Catching the Torch: March 3rd to March 9th

Francois Lacasse

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

The Three Stars

1. Magnus Nygren

With the regular season in the Swedish Hockey League concluding, Magnus Nygren continues to be one of the most potent sources of offence for Färjestad BK. Nygren would mark a 4-point game to guide his team to a 5-2 win over Örebro HK to begin his week, scoring a goal and three assists in the victory. He would go without a point versus Luleå HF as Färjestad would take a 3-1 victory in the game. He would finish the week scoring the game-winning shootout goal for Färjestad in a 3-2 defeat of Skellefteå AIK. Despite playing less than half the season in the SHL, Magnus Nygren finished 14th in defensive scoring in the league with all ahead of him playing at least 19 more games, he was 3rd in goals among league defencemen. Magnus Nygren was drafted in the 4th round, 113th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2. Zach Fucale

As the season starts to wind down in the QMJHL, Zach Fucale continues to keep a steady hand in the crease of the Halifax Mooseheads. Fucale would make 30 saves in his his first start of the week as he minded the net while the Mooseheads wiped out the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in a 10-1 victory. He would make 21 saves in his next start, allowing 4 goals in a 7-4 victory for the Mooseheads over the Charlottetown Islanders. He would finish out the week making 12 saves in a 4-0 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs, marking his 6th shutout of the season. Fucale currently leads the QMJHL in Goals Against Average at 2.25, is tied in the league lead in shutouts at 6 and is tied for 4th in save percentage at .909. Zach Fucale was drafted in the 2nd round, 36th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft.

3. Gabriel Dumont

While the Bulldogs continue to be mired in another offensively challenged season, Gabriel Dumont is doing his best to help out as he can. While he would fail to mark a point in his first game of the week, a 2-1 loss to the Oklahoma City Barons he would score a goal and assist in the next game, providing essentially all the game's offence versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-2 loss for Hamilton. Dumont would go without a point in the final game, a 4-1 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters. Gabriel Dumont was drafted in the 5th round, 139th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 NHL Draft.

On The Radar:

- RW Jérémy Grégoire scored a goal and assist.

LW Charles Hudon scored two assists.

RW Michael McCarron scored two assists.

Question Marks:

- D Morgan Ellis has 1 point in his last 20 games.

- RW Patrick Holland has 5 goals in 45 games this season.

- RW Louis Leblanc has 1 goal in his last 26 games.

Injury Report:

- D Mac Bennett is out with an upper-body injury.

- LW Tim Bozon has been hospitalized with meningitis.

- D Darren Dietz is out with a lower-body injury.

- LW Artturi Lehkonen is out with an ankle injury.

- D Dalton Thrower is out with an ankle injury.

Called up to the Montreal Canadiens:

D Jarred Tinordi

G Dustin Tokarski

Complete Statistics for the Week of March 3rd to March 9th:

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 25-27-1-4 this season, 12th overall in the Western Conference, 22nd 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 43 14 16 30 22
Last week 3 0 1 1 10
Season total 46 14 17 31 32

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 40 4 15 19 25
Last week 3 1 0 1 0
Season total 43 5 15 20 25

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 34 0 5 5 49
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
Season total 34 0 5 5 49

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 53 14 11 25 78
Last week 3 1 1 2 6
Season total 56 15 12 27 84

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 40 3 4 7 24
Last week 3 0 0 0 2
Season total 43 3 4 7 26

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 42 5 11 15 2
Last week 3 0 0 0 0
Season total 45 5 11 15 2

RW Louis Leblanc: 23 years old, 6’, 178 pounds, RH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 49 10 12 22 53
Last week 3 0 0 0 0
Season total 52 10 12 22 53

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 53 6 6 12 20
Last week 3 0 0 0 2
Season total 56 6 6 12 22

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 48 10 14 24 50
Last week 3 0 1 1 2
Season total 51 10 15 25 52

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

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 33 7 11 18 20
Last week 3 1 0 1 0
Season total 36 8 11 19 20

D Jarred Tinordi: 22 years old, 6'6", 227 pounds, LH shot.

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 47 3 6 9 70
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
Season total 47 3 6 9 70

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 34 17 13 2 2.35 .919 1
Last week 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0
Season total 34 17 13 2 2.35 .919 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 (41W-18L-0OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Wins Losses OTL GAA Save % Shutouts
Season to last week 44 31 9 3 2.26 .907 5
Last week 3 3 0 0 1.67

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Season total 47 34 9 3 2.25 .909 6

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

Junior Club: Baie-Comeau Drakkar - Alternate Captain (44W-15L-1OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 60 34 31 65 74
Last week 3 1 1 2 4
Season total 63 35 32 67 78

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

Junior Club: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (44W-15L-1OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 52 23 48 71 79
Last week 3 0 2 2 4
Season total 55 23 50 73 83

RW Martin Reway: 19 years old, 5'9", 170 pounds, left-handed shot.

Junior Club: Gatineau Olympiques (37W-21L-1OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 38 20 37 57 46
Last week 3 0 1 1 2
Season total 41 20 38 58 48

OHL:

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

Junior Club: Sudbury Wolves (31W-21L-3OTL-7SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 61 25 27 52 114
Last week 3 0 0 0 6
Season total 64 25 27 52 120

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

Junior Club: London Knights (44W-13L-1OTL-4SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 60 13 17 30 116
Last week 3 0 2 2 2
Season total 63 13 19 32 118

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

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires (36W-23L-3OTL-OSOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 62 31 48 79 37
Last week 3 0 0 0 2
Season total 65 31 48 79 39

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kootenay Ice (37W-24L-2OTL-2SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 63 33 36 69 47
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
Season total 63 33 36 69 47

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

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants - Team Captain (30W-26L-7OTL-3SOL)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 42 12 27 39 70
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
Season total 42 12 27 39 70

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 (15W-10L-3T)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 28 2 12 14 8
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
Season total 28 2 12 14 8

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.


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

SHL Team: Leksands IF (21W-5OTW-4OTL-22L)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 46 7 6 13 16
Last week 3 0 0 0 2
Season total 49 7 6 13 18

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

SHL Team: Färjestad BK (19W-6OTW-8OTL-19L)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 22 10 5 15 6
Last week 3 2 3 5 0
Season total 25 12 8 20 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 (12W-2OTW-8OTL-33L)

Time Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
Season to last week 33 7 13 20 4
Last week 0 0 0 0 0
Season total 33 7 13 20 4
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