Catching The Torch: Dec. 6 to Jan. 12th

Jana Chytilova/Freestyle

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

The Three Stars

1. Magnus Nygren

Leading off the Three Stars this week is the defensive scoring ace of Färjestad BK in the Swedish Hockey League that is Magnus Nygren. Nygren would begin the week without a point in his first game, a 4-0 loss to Skellefteå AIK. He would make the scoreboard in the following game, collecting an assist in a 2-1 loss to Frölunda HC. Next game he would mark his best performance of his SHL season to date as he would score two goals and an assist as Färjestad would defeat Leksands IF in a 5-1 victory. Since rejoining Färjestad, Nygren has scored five goals and four assists in 12 games, making him the team leader in goals by a defencemen and three points out of leading the team in defensive scoring. Magnus Nygren was drafted in the 4th round, 113th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2. Nathan Beaulieu

While playing through an up-and-down season, Nathan Beaulieu has surged ahead for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the last couple of weeks. Beaulieu would score his first goal in seventeen games to help the Bulldogs edge a 2-1 victory over the Rochester Americans to begin his week. He would be held without a point in the following game, a 3-1 loss in a rematch versus Rochester. Beaulieu would mark his first multi-point game since November 23rd as he would score a goal and assist to aid Hamilton in earning a 3-1 victory over the Iowa Wild. Beaulieu has now scored five points in his last five games. Nathan Beaulieu was drafted in the 1st round, 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft.

3. Dustin Tokarski

The figurative and often literal backbone of the Hamilton Bulldogs winning record this season, Dustin Tokarski continues to patrol the crease of the Hamilton net with great efficiency. Tokarski would earn a win in his first start of the week, stopping 19 of 20 shots to help Hamilton mark a 2-1 victory over the Rochester Americans. he would pick up a win in his second start as well, stopping 27 of 28 shots as Hamilton would defeat the Iowa Wild 3-1. Tokarski has a 2.09 Goals Against Average and a .928 save % on his season, which is good enough for 4th overall in the AHL in both categories, his overall record is 15-7-2. Dustin Tokarski was drafted in the 5th round, 122nd overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2008 NHL Draft and was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Cedrick Desjardins.

On The Radar:

- LW Sven Andrighetto scored two assists.

- LW Tim Bozon scored three goals and two assists.

- RW Martin Reway scored a goal and assist in his first game back from the World Junior Championships.

- D Dalton Thrower scored a goal and two assists.

- C Brady Vail scored four goals.

Question Marks:

- D Darren Dietz is without a goal through 22 games.

- RW Patrick Holland is without a goal in his last 14 games.

- RW Michael McCarron has 6 goals in 40 games.

- RW Erik Nystrom is without a point in his first 12 KHL teams and has been removed from continuing Catching the Torch coverage.

- RW Christian Thomas has one goal in his last 13 games.

Injury Report:

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LW Artturi Lehkonen is out after suffering injuries to both ankles during the World Junior Championships.

Complete Statistics for the Week of January 6th to January 12th:

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 19-15-0-4 this season, 7th overall in the Western Conference, 14th 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 23 8 7 15 16
Last week 3 0 2 2 2
Season total 26 8 9 17 18

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 29 2 9 11 12
Last week 3 2 1 3 9
Season total 32 4 10 14 21

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 19 0 4 4 24
Last week 3 0 0 0 0
Season total 22 0 4 4 24

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 33 7 9 16 46
Last week 3 1 0 1 0
Season total 36 8 9 17 46

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 29 2 3 7 20
Last week 3 0 0 0 4
Season total 32 3 4 7 24

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 22 4 5 9 0
Last week 3 0 1 1 0
Season total 25 4 6 10 0

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 32 9 10 19 26
Last week 3 0 1 1 2
Season total 35 9 11 20 28

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 34 6 5 11 8
Last week 3 0 0 0 4
Season total 37 6 5 11 12

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 28 6 9 15 29
Last week 3 1 0 1 2
Season total 31 7 9 16 31

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 16 3 7 10 10
Last week 3 0 1 1 4
Season total 19 3 8 11 14

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 29 1 4 5 52
Last week 3 0 0 0 0
Season total 32 1 4 5 52

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 24 13 7 2 2.19 .926 1
Last week 2 2 0 0 1.00 .958 0
Season total 26 15 7 2 2.09 .928 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 (27W-16L-0OTL-1SOL)

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 (28W-12L-1OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 36 20 19 39 54
Last week 3 0 3 3 4
Season total 39 20 22 42 58

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

Junior Club: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (28W-12L-1OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 33 14 27 41 57
Last week 0 0 0 0 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 (28W-15L-1OTL-0SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 25 14 27 41 28
Last week 1 1 1 2 0
Season total 26 15 28 43 28

OHL:

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

Junior Club: Sudbury Wolves (24W-10L-3OTL-4SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 37 17 12 29 85
Last week 3 0 2 2 2
Season total 40 17 14 31 87

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

Junior Club: London Knights (28W-9L-1OTL-4SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 37 6 11 17 63
Last week 3 0 0 0 2
Season total 40 6 11 17 65

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

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires (25W-16L-2OTL-OSOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 40 18 32 50 25
Last week 3 4 0 4 2
Season total 43 22 32 54 27

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kootenay Ice (22W-20L-2OTL-2SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 43 15 24 38 34
Last week 3 3 2 5 0
Season total 46 18 26 43 34

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

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants - Team Captain (22W-15L-5OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 35 11 23 34 64
Last week 2 1 2 3 4
Season total 37 13 25 37 68

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-6L-2T)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 16 1 4 4 6
Last week 2 0 1 1 0
Season total 18 1 5 6 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: Frölunda HC (22W-11L-5OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 25 1 3 4 6
Last week 2 1 0 1 0
Season total 27 2 3 5 6

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

SHL Team: Leksands IF (20W-16L-3OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 31 5 5 10 14
Last week 1 0 0 0 0
Season total 32 5 5 10 14

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

SHL Team: Färjestad BK (18W-14L-7OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 9 3 2 5 6
Last week 3 2 2 4 0
Season total 12 5 4 9 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 (13W-20L-6OTL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 32 7 13 20 6
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
Season total 32 7 13 20 6

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