. I don’t like to lose prospects at this point in their development. I think the AHL shows a team if the prospect has a chance in the NHL or not.

    I have high hopes for Bennett and Pateryn. Team-mates, and apparently linemates too. Their coach said Pateryn has totally taken huge step this year in his development and is now the most important Dman on the team. That was earlier in the season. Notice his points not growing as much lately. I hope he’s still that #1 guy for that team.

    It will be interesting to see how Leblanc does on his call up. Remember he missed all of preseason due to injury, so the “reality”of the NHL game may be a big surprise for this kid.

    Lastly, I think we are presently seeing the effect of that Tangauy trade. Almost as bad a trade as the Gomez one. We lost a 1st and a 2nd rounder. That 1st rounder, if chosen properly, would be our #1 prospect this year….ready to make the jump to the NHL, instead the Dogs are suffering and we have to call up Leblanc way too early. and possibly that 2nd rounder too, again if chosen properly.

    • Stev.R says:

      To be fair, Tanguay was one hell of a pick up that season until he and Lang got hurt, and it turned into the ugliest season of our lives.

      The pick we had that year could have been John Carlson. Imagine:
      Subban – Carlson
      Gorges – Beaulieu
      Tinnordi – Emelin
      as a future top 7. Throw in Mcdonagh if we’re dreaming.

      Also, didn’t get Pateryn in the Grabovski trade? How is he only 21. That trade happened like a 100 years ago. Did Toronto draft him when he was 13?

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Fischer was unsigned because the team sensed from his NCAA career, he was a bust more than anything I’m pretty sure.

      Kristo represents a 2nd-round pick and one of the few Top-6 capable talents they have. Mix in that he has a friendship with Louis Leblanc from when they tore it up in the USHL and I’m not too concerned he will not sign and the Habs wouldn’t want to get him signed.

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

  10. Habfan10912 says:

    Thanks Robert. Good to see Kristo getting into the groove. I remember seeing him at the WJC and was very impressed with his speed. I hope he develops into a top 6 forward.
    Great size coming from our future D corps. Please hurry!!

  11. Kooch7800 says:

    Thanks for the update Serious. In my opinion our best prospect by is
    Nathan Beaulieu . I can see him being a really good long term d man in the NHL. Tinordi will develop into one as well I believe. I am still not sold on Kristo being an NHL’er. I could be wrong but I just don’t see it.

  12. nick says:

    I saw a post earlier:
    “What about Neal’s highstick on PK!?!?!?”

    According to Jeff Marek:
    James Neal fined $2500 for high-stick on PK Subban.

  13. ABHabsfan says:

    Thanks for the great report, as ususal SF09! You have to be impressed with Darren Dietz’ +18. I didn’t realize Pateryn was as big big as that, 6’3″ 222lbs is a serious load and he has skills. I saw the Wolverines on TV last year and he got he lion’s-share of ice time

  14. 24 Cups says:

    I was afraid of this happening. Just like we did with MaxPac, the Habs call up Leblanc before he’s ready for the challenge of the NHL. All because we don’t have enough depth to cover injuries up front. I guess I can live with it if the move is just to cover the three game suspension. It’s also on a road trip that few people will actually watch, so that lightens the pressure.

    I just hope that we don’t ruin this kid. He really hasn’t had that much exposure to high level hockey.

    • habs03 says:

      You said it yourself, its 3 games on the road. I don’t see what the big fuss is about, PK did just fine in his 2 game call up a few years back. Its actually great, a 3 game taste of the NHL, playing in the West coast, no pressure. Can’t ask for a better position to put a rookie in.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        at that point though PK had played more games in the AHL than LL. really though a few games isn’t bad but I think what 24 cups is saying is it is sad that for a 3 game suspension LL is the next call up. Our depth on the Dogs isn’t looking good

        • habs03 says:

          While the Dogs are not doing well, that isn’t because of our prospect poll but rather because of the stupid AHL rule, that a players needs to be 20(might be 19) to play in the AHL, guys like Gallagher, Bournival, Tinordi, are all AHL ready but can’t make the job from Juniors because of a stupid age rule.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Junior isn’t a bad place to develop though either. Tinordi is better off in London. They have a solid organization and can really help with their development and I also think that Gallagher is better off in Junior as well. Hopefully they will also both be in the World Juniors this year.
            I still stick with Nathan Beaulieu as our best D prospect. I really like what I have seen of him and he looked great in Camp. With a few more years of development I think he will be great

        • Stev.R says:

          I think next year the Dogs will have Kristo, Gallagher, Ellis, Tinnordi, Bournival, and maybe Beaulieu???

          Not to mention they’ll still have Leblanc and Palushaj and Gomez

        • Malreg says:

          Hamilton is definitely in a transition year, after recently losing Pacioretty, Desharnais, Subban, and White. They are also missing Engvist, who is injured, and Palushaj and St-Denis who are up with the big club temporarily.

          Not to mention their best defenseman, Nash, still hasn’t skated yet this year.

          They will definitely have a much better year next year, when players like Kristo, Beaulieu, Tinordi, Gallagher join the team.

    • Stev.R says:

      It’s also nice to get those first few games out of the way. Show him what it’s like in the NHL; what the daily routine is, get to know the players, coaches, trainers, and it also gets that first nervous excited game out of the way. I don’t think they plan on using him much this year. I think next season he will be given the first call up role, like what Patches was last year and Palushaj is this year.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      3 games on the road and than Pacioretty’s suspension is up and Leblanc can go back to Hamilton to play his season. We had Subban up for a 2-spot in 2010 when Markov missed a couple games.

      I think the team learned their lessons with Guimauve, Sergei K (should have been longer in the AHL to start with) and Pacioretty about early starts, especially since Max, much like Louis now wasn’t physically ready for a regular role in the NHL.

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

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