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A weekly statistical review of the Canadiens Junior and European prospects.

Marissa Baecker

Player of the Week: Tim Bozon

Tim Bozon continues to set a very consistent pace with the Kootenay Ice this season. He started the week scoring a goal and assist in a 5-2 loss to the Portland Winterhawks. He was just as sharp in his next game, scoring a goal and assist in a 5-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.

He reserved his best for last in his final game, as he opened the scoring for Kootenay in a 3rd period comeback against the Everett Silvertips, scoring the team's first goal and then assisting on the overtime game-winning goal. Bozon's 9 goals and 10 assists in 13 games this season has him producing at a clip of 1.46 points per game and has already jumped to 4th in team scoring on Kootenay.

GP Goals Assists Points PIM
3 3 3 6 2

The Juniors Report:

The 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 College Athletic Association). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

Here's how the players playing in the aforementioned leagues performed last week

Player League GP G A PTS PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 3 2 3 5 2
Jeremy Gregoire (RW) QMJHL 0 0 0 0 0
Michael McCarron (RW) OHL 3 2 0 2 5
Tim Bozon (LW) WHL 3 3 3 6 2
Brett Lernout (D) WHL 3 1 0 1 4
Nikita Scherbak (RW) WHL 1 1 1 2 0
Nikolas Koberstein (D) USHL 2 0 0 0 0
Josiah Didier (D) NCAA 0 0 0 0 0
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 2 0 0 0 0
Mark MacMillan (C) NCAA 2 1 1 2 0
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save% SO
Zachary Fucale QMJHL 3 2 1 0 4.38 .852 0
Hayden Hawkey USHL 2 1 0 0 3.33 .905 0

Daniel Audette: Daniel Audette remains a consistent offensive force for the Sherbrooke Phoenix this season. The forward opened his week scoring a goal and two assists in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.  He delivered overtime heroics in his next game, scoring the game-winning goal in the extra frame to grant his team a 3-2 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders. He marked an assist in his next game, a 5-0 shutout of Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Audette is sitting on a steady production clip of 1.4 points per game this season.

Jeremy Gregoire: Gregoire continues to sit on the injured reserve list due to wrist surgery dating back to late October, he is not projected to play again until likely the middle of December.

Michael McCarron:  McCarron continues to find the back of the net this season with the London Knights. After going pointless in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Erie Otters, he scored a goal in his next game, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Kingston Frontenacs. He finished the week off marking another goal as London suffered a 6-2 rout at the hands of the Mississauga Steelheads. McCarron is currently enjoying a production clip of 1.53 points per game.

Brett Lernout: It was a relatively quiet week for Lernout in terms of production for the Swift Current Broncos. He scored no points in a 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings. He marked a goal in his next game, a 6-4 loss to the Calgary Hitmen. He would go without a point in a 6-2 loss to the Red Deer Rebels. He leads all Swift Current defencemen in scoring with 7 goals and 9 assists in 30 games this season.

Nikita Scherbak: After sitting out two games recovering from a deep thigh bruise suffered last Saturday, Nikita Scherbak returned to action for the Everett Silvertips versus the Kootenay Ice. He showed no signs of lingering injury, scoring a goal and assist in an eventual 4-3 overtime loss. His 12 goals and 18 assists has him as the team scoring leader while maintaining an average of 1.5 points per game, 5th-best in the entire WHL.

Nikolas Koberstein: At this stage there is no word to describe Koberstein's debut USHL season but bust. He marked no points in a 2-1 loss to Fargo Force,  a 5-2 loss to the Green Bay Gamblers and a 3-2 rematch loss to Green Bay. He stands at 1 point in 20 games this season.

Josiah Didier: No games played for Josiah Didier as University of Denver did not play this past weekend.

Jake Evans: It was a quiet weekend for the University of Notre Dame rookie. He scored no points in a 3-2 OT loss to Union College and could not find the scoresheet in his next game, a 5-1 loss to Ohio State University.

Mark MacMillan: MacMillan continues to be a consistent offensive prescense for the University of North Dakota. He started the week marking an assist in a 2-2 tie with University of Nebraska Omaha. He picked up a goal in the next game, a 3-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha. His scoring rate of 1.18PPG has him second in terms of per-game production for North Dakota.

Zachary Fucale: There is a growing reason to be concerned with Zach Fucale's season as he continues to struggle in nets for the Halifax Mooseheads. While he posted a reasonable game as he 32 of 35 shots in a 6-3 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes, his week quickly descended from there. His next start saw him give up 5 goals on 23 shots in an eventual 8-5 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He struggled just as much in his next game, giving up 5 goals on 30 shots against in a 6-4 loss to the Val-d'Or Foreurs. He finished the week with a rather bleak save percentage of .852 and he has now fallen to 13th in save % in the QMJHL among starting goaltenders.

Hayden Hawkey: There remains a lack of consistency in Hayden Hawkey's season with the Omaha Lancers. In his only full game of the week, he gave 4 goals on 37 shots in a 10-4 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks. Hawkey may miss some time on his season from here on out though, an injury in the first period of his 2nd start forced him out of action and there is no current return date for him.

The European report:

The SHL is the top professional men's league in Sweden and is at a comparable level to the AHL. Strong play here can often give indications that the player is moving towards being capable of playing in the NHL.

The Extraliga is the top professional men's league in the Czech Republic, while it is not at the level of the SHL, it is still a competitive pro league where solid production would give credence to a player's NHL potential.

Here's how the European prospects performed last week:

Player League GP G A PTS PIM
Artturi Lehkonen (LW/RW) SHL 3 0 0 0 4
Joonas Nattinen (C/RW) SHL 3 0 1 1 2
Martin Reway (C/LW) Extraliga 3 2 2 4 2

Artturi Lehkonen: After a strong start to the season, Lehkonen has fallen into an offensive rut with Frolunda HC. He went without a point in a 2-1 win over Vaxjo Lakers HC and failed to find the scoresheet in his next game two games, a 6-1 win over Brynas IF and a 3-1 loss to HV 71. Lehkonen has now failed to register a point in his last 7 games and has fallen back to 8th overall in scoring among under-20 skaters in the SHL.

Joonas Nattinen: It continues to be a very dim offensive season for Nattinen with MODO Hockey. He went without a point in a 4-1 loss to Brynas IF and a 3-2 shootout loss to HV 71. He finished the week marking an assist in a 4-1 win over Lulea HF. Nattinen has a mere 5 points in 26 games this season and only 1 goal.

Martin Reway: Reway continues to keep up a notable pace with Sparta Praha this season. He marked an assist and the shootout winning goal in his first game of the week versus HC Vitkovice. He scored a goal in his next game, a 6-3 loss to HC LItvinov. He ended the week marking an assist in a 4-1 win over HC Trinec. Reway is the runaway points leader among Under-20 skaters in the league and is now tied for 2nd in points among skaters under the age of 24 with 20 points in 20 games. He is also 2nd on his team in points.

Year to date statistics:

Player League GP G A P PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 25 14 21 35 32
Jeremy Gregoire (RW) QMJHL 0 0 0 0 0
Michael McCarron (RW) OHL 17 13 13 26 44
Tim Bozon (LW) WHL 13 9 10 19 6
Brett Lernout (D) WHL 30 7 9 16 34
Nikita Scherbak (RW) WHL 20 12 18 30 14
Nikolas Koberstein (D) USHL 18 1 0 1 42
Josiah Didier (D) NCAA 10 0 1 1 35
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 16 3 5 8 8
Mark MacMillan (C) NCAA 10 7 6 13 0
Artturi Lehkonen (LW/RW) SHL 26 4 7 11 4
Joonas Nattinen (C/RW) SHL 26 1 4 5 18
Martin Reway (C/LW) Extraliga 20 5 15 20 36
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save% SO
Zachary Fucale QMJHL 20 12 8 2 3.35 .886 0
Hayden Hawkey USHL 15 5 7 2 2.99 .896 1