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

“I suspect the feature will be coming to a close by the end of the month or sooner,” Rice writes.  “AHL Playoffs start soon and not overly optimistic about a deep run this season for Hamilton, college hockey is about to close down as well and half the junior prospects are already out of it.”

THREE STARS

1. RW Aaron Palushaj (the guy in the photo) has continued to make good strides in his 2nd AHL season this week as he scored two goals and added five assists as he helped push the Hamilton Bulldogs back into a race for their division title in a perfect 4-win week for the team. Palushaj began his campaign by assisting on the opening goal for the Hamilton Bulldogs, than scoring the game-winner in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night. Palushaj kept up his production by adding two assists and scoring another eventual game-winning goal on Wednesday as the Bulldogs took a 4-1 victory. Palushaj added sngle assists in both the Friday and Saturday games as his team took two more wins in back to back contests. Palushaj now stands at 19 goals, 32 assists on his season which eleven goals and eight assists better than his previous-season totals in just two more games played and is the 2nd-leading scorer in Hamilton. Aaron Palushaj was drafted by St. Louis in the 2nd round, 44th overall in the 2007 Entry Draft and was acquired in the trade that sent Matt D’Agostini to St. Louis.

2. C Michaël Bournival scored two goals and two assists as his valued scoring and leadership helped bring his Shawinigan Cataractes a first-round playoff series win the QMJHL. Bournival assisted on one goal, than scored his 2nd game-winning goal in the series on Wednesday, allowing the Cataractes to take a 3-1 lead in the series. On Friday, Bournival would assist on the eventual game-winning goal and later scored an insurance marker as the Cataractes completed their playoff series win. Bournival over the course of his playoff series scored three goals, including two game-winners and has three assists.  Michaël Bournival was drafted in the 3rd round, 71st overall in the 2010 Entry Draft by Colorado and was acquired by the Canadiens in exchange for Ryan O’Byrne.

3. C Louis Leblanc has made his presence known so far in the QMJHL playoffs. He scored the series-winning goal for the Montreal Juniors on a shorthanded opportunity, it was his first shorthanded goal in the QMJHL. His goal helped seal a 4-0 series sweep that included two game-winners over the whole series. Leblanc’s goal was his fourth of the playoffs, making him the goal-scoring leader on the Juniors. Louis Leblanc was drafted in the 1st round, 18th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Worthy Mentions: RW Alexander Avtsin hit 20 points in his rookie AHL season and had his first multi-point AHL campaign since January 26th. LW Phillippe Lefebvre scored a goal and assist this week to maintain a points per game pace in the QMJHL playoffs.

Question Marks: C Gabriel Dumont continues to serve out a ten-game suspension for an illegal hit. D Morgan Ellis’s season is over in the QMJHL, his team was swept in the playoffs. G Robert Mayer had only one start in March. RW Brendan Gallagher’s season has ended in the WHL as his team was swept in the playoffs. D Jarred Tinordi’s season is over in the OHL, his team was eliminated in 6 games.

Complete Statistics for the week of March 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 which, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber and Ryan White have been called up to Montreal. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 41-26-2-7, are 2nd in the North Division, 4th in the Western Conference, 9th overall in the league.
RW Alexander Avtsin: 20 years old, 6’2″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 54GP, 5G, 13A, +1, 22 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 58GP, 5G, 15A, +2, 22 PIM

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

Season Stats: 64GP, 10G, 15A, +14, 38 PIM

Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, +5, 6 PIM | Complete Stats: 68GP, 10G, 16A, +19. 44 PIM

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

Season Stats: 56GP, 12G, 10A, +4, 112 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 7 PIM | Complete Stats: 60GP, 12G, 10A, +3, 119 PIM

C Gabriel Dumont: 20 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: 23 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats: 65GP, 9G, 14A, +8, 16 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, +12 PIM | Complete Stats: 69GP, 9G, 15A, +9 18 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: 67GP, 5G, 23A, +14, 49 PIM

Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 1A, +3, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 71GP, 6G, 24A, +17, 51 PIM

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

Season Stats: 60GP, 17G, 28A, +14, 30 PIM

Weekly Stats: 4GP, 2G, 5A, +5, 8 PIM | Complete Stats: 64GP, 19G, 33A, +19, 38 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: 23 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 (42W, 23L, 2OTL, 1 SOL) (4-1 Playoff Record)

Season Stats: 56GP, 28G, 36A, +4, 28 PIM

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

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

Junior Club: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (18W, 45L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) (0-4 Playoff Record)

Season Stats: 65GP, 8G, 28A, -27, 65 PIM

Playoff Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -2, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -2, 2 PIM | Complete Stats: 4GP, 0G, 0A, -4, 8 PIM

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

Junior Club: Montreal Juniors – Alternate Captain. (46W, 12L, 5 OTL, 5 SOL) (4-0 Playoff Record)

Season Stats: 51GP, 26G, 32A, +21, 98 PIM

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

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

Junior Club: Montreal Juniors (46W, 12L, 5OTL, 5 SOL) (4-0 Playoff Record)

Season Stats: 60GP, 19G, 27A, +26, 38 PIM

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

OHL:

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

Junior Club: London Knights (34W, 29L, 4 OTL, 1 SOL) (2-4 Playoff Record)

Season Stats: 63GP, 1G, 13A, -8, 140 PIM

Playoff Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 8 PIM
Weekly Stats: 4GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 9 PIM | Complete Stats: 6GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 17 PIM

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants – Alternate Captain (35W, 32L, 1 OTL, 4 SOL) (0-4 Playoff Record)

Season Stats: 66GP, 44G, 47A, +29, 108 PIM

Playoff Stats: 2GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 6 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP, 1G, 0A, 0, 8 PIM | Complete Stats: 2GP, 2G, 0A, 0, 14 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 (28W, 10L, 4T)

Season Stats: 30GP, 2G, 10A, +13, 17 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 30GP, 2G, 10A, +13, 17 PIM

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (32W, 8L, 3T)

Season Stats: 33GP, 8G, 20A, +7, 18 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 33GP, 8G, 20A, +7, 18 PIM

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

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines (28W, 10L, 4T)

Season Stats: 38GP, 3G, 13A, +13, 28 PIM
Weekly Stats: 0GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM | Complete Stats: 38GP, 3G, 13A, +13, 28 PIM

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

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green (19W, 12L, 3T)

Season 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.

KHL Club: Avangard Omsk (42W, 9L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL) (7-7 Playoff record)

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

Playoff Stats: 14GP, 6-4-2, 2.16GAA, .914%

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) (5-4 Playoff record)

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

Playoff Stats: 9GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 4 PIM

22 Comments

  1. Grumpyoldhab says:

    Thanks for the report. Is there any comments about what the Habs got with Zanette? Strengths or weaknesses?

  2. Bill says:

    The St. Louis Blues have to be feeling pretty good about getting D’Agostini for Palushaj right about now, eh?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  3. habstrinifan says:

    Re the discussion on Max Pac. Hope that posters have taken into account that the ‘rumour’ originating on team990 that Max Pac will be returning soon was an April Fool’s joke.

  4. habstrinifan says:

    I like the news re Palushaj(?). Seems he came up for a taste and went back down and decided that he would need to work harder cause base don the report his stats have soared. Good for him.

  5. ABHabsfan says:

    Hey Rob, I want to say how much I appreciated your weekly column on the club’s prospects. Looked forward to it every Monday. Just an idea; as there becomes less to report on the prospects, how about a little something about potential draft prospects? You may ,of course, have better things to do and I wouldn’t blame you. Golf courses could be open soon, though not here in AB as it just snowed a foot on the weekend. Just an idea and thanks again for the Prospects Report.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I’ll be doing some draft stuff, I’m compiling My Top 5 choices for the 2010 draft in the 1st round and try to dig up some stuff on potential sleeper picks. Not sure if H I/O will post it but I’ll definitely publish it on my blog.

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

  6. J.J. of Turku says:

    Karri Rämö was invited to Finnish national team, but there has been reports of some kind of injury and he will be not seen in the next world cup tournament.

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  7. Jonson says:

    if he is gonna listen to anyone i’m sure it will be you. you think he actually reads that crap? why are we so concerned again? if he can play, that is all that matters.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I’m sure people said the same thing about Eric Lindros after he got shoved back on the ice following his concussions, or any of the other players the Flyers medical staff criminally mistreated through the 90s and early 2000s.

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

    • punkster says:

      I assume you’re responding to 24 Cups sending an email to Max. Maybe you could read up on concussions, severity, treatment and the way sports teams handle them. Not a pretty picture. The main thing is that the information is out there and so many teams, players and fans just don’t take the time to read and understand. Do some research and you’ll see. :)

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • Jonson says:

        i understand all that, but his “severe concussion” premature diagnosis was bull. Recchi was 100% correct on the fact that he prob never had one. if SAvards concussion wasnt a “severe concussion” how can patches concussion have been.

        i Just dont understand why we have to get all personal about these things. Patches doesnt care what we send him. hockey players are a little selfish. i have never gotten a get well card from any of them.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Did you just deputize Mark Recchi into your argument? What are you a Bruins troll or just a 1970s knuckledragger-hockey enthusiast?

          You’re not a doctor and it is ridiculous for layman to countermand the diagnosis of trained medical professionals.

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

          • Jonson says:

            not at all, i think that hitting and fighting should be taken out. im saying that if it was a severe concussion would you think that they would even talk about him coming back? Savard wasnt even diagnosed with a Severe concussion. and that guy is struggling to do day to day stuff. ask savard if he was going to movies 5 days after the hit. Patches kept saying that he felt nothing wrong with head. does that sound like someone who has a SEvere concussion. The fractured vertebrae is way more scary, but he they are healed than why wouldnt get come back??

          • Jonson says:

            did you ever hear the doctors say that?? I think it was more the media

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            Diagnosis of Pacioretty’s injuries was a non-displaced fracture of the C4 vertebrae and a severe concussion. The issue of concussion is all of them are different and have different recovery periods. Some players develop and some do not develop post-concussion syndrome, but their brain is still healing from the damage taken because a concussion is a brain injury.

            Marc Savard was rushed back from injury last season, which complicated his recovery, hence why he couldn’t play at the start of the season. As for the concussion he suffered this season, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back as it was another brain injury on top of ones previously suffered, it compounded issues he was going to be dealing with the rest of his life. Look at Keith Primeau’s campaign for concussion awareness, it’s years since he retired and he still has issues.

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

          • Jonson says:

            than why is he coming back?

        • eric says:

          Savard is faking it.He wasn’t hit as hard as Pac.

  8. 24 Cups says:

    Robert – please sent me a contact e-mail at stevekerleyathotmaildotcom

    Thanks.

  9. 24 Cups says:

    Just sent MaxPac a get well message by way of the team website.

    “Hi Max – My message is quite simple, under no circumstances should you come back to play this year. Take the time you need so that you will be ready for training camp.

    Listen to your agent and family rather than the people (including Habs’ management) who run the NHL. The league’s record on concussions is pathetic.

    Your career and future quality of life is way more important than our team winning a playoff round.

    Kind Regards,
    24 Cups (Steve Kerley)”


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