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Catching the Torch: McNiven sharp in goal, Evans big weekend, Juulsen's strong week

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A weekly statistical and highlight report on the Canadiens' amateur prospects

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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:

Player League GP G A PTS PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 2 1 0 1 0
Jeremiah Addison (RW) OHL 3 3 0 3 2
Simon Bourque (D) QMJHL 2 0 1 1 0
Matt Bradley (C) WHL 3 0 1 1 2
Noah Juulsen (D) WHL 3 0 4 4 0
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 2 1 4 5 0
Nikolas Koberstein (D) NCAA 2 0 0 0 2
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save % SO
Hayden Hawkey NCAA 0 0 0 0

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Michael McNiven OHL 3 1 1 1 1.96 .940 0

Jeremiah Addison: Goals were the theme of the week for the Ottawa 67s forward. Addison scored the lone goal for his team in his first game, a 4-1 loss to the Niagara Ice Dogs. He doubled his contribution the following night, as his two goals aided his team in a 5-2 win over the Peterborough Petes. He went without a point in his final game, a 4-0 win over the Flint Firebirds.

Daniel Audette: It was a rather slow week for the Sherbrooke Phoenix scoring ace. He went without a point in his first game, a 2-1 loss to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He scored a goal in the next game, a 4-3 loss to the Val-d'Or Foreurs. He went without a point in his final game, a 3-1 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

Simon Bourque: It was a short week for the Rimouski Oceanic blueliner. He went scoreless in his first game, a 2-1 loss to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He marked an assist in his next game, a 4-1 rematch victory against Rouyn-Noranda.

Matt Bradley: The offensive streak in the game of the Medicine Hat Tigers forward seems to be cooling of late. He opened the week in notable fashion, scoring the game-winning goal in a 6-5 shootout win against the Kamloops Blazers. He went without a point in his next game, a 3-2 shootout win over the Edmonton Oil Kings. He marked an assist in his last game of the week, a 4-2 win over the Kootenay Ice.

Noah Juulsen: There was an offensive jump in the game of Noah Juulsen this past week with the Everett Silvertips. He marked his first three assist game of the season in his first game, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Regina Pats. He went without a point in his next game, a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Giants. He picked up an assist in his final game, a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Jake Evans: It was a banner weekend for the University of Notre Dame forward. Evans started his weekend with a goal and assist in his first game, a 7-2 win over Merrimack College. He added three assists to his scoring totals in the following game, a 5-1 win over Merrimack. Evans is currently 2nd on his team in scoring with 23 points and leads the team in assists with 19.

Nikolas Koberstein: It remains a flat offensive season for the University of Alaska Fairbanks defender. He went scoreless in both of his games this past weekend, a 3-2 overtime win over Northern Michigan University and a 5-3 loss to Northern Michigan.

Hayden Hawkey: Hawkey did not see action this past week, as he sat for both of his team's games. He will likely be relegated to warming the bench this season barring an injury to the team's starting goaltender, Nick Ellis who holds a .928 save percentage.

Michael McNiven: In terms of performance, it was a comeback week for the Owen Sound Attack netminder. He stopped 22 of 25 shots during regulation and overtime in his first start, and then blocked eight straight shootout attempts, before his team fell 4-3 in a shootout loss to the Guelph Storm.

Seemingly not satisfied with that result, he pitched a 37-save shutout as Owen Sound routed the Erie Otters 8-0, he even recorded an assist in the drubbing. He finished his week stopping stopping 36 of 39 shots in a rematch versus Erie that saw Owen Sound fall 3 to 1. McNiven's save percentage is .909 on the season, 10th in the OHL.

Season Stats to Date:

Player League GP G A PTS PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 28 13 29 42 28
Simon Bourque (D) QMJHL 42 8 23 31 30
Jeremiah Addison (RW) OHL 42 18 12 30 41
Matt Bradley (C) WHL 39 14 14 28 23
Noah Juulsen (D) WHL 34 4 12 16 27
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 23 4 19 23 25
Nikolas Koberstein (D) NCAA 18 1 0 1 4
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save % SO
Hayden Hawkey NCAA 2 1 0 0 2.75 .912 0
Michael McNiven OHL 36 13 11 9 2.80 .909 3