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Catching the Torch: Michael McCarron forges ahead with great sophomore season

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

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Player of the Week: Michael McCarron

Michael McCarron is pacing to score more goals than he had points in the OHL last season with the London Knights. he started the week scoring a goal in a 5-2 win over the Sarnia Sting. He scored a goal and two assists in his next game, a 6-4 win over the Plymouth Whalers. He ended the week adding to his goal scoring streak with his 17th marker of the season in a 5-2 win over the Peterborough Petes. McCarron's goals per game pace is a notable 0.74, good enough to equal 50 goals over a full season. He will be competing this coming week to land a spot on Team USA at their World Junior Championship camp where he is considered to have an even chance at making the roster.

GP Goals Assists Points PIM
3 3 2 5 0

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 1 0 0 0 10
Jeremy Gregoire (RW) QMJHL 0 0 0 0 0
Michael McCarron (RW) OHL 3 3 2 5 6
Tim Bozon (LW) WHL 2 0 2 2 0
Brett Lernout (D) WHL 2 1 1 2 5
Nikita Scherbak (RW) WHL 1 0 0 0 0
Nikolas Koberstein (D) USHL 2 0 0 0 12
Josiah Didier (D) NCAA 2 1 1 2 2
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 0 0 0 0 0
Mark MacMillan (C) NCAA 2 0 0 0 15

Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save% SO
Zachary Fucale QMJHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hayden Hawkey USHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Daniel Audette: In a very questionable incident, Daniel Audette recieved a game misconduct for hair-pulling in his first game of the week and was suspended for two games by the league for the incident, eliminating the rest of his potential playing time for the week.

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.

Tim Bozon: It was a quiet, but consistent week for Tim Bozon. He went without a point in hiis first game, a 4-1 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. He picked up two assists in the next match, a 3-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders. He recorded an assist to close out the week in a 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Brett Lernout: It was a productive week for Lernout with the Swift Current Broncos. He scored a goal in his first game, a 6-4 win over the Regina Pats. He collected an assist in his next game, a 4-2 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Lernout has  nowmatched his goal total of last season (8) in 23 fewer games. He continues to lead all Swift Current defencemen in points.

Nikita Scherbak: It was a quiet week for Scherbak with the Everett Silvertips. His 8-game points streak was broken as he went pointless in a 4-3 shootout win over the Tri-City Americans. He missed the next game due to illness, before finishing out the week recording an assist in a 4-2 win over the Tri-City Americans. Scherbak continues to hold the 5th-highest points per game rate in the WHL at 1.52.

Nikolas Koberstein: There remains almost nothing to report on Koberstein's year in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede. He went without a point in a 5-2 loss to the Muskegon Lumberjacks and a 7-2 win over Muskegon as part of a home-and-home series between the two teams. He has just 1 point in 24 games this season.

Josiah Didier: Didier breathed some life into his stats column this past week with the University of Denver. He scored his first goal of the season in a 4-1 win over the University of North Dakota. He picked up an assist in the following game, a 3-1 loss to North Dakota. Didier has now recorded points in three straight games after having only 1 point in his first 11 games. .

Jake Evans: Evans did not play as there were no scheduled games this week for the University of Notre Dame.

Mark MacMillan: It was a troubled weekend for Mark MacMillan. He recieved a game misconduct for hitting from behind during a 4-1 loss to the University of Denver in his first game of the weekend series. He was without a point in a 3-1 win over Denver the following night.  MacMillan has now gone three games without a point.

Zachary Fucale: No games this week as he attending Team Canada's World Junior camp. With him being one of only two goalies invited to camp he is essentially locked in for a spot.

Hayden Hawkey: Hayden Hawkey has unfortunately been ruled out for the remainder of the 2014-15 season due to suffering tears in his Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Medial Collateral Ligament on November 29th.

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 2
Joonas Nattinen (C/RW) SHL 2 1 0 1 2
Martin Reway (C/LW) Extraliga 1 0 0 0 0

Artturi Lehkonen: Lehkonen is currently mired in the worst offensive slump of his career. He went without a point in a 5-3 win over HIFK Helsinki as Frolunda HC won their Quarter-Final berth in the Champions Hockey League. In his return to SHL play, he went pointless in a 6-3 loss to Orebro HK and then a 2-1 overtime loss to Leksands IF. He has now gone thirteen straight games without a point and has not scored a goal in 24 games.

Joonas Nattinen: Nattinen's season with MODO Hockey remains mostly quiet. He picked up an assist in a 3-2 shootout loss to Djurgardens IF to start his week, he then went without a point in a 2-1 overtime loss to Linkoping HC. He has scored just 2 goals in 30 games this season.

Martin Reway:  It was a quiet week for Reway, he recorded no points in his only game with Sparta Praha, a 4-1 win over BK Mlada Boleslav. He continues to hold the scoring lead among Under-20 skaters in the league and is 2nd on his in team scoring.

Year to date statistics:

Player League GP G A P PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 29 15 21 36 42
Jeremy Gregoire (RW) QMJHL 0 0 0 0 0
Michael McCarron (RW) OHL 22 16 16 32 58
Tim Bozon (LW) WHL 19 12 14 26 6
Brett Lernout (D) WHL 31 7 9 16 36
Nikita Scherbak (RW) WHL 25 14 24 38 18
Nikolas Koberstein (D) USHL 24 1 0 1 56
Josiah Didier (D) NCAA 15 1 3 4 41
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 18 3 6 9 10
Mark MacMillan (C) NCAA 15 8 7 15 17
Artturi Lehkonen (LW/RW) SHL 30 4 7 11 6
Joonas Nattinen (C/RW) SHL 28 1 4 5 20
Martin Reway (C/LW) Extraliga 22 5 16 21 36
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save% SO
Zachary Fucale QMJHL 24 13 9 2 3.20 .890 2
Hayden Hawkey USHL 15 5 7 2 2.99 .896 1