Robert Rice (SeriousFan09) checks in with his weekly look at Canadiens’ prospects.
Danny Kristo, the Comeback Kid, tops this week’s list
1. RW Danny Kristo after missing more than 6 weeks to recovering from frostbite on his right foot returned to play and made his presence known with two goals and an assist over the weekend. Kristo returned to the lineup for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux this week and made big contributions to his team winning consecutive titles in the Western College Hockey Association Division in NCAA Hockey. Kristo who had not played a game since January 29threturned with great drive, scoring the first goal for his team on Friday night in his first shift of the game as his team won 4-3 to go to the Championship game. Kristo pushed his team further onwards on Saturday, scoring his team’s first goal and than assisting on the team’s 2nd goal to give his team a lead that would eventually allow them to win in overtime. Kristo’s comeback has him scoring at least 25 points for a second straight season in NCAA hockey and his productive return will be welcome as North Dakota will be now be looking to win a national championship in NCAA hockey.
2. RW Brendan Gallagher successfully returned to play for the Vancouver Giants following recovery from a concussion this week. Gallagher scored a goal and two assists to help his team snap an 8-game losing streak and win the final two games on their regular season schedule. Gallagher chipped in an assist in his first game back, a 3-1 loss on Friday night, added another on Saturday night as the team snapped their losing streak and then scored the initial and game-winning goal as his team swept their opponent 5-0 on Sunday. Gallagher’s final tally for the regular season stands at 44 goals, 47 assists, a 91-point effort, and ten points better than last season’s total in seven fewer games. Gallagher finished eighth overall in WHL scoring, seventh among goal scorers, he is now the 4th-highest scoring player in the history of the WHL Vancouver Giants.
3. G Karri Ramo rebounded nicely from a rough patch in his previous week, which is not completely surprising for the Finnish netminder, the last time he was pulled in a game, he rallied to become the top goaltender of the KHL for the rest of his season. With Avangard Omsk needing to rally in their playoff series down 2-1, Ramo made 57 stops in what became the longest playoff game in KHL history, Ramo played 109:11 in to triple overtime until his team finally scored to even the series at 2-2, he had a .966 save percentage in the game. Ramo then showed off his overtime credentials again, making 32 stops until his team scored in double overtime in the following game to take a 3-2 series lead. Omsk lost the following game, but Ramo still kept the game close, allowing only two goals and keeping a .944 save percentage on 34 shots. Ramo’s week ended with a .953 save percentage and 1.75 Goals Against Average, his playoff stats improved to 2.24GAA and a .914 save percentage. Ramo’s OT heroics have allowed Omsk to have a chance at advancement with Game 7 approaching on Monday.
Worthy Mentions: D Mathieu Carle has scored 25 points for a second time with the Hamilton Bulldogs, he leads all Hamilton defencemen in goals with 11.C Dustin Walsh scored a goal and assist as he helped Dartmouth College finish 3rd place in the NCAA ECAC Division, he has doubled his points production from last season. Bubble prospect G Peter Delmas has 3 shutouts in his 13 wins in the ECHL with a 2.11GAA and .927%. The CHL Regular season has concluded and the teams all six of Montreal’s junior league prospects have qualified for post-season play.
Question Marks: C Michaël Bournival is sidelined with a lower-body injury. LW Andrew Conboy took 37 minutes of penalties, including a game misconduct for “Abuse of officials” on Saturday night. C Gabriel Dumont has been suspended for 10 games by the AHL for a boarding violation, his check fractured the vertebrae of the player he hit. D Alexei Yemelin has seen his season ended, Ak Bars Kazan was eliminated from the KHL Playoffs, he scored no points in 9 playoff games.
Complete Statistics for the week of March 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 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 36-26-1-6, are 4th in the North Division, 11th in the Western Conference and 18th overall in the league.
RW Alexander Avtsin: 20 years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot. Season Stats: 48GP, 4G, 13A, +1, 22 PIM Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, +2, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 51GP, 5G, 13A, +3, 22 PIM
D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot. Alternate Captain Season Stats: 58GP, 10G, 14A, +15, 34 PIM Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 61GP, 10G, 15A, +14, 36 PIM
LW Andrew Conboy: 22 years old, 6’4”, 192 pounds, LH shot. Season Stats: 52GP, 11G, 10A, +3, 70 PIM Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, +1, 37 PIM | Complete Stats: 55GP, 12G, 10A, +4, 107 PIM
C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot. Season Stats: 60GP, 5G, 13A, -5, 79 PIM Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 60GP, 5G, 13A, -5, 79 PIM
C Andreas Engqvist: 22 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot. Season Stats: 59GP, 8G, 12A, +8, 16 PIM Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 62GP, 8G, 13A, +8, 16 PIM
G Robert Mayer: 22 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left. Season Stats: 21GP, 9-10-1-1, 3.06 GAA, .890% Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0-0-0-0, GAA, .% | 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: 61GP, 5G, 22A, +15, 47 PIM Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 64GP, 5G, 22A, +14, 47 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
RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot. Season Stats: 57GP, 17G, 27A, +15, 28 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.
C Michaël Bournival: 18 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot. Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain (42W, 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. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (18W, 45L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) Season Stats: 63GP, 8G, 26A, -27, 65 PIM Weekly Stats 2GP, 0G, 2A, 0 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 65GP, 8G, 28A, -27 65 PIM
C Louis Leblanc: 20 years old, 6’1″, 184 pounds, RH shot. Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (46W, 12L, 5 OTL, 5 SOL) Season Stats: 49GP, 26G, 31A, +18, 92 PIM Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, +3, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 51GP, 26G, 32A, +21, 98 PIM
LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 20 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot. Montreal Juniors (46W, 12L, 5OTL, 5 SOL) Season Stats: 59GP, 19G, 27A, +26, 38 PIM Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 60GP, 19G, 27A, +26, 38 PIM
D Jarred Tinordi: 19 years old, 6’7″, 212 pounds, LH shot. London Knights (34W, 29L, 4 OTL, 1 SOL) Season Stats: 60GP, 1G, 11A, -11, 134 PIM Weekly Stats 3GP, 0G, 2A, +3, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 63GP, 1G, 13A, -8, 140 PIM
RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot. Vancouver Giants (35W, 32L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) Season Stats: 63GP, 43G, 45A, +29, 100 PIM Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 2A, 0, 8 PIM | Complete Stats: 66GP, 44G, 47A, +29, 108 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 (26W, 10L, 4T) Season Stats: 26GP, 2G, 9A, +13, 17 PIM Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 1A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 28GP, 2G, 10A, +13, 17 PIM
RW Danny Kristo: 20 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot. University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (30W, 8L, 3T) Season Stats: 29GP, 5G, 17A, +1, 16 PIM Weekly Stats: 2GP, 2G, 1A, +4, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 31GP, 7G, 18A, +5, 16 PIM
D Greg Pateryn: 21 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds. RH shot. University of Michigan Wolverines (26W, 10L, 4T) Season Stats: 34GP, 3G, 12A, +13, 24 PIM Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 2PIM | Complete Stats: 36GP, 3G, 12A, +12 26PIM
C Dustin Walsh: 19 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot. Dartmouth College Big Green (19W, 12L, 3T) Season Stats: 32GP, 9G, 9A, +1, 8 PIM Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 34GP, 10G, 10A, +2, 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. Avangard Omsk (42W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) (7-6 Playoff record) Season Stats: 44GP, 33-6-2-1, 1.78GAA, .930% Playoff Stats: 10GP, 4-3-2, 2.49GAA, .896% Weekly Stats: 3GP, 2-1-0, 1.75GAA, .953% | Complete Stats: 13GP, 6-4-2, 2.24GAA, .914%
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: 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) (5-4 Playoff record) Season Stats: 51GP, 11G, 15A, +16, 117 PIM Playoff Stats: 7GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 4 PIM Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 9GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 4 PIM