Catching the Torch: Dec. 9 to Dec. 15

Jamie Squire

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

The Three Stars

1. LW Artturi Lehkonen

The shining offensive skills of Artturi Lehkonen were on display once more this past week as the 18-year old winger continues to impress as the offensive leader of KalPa Kupio in the Finnish Liiga. Lehkonen would mark his first two goal game of the season to open the week, scoring the first two goals for KalPa, which would unfortunately not be enough as KalPa took a 4-3 loss to HIFK Helsinki. He would miss the scoresheet in the following game, a 4-2 victory for KalPa over JYP Jyväskylä. He would pick up an assist in his final game of the week, a 3-1 victory for KalPa over Jokerit Helsinki. His three-point week raised him to the 20-point mark on the year with 7 goals and 13 assists, he leads KalPa in scoring and has scored more points than any other under-20 player in the Liiga. Artturi Lehkonen was drafted in the 2nd round, 55th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2. RW Jérémy Grégoire

While he has cooled off from his early-season dominance, Jérémy Grégoire is still pacing to have the best season of his career by a notable margin with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. He would be quiet to start the week, going without a point in his first game, a 2-0 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes. He would find the back of the net in the following game, marking a goal and assist as Baie-Comeau would shut out their opposition for a 2nd straight game, routing the Halifax Mooseheads 3-0. He would finish the week in fine form, scoring two goals and an assist as Baie-Comeau would sweep their week, defeating the Quebec Remparts 5-2. Grégoire's 20 goals this season break his career-high mark of 19 in 2012-13. Jérémy Grégoire was drafted in the 6th round, 176th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft.

3. LW Charles Hudon

In what is widely suspected to be his final game with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens team captain Charles Hudon had a respectable final performance with the club as he marked two assists in a 3-2 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes. Hudon's 2 assists brought him to 41 points on the season, raising him to 16th overall in QMJHL scoring and he continues to lead Chicoutimi in scoring. Remarks by many, including Hudon's own teammates suggest he is soon to be traded to a QMJHL team that is looking to take a run at the QMJHL Championship and potentially the Memorial Cup. Hudon has now reported to Team Canada's selection camp for the World Junior Hockey Championships, where he is considered a favourite to make the team. Charles Hudon was drafted in the 5th round, 122nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

On The Radar:

- G Zachary Fucale has been invited to Hockey Canada's selection camp to assemble their entry to the Under-20 World Junior Championships. As he is one of only two goalies in camp, he can be considered a lock.

- Both RW Sebastian Collberg and LW Jacob De La Rose have been named to Sweden's selection camp for the World Juniors. As both are veterans from Sweden's Silver Medal team from 2013, they are both considered strong favourites to make the team. Collberg was also a member of Sweden's 2012 Gold Medal team.

- RW Martin Reway has joined Slovakia's selection camp for the World Juniors, he is likely a favourite given he was a member of the previous year's squad and his excellent offensive work in the QMJHL this season.

Question Marks:

- RW Sebastian Collberg has 1 goal in 25 games.

- C Gabriel Dumont has 4 goals in 25 games.

- RW Michael McCarron has 5 goals in 32 games.

- C Joonas Nättinen has 3 goals in 27 games.

Injured:

- LW Sven Andrighetto (Lower-Body Injury)

- RW Christian Thomas (Lower-Body Injury)

Complete Statistics for the Week of December 9th to December 15th:

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 12 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be regarded as having a potential NHL upside.The Hamilton Bulldogs are 12-12-0-3 this season, 9th overall in the Western Conference, 18th overall in the AHL.

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 16 7 4 11 6
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
Season total 16 7 4 11 6

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 19 2 6 8 10
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 21 2 6 8 10

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 9 0 2 2 12
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 11 0 2 2 12

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 23 4 7 11 31
Last week 2 0 0 0 7
Season total 25 4 7 11 38

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 19 2 3 5 9
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 21 2 3 5 9

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 12 4 4 8 0
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 14 4 4 8 0

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 23 7 8 15 22
Last week 2 1 0 1 0
Season total 25 8 8 16 22

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 25 3 4 8 6
Last week 2 0 0 0 2
Season total 27 3 4 8 8

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 18 4 7 11 23
Last week 2 0 0 0 2
Season total 20 4 7 11 25

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

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

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 20 0 3 3 25
Last week 2 0 0 0 14
Season total 22 0 3 3 39

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 17 9 5 1 2.18 .926 1
Last week 1 0 1 0 3.00 .923 0
Season total 18 9 6 1 2.23 .926 1

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 (23W-12L-0OTL-1SOL)

Stats:

Time Games Played Wins Losses OTL GAA Save % Shutouts
Season to last week 28 19 7 1 2.51 .902 2
Last week 0 0 0 0 0

0

0
Season total 28 19 7 1 2.51 .902 2

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

Junior Club: Baie-Comeau Drakkar - Alternate Captain (23W-8L-1OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 29 17 16 33 50
Last week 2 3 2 5 0
Season total 31 20 18 38 50

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

Junior Club: Chicoutimi Saguenéens - Team Captain (18W-17L-1OTL-OSOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 32 14 25 39 57
Last week 1 0 2 2 0
Season total 33 14 27 41 57

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

Junior Club: Gatineau Olympiques (22W-13L-0OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 25 14 27 41 28
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
Season total 25 14 27 41 28

OHL:

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

Junior Club: Sudbury Wolves (18W-9L-3OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 30 15 9 24 67
Last week 3 1 1 2 4
Season total 33 16 10 26 71

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

Junior Club: London Knights (25W-6L-1OTL-2SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 28 4 8 12 47
Last week 4 1 0 1 14
Season total 32 5 8 13 61

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

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires (20W-12L-1OTL-OSOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 30 13 20 33 19
Last week 3 0 2 2 4
Season total 33 13 22 35 23

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kootenay Ice (16W-15L-2OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 33 9 17 26 32
Last week 3 1 1 2 2
Season total 36 10 18 28 34

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

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants - Team Captain (14W-12L-5OTL-2SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 27 10 17 27 48
Last week 3 0 1 1 12
Season total 30 10 18 28 60

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 (10W-2L-2T)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 14 1 4 4 6
Last week 1 0 0 0 0
Season total 15 1 4 5 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 (19W-9L-4OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 23 1 3 4 6
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 25 1 3 4 6

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

SHL Team: Leksands IF (17W-13L-3OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 29 5 5 10 14
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 31 5 5 10 14

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

SHL Team: Farjestads BK (14W-11L-7OTL)

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

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 (11W-16L-6OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 30 5 12 17 4
Last week 2 2 1 3 2
Season total 32 7 13 20 6

KHL:


KHL Report: The Kontinental Hockey League is the top professional league in Russia, with expansion franchises now established in neighbouring countries. It is rated as the 2nd-best professional league in the world after the NHL. Prospects with regular scoring contributions in this league can be considered close to ready for NHL play.

RW Erik Nystrom: 20 years old, 5’11", 179 pounds, LH shot.

KHL Team: Medvescak Zagreb

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

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