Catching the Torch: October 7-13 Edition

Joel Auerbach

The premiere report on Canadiens prospects for the 2013-14 Season.

The Three Stars

1. D Greg Pateryn

Greg Pateryn has earned top honours this week for an impressive opening weekend with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Pateryn would start the weekend scoring a shorthanded goal for Hamilton in their home opener on Friday night in what would be an eventual 3-2 victory for Hamilton over the St. John's IceCaps. Pateryn would improve on his production the following night facing off against the Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring a goal and assist but unfortunately to lesser results as the Bulldogs would lose in an eventual 4-3 shootout decision. Pateryn leads the Hamilton Bulldogs in goals (2) and points (3) over the first two games of the season. Greg Pateryn was drafted by in the 5th round, 128th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Draft and was acquired by Montreal in the Mikhail Grabovski Trade.

2. RW Jérémy Grégoire

Jérémy Grégoire continues to be one of the major surprises to start the 2013-14 season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He would begin his week scoring a goal in a 4-2 loss for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar against the Quebec Remparts on Wednesday, this also extended his current goal scoring streak to three games. He would further his streak on Saturday, marking the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory for Baie-Comeau over the Gatineau Olympiques. He would save his best to close out the week though, as he would score two goals and an assist in a 8-1 thrashing of Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Grégoire's twelve goals have him ranked 2nd in the QMJHL in goal scoring and he is ninth overall in points in the league with 16 points over 10 games, he also leads Baie-Comeau in scoring. Jérémy Grégoire was drafted in the 6th round, 176th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft.

3. D Dalton Thrower

If there was one member of the Canadiens 2012 Draft Class that was looking to reinvigorate his career, it was Dalton Thrower and he is certainly working his way towards that in the 2013-14 Western Hockey League season. While he would go pointless in his first game of the week against the Prince Albert Raiders in a 4-3 shootout loss, he would quickly find his way on to the scoresheet. He would record the lone goal for Vancouver in a trip to visit his former club the Saskatoon Blades, but they would suffer a 6-1 loss in Thrower's homecoming. He would mark another goal in the following game, a 5-4 overtime loss to the Regina Pats. He would round out his week marking two assists in a 5-2 loss to the Swift Current Broncos. Thrower currently leads the Vancouver Giants in scoring with 3 goals and 3 assists over 6 games. Dalton Thrower was drafted in the 2nd round, 51st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

On The Radar:

- LW Sven Andrighetto scored a goal and assist.

- RW Sebastian Collberg scored two assists.

- LW Connor Crisp scored a goal and assist.

- RW Patrick Holland scored a goal and assist.

- C Brady Vail scored 2 goals.

Question Marks:

- LW Tim Bozon has only scored 3 points in his first nine games.

Called up to Montreal:

- D Nathan Beaulieu

- C Michaël Bournival

- D Jarred Tinordi

Injured:

- RW Christian Thomas

Complete Statistics for the Week of October 7th-13th:

Legend:

Skaters: Games Played, Goals, Assists, Points, Penalty Minutes
Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage
Teams: For CHL: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses. For NCAA, Wins, Losses, Ties. For SHL, SM-Liiga: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses.
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 16 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be regarded as having a potential NHL upside. The Hamilton Bulldogs are 1-0-1 to start the season.

LW Sven Andrighetto: 20 years old, 5’10", 183 pounds, LH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 2 1 1 2 2

D Nathan Beaulieu: 20 years old, 6’2", 194 pounds, LH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 0 0 0 0 0

C Michaël Bournival: 21 years old, 5’11, 196 pounds, LH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 0 0 0 0 0

D Darren Dietz: 20 years old, 6’1", 204 pounds, RH shot

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 2 0 0 0 4

C Gabriel Dumont: 23 years old, 5'10", 184 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 2 0 0 0 4

D Morgan Ellis: 21 years old, 6'1", 204 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 0 0 0 0 0

RW Stefan Fournier: 21 years old, 6’3", 205 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 0 0 0 0 0

RW Patrick Holland: 21 years old, 6’, 185 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 2 1 1 2 0

RW Louis Leblanc: 22 years old, 6’, 178 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 2 0 0 0 2

C Joonas Nättinen: 22 years old, 6'3", 192 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 2 0 1 1 0

D Magnus Nygren: 23 years old, 193 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 2 0 1 1 4

RW Erik Nystrom: 19 years old, 5’11", 179 pounds, LH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 2 0 0 0 0

D Greg Pateryn: 23 years old, 6’2", 222 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 2 2 1 3 0

RW Christian Thomas: 21 years old, 5’9", 176 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 0 0 0 0 0

D Jarred Tinordi: 21 years old, 6'6", 227 pounds, LH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 0 0 0 0 0

G Dustin Tokarski: 24 years old, 5’11", 195 pounds, Left-Handed Glove.

Time Games Played Wins Losses OTL GAA Save % Shutouts
Last week 1 1 0 0 2.00 .942 0

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.

G Zachary Fucale: 18 years old, 6'1", 181 pounds, left-handed glove.

Junior Club: Halifax Mooseheads (7W-6L-0OTL-0SOL)

Stats:

Time Games Played Wins Losses OTL GAA Save % Shutouts
Season to last week 9 6 3 0 2.40 .905 0
Last week 1 0 1 0 4.00 .833 0
Season total 10 6 4 0 2.56 .898 0

RW Jérémy Grégoire: 18 years old, 5'11", 190 pounds, right-handed shot.

Junior Club: Baie-Comeau Drakkar - Alternate Captain (7W-4L-0OTL-2SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 7 8 3 11 5
Last week 3 4 1 5 2
Season total 10 12 4 16 7

LW Charles Hudon: 19 years old, 5'10", 171 pounds, left-handed shot.

Junior Club: Chicoutimi Saguenéens - Team Captain (6W-6L-OTL-OSOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 7 3 6 9 23
Last week 3 1 1 2 4
Season total 10 4 7 11 27

RW Martin Reway: 18 years old, 5'9", 170 pounds, left-handed shot.

Junior Club: Gatineau Olympiques (7W-5L-0OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 4 1 2 3 2
Last week 3 0 2 2 4
Season total 7 1 4 5 6

OHL:

LW Connor Crisp: 19 years old, 6'3", 225 pounds, left-handed shot.

Junior Club: Sudbury Wolves (3W-2L-3OTL-1SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 7 3 4 7 22
Last week 3 1 1 2 6
Season total 10 4 5 9 28

RW Michael McCarron: 18 years old, 6'5", 235 pounds, right-handed shot.

Junior Club: London Knights (7W-1L-0OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 4 1 3 4 7
Last week 2 0 1 1 2
Season total 6 1 4 5 9


C Brady Vail: 19 years old, 6'1", 194 pounds, left-handed shot.

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires (4W-5L-0OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 6 5 5 10 0
Last week 3 2 0 2 9
Season total 9 7 5 12 9

WHL:

LW Tim Bozon: 19 years old, 6'1", 185 pounds, left-handed shot.

Junior Club: Kamloops Blazers (2W-7L-0OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 6 1 0 1 2
Last week 3 0 2 2 2
Season total 9 1 2 3 4

D Dalton Thrower: 19 years old, 5’11", 203 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants - Team Captain (1W-7L-1OTL-1SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 2 1 1 2 4
Last week 4 2 2 4 4
Season total 6 3 3 6 8

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: 22 years old, 6', 182 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines – Team Captain (2W-0L-0T)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 0 0 0 0 0
Last week 2 0 0 0 2
Season total 2 0 0 0 2

C Mark MacMillan: 21 years old, 6’, 183 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (1W-0L-1T)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 0 0 0 0 0
Last week 2 1 1 2 4
Season total 2 1 1 2 4

SHL Report: The SHL or Swedish Hockey League League is the top professional league of Sweden. A prospect playing well in this league is a typical indication they may be ready for the AHL or even the NHL. The Allsvenskan is the secondary professional league of Sweden, playing directly under the SHL.

RW Sebastian Collberg: 19 years old, 5'11", 175 pounds, RH shot.

SHL Team: Frolunda HC (6W-5L-1OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 4 0 0 0 4
Last week 3 0 2 2 0
Season total 7 0 2 2 4

LW Jacob de la Rose: 18 years old, 6'2", 190 pounds, LH shot.

SHL Team: Leksands IF (6W-5L-1OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 9 1 2 3 4
Last week 3 0 1 1 0
Season total 12 1 3 4 4

SM-Liiga Report: The SM-Liiga is the top professional league in Finland. While it is not at as high a level as the competition level of the KHL or SHL, a prospect performing well in this league can indicate they are ready for professional hockey in North America.

LW Artturi Lehkonen: 18 years old, 5'11", 163 pounds, LH shot.

Liiga Team: KalPa Kupio (4W-6L-2OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 9 3 5 8 0
Last week 3 0 1 1 4
Season total 12 3 6 9 4

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