Catching The Torch: Jan. 13 to Jan. 19th

Gregory Shamus

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

The Three Stars

1. Charles Hudon

While Charles Hudon has exchanged jerseys after being traded from the Chicoutimi Saguenéens to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, it would be hard to say he seems out of sorts after leaving his old team. Hudon would begin his stint with Baie-Comeau by recording two assists in a 6-4 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques. He would further impress in the following game, recording his first goal as a member of the Drakkar, along with marking another two assists to help guide Baie-Comeau in a 5-2 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes. Going back to the pre-World Junior break, Hudon is on a seven game point streak, scoring four goals and 11 assists in that time. Charles Hudon was drafted in the 5th round, 122nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

2. Brady Vail

After some early debate about his future prospects that included early cuts from both Team USA's World Junior Camp and the Montreal Canadiens training camp, Brady Vail continues to set the pace for an excellent final season in the OHL. Vail would begin the week quietly as he and the Spitfires would be shut out in a 6-0 rout by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He would soon stir his team's success once more though, as he would mark three assists in the following game to help lead Windsor to a 6-2 victory over the Plymouth Whalers. He would complete his week scoring the game-winning goal, along with two assists in a 3-1 victory over the Sudbury Wolves. Brady Vail's past week saw him hit new career benchmarks as well, marking a career-high 23 goals in a season and career-high 37 assists while marking the 60-point plateau. He is currently 13th overall in OHL scoring. Brady Vail was drafted in the 4th round, 94th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

3. Zach Fucale

After a disappointing end to his tour of representing Canada at the World Junior Championships, Zach Fucale seems to have taken it all in stride while resuming his duties as the starting goaltender for the Halifax Mooseheads. Fucale would begin his week with a 22-save performance as Halifax would defeat the Charlottetown islanders 5-1. Fucale would remain solid in his next outing, recording 15 saves as Halifax would blow out RImouski Oceanic in a tilted 8-1 game. Fucale would finish his week once again, allowing only one goal with a 22-save performance as Halifax would rout their opposition once more, defeating the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 9-1. Fucale's perfect week has lowered his season's Goals Against Average to 2.36 and raised his save percentage to .906. He now leads the QMJHL in Goals Against Average and is 10th overall in save percentage. Zach Fucale was drafted in the 2nd round, 36th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft.

On The Radar:

- LW Tim Bozon scored a goal and two assists.

- LW Connor Crisp scored a goal and two assists.

- RW Jérémy Grégoire scored two goals.

- RW Martin Reway scored a goal and assist.

Question Marks:

- LW Sven Andrighetto has 1 goal in his last 13 games.

- RW Sebastian Collberg has 2 goals in 29 games this season.

- RW Patrick Holland has 1 goal in his last 17 games.

- RW Louis Leblanc has 1 goal in his last 13 games.

- RW Michael McCarron has no points in his last seven games.

Injury Report:

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LW Artturi Lehkonen is out with an ankle injury.

Complete Statistics for the Week of January 13th to January 19th:

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, Overtime 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 19-16-0-4 this season, 7th overall in the Western Conference, 17th 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 26 8 9 17 18
Last week 1 0 0 0 0
Season total 27 8 9 17 18

D Nathan Beaulieu: 21 years old, 6’2", 194 pounds, LH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 32 4 10 14 21
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
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 22 0 4 4 24
Last week 1 0 0 0 0
Season total 23 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 36 8 9 17 46
Last week 1 0 0 0 2
Season total 37 8 9 17 48

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 32 2 3 7 24
Last week 1 0 0 0 0
Season total 33 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 25 4 6 10 0
Last week 1 0 0 0 0
Season total 26 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 35 9 11 20 28
Last week 1 0 0 0 0
Season total 36 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 37 6 5 11 12
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
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 31 7 9 16 31
Last week 1 0 0 0 4
Season total 32 7 9 16 35

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 19 3 8 11 14
Last week 1 0 0 0 0
Season total 20 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 32 1 4 5 52
Last week 1 0 0 0 0
Season total 33 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 26 15 7 2 2.09 .928 1
Last week 1 0 1 0 2.01 .939 0
Season total 27 15 8 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 (30W-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 3 3 0 0 1.00

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Season total 31 22 7 1 2.36 .906 2

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

Junior Club: Baie-Comeau Drakkar - Alternate Captain (30W-12L-1OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 39 20 22 42 58
Last week 2 2 0 2 0
Season total 41 22 22 44 58

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

Junior Club: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (30W-12L-1OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 33 14 27 41 57
Last week 2 1 4 5 0
Season total 35 15 31 46 57

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

Junior Club: Gatineau Olympiques (28W-16L-1OTL-1SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 26 15 28 43 28
Last week 2 1 1 2 0
Season total 28 16 29 45 28

OHL:

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

Junior Club: Sudbury Wolves (25W-12L-3OTL-4SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 40 17 14 31 87
Last week 4 1 2 3 0
Season total 44 18 16 34 87

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

Junior Club: London Knights (29W-11L-1OTL-4SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 40 6 11 17 65
Last week 3 0 0 0 2
Season total 43 6 11 17 67

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

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires (27W-17L-2OTL-OSOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 43 22 32 54 27
Last week 3 1 5 6 0
Season total 46 23 37 60 27

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kootenay Ice (24W-20L-2OTL-2SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 46 18 26 43 34
Last week 2 1 2 3 0
Season total 48 19 28 46 34

D Dalton Thrower: 20 years old, 5’11", 203 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants - Team Captain (23W-16L-5OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 37 12 25 37 68
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 39 12 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 18 1 5 6 6
Last week 0 0 0 0 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 (19W-4OTW-6OTL-11L)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 27 2 3 5 6
Last week 2 0 0 0 0
Season total 29 2 3 5 6

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

SHL Team: Leksands IF (16W-5OTW-3OTL-17L)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 32 5 5 10 14
Last week 2 1 0 1 0
Season total 34 6 5 11 14

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

SHL Team: Färjestad BK (16W-4OTW-7OTL-14L)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 12 5 4 9 6
Last week 2 1 0 1 0
Season total 14 6 4 10 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 (11W-2OTW-7OTL-22L)

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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