Catching The Torch: Oct 28-Nov.3 Edition

Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Three Stars

1. D Magnus Nygren

While he has not had a turn with the Canadiens yet, Magnus Nygren's offensive efforts for the Hamilton Bulldogs are no doubt building a case for him to get a cup of coffee with the big club this season. In his first game of the week versus the Toronto Marlies, Nygren would assist on the game-tying goal to force overtime, then would also factor into the overtime goal with his 2nd assist of the game in a 2-1 victory for Hamilton. He would carry his offensive efforts through to the next game as well, picking up an assist in what would be an eventual 3-2 shootout loss for the Bulldogs versus the Abbotsford Heat. Nygren has scored a goal and seven assists in 10 games this season, which ties him for the team lead in scoring in Hamilton. Magnus Nygren was drafted in the 4th round, 113th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2. D Dalton Thrower

A complete turnaround from his fortunes last season, Dalton Thrower has found new lifewith the Vancouver Giants continues to be one of the more inspiring comeback stories in the Canadiens farm system this year. Thrower would begin his week marking a pair of assists as the Giants would take a 6-5 victory over the Prince George Cougars. He would earn special distinction the following night, scoring the overtime game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory in a rematch with Prince George. He would mark an assist in the following game, a 6-4 loss to the Spokane Chiefs. Thrower would finish his week scoring his 6th goal of the season in an eventual 4-3 shootout victory for the Giants over the Kamloops Blazers. Thrower's 6 goals in 15 games match his goals production from last season, but in 39 fewer games and is enjoying a 7-game points streak with 2 goals and 7 assists over the span. Dalton Thrower was drafted in the 2nd round, 51st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

3. RW Jérémy Grégoire

Jérémy Grégoire continues to be one of the most impressive early surprises from the 2013 NHL Draft as he continues to score at a prodigious rate for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Grégoire began his week by scoring his first goal in six games which came as excellent timing as it forced overtime for Baie-Comeau versus the Quebec Remparts, although the game would end in a 6-5 shootout loss for Baie-Comeau. He would provide an even greater impact in the following match versus Rimouski Oceanic, scoring a goal and assist as Baie-Comeau would come back from a 3-0 deficit to force overtime, where he would also score in the shootout in what became an eventual 4-3 victory for Baie-Comeau. He would maintain his scoring campaign through his final game of the week as well, scoring a goal and assist in a dominant 9-2 victory for Baie-Comeau over the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Grégoire has scored 15 goals and 14 assists over 18 games, which has him leading Baie-Comeau in scoring, puts him 5th in overall scoring in the QMJHL while enjoying a 13-game points streak, scoring 10 goals and 11 assists over that time. Jérémy Grégoire was drafted in the 6th round, 176th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft.

On The Radar:

- D Nathan Beaulieu scored two assists.

- LW Charles Hudon scored a goal and three assists.

- RW Martin Reway scored three assists.

Question Marks:

- LW Tim Bozon has 3 goals in 17 games.

- RW Sebastian Collberg has no goals in 14 games.

- LW Connor Crisp has gone 6 games without a point.

- LW Artturi Lehkonen has no goals in his last 14 games.

- RW Michael McCarron has gone 8 games without a point.

Called up to Montreal:

- C Michaël Bournival

- RW Louis Leblanc

- D Greg Pateryn

Injured:

- D Darren Dietz (Wrist Injury)

- RW Christian Thomas (Sports Hernia)

Complete Statistics for the Week of October 28-November 5th:

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 5-2-0-3 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 8 3 4 7 6
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 10 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 2 0 0 0 0
Last week 2 0 2 2 0
Season total 4 0 2 2 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 8 0 5 5 14
Last week 2 0 0 0 2
Season total 10 0 5 5 16

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

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

RW Stefan Fournier: 21 years old, 6’3", 205 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

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 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 6 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 7 4 2 6 6
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
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 8 0 2 2 0
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 10 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 8 1 4 5 6
Last week 2 0 3 3 0
Season total 10 1 7 8 6

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 8 0 3 3 0
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 10 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 6 3 2 5 6
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
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
Season to last week 3 0 0 0 2
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 5 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 4 3 0 1 2.45 .918 0
Last week 1 1 0 0 0.95 .960 0
Season total 5 4 0 1 2.14 .925 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 (14W-8L-0OTL-0SOL)

Stats:

Time Games Played Wins Losses OTL GAA Save % Shutouts
Season to last week 15 11 4 0 2.51 .899 0
Last week 2 0 1 0 8.50 .763 0
Season total 17 11 5 0 2.85 .887 0

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

Junior Club: Baie-Comeau Drakkar - Alternate Captain (17W-4L-0OTL-6SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 15 12 12 24 13
Last week 3 3 2 5 8
Season total 18 15 14 29 21

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

Junior Club: Chicoutimi Saguenéens - Team Captain (11W-10L-OTL-OSOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 16 5 12 17 33
Last week 3 1 3 4 6
Season total 19 6 15 21 39

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

Junior Club: Gatineau Olympiques (14W-7L-0OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 13 4 9 13 10
Last week 2 0 3 3 8
Season total 15 4 12 16 18

OHL:

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

Junior Club: Sudbury Wolves (6W-5L-3OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 14 6 7 13 39
Last week 3 0 0 0 9
Season total 17 6 7 13 48

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

Junior Club: London Knights (10W-5L-1OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 12 1 4 5 24
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 14 1 4 5 24

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

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires (9W-6L-OTL-OSOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 14 8 8 16 13
Last week 1 0 1 1 0
Season total 15 8 9 17 13

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kootenay Ice (8W-7L-2OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 15 3 7 10 13
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 17 3 7 10 13

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

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants - Team Captain (7W-10L-1OTL-1SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 11 4 7 11 17
Last week 4 2 3 5 8
Season total 15 6 10 16 25

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 (6W-1L-1T)

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

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (2W-3L-1T)

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

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 (11W-6L-2OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 11 0 3 3 6
Last week 3 0 0 0 0
Season total 14 0 3 3 6

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

SHL Team: Leksands IF (9W-7L-3OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 16 2 3 5 6
Last week 2 1 0 1 0
Season total 18 3 3 6 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-12L-3OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 17 3 7 10 4
Last week 3 0 1 1 2
Season total 20 3 8 11 6


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