Catching The Torch: Oct 21-27 Edition

Ezra Shaw

A statistical review of the Montreal Canadiens prospects and their performance for the past week.

The Three Stars

1. RW Louis Leblanc

If there is one prospect who has raised his profile this week, it is certainly Louis Leblanc. The somewhat embattled Leblanc who had prior to the 2012-13 season been thought as a steady property for the club injected new life into his status as an NHL prospect this past week with the Hamilton Bulldogs. He would begin the week in a rather dramartic fashion on Tuesday versus the Rockford IceHogs in an impressive 3-point performance. Leblanc would mark a pair of assists in regulation time, including on the game-tying goal to force overtime, then would mark his first goal of the season as the overtime game-winner. Leblanc would prove himself no less the hero on Friday, as he would notch two goals on Saturday versus the Rochester Americans including for a consecutive game, the overtime game-winner. Leblanc would finish the weekend off scoring a single goal in a 3-2 victory for the Bulldogs over the Utica Comets. Leblanc's performance this week seemed to also impress the Montreal Canadiens brass, as he is their latest call-up to fill in the missing depth at forward. Louis Leblanc was drafted in the 1st round, 18th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 NHL Draft.

2. LW Sven Andrighetto

The biggest surprise on the the Hamilton Bulldogs this season, Sven Andrighetto has been turning heads as the rookie has taken a leading offensive role on the team to begin the year. Andrighetto would begin the week scoring a pair of goals for Hamilton in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday. He would pick up an assist in the team's next effort, a 4-3 overtime victory versus the Rochester Americans. Andrighetto would maintain his scoring streak by collecting another assist in a 3-2 victory over the Utica Comets. Andrighetto would round out his week marking one more assist, but in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies. With three goals and four assists over eight games, Andrighetto leads the Hamilton Bulldogs in scoring and is on a 4-game point streak of two goals, three assists over that time. Sven Andrighetto was drafted in the 3rd round, 86th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft.

3. D Magnus Nygren

In his rookie season with the Hamilton Bulldogs,Magnus Nygren is starting to turn some heads with some notable offensive production. Nygren would start the week picking up an assist on the game-winning goal in Hamilton's 5-4 overtime victory against the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday. He would impress further later on, scoring his first AHL goal and marking an assist as the Bulldogs would edge the Rochester Americans in a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday. Nygren's scoring for the week would end there, but he has so far enjoyed a very encouraging start to his professional debut in North America with five points in his first eight games. Magnus Nygren was drafted in the 4th round, 113th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft.

On The Radar:

- LW Tim Bozon scored three assists.

- G Zachary Fucale won all three of his starts this past week.

- RW Erik Nystrom scored three assists, the first three points of his AHL career.

- RW Martin Reway scored a goal and four assists.

- D Dalton Thrower scored four assists.

- C Brady Vail scored a goal and three assists.

Question Marks:

- RW Sebastian Collberg has no goals over 11 games.

- LW Artturi Lehkonen has no goals in his last 11 games.

- RW Michael McCarron has gone six games without a point.

Called up to Montreal:

- C Michaël Bournival

- RW Patrick Holland

- RW Louis Leblanc

- D Greg Pateryn

Injured:

- RW Christian Thomas (Sports Hernia)

Complete Statistics for the Week of October 21st-27th:

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.

AHL:

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 4-2-0-2 this season.

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 4 1 1 2 2
Last week 4 2 3 5 4
Season total 8 3 4 7 6

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

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

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 4 0 2 0 6
Last week 4 0 3 2 8
Season total 8 0 5 4 14

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Last week 3 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 4 0 0 0 4

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

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

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

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

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 4 0 2 2 0
Last week 4 0 0 0 0
Season total 8 0 2 2 0

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 4 0 2 2 4
Last week 4 1 2 3 2
Season total 8 1 4 5 6

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 4 0 0 0 0
Last week 4 0 3 3 0
Season total 8 0 3 3 0

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

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

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 3 0 0 0 2

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

Time Games Played Wins Losses OTL GAA Save % Shutouts
Season to last week 2 1 0 1 1.92 .934 0
Last week 2 2 0 0 2.99 .902 0
Season total 4 3 0 1 2.45 .918 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.

QMJHL:

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

Junior Club: Halifax Mooseheads (12W-7L-0OTL-0SOL)

Stats:

Time Games Played Wins Losses OTL GAA Save % Shutouts
Season to last week 12 8 4 0 2.55 .903 0
Last week 3 3 0 0 2.33 .875 0
Season total 15 11 4 0 2.51 .899 0

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

Junior Club: Baie-Comeau Drakkar - Alternate Captain (12W-4L-0OTL-2SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 13 12 10 22 13
Last week 2 0 2 2 0
Season total 15 12 12 24 13

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

Junior Club: Chicoutimi Saguenéens - Team Captain (10W-8L-OTL-OSOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 14 5 11 16 27
Last week 2 0 1 1 6
Season total 16 5 12 17 33

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

Junior Club: Gatineau Olympiques (12W-6L-0OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 10 3 5 8 8
Last week 3 1 4 5 2
Season total 13 4 9 13 10

OHL:

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

Junior Club: Sudbury Wolves (5W-3L-3OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 11 6 7 13 37
Last week 3 0 0 0 2
Season total 14 6 7 13 39

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

Junior Club: London Knights (8W-5L-1OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 9 1 4 5 15
Last week 3 0 0 0 9
Season total 12 1 4 5 24

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

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires (8W-6L-0OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 11 7 5 12 9
Last week 3 1 3 4 4
Season total 14 8 8 16 13

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kootenay Ice (7W-6L-2OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 13 3 4 7 13
Last week 2 0 3 3 0
Season total 15 3 7 10 13

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

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants - Team Captain (4W-9L-1OTL-1SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 7 4 3 7 8
Last week 4 0 4 4 9
Season total 11 4 7 11 17

NCAA:

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 (4W-1L-1T)

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

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (2W-1L-1T)

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

SHL:

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 (10W-5L-1OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 9 0 3 3 4
Last week 2 0 0 0 2
Season total 11 0 3 3 6

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

SHL Team: Leksands IF (7W-7L-2OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 14 2 3 5 6
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 16 2 3 5 6

SM-Liiga:

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 (5W-10L-2OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 14 3 7 10 4
Last week 3 0 0 0 0
Season total 17 3 7 10 4


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