Habs Inside/Out is happy to welcome a new contributor: Robert Rice, who is familiar to the Commentariat as SeriousFan09.
Robert is an expatriate Montrealer living in Brantford. He will monitor the Habs Prospects web site and keep an eye on future Canadiens in Hamilton, Wheeling, major junior, the U.S. colleges … just about everywhere.
In each weekly edition of Habs Future, Robert will file his Three Stars of the system and a comprehensive update on how all the team’s prospects are faring.
It’s great to have him aboard, and we hope you enjoy Robert’s stuff.
Let’s start out with video of Jarred Tinordi’s first fight in the OHL, then click on the jump for Robert Rice’s first report.
The Three Stars of the Week:
1. C Louis Leblanc:
The star QMJHL prospect of the Canadiens organization had a non-stop
weekend with 3 games in 3 nights between Nov 5th and 7th. Leblanc scored
a goal each night and added 3 assists to his scoring totals to lead the
Montreal Juniors with 26 points on the season and scored consecutive
game-winning goals on Saturday against the Quebec Ramparts and Sunday
against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Louis Leblanc leads the Montreal
Juniors in scoring and is 13th overall in scoring in the QMJHL and every
player ahead of him has played at least four more games.
2. RW Aaron Palushaj:
In an impressive week, Palushaj jumped into 4th overall scoring with
the Hamilton Bulldogs with 5 fewer GP than anyone ahead of him. It was
quite the week for the Palushaj considering he was injured and before
the week had begun, he had only 3 games played to date. His 2 goals and 5
assists helped pace the Bulldogs to a 3-win week, it could be
considered that the young winger is shaping to be a major offensive
contributor for the 2010-11 Bulldogs season.
3. D Mathieu Carle
After being quiet on the score sheet to start his season in Hamilton,
Carle had an explosive week for the Bulldogs, scoring goals in 3
consecutive games including the game-winning goal against the Manitoba
Moose on November 2nd and then the tying goal against the Moose
on November 3rd to bring the game to the shootout and a win for
Hamilton. He finished the week with 3 goals and 1 assist.
Mentions: D Jarred Tinordi had his first fight as a London Knight and
acquitted himself well. G Karri Ramo has only lost once in his last
seven starts. D Yannick Weber is leading the AHL in goals by a
defencemen with 7 so far. RW Alex Avtsin scored the final shootout goal
in Hamilton’s November 3rd win against the Manitoba Moose to decisively
end the game. C Andreas Engqvist has received great credit from reports
to be the best penalty killing forward on the Bulldogs. Maxim Trunev had
his first multi-point game of the season in the KHL. Brendan
Gallagher’s 17th goal of the season has him tied for the league lead in
goals in the WHL.
Question Marks: After scoring 36 points
in 41 games last season for North Dakota and 5 goals, 3 assists in the
2010 World Junior Championships, Danny Kristo has only three assists in 10 games so far this season at North Dakota. Ben Maxwell has only one point in his last five games. Bubble prospect Joonas Nattinen,
after being considered a very good find in the 3rd round of the 2009
Entry Draft, had an achilles tendon injury and had surgery, he was
placed on IR in September. Considering the nature of tendon injuries and
the requirement that Nattinen be signed to a contract this coming
summer according to draft selection rules, his injury does not bode well
for his immediate future. Alex Avtsin‘s wrist injury has limited
his ice time this season so far, it may continue to impede his ability
to stay in the lineup in Hamilton.
Complete Statistics for the week of November 1st:
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 team that may one day
fill out a role for the Canadiens. The Hamilton Bulldogs are currently on a
very solid 7-1-1-2 record to start the season and lead the North Division of
the AHL Western Conference.
RW Alexander Avtsin: 19
years old, 6’3″, 199 pounds, RH shot.
Season Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, +3, 0PIM
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0PIM
D Mathieu Carle: 23 years old, 6′, 203 pounds, RH shot.
Season Stats: 8GP, 1G, 0A, +3, 6 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 3G, 1A, +5, 2 PIM
C David Desharnais: 24
years old, 5’6″, 177 pounds, LH shot.
Season Stats: 8GP, 3G, 9A, +4. 2PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 2A, +4, 0PIM
C Gabriel Dumont: 19 years old, 5’10″, 180 pounds, RH shot.
Season Stats: 8GP, 1G, 1A, -2, 4PIM.
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM.
C Andreas Engqvist: 22
years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.
Season Stats: 8GP, 1G, 3A, 0, 4PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, +2, 2PIM
C Ben Maxwell: 22
years old, 6’1″, 191 pounds, LH shot.
Season stats: 8GP, 3G, 6A, 0, 4PIM.
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 1A, -1, 4PIM
G Robert Mayer: 21 years old, 6’1″, 209 pounds, catches left.
Season stats: 6GP, 3-2-0-1, 2.94 GAA, .878%
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 1-0-0-0, 3.69GAA, .862
D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 218 pounds, LH shot.
Season Stats: 9GP, 2G, 4A, +4, 8PIM
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, +2, 2PIM
LW Max Pacioretty: 21 years old, 6’2″, 210 pounds, LH shot.
Season Stats: 8GP, 1G, 7A, +2, 6PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 2G, 2A, +1, 2PIM
RW Aaron Palushaj: 21 years old, 6′, 183 pounds, RH shot.
Season Stats: 3GP, 0G, 4A, +1, 2PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 2G, 5A, +5, 0 PIM
RW Ian Schultz: 20 years old, 6’3″, 208 pounds, RH shot.
Season Stats: 6GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 9PIM.
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM
D Yannick Weber: 22 years old, 5’11″, 196 pounds, RH shot.
Season Stats: 8GP, 4G, 6A, -1, 10 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, +1, 0PIM
C Ryan White: 22 years old, 6′, 198 pounds, RH shot.
Season Stats: 8GP, 0G, 4A, +1, 7 PIM
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 0A, -1, 6PIM
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
C Louis Leblanc: 19 years old, 6’1″,
184 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Montreal Juniors, Alternate Captain. (14W, 3L, 3OTL)
Season Stats: 13GP, 9G, 11A, +9, 22 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 3G, 3A, +3, 6 PIM.
LW Phillippe Lefebvre: 19 years old, 6′, 200 pounds, LH shot.
Junior Club: Montreal Juniors (14W, 3L, 3OTL)
Season Stats: 15GP, 7G, 10A, +8, 15 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 1G, 2A, +2, 2 PIM
D Morgan Ellis: 18 years old, 6’2″, 196 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Team Captain (6W, 14L, 1 OTL)
Season Stats: 17GP, 2G, 7A, -6, 19 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, -2, 2 PIM
D Jarred Tinordi: 18 years old, 6’6″, 212 pounds, LH shot.
Junior Club: London Knights (9W, 5L, 1 OTL)
Season Stats: 11GP, 0G, 2A, +1, 10 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -5, 9 PIM.
RW Brendan Gallagher: 18 years old, 5’8″, 170 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Vancouver Giants (10W, 7L, 2 OTL)
Season Stats: 18GP, 16G, 13A, +15, 27 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 1G, 1A, +1, 6 PIM.
US College Hockey (NCAA) Report: The
Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years but at the
moment, there are only two I consider viable prospects.
D Mac Bennett: 6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.
NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines (4W, 0L, 1T)
Season Stats: 5GP, 0G, 3A, +5, 15 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0PIM
RW Danny Kristo: 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.
NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (4W, 1L, 0T)
Season Stats: 8GP, 0G, 3A -6, 4 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 2GP, 0G, 0A, 0, 0 PIM
Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Report:
MHL- The league under the KHL,
Maxim Trunev has been going between both leagues this season.
D Alexei Emelin: 24 years old, 6’1″, 221 pounds, LH shot.
KHL Club: Ak Bars Kazan (15W, 6L, 2 OTL, 2 SOL)
Season Stats: 19GP, 3G, 6A, +6, 20 PIM.
Weekly Stats: 3GP, 0G, 0A, -1, 6 PIM
G Karri Ramo: 23 years old, 6’3″, 207 pounds, catches left.
KHL Club: Avangard Omsk (14W, 7L, 1 OTL, 1 SOL)
Season Stats: 16GP, 9-4-2, 2.01 GAA, .917%.
Weekly Stats: 1GP, 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .933%
RW Maxim Trunev: 20 years old, 5’11″, 189 pounds, RH shot.
KHL Club: Severstal Cherepovets (13W, 9L, 2 OTL)
KHL: 13GP, 0G, 2A, -2, 2 PIM.
MHL: 6GP, 1G, 4A, +6, 53 PIM.
KHL: 2GP, 0G, 2A, +2, 0 PIM.