Montreal Canadiens Prospect Roundup 1

Last time the USA won gold at the WJC they had a great Habs prospect too. - Richard Wolowicz - Getty Images

So we're done with overseas Habs, so that series is dead. But you guys loved the weekly prospect report, so we're keeping that. It's been nearly 20 days since we checked in on prospects due to the craziness of a new CBA and the World Juniors, so there's a lot to see.

Sweden

Name League Team Timeline Games Goals Assists Points
Sebastian Collberg Elitserien Frölunda Last Week 2 0 0 0
Total 18 0 2 2
World Juniors Sweden Last Week 6 4 2 6
Total 6 4 2 6
Allsvenskan Örebro HK
Last Week 0 0 0 0
Total 15 6 2 8

Collberg scored some great goals in the World Juniors for Sweden, and his shootout marker against Russia ensured that they would win at least a silver medal. His solid play there and in Orebro the month before has earned him a trip back to the Elitserien. In two games there he hasn't produced anything yet, but it could be coming. Maybe this time he'll actually get some ice time.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Magnus Nygren
Elitserien
Färjestads Last Week
6 1 2 3



Total
34 7 13 20

Nygren is back to putting up a few points, and overall his scoring pace is pretty impressive.

Name League Team Timeline Games Goals Assists Points
Erik Nystrom Super Elit U20
Modo U20
Last Week 0 0 0 0



Total 22 8 16 24

Allsvenskan Karlskrona HK Last Week 5 1 1 2



Total 13 2 3 5

Nystrom isn't tearing the Allsvenskan to shreds, but he's not too far behind Collberg's production. Even though Collberg was frighteningly unlucky with assists, this is a great sign for the long shot pick.

Czech Republic

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Daniel Pribyl
Czech Extraliga
Sparta Praha
Last Week
7 2 0 2



Total
28 6 5 11

Pribyl is his usual inconsistent self. 6 games without a point followed by a 2 goal game.

Canadian Hockey League

Name League Team Timeline Games Goals Assists Points
Alex Galchenyuk
OHL Sarnia Sting
Last Week 0 0 0 0



Total 33 27 34 61

World Juniors
USA Last Week 7 2 6 8



Total 7 2 6 8

Galchenyuk was put into a limited role for Team USA for unknown reasons, but you can't really argue it too much after they won gold. Even so, he was their best offensive forward and limiting his usage was astoundingly weird. Due to the lack of icetime (10-13 minutes a game), we estimated that Galchenyuk lead the entire tournament in points per 60 minutes played. Galchenyuk will be joining the Canadiens training camp today instead of going back to junior, so we'll see if he forces his way into the NHL.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Brady Vail
OHL
Windsor Spitfires
Last Week
5 0 4 4



Total
40 13 23 36

Vail isn't scoring goals as often as early in the season, but the Spitfires just acquired some major talent at the OHL trading deadline, so that could change soon. We can't really be disappointed in Vail's offensive production considering that he's projected as a checking line forward. If anything that he's pushing a point per game is a nice plus.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Olivier Archambault
QMJHL
Drumm. Volitgeurs
Last Week
4 2 1 3



Total
41
18 21 39

The inconsistent Archambault strikes again. Barely outscoring Vail is one thing for an offense only guy, but he's also 19 and plays in a weaker league. Archambault has to show more.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Charles Hudon
QMJHL
Chicoutimi Last Week
5 4 3 7



Total
32 22 21 43

After missing out on the World Juniors due to injury where he may have been able to be the difference for Team Canada, Hudon is back to his scoring ways in the QMJHL. He made a statement in his first game back from injury, notching 2 goals and an assist. Hudon has since taken a really big hit and looked injured on January 10th, but he seems to be fine.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Darren Dietz
WHL
Saskatoon Blades
Last Week
6 2 2 4



Total
41 11 13 24

Not a bad pace from Dietz, and his goal scoring is certainly impressive so far this year, but I think we were all expecting a bit more from both Blades defensemen.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Dalton Thrower
WHL
Saskatoon Blades
Last Week
6 0 3 3



Total
26 3 10 13

Sticking at a half point per game, it's just not the kind of offense Habs fans expected from Thrower. He's dealt with injuries this year, and the Blades' coaching sure hasn't helped him, but it seems like Thrower is the low point of a great 2012 draft right now. Eventually I believe that will change, but this hasn't been a good season. Thrower is old enough that he could turn pro next year like Nathan Beaulieu did, but it's looking like he may need another year of junior.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Tim Bozon
WHL
Kamloops Blazers Last Week
6 7 4 11



Total
43 26 32 58

Talk about expectations, Bozon is finally back to where he was in October. 7 goals in 6 games, most of them played without one of his big linemates, is top notch. 6th in points in the WHL is a great mark for the great hope of our new French born commenters.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Mac Bennett
NCAA Michigan Last Week
3 0 1 1



Total
20 4 9 13

Right after breaking a 4 game pointless streak, Bennett was the victim of a vicious, dirty clip that targeted his knee. We don't know yet how long Bennett will be out, but I think it's fair to guess it'll be awhile. Here is the hit. It's the kind of hit that there's no excuse for in any league. Absolute gutter trash.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Danny Kristo
NCAA North Dakota
Last Week
3 3 2 5



Total
19 11 15 26

Kristo now has a goal in 6 straight games, and 12 points over that time. This is the kind of dominance we expected from a senior in the NCAA. Lots of Habs fans have given up on Kristo for one reason or another, but I think he's still an NHL talent. He could be more likely to make the Canadiens next year than Louis Leblanc or even Brendan Gallagher.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Mark MacMillan
NCAA North Dakota
Last Week
3 1 1 2



Total
21 8 9 17

MacMillan has drawn some praise from scouts lately for his play. He's still a project but he's a very skilled project. Check out this goal he scored yesterday:


Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Mike Cichy
NCAA Western Mich.
Last Week
4 1 2 3



Total
20 3 8 11

Cichy finally broke his scoring drought and put up some respectable numbers. Still not enough to not be considered a fringe prospect.

Name
League
Team
Timeline
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Dustin Walsh
NCAA Dartmouth
Last Week
4 1 0 1



Total
13 5 4 9

Not a great stretch for Walsh. He's running out of runway to prove that last year wasn't a fluke.

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