The Juniors Report
The Montreal Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the Western Hockey League (WHL), the USHL (United States Hockey League) and the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.
Here's how the players in the aforementioned leagues performed last week:
|Daniel Audette (C)||QMJHL||2||0||1||1||4|
|Jeremiah Addison (RW)||OHL||2||1||1||2||0|
|Simon Bourque (D)||QMJHL||2||1||0||1||0|
|Matt Bradley (C)||WHL||3||2||1||3||5|
|Noah Juulsen (D)||WHL||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jake Evans (C)||NCAA||0||0||0||0||0|
|Nikolas Koberstein (D)||NCAA||0||0||0||0||0|
Matt Bradley: There are signs of a promising offensive run for the Medicine Hat Tigers forward, who has been mired in a low-scoring season. Bradley marked a goal in his first game of the week, a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings. He went without a point in his next game, a 2-0 loss to the Calgary Hitmen.
He finished the week scoring the game-winning goal, and collecting an assist in a 7-5 victory in a rematch versus Calgary. Bradley has now scored six points in his last five games.
Daniel Audette: It was a slow week for the Sherbrooke Phoenix star. Audette went without a point in his first game, a 4-1 loss to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. He picked up an assist in his final game, a 3-2 loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
Simon Bourque: It was a rather short week for the Rimouski Oceanic blueliner, with only one game on his team's schedule prior to the holiday break. Bourque marked his sixth goal of the season in a 6-5 shootout win over the Victoriaville Tigres.
Noah Juulsen: Juulsen spent his week with Canada's World Junior squad, and went without a point in the first game, a 7-1 win over Belarus. He was scoreless in the following exhibition match, a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. Unfortunately, Juulsen was not able to impress the coaching staff enough, and was the final cut among Canadian defenders.
Jake Evans, Nikolas Koberstein, Hayden Hawkey: Due to the holiday break in the NCAA, none of these three players were in action.
Jeremiah Addison: Addison returned from an injury that kept him out for part of the Ottawa 67's schedule last week, to improve his scoring totals before the holiday break. He marked an assist in his first game back, a 5-4 win over the Peterborough Petes. He picked up a goal in the next game, a 4-2 loss to the Kingston Frontenacs.
Michael McNiven: It continues to be a hard stretch for the Owen Sound Attack netminder, who is struggling with consistency of late. He allowed four goals on 28 shots in his first start, a 5-4 shootout win over the Peterborough Petes. He was pulled in his next start after allowing three goals on 10 shots against the London Knights, a game that saw Owen Sound eventually rally, and win 4-3 in overtime.
McNiven's save percentage has dropped to to .907 on the season, still 9th overall in the OHL, but notably behind the top three in the league.
Season Stats to Date:
|Daniel Audette (C)||QMJHL||21||9||24||33||20|
|Simon Bourque (D)||QMJHL||32||6||18||24||30|
|Jeremiah Addison (RW)||OHL||32||13||12||25||35|
|Matt Bradley (C)||WHL||32||9||11||20||17|
|Noah Juulsen (D)||WHL||24||3||8||11||23|
|Jake Evans (C)||NCAA||15||2||13||15||25|
|Nikolas Koberstein (D)||NCAA||12||0||0||0||2|