Player of the Week: Martin Réway
Reway has been one of the best players on Sparta Praha this season, and stands out as a point per game skater as a 19-year old in the pro league. He marked an assist in his first game of the week, a 7-1 win over HC Litvinov. He made a new career benchmark for himself in his next game with his first three point game in Extraliga play, notching two goals and an assist in a 5-4 loss to HC Trinec. Reway's seven goals and 18 assists rank him fourth in team scoring on Sparta Praha and both players ahead of him have played at least 10 more games than he has. Reway has 25 points in 26 games this season. For reference on Czech Extraliga scoring, San Jose's Tomas Hertl scored 30 points in 43 games as a 19-year-old in that league, while Reway's scoring pace would see him his 41 points in the same time frame, and this is without getting top line ice time.
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
|Daniel Audette (C)||QMJHL||2||2||2||4||0|
|Jérémy Grégoire (RW)||QMJHL||3||1||1||2||4|
|Michael McCarron (RW)||OHL||3||0||1||1||15|
|Tim Bozon (LW)||WHL||3||0||1||1||2|
|Brett Lernout (D)||WHL||2||1||1||2||0|
|Nikita Scherbak (RW)||WHL||2||1||1||2||0|
|Nikolas Koberstein (D)||USHL||1||0||0||0||0|
|Josiah Didier (D)||NCAA||2||0||0||0||2|
|Jake Evans (C)||NCAA||2||0||1||1||2|
|Mark MacMillan (C)||NCAA||2||2||1||3||2|
Daniel Audette: Audette flashed his great offensive potential this past week for the Sherbrooke Phoenix after having a quiet stretch comijng into the week. He was pointless in his first game, a 2-0 loss to the Charlottetown Islanders. His second and final game turned heads as he scored two goals and two assists in a 6-5 shootout win over the Saint John Sea Dogs. It was Audette's third game of the season where he scored four or more points and his first two goal game since October 26th. He is currently two goals away from matching his previous career high in goals (21) with 24 games remaining on the season.
Jeremy Gregoire: Gregoire is setting a point per game pace in his second-half comeback with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. he marked an assist to open the week in a 5-3 win over the Victoriaville Tigres. His 7-game points streak unfortunately snapped in his next game contest, going pointless in a 4-1 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He found the scoresheet in dramatic fashion in his last game, marking the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes. Gregoire has scored five goals and six assists in 11 games since his return from injury.
Michael McCarron: Finding the scoresheet has become a bit more difficult for McCarron since he was dealt from London to the Oshawa Generals as he works to integrate into the lineup. He went pointless in his first two games of the week, a 3-2 loss to the Kitchener Rangers and a 4-3 overtime win over the Belleville Bulls. He found an opportune time to find the scoresheet in his final game of the week, assissting on his team's only goal in a 1-0 win over the Barrie Blts. McCarron's scoring pace has taken somewhat of a hit since being traded to Oshawa, but would still be paced for 51 goals and 45 assists over a full OHL season.
Tim Bozon: The second half of the season has been a rough stretch for the Kootenay Ice winger. He marked an assist in his first game, a 4-3 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors. He went pointless in his next two contests, a 5-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders and a 3-2 loss to the Saskatoon Blades. Bozon has just one goal in his last 10 games and only two points in his last six games.
Brett Lernout: Lernout is starting find the scoresheet in a more consistent manner of late with the Swift Current Broncos. He marked a goal in his first game, a 5-0 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors. He added an assist to his totals in his next game, a 5-3 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Lernout is on a three-game points streak with 1 goal, 2 assists in that time and has 4 points in his last 5 games and leads all defencemen on his team in goals.
Nikita Scherbak: It was a quiet week going by the standards of the star forward for the Everett Silvertips. He went without a point in his first game, a 5-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs. He scored a goal and assist in his next game, a 6-0 shutout of the Seattle Thunderbirds. Scherbak's points per game pace has slipped below 1.5 for the first time in months, but still holds a 0.5 lead over the next best scorer on his team.
Nikolas Koberstein: There's no easy way to draw up Koberstein's USHL season beyond it being a failure. He went pointless in a two-game road trip versus the Tri-City Storm that saw his team win 1-0 and later 6-2. He now has 1 point in 34 games this season.
Josiah Didier: Didier continues to record a very unremarkable statistical season with the University of Denver, he went pointless in a weekend series versus St Cloud State University which saw Denver win 3-1 and 4-1 over successive nights. Didier has just 5 points in 21 games this season.
Jake Evans: It was another week of somewhat muted offence for the University of Notre Dame rookie. He went pointless in his first game, a 3-3 tie with the University of Connecticut. He marked an assist in his next game to break a 4 game pointless streak in a 6-1 win over Connecticut to conclude the weekend series in a sweep. In a question of consistency, Evans has not recorded points in consecutive games since October.
Mark MacMillan: MacMillan continues to pace for a point per game season in his senior season with the Univesity of North Dakota. He went without a point in a 7-1 win over Niagara University as part of a weekend series. He took of for his first multipoint game in over a month the following night, marking two goals and an assist in a 5-0 win over Niagara. MacMillan has 11 goals and 8 assists in 19 games this season.
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: After some time off following his Gold Medal win with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships, Fucale has joined his new team the Quebec Remparts. He started on a solid note with his new team, pitching an 11-save shutout in a 6-0 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. His next game did not go quite so well, allowing 3 goals on 18 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Moncton Wildcats. His final game of the week would be better from a personal standpoint but see a similar result, he stopped 26 of 29 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Charlottetown Islanders. Fucale's save percentage of 0.890 has him standing 14th among starters in the QMJHL.
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:
|Artturi Lehkonen (LW/RW)||SHL||2||0||0||0||0|
|Joonas Nättinen (C/RW)||SHL||2||2||0||2||0|
|Martin Réway (C/LW)||Extraliga||2||2||2||4||0|
Artturi Lehkonen: The offensive rut continues for Lehkonen this season, with no signs of abating. He was without a point in his team's Champions Hockey League game, a 4-2 win over Karpat Oulu in the league's Semi-Finals. He went without a point in his only SHL game of the week, a 3-2 win over Skelleftea AIK. Lehkonen did not play his team's final game of the week, for reasons not given but with no news of injury it can be assumed he was a healthy scratch.
Joonas Nättinen: Nattinen continues to put up points in the second half of his SHL season. He started the week scoring a goal in a 2-1 loss to Farjestads BK. He matched that contribution in the next game, scoring a goal in a 4-3 loss to Leksands IF. Nattinen has now scored three goals and an assist in his last five games.
Year to date statistics:
|Daniel Audette (C)||QMJHL||40||19||30||49||50|
|Jérémy Grégoire (RW)||QMJHL||11||5||6||11||25|
|Michael McCarron (RW)||OHL||33||25||22||47||90|
|Tim Bozon (LW)||WHL||30||14||20||34||10|
|Brett Lernout (D)||WHL||46||10||14||24||50|
|Nikita Scherbak (RW)||WHL||38||20||35||55||34|
|Nikolas Koberstein (D)||USHL||34||1||0||1||75|
|Josiah Didier (D)||NCAA||21||1||3||4||43|
|Jake Evans (C)||NCAA||23||5||7||12||10|
|Mark MacMillan (C)||NCAA||19||11||8||15||19|
|Artturi Lehkonen (LW/RW)||SHL||32||4||7||11||6|
|Joonas Nättinen (C/RW)||SHL||39||6||7||13||28|
|Martin Réway (C/LW)||Extraliga||26||7||18||25||36|