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Catching the Torch: Jérémy Grégoire showing no signs of rust

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

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Player of the Week: Jérémy Grégoire

If there is rust on Jérémy Grégoire after missing the first half of the the QMJHL season to injury, it is exceptionally difficult to find. The Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward started the week scoring two goals in a 4-1 win over the Quebec Remparts. He added two assists in his next game, a 9-4 loss to the Victoriaville Tigres. He finished the week scoring a goal in a 3-2 loss to the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Gregoire is currently running a six-game point streak, with four goals and five assists in that time.

GP Goals Assists Points PIM
3 3 2 5 13
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 Collegiate 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 1 1 2 2
Jérémy Grégoire (RW) QMJHL 3 3 2 5 13
Michael McCarron (RW) OHL 3 2 0 2 9
Tim Bozon (LW) WHL 2 1 0 1 0
Brett Lernout (D) WHL 4 0 2 2 0
Nikita Scherbak (RW) WHL 4 2 3 5 6
Nikolas Koberstein (D) USHL 2 0 0 0 0
Josiah Didier (D) NCAA 2 0 0 0 0
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 2 0 0 0 2
Mark MacMillan (C) NCAA 2 1 0 1 0
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save % SO
Zach Fucale QMJHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Daniel Audette:  Audette's production has slowed of late but he still rarely misses the scoresheet with the Sherbrooke Phoenix. He was scoreless in his first game, a  3-2 overtime loss to the Shawinigan Cataractes. He scored in the next game, a 7-4 win over the Quebec Remparts. He finished his week with an assist in a 3-2 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

Michael McCarron: McCarron seems to be showing little sign he is having trouble adjusting to the Oshawa Generals as he continues to pad his goal-scoring totals this season. He started the week going pointlessin a 3-2 shootout loss to the Kingston Frontenacs. He was shut out along with the rest of his team in a 1-0 loss to the Peterborough Petes. He broke his goalless drought in his last game of the week, scoring two goals in a 4-0 win over the Mississauga Steelheads. McCarron has now scored 24 goals in 30 games this season.

Tim Bozon: The comeback trail for Bozon continues run at an even pace. He went without a point in a 3-1 loss to the Red Deer Rebels to open the weekend and scored a goal in a 6-4 loss to the Saskatoon Blades in the following game, snapping a drought of six games without a goal.

Brett Lernout: Lernout's season with the Swift Current Broncos remains rooted in consistency. He went without a point in his first game, a 5-4 shootout win over the Calgary Hitmen. He marked an assist in his next game, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Prince Albert Raiders. He went pointless in a 3-1 loss to the Everett Silvertips. He ended the week with an assist in a 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Lernout continues to pace at a 0.5 points per game season.

Nikita Scherbak: The strangest moments in Scherbak's season with the Everett Silvertip's this year is when he fails to score a point, he entered the week on an 8-game points streak. His first game saw him collect two assists in a 5-0 shutout of the Brandon Wheat Kings. He scored a goal in his next game, a 3-1 loss to the Regina Pats. He marked a goal and assist in the next game, a 6-2 win over theMoose Jaw Warriors. His 11-game points streak snapped on his fourth game, a 3-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos. Scherbak scored 6 goals and 10 assists in the 11-game streak and the game that ended his points streak was just the fourth time in 36 games that he had gone without a point this year. He stands 8th overall in WHL scoring.

Nikolas Koberstein: The past week saw Nikolas Koberstein traded from the Sioux Falls Stampede to the Bloomington Thunder, but it did not appear to have any notable effect on his season.  He went pointless in both of his team's games for the week, leaving him with 1 point and 75 penalty minutes over 32 games this season.

Josiah Didier: There remains little to speak about for Didier's season with the University of Denver. He went pointless in a weekend series against the University of Nebraska Omaha where his team would lose 5-4 and 1-0 in the two games played.

Jake Evans: Evans failed to find the scoresheet this past week with the University of Notre Dame, going pointles in in a weekend series against the University of Western Michigan in a 4-2 loss on Friday and a 4-3 loss the following day.

Mark MacMillan: No points in 4-1 loss to Minnesota Duluth. One goal in a 5-2 win over MD.

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 29.

Zach Fucale: The World Junior Championship Gold Medalist Fucale was given the week off by his new team, the Quebec Remparts after a trade was completed while he was preparing for the World Junior Tournament. He is expected to return to action for the coming week.

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 1 0 0 0 0
Joonas Nättinen (C/RW) SHL 3 1 1 2 2
Martin Réway (C/LW) Extraliga 1 0 0 0 0

Artturi Lehkonen: Lehkonen's offensive struggles continue to haunt him since returning to the SHL from a disappointing quarter-final loss in the World Junior Hockey Championships. In his only game of the week, he went pointles in a 4-1 loss to Örebro HK, extending his pointless streak in the SHL to a very concerning 12 straight games. He has not scored a goal in the SHL since October 11th.

Joonas Nättinen: Nättinen has found an offensive stride in the second half of his SHL season with MODO Hockey. He opened the week scoring a goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to Brynäs IF. He marked an assist in his next game in a similar 3-2 overtime loss to Växjö Lakers HC. He went without a point in his final game, a 2-1 loss to Luleå HF. He has 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 11 games,

Martin Réway: The bronze medalist of the World Junior Hockey Championship returned to his Extraliga team this week, but scored no points in his only game, a 4-2 win over HC Vitkovice.

Year to date statistics:

Player League GP G A P PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 38 17 28 45 50
Jérémy Grégoire (RW) QMJHL 8 4 5 9 21
Michael McCarron (RW) OHL 30 24 21 43 75
Tim Bozon (LW) WHL 27 14 19 33 8
Brett Lernout (D) WHL 44 9 13 22 50
Nikita Scherbak (RW) WHL 36 20 33 53 34
Nikolas Koberstein (D) USHL 30 1 0 1 75
Josiah Didier (D) NCAA 17 1 3 4 43
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 20 5 7 12 10
Mark MacMillan (C) NCAA 15 8 7 15 17
Artturi Lehkonen (LW/RW) SHL 31 4 7 11 6
Joonas Nättinen (C/RW) SHL 37 4 7 11 28
Martin Réway (C/LW) Extraliga 23 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